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Lemon Cream Cheese Crinkles

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This recipe is SOO easy, and makes chewy, delicious cookies.

You will need:

1  box lemon cake mix aka “Pack Cake”

1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

Powdered Sugar for rolling them in.

Mix all of the ingredients together (except the powdered sugar)

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Then use a cookie scoop, and drop them into a bowl of powdered sugar

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Roll them around in the bowl, and try to make them into balls.

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Arrange them on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.  I doubt you will find parchment paper in Belize, so if you don’t have a silicone baking mat, get one asap!!!  They are awesome! Nothing ever sticks to them, and you don’t even get the cookie sheet dirty.  I HATE gross cookie sheets, you know, the ones with burnt on crud that people just keep using…Well, these will prevent that.

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Bake at 375 for 12-15 mins.

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YUM!!

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AND this batch made 47 cookies!!

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I can’t wait to try them with different flavours of “pack cake”.  Red Velvet is high on the list!


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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

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I finally  had the chance to make something with “PUNGKIN”.  It was a very difficult decision.  Pinterest was full of delicious looking pumpkiny goodies:  Pumpkin cupcakes, cookies, cheesecakes, even pumpkin spice lattes!  I decided on the muffins because you can eat them for breakfast too (and not feel that bad)

For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix them together in a bowl until smooth, then put the bowl in the freezer so the filling can firm up

For the topping:
½ cup brown sugar
5 tbsp. flour
1½ tsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter

It said to cut the butter in with a pastry knife, or whatever.  I was lazy so I just chopped it up in the food processor.  Then put it in the refridge until you are ready to use it.  Do NOT put it in the freezer, as I learned the hard way, and got one big rock stuck on the blade that wouldn’t come out.

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For the muffins:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

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In the mixer bowl combine:

4 large eggs (I had EXACTLY 4, which I took as a sign that I was meant to make this, and it would be delish!)
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1¼ cups vegetable oil

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Add the dry ingredients

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Mix just until combined, or else your muffins will be tough

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Line the muffin pan with papers, and put 1 blob of batter on the bottom of the cup.

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Then take the cream cheese mixture out and scoop a hunk into the middle of the batter, trying not to touch the edges.

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Add another blob of batter on top

Sprinkle on the crumb topping

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Bake at 350 for 20 mins

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I got 24 muffins, plus 6 babies (with no filling though)

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YUM!!

Now wipe the drool off and get ready for the next post:

Zombie Nails!!! NOM NOM NOM!!!

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