Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts

Today is a fabulous day for two reasons: the O’s clinched the AL East last night and we’re eating baked chocolate pumpkin donuts.

Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts |

Maryland boy B and his sweet tooth are ecstatic, and I’m pumped to have yet again snuck in pumpkin to our eats. If there’s anything you should know about me, it’s that I can take a theme and run with it. “Oh, you like waffles?” Let me throw everything we eat on the waffle iron. “Did you just say those granola bars are tasty?” Perfect – I just put seven boxes in our cart. And don’t even get me started on smoked gouda. I’ve forgotten to buy mozzarella the last three times I’ve gone to the store because I have tunnel vision for gouda.

There are worse problems to have.

Anyway, we’re a happy crowd around here and we celebrate with food, so what better way to whoop it up than with these donuts? For starters, there’s chocolate and pumpkin involved, so you can seasonably address your sweet tooth and indulge your chocolate craving at the same time. These donuts are just efficient like that.

Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Donuts |

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Fall Favorites + $250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

How did it become halfway through September already?? Weeeeird. The mornings here are becoming brisk which I *love*, and I can wear boots without my feet wanting to disown me. Love, love, love fall.

I started My Sequined Life in late October last year (errr, I think it was late October. Am I a bad blogger if I don’t exactly remember?), juuuust in time to jump on the fall recipe train. Some of those recipes are my favorites still, and since I’m pretty sure my only reader in the early days was my mom (hi mom!), I figured I’d revisit some favorites this year.

Hope you didn’t put your ice cream maker away just yet!

Pumpkin Spice Gelato Affogato |

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Affogato – homemade pumpkin spice gelato with espresso poured over top for a seriously fall affogato. Jazz up your PSL cravings!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Snickerdoodle Frosting

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Snickerdoodle Cookie “Frosting” is a recipe I can’t wait to remake this week. For those times you can’t choose which cookie to make…let’s have both!

Pumpkin Pecan Donuts with Maple Vanilla Glaze |

Pumpkin Pecan Donuts with Maple Vanilla Glaze – these donuts were my very first recipe post! I must have a thing for pumpkin + donuts together because coming up this week I’ve got more fall-inspired donuts headed your way (we’vebeeninhalingthemlikeitsourjobs).

And speaking of blog anniversaries, I’m excited to be participating in a triple blog anniversary giveaway that the lovely ladies over at Flavor the Moments, Spoonful of Flour, and Wishes and Dishes put together for their three blogiversaries! Who’d like to win a $250 Amazon gift card?!

Flavor the Moments - 2nd Anniversary

Spoonful of Flour – 2nd Anniversary

Wishes and Dishes – 3rd Anniversary

To enter: use the widget below. And be sure to check out some of the amazing bloggers also participating in this giveaway!

American Heritage Cooking * Blahnik Baker * Carmel Moments *

Cookie Monster Cooking * Cooking on the Front Burner *

Cooking with Curls * Food Wine Thyme * Inspiration Kitchen *

Life Made Sweeter * Maebells * My Sequined Life *

Pick Fresh Food * Pumpkin ‘N Spice * Scrummy Lane *

Spicy Southern Kitchen * Spoonful of Flavor * The Sweet {Tooth} Life *

Weary Chef * Whole and Heavenly Oven * Yummy Healthy Easy

This giveaway is open until September 29th.


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One-Hour Braided Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This bread. OMG.

One-Hour Braided Honey Whole Wheat Bread |

Okay then, hope you have a great weekend, guys!

…okay I kid, I kid. When I was working on my writing process post last week, this one-hour honey whole wheat bread was what I had in mind when I answered question #3. 100% whole wheat bread from scratch. It’s soft, fluffy, and sweetened a tad with honey. And from start to finish, it takes one hour or less. A homemade yeast bread so speedy, you can make it on a Tuesday after work and use it to make your Wednesday lunch sandwich before you even go to bed. That, my friends, is gold.

Gold in carb form. Mmmm.

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Gingersnap Oreos with Pumpkin Cream

Welp, I did it. Cracked open my first can of pumpkin on a 92°F and humid day, but it’s September! O-fiiic-iallyyy almostfall. Time to celebrate with gingersnap oreos with pumpkin cream.

Gingersnap Oreos with Pumpkin Cream |

Hi, beauties. Just sweet enough pumpkin cream is sandwiched between two crunchy, spicy homemade gingersnap cookies. This, my friends, is fall in a cookie. Truthfully I got hit by the gingersnap bug weeks ago, when my failed gingersnap cookie recipe turned into a recipe for fab gingersnap muffin tops. They were delicious and scarfed up immediately, but in the back of my mind I never forgot about my crisp, slightly-spicy cookie cravings.

You know, I wanted the ‘snap’ in ‘gingersnap’.

Gingersnap Oreos with Pumpkin Cream |

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