Swiss Cinnamon Crisps

Enjoy the return to chametz with this fun, quick cookie.

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A friend recently told me that she loves my blog, but that she only makes the recipes that are easy and have a high yield. I get it; I happen to like spending time in the kitchen, but many people want to get in and out as quickly as possible.

For the Cookies:
1 cup (16 tablespoons/200g) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
For the Cinnamon Topping:
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk (or substitute soy milk or orange juice)
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Fun for Breakfast

Incorporate apples into these crumbly, yummy muffins.

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Cinnamony apple muffins aren't a brand-new idea, but they are a great way to use up all those apples you have lying around, and also a wonderful quick snack or breakfast to grab on the go. I made these with all-purpose flour, but you could use half white and half whole wheat to make them even healthier.

For the muffins:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped apples
1 1/2 cups shredded apples
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the topping:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Celebrate fall with these fun, kid-friendly cookies.

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2 sticks (1 cup) butter or margarine, melted
2 cups packed light brown sugar
4 eggs
2 cups (about 1 15-oz. can) canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (OR 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon allspice and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger)
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 1/3 cups flour
4 ounces cream cheese
1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine or butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
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