Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Saturday Seven

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Another Saturday, another slew of seasonal recipes I’m throwing your way. Are you overwhelmed making Thanksgiving menu plans? Have you even started to think that far? There is so much to choose from! Where to even begin? I’m sharing two Thanksgiving sides on my blog next week, so definitely check back if you’re all like “omg what am I making for Thanksgiving this year??” I realize you probably don’t talk like that. But it sounds a lot like me.

Anyway. Hi! I’m in St. Louis this weekend on my book tour/visiting my sis.

St. Louis Events:

Sunday, November 8th — St Louis. 12-4pm. Book selling and signing at William’s Sonoma in Plaza Frontenac (1701 S Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63131)
Monday, November 9th — St Louis. 7-9pm. Presentation, book signing, and selling at Left Bank Books. Candy samples from Kakao Chocolate will be provided at this event. Yum!

Then, next weekend is Chicago!

Chicago Events:

Saturday, November 14th – Chicago IL. 2pm. Candy cooking demo, book selling, and signing at America’s Sweets & Baking Show (yes, a show about all things dessert) at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. This is a ticketed event. Click above for show details.
Sunday, November 15th – Chicago, IL. 1-4pm FREE candy cooking demo, book selling, and signing at William’s Sonoma (Lincoln Park 1550 N. Fremont St. Chicago, IL 60622)

I was in NYC earlier this week and it was crazy amazing. Over 65 readers stood in line to meet me. I know I say it all the time, but I can’t get over this! Cannot. There are so many of you! I appreciate the love and support so much. More than you will ever know. It’s what helps get me through all this travel! Hugs and hugs and hugs.


Moving along. Let’s talk Thanksgiving. Some recipe ideas for you:

Creamy green bean casserole. This is my husband’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish and I love making it completely from scratch. No cans of anything. Pure goodness!

Homemade green bean casserole recipe on!

I know toffee is typically a Christmas candy, but I love making this salted dark chocolate version around Thanksgiving. A break from all the pie, if you will.

Don’t tell my pecan pie I just said that.

Dark Chocolate Salted Almond Toffee

And speaking of dessert, how about some brown sugar butterscotch cupcakes?

Completely worth every single calorie.

Butterscotch Filled Brown Sugar Cupcakes by

Guess what? I made my salted pecan pie tarts earlier this week and brought them along with me to my NYC book signing. Everyone loved them and, like me, really enjoyed the sweet/salty. Fun, adorable, love ’em.

Mini Salted Pecan Pie Tarts

Are you looking for a pumpkin pie recipe? I have two. One is quite traditional and one is swirled with Nutella and its crust is made from gingersnap cookies.

Try this delicious pumpkin pie upgrade! Complete with Nutella swirls and a gingersnap crust!

Old-fashioned sour cream crumb cake for breakfast, please and thank you.

Old Fashioned Crumb Cake Recipe on

And if you like biscoff (cookie butter!) spread, I have just the recipe for you. No cookie dough chilling, no mixer, lots of vanilla, white chocolate chips, and of course… Biscoff. Here are my soft and chewy Biscoff white chocolate oatmeal cookies.

Biscoff White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Q: Have you tried any of these recipes before? Thoughts?

Q: Any fun plans this weekend?

Right this way for adventures and redwoods pictures!


  1. Sally, it was so great meeting you yesterday in Columbia! I think I will have to make that toffee recipe for dinner with my husband’s family on Thanksgiving! It looks amazing and I’m sure they will love it!

  2. I don’t know how you handle so much travel…I need months and months to mentally prepare for a single trip 😉 But I’m glad you are having fun! I love the white-chocolate-chip biscoff oatmeal cookies, of course. I’m trying to decide what to make for Thanksgiving, and I might do some kind of snickerdoodle bar… 🙂

  3. It’s amazing how you’re managing to travel on your book tour and still keep your blog up and running! Superwoman much? 😉
    Being a Nutella lover, I think I may or may not have just jumped out of my seat when I saw the pumpkin nutella pie!! 

  4. That green bean casserole looks great Sally! I’m tempted to make it for thanksgiving. And I love the idea of the mini pecan pies! My family loves it every time I make your home-made pie crust so I’m sure they’d be up for me trying this recipe! 😉

  5. I’ve made your Brown Sugar Butterscotch Cupcakes and you are so right, they are worth every calorie! They are one of my brother’s favorite, and he’s taste tested pretty much all my recipes (there are a lot of them). For Thanksgiving, I’m going to make your pecan pie and chai spiced apple pie, can’t wait! I also make cookies for Thanksgiving (sue me, but my family loves it), so I’m going to make your Frosted Chai Spice Snickerdoodles as well! So much delicious dessert!

  6. Soooo wish I could make it to St. Louis tomorrow, but it’s 3 hours away, and I have to be at work  🙁   Too bad you don’t have a stop in Hannibal, Mark Twain/Tom Sawyer land…it’s only 40 minutes from me.  Loving all your recipes so far!  Even the “exotic” ones.  LOL

  7. My weekend plans involve going to your book tour!!! I can’t wait!! Forgive me if I sob uncontrollably.

  8. Sally,
    Loved the Cream Caramels that you made in Columbia last night. I’m running to the store for ingredients to make them this afternoon, Now I need sour cream for that Crumb Cake for breakfast tomorrow, too!

  9. I CANNOT wait to get together!!! I hope you’re having a lot of fun traveling to meet your fellow bakers! Make sure you’re taking care of yourself, though. All of the travel has GOT to be exhausting.

  10. I almost died when I saw those brown sugar butterscotch cupcakes. Gosh. As a side note, I’m making your chewy and fudgy homemade brownies today as my girlfriends are coming over. I made them before and they were DELISH! 🙂

  11. Nothing planned.. but I have a question…. If THE Foodnetwork ever asked you to do a show, would you do it. Cause I know that’s how some of the “others” got their start, was from a cooking blog. 

  12. Love the Biscoff Cookies!  If you like raisins (I love them) try that.  Home run.

  13. I made the biscoff oatmeal cookies, but I used the trader joe’s pumpkin spice cookie butter instead and butterscotch chips! It was so good!

  14. Sally, it was a pleasure to meet you in person this morning! Enjoy the rest of your time with Sarah and your mom! Great to mix family time with work! Off to bake the soft and chewy snicker doodles – I can’t wait! While I’m waiting, I’ll page through my brand new cookbook!

  15. Oh heavens. Nutella-swirled pumpkin pie? Swirling is my nemesis (I’m REALLY bad at it), so in an attempt to get better, I make every swirl recipe you bring up (most recently, the cream cheese/pumpkin pie bars).  So obviously, I have to make this now. I’m sure my friends will be really upset about it.

  16. Those pecan pie tarts look exactly like these Pecan Tassies I pulled out of the Better Homes and Gardens circa 1960 cookbook at my mom’s house. I had NO idea what they were or what they would look like but OH MAH GAWD they are like little bite sized pecan pies. Heaven!!!

    OK, I love love love the skirt you are wearing at the NY book signing – deets?!

    Finally, so glad everything going so well for you! I feel guilty for not commenting more often but I have been crazy busy…I still read everything you write…and am still deciding how to tackle your candy cookbook! I think toffee is definitely first… xo, Christine

    • Toffee HAS to be first Christine. Just has to be!

      That skirt is from Nordstrom! The brand is “Lush” It has pockets. I have it in two patterns. I love it!

  17. Why do all cooking sites always have long burs prior to the recipe. I do not want to be rude but POST the recipe first. I do not read anything else, and most people are the same way. 

    • Hi Justin! If you are not a fan of my website layout, you do not have to visit it for recipes. Perhaps non-personal cooking websites are better for what you are looking for. Thank you for your opinion!

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