Fall Funfetti Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m such a sucker for fall-related food and candy items. 😳 While grocery shopping a couple weeks ago, I came across this festive Betty Crocker box…

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and didn’t even think twice about tossing it into my cart! I had a feeling it would come in quite handy for this past weekend’s Fall Festival festivities, and it sure didn’t disappoint. Since cookies are often easier to “grab and eat” than cupcakes are, I decided to use my quick & easy Cake Mix Cookies recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies:

1 box of your favorite cake mix

1/4 cup oil

1/4 water

1 egg

Mix all ingredients together. Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Since part of what really drew me in to the picture of the cake was the orange frosting, I decided that it would be a necessity on my cookies. After looking through my cookbook binder, I came across a recipe that I had completely forgotten about, yet is super delicious!

I don’t even know where the recipe came from…it’s just on a random piece of paper that looks like I printed out at some point? Either way, it doesn’t matter where it came from. All that matters is that it’s extremely yummy.

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Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened (you can also use 1/3 less fat)
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 tsp orange food coloring

Directions:

Blend the cream cheese, butter, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla in a large bowl, using an electric mixer set at medium speed, until smooth. Add the sugar and continue to beat until light and creamy, about 3 more minutes. Add the food coloring and gently stir until the color is uniform. Chill the frosting until read to spread.

ENJOY! 😛

I think it’s important to make sure that you add the orange food coloring, just so people may have an idea that it’s actually orange flavored. The orange flavor is subtle, not too overpowering, but a great complement to the creamy, cream cheese base.

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With festive sprinkles! 🙂

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This frosting actually pairs really well with anything chocolate. I had originally used this recipe with both chocolate cupcakes and brownies, and I actually think I like the frosting better with those. While it was great (and festive) on the funfetti cookies, the sweetness of the orange frosting was missing the richness of something chocolaty. And when do we ever need an excuse to eat anything chocolaty? 😉

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Is your mouth watering yet??? 😉

Question for the Afternoon:

Chocolate or Vanilla? 😛

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Our 2nd Annual Fall Festival!

Today was a day I’ve been looking forward to for months

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Fall Festival!

Last year, a small group of us got together to start what we later deemed as our “First Annual Fall Festival Weekend.” Last year’s FF included lots of fun things, like apple picking, pumpkin carving, and other fun festivities.

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While we couldn’t seem to workout an entire weekend for this year, we were all still able to get together, plus a few new additions to the group! 😀 Thanks to Sarah & Jeff hosting us all of the day, and some well-thought out planning by the ladies of the group ( 😉 ) the day included tons of goodies and pretty fall decor.

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FYI: Caramel Apple Hershey Kisses are phenomenal. They really do taste like caramel apples…SO good! 😯

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Lots of snacks & football around a cozy fire. 🙂

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Does this cheese look familiar to you? You may remember when I first tried this amazing Apple Harvest Cheddar with Cinnamon a few weeks ago. I was psyched when Sarah told me she picked it up for our Fall Fest. 😀

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Punkin’ Bread

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Cider Donuts!

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Eventually it was time to round up the troops for a delicious Fall Festival meal…

Homemade chili in bread bowls!

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Mal probably makes the best chili I’ve ever tasted. I was feeling pretty confident about my first chili attempt…but she definitely leaves me in the dust! 😳

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I don’t know if I’ll ever want to eat chili that is not in a bread bowl. It’s just the absolute perfect combination! 😛

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Our 2nd Annual Fall Festival Crew! You may see some familiar faces gathered ‘round this table. It almost felt like we were all sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal! 🙂

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After stuffing our faces with chili and carbs, it was time to get crackin’ on some PUMPKIN CARVING!

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Brook enjoying his punkin’ guts!

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I had to laugh at this photo after I realized that I had one very similar from last year’s FF!

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Surprisingly, it didn’t take me long to pick out a pattern to carve, so I was ready to get down to business.

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Just gettin’ started…

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Halfway there…

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TA-DA!! 😀

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Didn’t everyone do such a great job?? 🙂

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While carving our ‘punks, we all worked up enough room in the bellies to enjoy a little dessert, courtesy of yours truly. 😉

Fall Funfetti Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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Recipe to come soon! 🙂

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Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Pumpkin Mousse with Pecan Streusel Topping

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This stuff is addicting!

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Don’t worry, I have a recipe comin’ your way for this too! 😉

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And thanks to our pumpkins, we toasted up some Cinnamon Spiced Pumpkin seeds, which were actually quite tasty! I’d never had them before, but I really enjoyed them! Thanks to Sarah for cookin’ these babies up…I’ll have the recipe for these soon too.

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It was definitely a GREAT Fall Festival with great friends! (And my Jets even won too, WOO HOO!) I had been looking forward to it for so long, it was kinda sad to see it end so soon. 😦

Ahh well, you know what they say…all good things must come to an end!

So before I go crawl into my nice warm bed for the evening, let me leave you all with a pretty picture of mine & Jay’s handy pumpkin carving skills:

Jay’s

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Courtney’s

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Pretty fun, huh?? 🙂

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Happy Fall to Ya’ll!! Hope you all had as fun a weekend as I did! 😀

Question for the Evening:

What were some of the highlights from YOUR weekend??