Of all the produce + cream cheese pairings, carrots and cream cheese are probably the most ubiquitous, thanks to the deliciousness of carrot cake. My personal favorite, though, is probably pumpkin and cream cheese because of my obsession with the former and its exponential tastiness when paired with the latter.
These muffins are the perfect combination of both. The muffin itself is so moist that it’s plenty tasty on its own, but the layer of cream cheese adds a nice creamy tanginess to the whole package. They remind me of those cream-filled Hostess snack cakes but way more delicious.
Homemade caramels. It doesn’t get more legit than this. They aren’t difficult to make by any means – there’s no crazy technique here or anything -but they are time-consuming and require a lot of babysitting. Don’t even think about leaving these on the stove and going to watch the Food Network, as I may or may not have done…
They’re absolutely worth slaving away over a hot stove for though. As they set, they take on a beautifully reflective sheen and a lovely rich, deep brown color. They truly melt in your mouth and with the addition of pumpkin spice, they taste like fall feels.
There is nothing I can say about these except that they are outrageously delicious and you must make them immediately and I want to eat them for the rest of my life.
I have a love-hate relationship with granola. On the one hand, it’s crunchy, which I love; on the other hand, it’s so crunchy it destroys my mouth, like I’m eating gravel or something. It’s the meth habit I’m trying to kick, the abusive boyfriend I’m trying to get rid of. Those are probably exaggerations, but I just get really intense about granola, okay?
Apples and cheddar are a pretty epic combination. One of the power couples of the culinary world, right up there with tomato and basil, chocolate and peanut butter, and cinnamon and pretty much everything.
These muffins are so amazing they make me want to expand my vocabulary because there are just not enough words in my brain to articulate how delicious they are. Camilla Saulsbury was NOT fucking around when she called her book 750 Best Muffins Recipes, her recipes really are THE BEST.