Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Fall is finally here! I go back and forth between pumpkin and apples. Honestly, I would have been baking with both way sooner if my family had let me 😂. These very easy baked apple cider donuts are a perfect way to dip into the season!

I bought my donut pan at Target for $10! You can use a muffin tin as well. The easiest way to fill the donut tin is to fill a ziplock with batter and snip the corner. It makes things way less messy.

These last up to 4 days in a sealed container or ziplock. I actually prefer them the day after so all the sugar soaks into the outside.


2 cups of apple cider

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 egg

3 tbsp of browned butter

2 tbsp of vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp of nutmeg

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups of AP flour


1/2 granulated sugar

3 tbsps of cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Heat apple cider to a simmer. Let reduce to half.

Mix your sugars and cooled butter. (You can also just melt the butter, but browning it gives a little extra something)

Add in the egg and vanilla

Once your apple cider has reduced let cool and add to your wet ingredients

Mix in the dry ingredients- flour, spices, baking soda and powder.

Mix until everything is just combined. Don’t overmix it’s ok if it is a little lumpy

Grease or spray your pan

Pour batter into a ziplock. Cut the corner and fill pan 3/4 of the way

Bake for ten minutes or until golden

Mix your remaining sugar and cinnamon, dip donuts while still warm

These donuts are delicious alone or with a hot cup of espresso!

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Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry muffins are my all time favorite snack. I love the bakery style muffins with the sugary tops! Big juicy pieces of fruit in every bite make them healthy though… right?

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

When I partnered with Macon Appliance Mart I knew I wanted to incorporate my favorite blueberry muffin recipe. This time I added pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to give it some fall vibes. I’ve always loved mixing blueberry pie filling with frozen or fresh blueberries for a little extra sweetness! These jumbo muffins will be a breakfast (or snack!) to remember this holiday season!

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

I’m just going to keep this post short and sweet because these really are just so simple! This is one of my favorite recipes to pull out when we have company. Most of the time we have the ingredients in the pantry and it is super easy to throw them together!

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins
Recipe Type: Muffins, Breakfast
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 6-8
Bakery style jumbo pumpkin blueberry muffins.
  • 1 can of blueberry pie filling (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 cup of frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 cups of AP flour
  • 1 stick of soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1/2 cup of milk room temp
  • extra sugar or brown sugar for topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a mixing bowl stir the butter and sugar
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla
  4. Mix in the pumpkin
  5. Add the blueberry filling and frozen/fresh blueberries
  6. Mix in the dry ingredients on low – flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt
  7. Finish with the milk and stir lightly until just combined
  8. Pour into jumbo muffin tins
  9. Top with sugar
  10. Bake until golden brown about 20-25 minutes

Just a few tips to make sure they come out perfect every time!

As you know I was lucky enough to bake these muffins in a Viking Range kitchen. I tried baking them in a convection oven and a regular oven both at 350. The muffins almost doubled in size in the convection oven and were so light and airy. They came out slightly denser in the regular oven, but were super moist. I think the moral of the story is Viking just has awesome ovens, but if you have access to a convection oven definitely try it out!

Room temp ingredients – this always works for me. When ingredients are all the same temperature they just mix together so easy.

Rising the pie filling- I know this part seems strange, but I promise it is important! One you are taking off all that extra sugar and two you are controlling the moisture you are adding into the batter.

Fresh or frozen blueberries? Honestly either work just fine. I personally buy fresh blueberries then freeze them. I want them to hold their shape as long as possible in the muffins.

Final sprinkle of sugar- natural sugar works the best, but I usually use brown sugar just because I always have it on hand.

Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins

I hope you enjoy!!!

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Steak Egg And Cheese Biscuits

steak egg and cheese biscuits

Biscuits scream brunch to me. Especially when they are warm and fluffy. These steak egg and cheese biscuits are so moist I recommend eating them with a fork!

steak egg and cheese biscuits

On Saturday nights I work late so we typically eat something quick and easy. Last night we grilled some onions, colorful peppers and carne asada for fast fajitas. They were delicious and I made sure to save a little for today’s brunch.

steak egg and cheese biscuits

While we were in Savannah we went to our favorite breakfast stop, Clary’s Cafe, a few times. They have these giant pillow-like biscuits that honestly do not even need a filling. Pretty much anything you order at Clary’s is going to be delicious. Everything is made fresh with local ingredients. I wanted these biscuits to me made with ingredients that everyone probably already has at home.

steak egg and cheese biscuits

I rarely make biscuits without buttermilk, but I really wanted to only use what I had on hand. 2% milk worked perfectly in this recipe. I wanted to get as much texture and flavor as I could by using only a handful of ingredients. I used just a little bit of garlic powder to compliment the steak. I added hashbrowns last minute to have another layer of texture.

steak egg and cheese biscuits

Steak Egg And Cheese Biscuits
Recipe Type: Brunch
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 2-3
Fluffy biscuits filled with eggs, cheese, carne asada, and hashbrowns
  • 1 1/2 cups of AP flour
  • 1 cup of bread flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3 1/2 tsps of baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of margarine
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder
  • 2 cups of hashbrowns cooked per package instructions
  • 2 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces of thinly sliced steak or carne asada cooked through
  • 2 eggs scrambled with salt and pepper
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Make sure the margarine is ice cold
  3. In a large bowl mix the flours, baking powder, salt, and garlic
  4. Chop the butter in small pieces and use your hands or a pastry cutter to mix into the dry ingredients
  5. One you combined the butter and it resembles small crumbles add in the milk
  6. Form the dough into a ball and refrigerate for 10 minutes
  7. Roll or pat out on a floured surfaced to about 1 1/2 inches thick
  8. Press down with a biscuit cutter careful not to twist
  9. Bake in a greased pan for 15 minutes or until golden
  10. Slice and fill with the steak, cheese, hashbrowns, and egg

steak egg and cheese biscuits

Definitely give these biscuits a try. This is one of the most forgiving recipes I’ve ever made. The thicker the biscuit the better the result in my opinion! Enjoy! Don’t forget to #kelliericecakes if you try the recipe!

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Brown Sugar Raisin Bagels

brown sugar raisin bagels

brown sugar raisin bagels

It feels so good to be back after two weeks! I have been stock piling recipes during my absence and I’m pretty sure these Brown Sugar Raisin Bagels are the best thing I’ve made in ages!

March was one of the busiest months I’ve had since the holidays. We had a huge joint birthday party for Patrick’s kids. That alone took two weeks planning and 3 days of prep work. I started a new position at work that actually has a better schedule, but it completely threw off the days I usually reserve for pictures. Now I am trying to find ways to use my artificial lights. These gorgeous bagels came to life early one morning so I was able to take advantage of the morning light.

Eventually I will find a way to balance my work and blog, but for today we are just going to dive right into these bagels.

brown sugar raisin bagels

We were grocery shopping a few weeks ago and saw a little tub of brown sugar cream cheese. Now I’m sure I have just been living under a rock, but I had no idea this stuff existed! Here is just a little insight into how my recipes come to be – first ingredient cream cheese. Now what is the best way to savor a spoonful of brown sugar cream cheese? More brown sugar obviously! Next raisins because  I wanted a little extra flavor. I wasn’t really sure if I was making a bread or bagels until I got home.

brown sugar raisin bagels

I really wanted a nice crust so I knew it was going to be bagels. These have the perfect chew with a nice crust and more brown sugar crumble. They were pretty much perfect to slather with cream cheese!

Brown Sugar Raisin Bagels (Bread Machine)
Recipe Type: Bagels
Author: Kellie Rice
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Serves: 6
Chewy bagels with crisp tops and brown sugar crumble.
  • 1 egg room temp
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1 packet of active yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of warm whole milk
  • 3 1/2 cups of AP flour (King Arthur is seriously the best!)
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • brown sugar to finish
  • water for boiling and 1 tsp of baking soda
  1. You can definitely make these in a mixer with a dough hook, but I am a perfectionist and I love how my bread machine is slightly warm and allows perfect rising.
  2. In a bread machine (or mixer) pour in the milk, brown sugar, and yeast
  3. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to activate the yeast
  4. Add in the honey, salt, butter and 3 cups of flour
  5. Mix for about 10 minutes and add in the raisins (or follow your machines add in timer)
  6. I use the remaining flour to add into the dough as it mixes
  7. The dough should barely have a stick to it
  8. Cut the dough into 6 or 8 pieces depending on the size you want
  9. I used 6 for large bagels
  10. Roll out then form a circle
  11. Flour lightly and let rest
  12. Boil 6 cups of water and add in the baking soda
  13. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  14. Dip each piece of dough into the boiling water for at least 30 seconds (The longer the chewier)
  15. Line on a baking sheet and brush the heavy cream onto each bagel
  16. Top with brown sugar
  17. Bake until golden brown about 20 minutes

brown sugar raisin bagels

Are you drooling yet? These really might be my favorite recipe to date. Brown sugar raisin bagels all the way!

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Bacon Syrup and Pancakes

bacon syrup

bacon syrup

Happy cheat day! I did it! I made it another week without my beloved Diet Coke, grains, dairy, and sugar! So now it is time to cheat a little. As I mentioned last week – I will be allowing myself one day a week without restrictions not to binge, but to create in the kitchen. And this is the first thing that came to mind. After searching high and low I finally found some sugar free bacon. I fried up half a pound this morning trying to come up with a recipe. Bacon syrup was born. I tried to google a few recipes and I could not find anything. Not even on Pinterest. I saw lots of maple bacon recipes, but no bacon syrup.

bacon syrup

I poured the bacon grease into a bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes until all the bacon bits sank to the bottom. You are then left with a layer of pure bacon fat. This is the layer you want to scoop from. It will keep the syrup a nice clear amber.

bacon syrup

bacon syrup

These pancakes are also amazing for days you just don’t have buttermilk on hand. I heated my skillet with a little cooking spray then added a little tiny drizzle of bacon grease before frying.

bacon syrup

Bacon Syrup and Pancakes
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Syrup
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Serves: 4
Sweet and salty maple syrup with smokey bacon flavor.
  • For the Syrup:
  • 1/2 pound of bacon, preferably without added sugar
  • 1 cup of maple syrup, pure would be best
  • For the Pancakes:
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 1 tbsp of bacon grease
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  1. For the Syrup:
  2. Fry the bacon and set bacon on paper towel to drain.
  3. Let the bacon grease cool for 10 minutes then pour into a bowl.
  4. Scoop 3 tbsp of grease off the top layer of the bowl and mix with 1 cup of maple syrup.
  5. Heat over low in a sauce pan.
  6. Pour into a clean container and let sit in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  7. Let sit on the counter while you make pancakes.
  8. Should be served at room temp.
  9. For the pancakes:
  10. In a mixing bowl whisk the sugar, vanilla, and egg.
  11. Add in the bacon grease and milk.
  12. Whisk until combined.
  13. Add in dry ingredients.
  14. Mixture should thicken like a cake batter.
  15. If too thin add flour, if too thick add milk.
  16. Cook in a pan or griddle on medium low.


bacon syrup

These are definitely not the healthiest breakfast option, but for a celebration or just one indulgent meal I think you are going to be just fine. I love the sweet and salty syrup over these fluffy pancakes. Serve along side a little of that no sugar added bacon. That is called balance for sure!

bacon syrup

Don’t forget to bottle up your left overs and refrigerate if you have any 😉


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Easy Breakfast Hash – No Dairy

So I have been considering trying this Whole 30 thing. I bought the book, mapped out my shopping game plan, but I wanted to make sure I had lots of recipes under my belt before committing to the full 30 days. Right now I have been dairy and grain free for a week, but I’m thinking of having Saturday cheat days. There are tons of recipes I want to try out for the blog and I don’t want to limit them too much. BUT I had to share this recipe because it is just so good!

We are total suckers for Waffle House hashbrowns. These aren’t my usual extra cheese order, but they sure are tasty. A layer of shredded potato with lots of seasoning, sauteed jalapenos, mushrooms, and tomato, a coconut oil fried egg and avocado. Everything is Whole 30 approved. It is something easy to change up and once I added my hot sauce I seriously didn’t miss my cheese!

Easy Breakfast Hash – No Dairy
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Whole 30
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Serves: 1
Easy breakfast potato hash with fresh veggies and a fried egg.
  • 1/2 cup of shredded potatoes: russet or sweet
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of fresh veggies- I used mushroom, jalapeno, and tomato
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh tomato, avocado, and hot sauce for topping
  1. In a saute pan heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil over medium high
  2. Scatter shredded potato over the pan and cook for 3 minutes untouched
  3. Flip the potatoes over and add fresh veggies
  4. Season with garlic and paprika
  5. Cook until potatoes are golden brown 3-5 minutes
  6. Move to the side of the pan and add the remaining coconut oil in the pan
  7. Fry the egg to your liking and season with salt and pepper
  8. Serve with fresh tomato, avocado and hot sauce

whole 30

I really hope you enjoy this recipe! Don’t forget you can change up the ingredients to your taste. You can add spinach, broccoli, bacon anything you want! Such an easy and super filling breakfast!


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Banana Bread With Dark Chocolate

Something about this time of year always has me craving banana bread. It probably has something to do with the fact that I always try and increase my fruit and veggie intake at the beginning of the year. This year we are going to try out whole 30. I am excited to really clean up our diets and detox, but I’m not thrilled about giving up dairy.

You can obviously skip the dark chocolate to reduce the sugar in this recipe, but I love the way the chocolate melts into the bread. My favorite way to enjoy this bread is toasted with a little butter. There are not a lot of ingredients. I tried to make it as much about the bananas as possible.

Since this bread is so focused on the bananas you end up with a really moist treat. Nothing is worse then a piece of dry breakfast bread. I think next time I might swap the chocolate out for raisins and pecans.

Banana Bread With Dark Chocolate
Recipe Type: Breakfast Bread
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Serves: 8
Dark Chocolate Banana Bread
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3-4 bananas
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • 1/2 stick of salted butter room temp
  • 1 1/4 cup of AP flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar and eggs.
  3. Add in the sour cream.
  4. Add the flour and baking soda.
  5. Once everything is combined (Do not over mix)
  6. Add in the bananas.
  7. Very lightly mix.
  8. I like chunks of banana in mine.
  9. Fold in dark chocolate.
  10. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until center is set and bread is golden brown.



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Winning Fried Apple Muffins

Fried Apple Muffins

These fried apple muffins are the perfect start to your morning. Sweet fried apples are folded into a spicy muffin batter. This recipe is just as easy as a regular apple muffin, but packs a huge flavor punch!

fried apple muffins

I used a brownie bar pan instead of a traditional muffin tin because I am a rebel like that. I received this recipe from the company Baker’s Cousin. They host baking championships each month with a featured ingredient. The community can enter their favorite recipes and/or vote for their favorites. The recipes are posted for the four winning dishes!

fried apple muffins

One of the coolest parts of the company is if you have friends or family that are not confident in the baking department or if you are just too short on time you can order the winning box and they will send you the winning treats of that month.  This post is not sponsored. Baker’s Cousin was nice enough to send me my first box, but this is the first company I am posting about because I really do like the concept.

bakers cousin fried apples

I honestly was not expecting too much, but I was pleasantly surprised. You get 4 full sized treats wrapped in a gorgeous box with all the recipe index cards. Plus if you are already a great baker you can just check out the website and see the recipes for free. I personally will be entering some of my recipes in future monthly contests.

You check out the fried apple recipe here ->

If you try any recipe at least try this one because it is our favorite!

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Buttermilk Waffles With Extra Vanilla!!!

buttermilk waffles

Usually I dread the time change. I know you “get” an extra hour, but then it gets dark early and I just feel like I lose out somehow. Not this time! I woke up last Sunday so refreshed. I usually work later on Sundays so I had so much extra time to play in the kitchen.

I was craving something sweet and salty. I had some extra buttermilk left over from the weekend so I decided to create this buttermilk waffle recipe.

buttermilk waffles

I am high maintenance when it comes to my kitchen utensils. At one point I had 3 waffle irons. Today I only have two. I used my smaller iron so I could get thin crispy waffle edges.

buttermilk waffles

Side bar- can we talk about this butter right now? This butter has two ingredients: sweet cream and salt. It is so simple and pure. Perfect for these waffles. You may be thinking I’m being a tad dramatic right now. I promise when you use a high quality butter with fewer ingredients your recipes become magical! Most butters have a weird silicon-y slip to them. This does not. I used a European style from my local grocery store.

Okay back to the waffles. I used a mix of buttermilk, cinnamon, and vanilla to create a super delicious flavor. Added a little canola oil for the crunch. Then finished with a pinch of salt for the sweet salty combo I was craving.

Buttermilk Waffles With Extra Vanilla!!!
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Waffles
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Serves: 4 large waffles
Sweet vanilla buttermilk waffles topped with salted butter.
  • 1 cup of buttermilk ( I used lowfat)
  • 3 tbsp of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 cup of AP flour
  • 2 tbsp of pure vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • salted butter and maple syrup for topping!
  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. I spray mine with canola spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. Add in the buttermilk.
  5. Lightly mix.
  6. Add the vanilla, oil and egg.
  7. Mix lightly until batter forms.
  8. Will still be slightly lumpy.
  9. It should resemble a cake batter. If it is too thick add buttermilk or too thin add a little flour.
  10. Pour on the waffle maker and cook to the irons timer.
  11. I like to cook mine on medium high (a 4) for that crispy edge.
  12. Top with your butter and syrup!


mmmm is there anything better??? If you make these please tag me! #kelliericecakes


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Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast

cinnamon toast crunch french toast

I very rarely eat cereal, but we seem to always have it on hand. Publix had a huge Cinnamon Toast Crunch display and I just couldn’t resist buying a box. I have been toying with the idea of using it in a french toast dish. After I made this Challah bread I knew exactly what I wanted. That is when this Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast was born.

Layers of sweet fluffy Challah bread dipped in a cinnamon vanilla batter then covered in Cinnamon Toast Crunch crumbs. Then fried in coconut oil, slathered with Nutella, and drizzled with maple syrup. Seriously what is better???

french toast

I do warn you though- this dish is not for the faint of heart. This french toast is perfect for a lazy weekend. I added just a dollop of unsweetened yogurt to cut some of the sweetness. You could also use a lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Cinnamon Toast Crust French Toast
Recipe Type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4
Sweet Challah bread dipped in a cinnamon vanilla egg batter then covered in Cinnamon Toast Crunch crumbs.
  • Loaf of Challah bread, preferably one day old sliced 1 inch thick
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of yogurt
  • 2 cups of Cinnamon Toast Crunch crumbs
  • 4 tbsp of Nutella
  • Syrup and powdered sugar to taste
  1. Heat a skillet to medium heat.
  2. Prepare pan with a tsp of coconut oil.
  3. Mix together the eggs, vanilla, milk, cinnamon, and yogurt.
  4. Dip the bread quickly into the egg batter.
  5. Do not over saturate, you want a thin layer.
  6. Dip into the Cinnamon Toast Crunch crumbs.
  7. Fry on each side until golden brown.
  8. Spread a thin layer of Nutella on each slice.
  9. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  10. Drizzle with syrup.
  11. Top with yogurt or whipped cream if desired!

french toast

You definitely need to try this recipe at least once in your life! It is an extremely decadent recipe, but if you are up to taking a cheat day this Cinnamon Toast Crunch French Toast is WORTH the calories!

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