Kahlúa Iced Pumpkin Latte + Maple Pumpkin Scones

Since when did Mimosas and Bloody Marys earn the exclusive spots as top brunch drinks??  I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of Bloody Marys.  And my wife prefers her Mimosas without the orange juice.  It’s time we introduce a new drink to the brunch scene…and I suggest we start with this Kahlúa Iced Pumpkin Latte.  Iced coffees are all the rage right now, but they are so incredibly easy to make at home…and talk about an impressive drink to serve if you have houseguests or friends over for brunch!  And these Maple Pumpkin Scones are the perfect tasty treat to serve alongside that iced latte.

Maple Pumpkin Scones have been a favorite in my house for years, and I’ve adapted them in a number of different ways.  But the thing I love most about these scones is how easy they are to make.  Don’t get me wrong here…I love baked breakfast items.  In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that biscuits, muffins, scones, etc. are probably my favorite category of food.  But I admit that sometimes baked breakfast treats require a bit of effort…especially when you have guests staying with you.  Allow me to introduce you to these Maple Pumpkin Scones!  The batter only takes a couple of minutes to mix, and then you just drop them on a lined cookie sheet to bake.  Drizzle a simple glaze over them once they’ve baked, and you’re ready to go.  That’s it!  (And because these are drop scones, the tops get these wonderful little crispy golden bits that I find quite addicting.)

Both the scones as well as the iced latte get their delicious Autumn flavors from Kahlúa’s new Pumpkin Spice.  I’m a long-time fan of original Kahlúa, and I’m a huge fan of Fall flavors…so I found this Pumpkin Spice to be a delicious new addition to the Kahlúa line.  In fact, I can’t decide whether I enjoy drinking it or baking with it more.  So I just decided to do both!  As the weather continues to get colder, don’t forget to take a moment to stop and treat yourself to the delicious flavors of Fall.  (For more Pumpkin Spice deliciousness, check out last week’s Apple Cider Cupcakes and Pumpkin Latte Martini.)

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kahlúa. The opinions and text are all mine.

Maple Pumpkin Scones

Yield: 6 large scones


    For the Maple Pumpkin Scones
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups rolled oats
  • ½ Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½” cubes
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • For the Pumpkin Spice Glaze
  • ¼ cup Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon


    For the Maple Pumpkin Scones
  1. Place chopped pecans on a baking sheet and toast in 375°F oven for 6-8 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and pecans. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add butter and stir until cubes of butter are well-coated.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (heavy cream, Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice, maple syrup, and egg). Whisk together.
  5. Add liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until liquids are fully absorbed. (The batter will be very sticky.)
  6. Drop about 1/3 cup of batter onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and roughly shape into a round disc.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter, spacing the scones about 2” apart on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 35-38 minutes, or until scones are golden in color.
  9. Allow scones to cool slightly before drizzling with the Pumpkin Spice Glaze.
  10. For the Pumpkin Spice Glaze
  11. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over warm scones after they’ve baked.

Scone recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated and “Flour” by Joanne Chang.

Kahlúa Iced Pumpkin Latte


  • 1 part Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice
  • 3 parts brewed coffee, chilled
  • 1 part half-and-half or milk
  • Whipped cream and nutmeg (optional garnish)


  1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  2. Mix together Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice, coffee, and half-and-half.
  3. Pour over ice.
  4. Garnish with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg (optional).

Homemade Pie Crust: 7 Ways

PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!  How to make Homemade Pie DoughOver the years, I’ve heard lots of questions about making homemade pie dough. I’ve also heard all sorts of excuses why folks don’t want to make their own pie dough.  But guess what?  Homemade pie dough really isn’t that hard.  Sure, it takes a bit of practice.  It also takes longer than unwrapping a frozen pie shell from the store.  But Homemade Pie Dough tastes SO much better than the store bought stuff…and it’s way cheaper, too!  But here’s the thing–there are a lot of different versions of homemade pies.  This post is an attempt to categorize just a few of the more common techniques needed to make your own delicious homemade pie.Continue Reading »

Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am that Christmas season is almost here!  Autumn is my favorite time of the year, and the Halloween-New Year’s stretch is a steady stream of fun and excitement for me.  At Halloween, I get to dress up in a costume, eat candy and generally embrace my inner kid.  Then Thanksgiving comes which means good, relaxing time spent with family and friends.  And, of course, Christmas is right behind with it’s bright lights, cheerful music, and gift-giving spirit. (Sometimes I get confused and still want to dress up in a costume for Christmas.  I may or may not own a life-size Santa outfit.  Just sayin’.)  Aside from the fun and festivity, one of my favorite parts about this time of the year is baking.  Yup, baking.  With all of the parties and family gatherings, I have ample opportunities to get into the kitchen and bake…which is one of my favorite activities ever!  Some baking recipes can be rather difficult and involved which is fine by me…if I have the time.  But time often seems to be hard to find during the holidays, so I am excited to share the recipe for these super-easy Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies today.

These Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies are perfect for bakers of all skill levels, and there are even plenty of places where the kids can be involved if they want to help out!  The cookies themselves include melted Dove Promises Dark Chocolate which creates a rich, wonderful taste.  But it doesn’t stop there! Another Dove Promise is lightly pushed into each cookie before it goes into the oven.  These cookies are a chocolate-lover’s dream!  As a kid, I was never a huge fan of dark chocolate.  I always thought it tasted bitter, and it didn’t have that same creaminess as milk chocolate.  As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate dark chocolate much more, but I still love the creamy deliciousness of a piece of milk chocolate.  As part of this project with Dove, I may have snuck a few pieces of chocolate while I was making the cookies…and the Dove Promises Dark Chocolate is really tasty all by itself.  It’s creamy like milk chocolate, but has a delicious non-bitter flavor of dark chocolate. 

If you’re looking for an easy cookie recipe that is perfect to take for office or neighborhood parties, these Dove Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies are the winner.  These would make great neighbor gifts for the holidays, too.  Just package up a batch of these cookies in a clear cellophane bag, add a handful of wrapped Dove Promises, and finish it off with a festive holiday ribbon.  For other fun holiday baking ideas, click here to check out Bright Ideas, a collection of recipes using Dove, Snickers, M&M’s, Twix, 3 Musketeers, and Milky Way.  Woah…talk about a brain overload of deliciousness!

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Dark Chocolate Creamy Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen cookies


  • 1 bag Dove Promises Dark Chocolate
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 6-ounce glass
  • 2 non-stick cookie sheets


  1. Unwrap 12 Dove Promises Dark Chocolate and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Gradually add the flour and then stir in the melted chocolate until well combined.
  3. Divide dough into 24 walnut-sized pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place 2.5" apart on a cookie sheet. Slightly flatten each piece using the bottom of a lightly floured glass. Press an unwrapped Dove Promises Dark Chocolate into the center of each cookie.
  4. Bake at 350°F until set, about 10 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Apple Cider Cupcakes + Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

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