Pumpkin Pecan Cake+Biscoff Cream Cheese Frosting

This cake has brown butter, toasted pecans, and mini chocolate chips.

Pumpkin Pecan Cake+Biscoff Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 1 c. dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 c. salted butter, browned and cooled
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c. toasted pecans
  • 1/2 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Frosting

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 c. crunchy Biscoff cookie butter
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar, sifted (optional, if you want a sweeter frosting)

Yields Approximately 24 slices

For the Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat the brown butter and brown sugar together. Scrape the bowl, then add the eggs and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.

In a bowl, sift together the baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and flour. In two alternating additions, add the flour mixture and pumpkin puree, scraping after each addition.

Fold in the pecans and chocolate chips. Pour batter into a greased 9×13 baking pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool cake before frosting.

Pumpkin Pecan Cake+Biscoff Cream Cheese Frosting

For the Frosting

Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, Biscoff spread, and powdered sugar and beat to combine. Spread over cooled cake and refrigerate until serving.

Pumpkin Pecan Cake+Biscoff Cream Cheese Frosting

Queso Dip

This is a quick and easy queso dip that also freezes really well.

Queso Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle chile powder
  • 1 tsp. ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 4 oz. can diced green chiles
  • 16 oz. can salsa
  • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • Two 14 oz. cans of chili con carne chili
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into smaller pieces c. shredded medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 c. shredded pepper jack cheese

Brown the ground beef with the kosher salt, black pepper, chipotle chile powder, ancho chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and hot sauce. Drain excess fat and set aside.

In a stock pot, mix together the green chiles, diced tomatoes, salsa, and chili over medium heat. Allow mixture to warm up, then add add the cream cheese, stirring to combine. Add the shredded cheeses, stirring to melt and combine. Add the ground beef and allow mixture to bubble slightly before serving. Be sure to stir frequently as the queso can stick and burn.

This can also be made in a slow-cooker, combining the ingredients over low heat and allowing the cream cheese and shredded cheese to melt fully after each addition.