Cinnamon Swirled Muffins

IMG_8416Staying on budget for groceries can sometimes be a bit difficult. December is one of the harder months as I do a bunch of extra baking. We, or at least me, tend to go a wee bit overboard when planning the dessert table. What can I say I like variety. So when I find a recipe that sounds delicious and I have all the ingredients all ready it’s a shoe-in to get put on the week’s meal plan. The cookies and bars get put in the freezer for Christmas (after we have all taste tested them, of course), so I like to have things like muffins and scones for the kids to snack on.

Recipe found at The Spiced Life

  • For the muffin batter:
  • 1½ cups self rising flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. fine sea salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 7 T unsalted butter, melted
  • For the cinnamon swirl:
  • 1 Tbsp.  cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp. brown sugar

1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in large mixing bowl. Make a well. Place egg, milk , and butter in well. Fold to combine ingredients.

2. Mix together cinnamon and brown sugar.

3. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Spray paper liners and top of muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.

4. Place about a Tbsp. of batter in each muffin cup. Divide half of sugar mixture between cups. Top with remaining batter, then remaining cinnamon mixture. Use a butter knife to gently swirl.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.

6. Eat and enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Orange Muffins

IMG_8024We have always had the tradition of an orange at the very bottom of your stocking. I actually really like oranges, as far as fruit go. Especially Mandarin Oranges, because they are so easy to peel. What I really love to find in my stocking toe, is a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Whack and Unwrap. Words to my ears. I love to sit there eating one sliver at a time. Milk, Dark, I really don’t care, but I love me some chocolate orange! So while perusing my cook book 125 Best Chocolate Chip Recipes I came across this recipe for muffins. Let me tell you, for this muffin loving family, 12 was not enough. Maybe it’s because we let the kids have chocolate for breakfast, when it’s in a muffin. Maybe it is because they are so good, but these did not last long in our house.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tsp. grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. orange extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.Whisk together 1 cup of the sugar, eggs, milk, oil, orange zest, vanilla and orange extract. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

2. Scoop into paper lined muffin tin. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.

3. Bake for 22 minutes at 375 degrees. Let cool.

4. Eat and enjoy!

Maple Drizzled Apple Muffins

IMG_8219Muffin baking. So fun. We usually bake 2 things a week in the house one dessert and one “snack” in which the muffins would fit into. Of course this number has increased greatly this month to store goodies in the freezer for Christmas. The stock pile has begun, yet, still I want to make muffins for our little afternoon time snack. My oldest daughter is now obsessed with making tea, and will make a large pot almost every day. She prepares a cup for her siblings, and they have a little afternoon sit down. So mom, that being me, is usually on snack duty. Muffins are my favorite so that is usually what gets made around here. Always like trying something new though, so these beauties from Allrecipes were devoured in a heartbeat.

Makes 12 muffins.

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups chopped, peeled apples
  • 12 pecan halves
  • 12 muffin liners
  • Glaze:
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

1. Mix together first 5 ingredients in medium-sized mixing bowl.

2. In separate bowl mix together next four wet ingredients. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in wet. Stir until just combined. Fold in apples. Scoop into muffin tin that has been lined with paper liners.

3. Top each muffin with one pecan.

4. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven and cool.

5. Mix glaze ingredients and drizzle over muffins.

6. Eat and enjoy!

Double Chocolate Muffins

Double Chocolate MuffinsYay, muffins are back! The stand mixer came out and whipped us up some fabulous snack time treats. If you do have a stand mixer I would highly recommend The Mixer Bible cookbook. That is where this recipe comes from. I always wanted a stand mixer and then I got one for my birthday. To be honest, besides meringue and whipped cream I didn’t really know what to do with it. Enter the Mixer Bible. It got me more comfortable with using it, because we all know we can get stuck in comfort zones and I was quite comfortable using my hand mixer. Hands free is the way to go though. Now I love my stand mixer and use it often. So now that the cooler temperatures are here enjoy making these muffins. Curl up with a great book. Turn on your fireplace. Make some tea.

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Place butter in bowl of stand mixer. Add sugar and beat until fluffy(should take about 2 minutes). Scrap down sides. Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla. Beat until combined, scrap down sides of bowl.

2. Mix together first 5 dry ingredients. Alternately add to butter mixture with milk and sour cream. Beat until combined. Add chocolate chips and “stir” in. Luckily stand mixers have a stir setting so really you need to arm power at all.

3. Scoop evenly into 12 muffin tins lined with paper muffin cups.

4. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Cool.

5. Eat and enjoy!