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!

Chocolate Cherry Cordial Muffins

chocolate cherry muffinsHappy Good Friday! What does Good Friday mean to me? Well, let’s be honest, as my husband is off at work, and the kids and I are taking a blessed break from the homeschooling, I will be luxuriating in a day with nothing to do. I will probably be wearing yoga pants all day. The kids and I will be enjoying pizza, popcorn and a movie. Yes, it is just what this mommy desires. Plus, we have muffins. I love muffins. I could eat them every single day. One of my favorite things both to bake and to eat. These even have chocolate chips so really what could be better?

Recipe from the Great American Brand Name Cookbook

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 pkg. (11 ounces) Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup candied cherries, chopped
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

1. Mix together first 6 ingredients. In separate bowl mix together milk, oil and egg. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.

2. Set aside 1/4 cup of the chocolate chips. Stir remaining chips and cherries into batter. I added an extra splash of milk because it seemed a bit dry. Divide evenly between 12 greased muffin cups.

3. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.

4. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

5. Eat and enjoy!