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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Z Mini Muffins

Peanut butter and chocolate are a classic combination and one of my favorites so I am always looking for new ways to combine them. These delicious mini muffins do just that, combine peanut butter and mini chocolate chips into a muffin that perfectly balances the two flavors and has the added hidden boost of zucchini.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

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Chocolate Chip Shortbread

It’s Thursday so I am going to Throw it Way back to a post from 2011. When I first posted these Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies were my go to cookie but shortly after I originally posted I stopped making them. Not really sure why but I honestly don’t remember the last time I made these cookies, I’m guessing last Christmas. With the Holidays fast approaching I want to start making cookies so I’m prepared and these seemed like the perfect ones to start with, not holiday specific and they freeze and thaw well (do you freeze your cookies? It’s a great way to control your cookie intake, when you are making lunch or dinner take out a cookie or 2 for a sweet treat after you eat, they will defrost while you are eating. Plus having cookies in the freezer means you will never be unprepared for an unexpected guest.)Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bar Cookies Continue reading Chocolate Chip Shortbread

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

A few weeks ago I was reading a book about family and for some reason I started craving Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. I hadn’t had them or thought about them in years but growing up it was my Mom’s and Gram’s go to cookie, they made them a lot!!! And I loved them!! The crunch of the crisp cookie, the sweetness of the brown sugar, the texture of oatmeal making them ‘healthy’ and of course just the right amount of chocolate from the chocolate chips, YUM!!! And once I started to think about them I had to have them and they are just as good as I remembered!!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

Finally Back!!!

I’m back!!!!  It’s been forever (o.k. about a year and a half) since I blogged here but I am back and ready to start sharing my cooking adventures again.  The quick version of where I’ve been – I got a full-time job, put on 15 pounds, and couldn’t figure out how to make it all fit in.  I have left the job, relocated to a new state with my family and am ready to start sharing my sweet mornings and cooking adventures.

Since it has been soooooooo long since I posted something I decided that my first post had to be something wonderful!!  Something amazing!!!  Something chocolate (but of course)!!  It had to reflect why I started this blog to begin with, making yummy food that made the mornings sweet.  After much searching & tasting & experimenting I came up with this recipe, it is chocolate, it is peanut butter, it is more chocolate and it is yummy as a sweet breakfast treat or an afternoon indulgence!  In other words it is exactly what I have been searching for to restart Sweet Mornings.  I hope you enjoy it and it makes your morning sweet.


Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread
Makes 2 loaves


3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 ½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
chocolate chips (I used a full 12 oz bag, use half the bag if you don’t want chocolate overload)


Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 2 loaf pans with nonstick spray.

In a mixing bowl beat eggs, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla.
Combine dry ingredients.  Add to the wet ingredients.


Stir in chocolate chips.


Pour into loaf pans.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.



Yogurt Cake with Chocolate Chips


I was feeling something different.  I was tired of cookies and muffins so I needed something else to snack on.  I wanted something not real sweet and it had to be easy to make, no rolling or frosting.  I flipped through a bunch of cookbooks and was intrigued by the French Yogurt Cake in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours.  It sounded light but it had a marmalade frosting that just wasn’t what I wanted and I didn’t have any lemons for the lemon zest or almonds and there was no chocolate in the recipe but the basic idea of the cake was good. 
So I adapted the cake to suit my tastes, no lemon or almonds, increased the vanilla extract and added chocolate chips.  Oh and left off the glaze.  The result was just what I was hoping for, light, easy to make, and just the right amount of chocolate chips.  A yummy dessert 🙂


Yogurt Cake with Chocolate Chips
adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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1 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup plain yogurt
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup canola oil

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease a loaf pan.

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and chocolate chips.
Mix yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, and canola oil.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
Pour into loaf pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack.
Remove cake from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

I was in the mood for muffins again and I’m always in the mood for chocolate chips so I mixed up these sweet little muffins.  I made a batch yesterday and they were soooooooooooooo good that I made another batch today (the fact that we ate all 36 muffins might have something to do with it). 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Every time I walked into the kitchen I had to try another to make sure they were alright (they were J). 

They are the perfect combination of chocolate and oatmeal.  A little sweet, a little chocolate, a little bit of texture.  All in all just perfect to start your sweet morning.


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

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⅔ cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¾ cup mini chocolate chips
1 cups quick oats
6 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
¾ cup lowfat vanilla yogurt

Preheat oven to 400. Line mini muffin tins or spray with cooking spray.

Mix dry ingredients: sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, mini chocolate chips, and quick oats

Combine wet ingredients: butter, vanilla, eggs, and yogurt.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.

Use a tablespoon to scoop batter into the mini muffin tins.

Bake 10-12 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 36 mini muffins

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Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts

Doughnuts or do you prefer donuts?  Why are there words that have multiple spellings?  I am never sure which one to use and will write one and then go back and switch and spend time trying to decide which one to use….I am not going to do waste time on that today, not when I have these fabulous donuts to share. 
I have a thing for ‘specialty’ pans, you know the ones, fancy loaf pans, heart shaped muffin tins, fancy bundt pans, the ones that you are so excited about and have to have and then you use once and put them in a ‘safe place’ and forget about.  I have lots and lots of those pans.  

When I saw donut pans I tried to contain myself and had a stern talk with myself (“Chris you DO NOT need donut pans! You have too much stuff and they will only add to the clutter. You DO NOT need to make donuts, you are trying to eat healthy. Chris, are you listening? Chris, you DO NOT NEED THEM”). I didn’t listen. Instead I put them on my Christmas list. My daughter (and her boyfriend) thought it was a great idea, they NEED donuts for breakfast! So I got the pans and people begging for donuts.

So I have made donuts.  But I couldn’t just make the recipe that came on the pan; it didn’t include chocolate chips, so I changed it.  Plus I am trying to be healthy so I changed it again and added yogurt.  Oh and the daughters didn’t like the glaze/frosting, so I changed it, twice.  What I ended up with is a chocolate chip donut with a topping that is somewhere between a frosting and a glaze.  They are just what I was going for, just the right amount of chocolate so as not to overpower you at breakfast but enough to satisfy your chocolate craving.

The batter can be mixed up the night before and refrigerated until morning (you really didn’t think I am awake enough to mix up batter in the morning on a week day did you?).  Pull the batter out when you are preheating the oven and you can have hot donuts before you leave the house.  The only thing you need to do is mix the frosting/glaze and that’s quick and easy.  Enjoy and have a sweet morning!

Baked Chocolate Chip Donuts
adapted from Wilton

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2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs

¾ cup low fat plain yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
¼ cup lowfat milk (I used 1%)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup mini chocolate chips
Chocolate glaze frosting

Preheat oven to 375.
Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, granulated sugar, brown sugar.
Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, yogurt, milk, vanilla.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.
Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 7-9 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.
Top with chocolate glaze frosting.

Makes 12 doughnuts

Chocolate Glaze Frosting
¾ cup chocolate chips

1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp water
¼ cup confectioner sugar

Melt chocolate chips and butter in microwave for about 1 minute.
Stir until smooth adding a small amount of water.
Add confectioner sugar and more water until it is desired consistency.

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Chocolate Oatmeal Biscotti

Today I decided I was going to make biscotti.  I’m not really sure why I decided on biscotti, I haven’t had it in years and I’m not really a fan of nuts so biscotti was an odd thing for me to fixate on.  But for some reason I was determined.  I found a recipe.  Correction I found a LOT of recipes and none was quite right so I improvised.  Instead of nuts I added oatmeal and of course I wanted chocolate and if I was having chocolate I might as well add chocolate chips. 

When mixing the texture was odd, it seemed dry but what do I know I’ve never made biscotti before so I pressed on and made the logs.  It smelled good when it was baking, nice and chocolate.  I waited and sliced it, still crumbly and baked it again. 
The pieces I snitched tasted good, nice and chocoaltey with texture.  I waited and waited until they were cool and then made coffee and ate one.  Interesting, it was the chocolate I wanted and it had texture from the oatmeal but I wasn’t sure.  So I ate another piece and another.  Then my daughter got home and I had a piece with her and she had 2J  So I guess it’s not half bad since we kept going back for more.  Enjoy and may your sweet morning last all day.

Chocolate Oatmeal Biscotti
adapted from Everyday Food

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1 ½ cups flour
¾ cup cocoa
¾ cup quick oats
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
3 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 tbsp vanilla extract
¾ cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine flour, cocoa, quick oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Mix in eggs and vanilla extract.
Stir in chocolate chips.

Divide dough in half.
Form each half into a log with a flat top approximately 2 ½ inches wide and ¾ inch tall.
Place logs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake 20-25 minutes.

Let cool on sheets placed on wire rack for 20 minutes.
Slice logs on the diagonal with a serrated knife into slices.
Place cut side down on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
Bake for about 7 ½ minutes.
Flip slices and rotate pan.
Bake for 7 ½ minutes more.
Let cool on sheets.

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Favorite Recipes of 2011

Well it’s almost 2012 and time to reflect on the last year. I started blogging in the Spring and never really found my momentum. After a few posts I put it aside, got busy with other things, and almost forgot about it.

In the Fall I started to read food blogs and the more I read the more fascinated and inspired I became. The photos were stunning and the food….let’s just say I have been trying WAY too many AMAZING recipes (if you measure by the fit of my pants). Finally at the end of November I decided to resurrect my blog and begin posting regularly. I LOVE IT!!!!!!  There is just something about it that I enjoy, maybe it’s because I love to talk about food and this way I can talk and I don’t notice if no one is listening (because I can’t see eye’s begin to glaze and hear MOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM like I do at home).  I can imagine that someone has stopped by for coffee, muffins, and  to share recipes. 

 Whatever it is I am going to continue in 2012.

Since my blog is so new there are only a few recipes on it but these are 3 of my (and my family’s) favorites:

One of my favorite muffins.  Chocolate and peanut butter, what’s not to like.

Cinnamon ‘Snickerdoodle’ Bar Cookies 

The pan of these disappeared in a minute and the family is begging for more.

Chocolate Chip Dainties

A family favorite from the cookie tray.  I am always surprised by how yummy this cookie is when I make it at Christmas.  Don’t know why I only make it at Christmas

Enjoy a wonderful New Year!!!!  May it be filled with Sweet Mornings!!!