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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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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

It’s time to start think about holidays and baking and that got me to thinking about this poor neglected blog of mine…..so I decided that I am going to start writing it again!!!  Still figuring out what changes I am going to make but for today we are starting with a yummy, easy to make quick loaf. 

This loaf is my favorite flavor profile, peanut butter and chocolate, and is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.  The crust is almost crunchy but the inside stays moist.  The peanut butter doesn’t overwhelm you but you definitely know its peanut butter and you can never go wrong by adding chocolate chips.  All in all its delicious and even my husband who is not a big fan of chocolate likes it and asked me to make it again.



My Mom gave me her Desert Rose dishes when I moved and I forgot about them… now that I’ve found them I am excited to use them!!!!  They remind me of Sunday dinners when I was a kid and eating in the dining room.  I also just love the way they look!!!  The pink roses just make me happy!!!  Of course I love, love, love dishes and love having variety, different dishes for different meals or type of food.  The dishes my food is on can bring back memories or just make me smile. Do you have a favorite set of dishes or dishes you use for a certain meal or food?

Enjoy!!!! Use your favorite dishes and have a sweet morning!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread
Makes 1 loaf
 
 
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
 
Preheat oven to 350
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray
 
Mix peanut butter & oil until smooth.
Add sugar & mix.
Stir in egg, vanilla extract & milk.
In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, baking soda & baking powder. Add to peanut butter mixture.  Mix until just combined.
 
Stir in chocolate chips.
 
Pour into loaf pan.
 
Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.

 

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.

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffin

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins

Muffin, muffin who’s got the muffin!!  Oh wait that’s button, button but I like muffin’s so much better.  My life is going through a bit of a transition (more about that another time) and my blogging has been suffering but I am attempting to get back on track.

So here is a new muffin recipe.  I love mini muffins, they are bite size so when you have a few you feel satisfied but not like you are over eating.  If you prefer you can make them as 12 large muffins (adjust the baking time to about 18-20 minutes).

The muffins are chocolate with a hint of peanut butter and lots of chocolate chips.  The peanut butter just adds a subtle flavor to the chocolate and boosts the yum.  They are delicious for an afternoon snack or as the start of a sweet morning.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins
1 ¼ cup flour
⅓ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup cocoa
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
⅓ cup butter, melted
⅔ cup peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 400. Grease or line mini muffin tins.
Mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa, and baking powder.
Stir in chocolate chips.
In a separate bowl mix butter, peanut butter, egg, milk and vanilla.
Add wet mixture to dry mixture.
Stir until combined.
Spoon batter into mini muffin tins.
Bake 10-12 minutes.

Makes 36 mini muffins

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Scones

Scones, for some reason I have an irrational fear of making scones.  I really am not sure why because its not like I even have much to judge scones by.  The only scone I remember eating is a really dy one in an airport years and years ago.  I think it is because when I look at the recipe and see the phrase “cut butter into” I panic.  I am not good with a pastry blender.  I make a mess….and panic…..and….. but I decided to put on my big girl panties and give scones a try.  I searched and searched and finally found a recipe that was sort of kind of what I was looking for… but not exactly….so I changed the ingredients to suit my tastes and they were REALLY YUMMY!!!!!!

I added oatmeal and chocolate chips and they were surprisingly good.  A bit of texture and chocolate.  My daughter asked what we were having for breakfast and when I said scones she made a face, you know the teenage “What were you thinking face” (I think she wanted donuts), and then she tried one, and finished it and asked for another. Success:))  I baked half the recipe for breakfast and put the rest in the fridge for dessert.  After dinner we had the second half with strawberries and ice cream, a nice alternative to shortcake.  I’m still intimidated by  “cut butter..” but scones, at least these scones are going to be added to my “go to” recipes.  They are perfect for a sweet morning.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Scones
adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours

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1 egg
½ cup yogurt
¼ cup milk
1 ⅔ cups flour
1 ⅓ cups oatmeal
⅓ cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup mini chocolate chips
10 Tbsp cold butter, cut into piecesPreheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Stir together egg, yogurt, and buttermilk.

Combine flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is pebbly.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry along with the mini chocolate chips. Stir until combined.
Knead about 10 times.
Divide in half. Pat each half into a circle and cut each circle into 6 pieces.
Place the pieces on the baking pan.

Bake 20 minutes.

NOTE: Scones may be frozen before baking, wrap individually. When baking frozen scones increase baking time for about 2 minutes.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Donuts

Donut Day!!!!!  I was not going to make donuts, I was tired of donuts (well not really but they were making my pants too tight so I was telling myself I was tired of donuts) and we were NOT going to eat sweets for breakfast.  We were going to eat cereal and toast and other things.  But then My youngest started begging for donuts, and so did her boyfriend, and another friend, and then she (my youngest) PROMISED donuts to the guidance office SOOOOOOOOOO I had to make donuts 🙂  Thank goodness because I was REALLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYY tired of cereal.

These are my favorite- peanut butter donuts with chocolate chips and a chocolate frosting.  They are so moist and peanut buttery and chocolatey!!!!!  A perfect donut for a sweet morning!!

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Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Donuts
inspired by Wilton

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2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¾ cup mini chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 eggs
¾ cup low fat plain yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
⅓ cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk
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., and mini chocolate chips.
Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, yogurt, peanut butter, vanilla, and milk..
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 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 water until it is desired consistency.

Snickerdoodle Donuts

Donut Day!!!!  I know yesterday was all about being ‘healthier’ but today is donut day.  I enlisted more testers and really these were made for my husband who always complains he doesn’t get any donuts he likes (he’s not the biggest fan of chocolate, which works out because that means more chocolate for me).  They are cinnamon and there is no chocolate in sight so I only tasted them and didn’t inhale them. 

The donuts are really cinnamonny with cinnamon in the donuts and cinnamon in the glaze.  Reminiscent of my husband’s favorite Snickerdoodle cookies these donuts have been added to the favorite list in the family.  May they help start your sweet mornings!

Baked Snickerdoodle Donuts
inspired by Wilton


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2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 egg
¾ cup low fat plain yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk
Cinnamon Glaze

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

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, granulated sugar. Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, egg, yogurt, vanilla, and milk.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.

Top with cinnamon glaze.

Cinnamon Glaze
Combine ½ cup confectioners sugar with 2 Tbsp of water and 1 tsp cinnamon.
Top donuts with glaze.

Makes 12 doughnuts

Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts

Donuts.  Chocolate donuts.  With mini chocolate chips melting and oozing more chocolate inside.  Need I say more?

It is donut day and today’s donut is a basic chocolate donut with some mini chocolate chips added in just to take it up a chocolate notch.  Sweet enough to satisfy your afternoon chocolate craving these donuts don’t need anything more than a cup of coffee, tea, or milk.  Enjoy and may your mornings be sweet.

 

Baked Chocolate Chocolate Chip Donuts
inspired by Wilton

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1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cocoa
¾ cup mini chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
¾ cup low fat vanilla yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup milk

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

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, wheat flour, salt, baking powder, granulated sugar, cocoa, and mini chocolate chips.
Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and milk.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.

Makes 12 doughnuts

Baked Lemon Donuts

 Lemon donuts!!!!!!  Light, refreshing, just the right amount of lemon-not too much so as to give you a permanent pucker but enough to let you taste the lemon, moist and oh so yummy!!!!!!! 

 This week we left the chocolate behind, not really sure what was up with that decision since I am usually all about chocolate but sometimes change is good.  

Maybe it was the warm weather and sunshine that made me crave something light and sunny but whatever it was I decided that this was the week to say yes to a little lemon in a baked good.  Tossed with a little powdered sugar these are an excellent start to a sweet morning 

The powdered sugar absorbs quickly into the moist donuts so if you make them ahead of time (I like them best cold) you might have to toss them in the powdered sugar again.

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Baked Lemon Donuts


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2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs
¾ cup low fat plain yogurt (I used Stoneyfield Farm Organic)
6Tbsp lemon juice (juice of a 2 medium lemons)
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼- ½ cup confectioner sugar

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

Mix together all dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, sugar.
Combine wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs, yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix.

Spoon (I find it easier to spoon the dough) or pipe batter into pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool a few minutes on wire rack.

Place confectioner sugar in a brown lunch bag. Add donuts 1 at a time and toss to coat with sugar.

Makes 12 doughnuts

Chocolate Mini Muffins

 

I love muffins.  They are the perfect combination of breakfast and dessert and who doesn’t need an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast.  So I make muffins a lot and mini muffins are my favorite because you can eat more than 1 and go back for more.  I am on the search for the perfect chocolate muffin, one that is that perfect amount of chocolate but not too much because it is morning.  This recipe is pretty close; they are pleasingly chocolatey without being too much. 
In fact they remind me of the chocolate birthday cake my Gram always made.  These muffins are healthy-ish too (at least that’s what I tell myself) because I used yogurt and part of the flour is wheat flour.  I enjoyed them hot out of the oven but am enjoying them even more the next day.  Oh and I used my Valentine’s Day muffin pan just because it’s 2 weeks until Valentine’s Day J Hope you have a sweet morning!!

 

Chocolate Mini Muffins

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⅔ cup granulated sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ cup cocoa
¾ cup chocolate chips
6 Tbsp butter
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, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cocoa

In a microwave safe bowl combine butter and chocolate chips. Microwave 1-2 minutes, until chocolate chips are melted (be careful not to over microwave, it took me about 1 ½ minutes). Stir until smooth. Add wet ingredients: vanilla, eggs, and yogurt. Stir well.

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