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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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Chocolate Chip Shortbread


These are the cookies that I whip up whenever cookies are required and I am pressed for time.  These are the cookies my daughter requests when she has to take cookies somewhere.  These are the cookies that her friends beg for.  These are the cookies that disappear at supersonic speed.  Last time her boyfriend ate them he texted me how wonderful they were.  Do you get the idea?  These are REALLY good!!!!


Did I add that they are REALLY easy to make too?  Only the most basic ingredients: butter, sugar, vanilla, flour, and of course chocolate chips.  The cookies themselves are buttery and chocolatey, and really you want more than 1 once you start eating them.  Enjoy!!!!!


Cookie tray is starting to look better.


Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars


1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease a 13×9 pan

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add vanilla extract.
Mix in flour.
Add chocolate chips.

Spread in prepared pan.

Bake 18-20 minutes

Makes 24 bars