Friday, April 11, 2014

White Chocolate Pretzel Bunnies

Can't stop the cuteness.



Not much of a recipe for you today, but some cuteness.  I am not sure if I have ever mentioned how much I love Target and how much time we spend there.  A weekly trip to Target is pretty standard in our house. A couple weeks back I saw these adorable bunny shaped pretzels in the Easter section. Seeing the potential, I bought a bag with plans to make these.  We don't often buy pretzels, so by the time I got around to making these Zack had eaten half the bag.  Apparently he was also excited about the bunny pretzels.  All I did to make these was melt some white chocolate chips with a little shortening in the microwave until smooth and then topped with spring colored sprinkles.  They are super easy to make and I know they would be a perfect addition to an Easter Basket.



Saturday, April 5, 2014

Moist Double Chocolate Muffins

I love a good muffin.







































I really love muffins.  I am not sure what it is about that, but I really do love them.  I know they are not the most nutritious breakfast or snack so I rarely indulge myself.  These muffins were really a nice treat. They are moist and chocolate an are delicious with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk.  I am thinking about making a few types of muffins to freeze before the baby comes...but that will require me to actually bake.  I need to find some motivation so I can share with you guys.  In the mean time, enjoy these!

Moist Chocolate Muffins
recipe from Allrecipes.com

makes 12 muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease 12 muffins cups or line with paper muffin liners.

Combine flour, 3/4 cups chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and baking soda in large bowl.  Whisk egg, yogurt, milk, and vegetable oil in another bowl until smooth; pour into chocolate mixture and stir until batter is just blended.  Fill prepared muffin cups 3/4 full and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes  Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

I am in love.



I made these cupcakes Monday night and I have to say this is officially my new favorite frosting.  The cupcake was pretty tasty on its own, but the real star was the frosting.  Whenever I make something super tasty (in particular, my pie crust) my husband Zack likes to say "I would eat a shoe covered in that". That is how I feel about this frosting.  Put it on anything and I am eating it.    In other news, I am still pregnant with baby girl.  She is supposed to make her debut on April 23rd, but I wonder if we will make it that long.  Only a few more weeks and we will know!  Now go make this frosting and thank me later.

Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
cupcake recipe from How Sweet Eats and frosting recipe adapted from Recipe Girl

makes 12 cupcakes
1 cup loosely packed brown sugar1 large egg1 tablespoon vanilla extract3/4 cup milk1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt, stirring to mix. Set aside. Line a cupcake tin with liners.
In a large bowl, whisk brown sugar and egg until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and milk, again mixing until combined. Slowly pour in melted butter, continuing to whisk. Add in the flour, soda and salt, mixing with a large spoon until batter is smooth.
Using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to liners. Bake for 16-19 minutes, or until tops are puffy and golden, and don’t jiggle when touched. Let cool completely.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
makes enough for 12 cupcakes
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1-2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, salt, and sugars until smooth and creamy.  Beat in the flour and vanilla until well combined.  Add milk to reach desired consistency.  Stir in chocolate chips or use as garnish.