Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

So last week I did pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, so this week I am doing pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. I promise that these are just as good as the other recipe for the cookies. I honestly think these might be slightly better, but that is just my opinion. I warned you about the pumpkin theme going on here, didn’t I?! The recipe says 18 to 20 minutes to bake in the oven. I did mine for about 19 minutes but it may vary from oven to oven. Otherwise, I followed the recipe exactly. The recipe can be found at Just a Taste. And yes, I agree with the title of the recipe “The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.” Happy baking and enjoy!!

Ingredients

*1 and 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour

*1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

*1 teaspoon of baking soda

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

*1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

*1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

*1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger

*1/2 cup (or 1 stick) of unsalted butter at room temperature

*1 and 1/3 cup of sugar

*1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

*2 eggs

*1 cup of canned pumpkin (I used the Farmers Market brand, but almost any would do)

*1/3 cup of water

*1 and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips (Ghirardelli semi-sweet again)

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is October which means it is time to get into the pumpkin and holiday spirit. Fall has arrived as well. It has always been one of my favorite seasons especially when I was on the East Coast in Maryland for school because the leaves changed into these amazing colors. This is a fair warning to everyone that I am going to be posting a lot of recipes, especially these next couple of months with pumpkins. I am kicking it off with a good one. This is a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies which are so good and I may try to make them again sometime soon. These will guarantee to make your mouth water. The recipe can be found on Sally’s Baking Addiction which is one of my favorite places to go to for recipes. Enjoy and happy fall baking.

Ingredients

*1/2 cup (or one stick) unsalted butter

*1/4 cup of packed light or dark brown sugar

*6 tablespoons of canned pumpkin puree

*1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (using the spoon and level method, which can be looked up)

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1/4 teaspoon of baking powder

*1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

*1 and 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

*1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

*1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

*1/4 teaspoon of allspice

*1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (still use the same kind of chocolate chips)

 

 

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Chocolate Chip Apple Muffins

My parents came home from Napa and my mom said, “It smells like you have been baking in here.” She always makes that comment whenever I bake at home. I told her that I made chocolate chip apple muffins. My parents both thought that sounded exotic. Yes, I know that combination sounds a little bit unusual, but they turned out to be pretty good. I was having a chocolate craving, but I also wanted to combine it with apples as we we had a whole bunch of apples from our apple tree and it was also the beginning of fall. So here is the recipe for the chocolate chip apple muffins which can be found on the Offbeat & Inspired website.

I am wishing all of my readers a happy fall as well as my usual happy baking! Just a couple of side notes before I give out the ingredients. This recipe says to bake for about 30-35 minutes, but I would suggest a little less time because as I made this for the first time and when I followed the instructions I did exactly 30 minutes, but they look a little brown on the top. I will leave that up to you all because it also really depends on your oven as well. This recipe also calls for apple sauce, which can be found on the same website, but keep in mind that there is another option. The recipe for this apple sauce can be found when you click on Vanilla Spice Applesauce down below. Enjoy!!

Ingredients

*2 cups of all-purpose flour

*1 teaspoon of baking powder

*1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

*1/2 teaspoon of salt

*1/2 cup of softened butter (which equals to one stick of butter)

*1 cup of white (granulated) sugar

*2 eggs

*1 and 1/2 cups of Vanilla Spice Applesauce or 1 and 1/2 cups of chopped apples and 1 and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract (as an alternative to the applesauce)

*1 cup of chocolate chips (I use my same Ghiradelli semi sweet chocolate chips)

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Honey Cake

First of all, I just wanted to wish all of my readers a happy New Year, or as one would say in Hebrew… Shanah tovah. Or also just plain old happy Rosh Hashanah. In honor of Rosh Hashanah this year my mom and I made this wonderful honey cake in part because we found the recipe in the paper over the weekend, as well as the fact that honey represents something sweet for the new year, so we wanted to make something that represented that. Usually one would dip apples into honey, but we did none of that this year. Although we found the recipe in the paper, one can also find the same recipe online. I just want to point out that this is from a Jewish bakery in San Francisco called Frena and as I read in the paper, one of the only Jewish and Kosher bakeries in San Fransisco which is a little interesting factoid. So if you do not get the paper or already threw yours away, here is the link for the same recipe from the SF Chronicle’s website. Just a couple of side notes here. This recipe is to make 3 loafs of cake, but we used the same amount to make just one big cake. That part is really up to you. The second note here is that we decided to keep it completely Kosher so we used a spray instead of butter to use on the baking pan. Like I said before Shanah tovah and also happy baking!!

Ingredients

*2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

*2 teaspoons of baking powder

*1 teaspoon of baking soda

*1 and 1/2 teaspoons of (ground) cinnamon

*1/4 teaspoon of cloves

*1/2 cup of packed brown sugar

*1/2 cup of granulated sugar

*4 large egss

*1/2 cup of honey

*1 cup of oil

*1 and 1/2 cups of orange juice

*Powdered sugar for garnish (we used sifter to sift over cake once it was cooled)

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Peach and Plum Crisp

Summer is winding down fast, so here I am to get everyone in the summer mood while I still can. We had a joint birthday celebration for my mom, me, my brother and my sister. And in fact my birthday is tomorrow. Anyways…one of the desserts we made was a peach and plum crisp from Alice Waters. This recipe is simple enough. Instead of just posting the link to the recipe and since I found it in her “The Art to Simple Food” book I just went ahead and took a picture of the recipe instead. I am still listing the ingredients from the recipe as I always do. There are two parts to it: the crisp that goes on top and the filling. The secret, especially if you made a lot of crisp is to simply refrigerate the rest of the topping the next time you make it. Plus there are tons of variations you can do yourself, either from this recipe or you can always try to find a version of this recipe online.  Happy baking!!

Ingredients (for the filling)

*4 pounds of ripened peaches (and we used plums for this one too)

*1 tablespoon of sugar (if needed)

*1 and 1/2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

Ingredients (for topping)

*2/3 cups of nuts (can be pecans, walnuts or almonds)

*1 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour

*6 tablespoons of brown sugar

*1 and 1/2 tablespoons of granulated (white) sugar

*1/4 teaspoon of salt (only use if using unsalted butter)

*1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)

*12 tablespoons (or 1 and 1/2 sticks) of butter and cut into small pieces

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Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins

As you can see, I am obsessed with apples, but I did give you all a break last week. This week I am getting back to apples and one of my all time favorites, applesauce. This recipe is for cinnamon applesauce muffins, but it is not just any applesauce because the applesauce is homemade. You can either make your own or buy some that is already made. I will leave that part up to you. The only thing I would say about these muffins is to use more applesauce than what the recipe originally calls for because it can be a little dry as I have begun cooking with applesauce. Of course I may post another recipe, once I find it for just plain old applesauce muffins. That will come. In the meanwhile, I hope that you enjoy this recipe that I found on the Mom to Mom Nutrition website. I picked this recipe in part because it is pretty simple as it is. Happy baking!!

Ingredients

*2 cups of all-purpose flour

*1/2 cup of sugar

*1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

*2 teaspoons of baking powder

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1 egg

*1/2 of melted butter

*1 cup of unsweetened applesauce (homemade or store bought)

*1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

If you want an applesauce recipe, the one I used (along with my mom) is from Joy of Cooking. I think we may have combined it with another recipe, but I cannot remember. I am including the recipe ingredients right here in this post (if anyone is at all interested). You can click on the link too. The applesauce all by itself is quite good.

Ingredients (for the homemade applesauce

*6 medium sized apples (gives about 2 and 1/4 pounds of apples), can use different kind of apples (Joy of Cooking uses 2 to 3 different types of apples)

*34 cup of unsweetened apple juice, apple cider, or water (we used water)

*1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar (either granulated white or just regular brown sugar) which is optional

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Chocolate Chip Graham Cracker Cookies

You are probably looking at this recipe and wondering to yourself if this woman is crazy. Chocolate chip graham cracker cookies?! Although it sounds weird, these cookies end up being absolutely delicious. You should know by now that I would never lead you astray. I made these when I needed to take my mind of things around the election stuff (back in November) and these were a good distraction as the election turned out horribly. Just a side note that I do get into political stuff since I was raised that way. Anyways, these cookies are a good twist on your stand by chocolate chip cookies and are not completely standard. I found this recipe on My Baking Addiction website, which is hands down one of my favorite baking sites. Happy baking!!!!

Ingredients

*1/2 cup of room temperature butter

*1 cup of brown sugar

*2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

*1 egg

*1 and 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (you can buy some that are already crumbled, but I later discovered this)

*3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

*1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1 cup of chocolate chips (still use Ghirardelli)

 

 

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Apple Oatmeal Cookies

I hope that you all are not sick of all of these recipes with apples quite yet because I got another one for you. This is a recipe for apple oatmeal cookies. I am not a huge fan of oatmeal, especially in cookies because I am a plain kind of girl, but these are quite good. These cookies can expand quite a bit as you are making these cookies. I learned that the first time I made these because one of them got huge. Ha ha. Anyways, I hope that you enjoy these cookies. This recipe for these cookies can be found on the Live Well Bake Often website. Happy baking!!!!

Ingredients

*1 cup of all-purpose flour

*1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

*1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

*1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1/2 cup of softened and unsalted butter

*1/2 cup of (light) brown sugar

*1/4 cup of granulated sugar

*1 egg

*1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

*1 and 3/4 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats

*1 medium apple which is peeled, cored and chopped into small pieces

 

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Apple Pie

My mom and I made this one here, so she gets as much credit as I do for this recipe. This is an old stand by for us because we have used this recipe before. I am talking about apple pie and these apples once again come from our apple tree. We try to use a mix of red and green apples. Yummy!! There are a couple of secrets to making this pie. The first one is that we get a store bought pie crust, although you are more than welcome to make your own and there is a recipe to make the pie crust. And the second one is that the crumble, which goes on top is already made. My mom made some crumble from the last time we made something like this and we had left overs. We got this recipe from the Joy of Cooking book but we also found it online on the Key Ingredient website, which is pretty much the same recipe. I hope that you all enjoy this one. Something that would go really good with this pie would be ice cream, which sounds even more yummy. Happy baking!!

Ingredients (for pie filling)

*5 to 6 cups of apples that are peeled cored and sliced (thinly)

*1/2 to 2/3 cup of white (or brown) sugar

*1/8 teaspoon of salt

*1 to 1 and 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch

*1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

*1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

*1 tablespoon of lemon juice

*1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

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Apple Cheddar Muffins

I am back with another apple recipe. This one is for apple cheddar muffins. I know it may sound weird to some people at first, but they are so good and I think they are perfect for breakfast. This seems like a good recipe to use during the fall, but I think it is best when you have apples lying around. Just be careful when you are grating the apples because one of the times that I have made these muffins I was using the grater and cut my thumb. Plus it takes a lot of effort to grate the apples. I think I also made the mistake of not putting enough milk in here because I am pretty sure that I only put in 1 cup instead of that and the 1/4 cup as well. This recipe can be found on the Wanna Come With? website. Enjoy and happy baking!!

Ingredients

*1 egg

*1 and 1/4 cups of milk

*1/4 cup of butter, melted

*1 cup of grated and unpeeled apples

*2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

*1/4 cup of sugar

*1 tablespoon of baking powder

*1 teaspoon of salt

*1 and 1/4 cups of cheddar cheese (recommends it to be aged cheddar)

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