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Chocolate Caramel Pecan Scones

Grab some hot coffee, tea or a cold glass of milk… and enjoy these absolutely delicious scones, filled with milk chocolate chips, caramel and pecans, for a special treat at breakfast or a simple snack in the middle of the day!Chocolate Caramel Pecan Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I LOVE scones! Do you?  I’ve been making them for years, and have included many of my favorite recipes on my blog, including Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon Chip, White Chocolate Raspberry, Blackberry, Banana Nut, Chocolate Chip Orange, Lemon Cream, Gingerbread, Cranberry Orange, and several others.

Collage showing 9 different scones from The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When I saw a recipe recently for these scones, I just KNEW I wanted to try them… I couldn’t help myself!  I made a batch for Easter this year, and guess what? They are GOOD, and easy to prepare, even if you’ve never made scones before! Here’s how:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees before beginning.  Place parchment paper or a silicone mat onto a large cookie sheet.  Place flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt into a large mixing bowl.  Cut VERY COLD butter into small chunks and add to the flour.

Cut the butter into the dry ingredients, using a pastry cutter (shown), or 2 forks, or by using your fingers to pinch the ingredients together. Do this until crumbs resemble small peas, and butter is incorporated into mixture. Add the egg and whipping cream to the bowl. Stir to combine.

Butter is cut into flour for scone doughEgg and whipping cream is added to dry ingredients for scones
Continue mixing with spoon or lightly knead the dough in the bowl (with clean hands) until a soft dough ball is formed. Add chocolate chips, caramel pieces, and chopped pecans (or walnuts) to dough.

Scone dough, in a ball in glass mixing bowlChocolate chips, caramel pieces and pecans added to scone dough
Mix the chocolate chips, caramels and pecans gently into dough, until fully blended. Place the dough ball onto a lightly floured work surface, and form dough into a circle, by pressing down and shaping with hands. Circle should be about 8-9 inches wide and about 2 inches high (approx.). Once formed, cut dough into 8 equal sized wedges using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter.

Scone dough is filled with chocolate, pecans and caramel pieces
Scone dough is shaped into a circle on floured surface
Place wedges onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet (or onto a silicone mat). Place them in a circle, but separate each piece slightly from the others (as shown below). Bake at 400 degrees for 18-10 minutes (check them at 18 minutes- mine were done!).  The scones should be golden brown.

Remove baking sheet from oven. Let scones rest for a couple minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Eight baked chocolate caramel scones, cooling on wire rack
Let the scones cool to room temperature so the chocolate can firm up. Transfer to a serving platter, serve and enjoy!

Baked chocolate caramel pecan scones on green serving plate
See all that chocolate, caramel, and pecan yumminess? Yep. These scones are GOOD! Make sure to store any leftover scones in an airtight container, or wrap them really well in plastic wrap.

Baked scones, with one sitting on top
Now all that’s left to do is grab a cold glass of milk, or a hot mug of tea or coffee, and enjoy a tasty treat!  Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: http://justaboutbaked.com/turtle-scones/

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Scones
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Grab some coffee or tea and enjoy these absolutely delicious scones, filled with milk chocolate chips, caramel and pecans, for breakfast or a simple snack.
Category: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 8 scones
Calories Per Serving: 447 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 5 Tablespoons butter , VERY cold
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 12 caramels , chopped into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup pecans (or walnuts) , chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees before beginning.  Place parchment paper or a silicone mat onto a large cookie sheet.  

  2. Place flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut VERY COLD butter into small chunks and add to the flour. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients, using a pastry cutter, 2 forks, or by using your fingers to pinch the ingredients together. Do this until crumbs resemble small peas in size, and butter is incorporated into mixture. Add egg and whipping cream to the bowl. Stir with spoon, or lightly knead the dough in the bowl (with clean hands) until a soft dough ball is formed.

  3.  Add chocolate chips, caramel pieces, and chopped pecans (or walnuts) to dough.  Mix well (using your hands is easiest), until fully blended.

  4. Place the dough ball onto a lightly floured work surface, and form dough into a circle, by pressing down and shaping with hands. Circle should be about 8-9 inches wide and about 2 inches high (approx.). Once formed, cut dough into 8 equal sized wedges using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter.

  5. Place wedges onto a parchment paper or silicone mat lined baking sheet . Place wedges in a circle, separating each piece slightly from the others. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-10 minutes (check them at 18 minutes- mine were done!).  The scones should be golden brown.  Remove baking sheet from oven. Let scones rest for a couple minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack. Let scones cool to room temperature so chocolate can firm up. Serve... and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Caramel Pecan Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 447 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Potassium 266mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 23g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 9.6%
Calcium 12.8%
Iron 11.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you are the kind of person who enjoys banana bread, coffee, and chocolate chips, you will LOVE these absolutely delicious Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins!  They’re packed with flavor, incredibly SIMPLE to make, and will be a perfect treat for a breakfast, brunch buffet, or afternoon snack!Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!I love banana muffins of all kinds… but if you add in some chocolate chips, and just a smidge of espresso powder giving them an extra level of flavor… whoa… those sounded like muffins I wanted to try!  I found the original recipe on Pinterest and decided to whip up a batch to have around for breakfast or a yummy snack!

The muffins have excellent flavor, and were super EASY to prepare!  The tiny bit of espresso powder in this recipe enhances the chocolate flavor, and does NOT overpower the muffins, by the way! Here’s how to make them:

First thing to do (try not to break a sweat!) is preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and spray a standard size 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray. Next, place some really ripe peeled bananas in a large mixing bowl, and mash them “silly” with a fork (use really ripe bananas, cause they are much sweeter!).  Add granulated and brown sugars, melted butter, milk, and then the egg. Stir the ingredients really well together until blended. (No need for a mixer, just use a spoon!)

3 photos: ripe bananas, mashed bananas, and muffin batterIn a large separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder. Whisk them together. Create a well right in the middle of the dry ingredients, then carefully pour in the banana mixture, and stir to combine. Now add the chocolate chips (I used mini chips), and fold them into the batter, stirring only until ingredients are combined.

3 photos: flour with espresso powder, muffin batter, batter with chocolate chipsDivide the muffin batter equally between the muffin cups. The mixture should fill each cup about 3/4 of the way full.  Place the muffins in a preheated 350 degree oven on the middle rack. Bake them for between 20 and 25 minutes (oven temps very greatly- mine were ready at 22 minutes).

Test their doneness by inserting a toothpick into center of muffin.  If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready to remove from oven! The muffin tops should be golden brown in color. Once the muffins are out of the oven, let them cool for about 15 minutes (still in the muffin tin) on a wire rack.

Muffin batter in metal muffin tin cup holdersBanana muffins baked and golden brown in muffin tinAfter 15 minutes, transfer muffins from the pan to the wire rack, and let them finish cooling down.

Banana chocolate chip muffins cooling on wire rack12 muffins on a wire rackWhen you’re ready to enjoy these truly tasty treats, pour yourself a big mug of coffee or tea, or even a tall glass of cold milk, and sink your teeth into these delicious muffins! I really think you’re gonna LOVE ’em!

Inside look at banana espresso chocolate chip muffin with coffee behind itIf you enjoy muffins like we do at our house, you might be interested in some of my other recipes… hope you will check out Banana Crumb Muffins, Carrot Cake Muffins, Chocolate Chip Muffins, Dark Chocolate Almond Chia Muffins, Blueberry Crumble Muffins or Gingerbread Muffins… and several others available by searching in the Recipe Index at the top of this blog page; all of them taste fabulous!

Have a blessed day! May it be filled with JOY!

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Recipe Source: Tessa, at https://www.handletheheat.com/banana-espresso-chocolate-chip-muffins/

Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Category: Bread/Breakfast
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 304 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 medium bananas , very ripe (approx. 1.5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup butter ,(1 cube) melted
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg (large)
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder , see Tip
  • teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and spray a standard size 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray. Place really ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl, and mash them "silly" with a fork. Add granulated and brown sugars, melted butter, milk, and then the egg. Stir the ingredients really well together until blended. (No need for a mixer; use a spoon!)

  2. In a separate, large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and espresso powder. Whisk together. Create a well right in the middle of the dry ingredients, then pour in the banana mixture, and stir to combine. Next add the chocolate chips (I used mini chips), and fold them into the batter, only until ingredients are combined.

  3. Divide the muffin batter equally between prepared muffin cups. The mixture should fill each cup about 3/4 of the way. Place muffins in preheated oven on the middle rack. Bake them for 20 to 25 minutes (oven temps very greatly- mine were ready at 22 minutes). Test their doneness by inserting a toothpick into center of muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready to remove from oven! The muffin tops should be golden brown in color. Once the muffins are out of the oven, let them cool for about 15 minutes (still in the muffin tin) on a wire rack. After 15 minutes, transfer muffins from the pan to the wire rack, and let them finish cooling down. Serve... and ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

TIP: If you don't have access to instant espresso powder, you can substitute 2 teaspoons of very finely ground dark roast coffee.

Nutrition Facts
Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 409mg 17%
Potassium 263mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 23g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 4.1%
Calcium 2.7%
Iron 10.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

Do you enjoy a great tasting treat for breakfast or a snack?  If so, then you will want to read on and will need to make these delicious Chocolate Chip Muffins… bursting with miniature chocolate chips! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and read on…Chocolate Chip Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chocolate Chip Muffins will be a family favorite for breakfast or a light snack! Guess what? They're easy to make!

I found the recipe on Pinterest and whipped up a batch for our family several weeks ago. WOW!!! They are wonderful, and were difficult to stay out of!  The recipe made 12 standard sized muffins, which were packed with chocolate chips and were NOT dry!  Absolutely DELICIOUS! As an added bonus… they are super easy to make, too! Here’s how:

In a large bowl, mix together butter and oil, until well blended. Add sugar, egg, egg white and vanilla extract. Stir or whisk ingredients very well, until completely combined and smooth. Add the buttermilk, and stir until combined.

Whisking eggs and butter together

Yellow muffin batter in clear mixing bowl with whisk

Whisk together flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt in a separate mixing bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Fold or gently stir dry ingredients into batter, making sure NOT to overmix.

Whisk with flour in metal bowl

Yellow egg mixture added to flour in bowl

About half way through folding dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stir in the chocolate chips. Once combined, cover the bowl and let the batter sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes (trust me-this will help the muffins to rise higher).

While batter is “resting”, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a standard sized muffin tin with paper cupcake liners and spray bottom of each paper liner with non-stick baking spray (I learned this trick from a friend whose husband was a baker). Once batter has “rested”,  fill each paper liner with batter (about 3/4 full), distributing evenly between muffin cups.

Muffin batter with chocolate chips in clear mixing bowl

12 chocolate chip muffins in muffin pan

Sprinkle the top of each muffin with coarse granulated sugar.  Bake at 425 degrees for 8 minutes, then turn down the oven to 350 degrees and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Check muffins for doneness (they should be light golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin should come out dry). When done, remove muffins from oven to a wire rack, and let muffins cool.

Baked muffins cooling on wire rack

12 muffins on white serving tray with blue background

And that’s how easy it is to make these wonderful treats!  Don’t they LOOK good?  Each muffin rose well above the top of the paper liner!  And just look at all those mini chocolate chips inside… YUM!

One muffin held in hand over other muffins

One muffin cut in half on a small plate

These chocolate chip muffins tasted FANTASTIC!  We loved them! I sent some of them home with one of our sons, and he loved them, too! I hope you will consider trying this recipe, and trust that you, and those you love will enjoy them as much as we did!

Chocolate Chip Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: Samantha Merritt, at https://sugarspunrun.com/bakery-style-chocolate-chip-muffins/

Chocolate Chip Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Chocolate Chip Muffins will be a family favorite breakfast or light snack! Guess what? They're easy to make!

Category: Breakfast
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 279 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (melted, cooled to room temp.)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable (or canola) oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (at room temp. is best)
  • 1 egg white
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (see NOTES for substitute)
  • cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used mini-chips!)
  • 1/3 cup granulated or coarse sugar (for sprinkling on muffins before baking)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together butter and oil, until well blended. Add sugar, egg, egg white and the vanilla extract. Stir or whisk ingredients very well, until completely combined and smooth. Add buttermilk; stir until combined.
  2. Whisk together flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Fold or gently stir dry ingredients into batter, making sure NOT to overmix. About half way through folding dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stir in the chocolate chips. Once combined, cover the bowl and let the batter sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes (this will help the muffins to rise higher).
  3. While batter is "resting", preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a standard sized muffin tin with paper cupcake liners and spray bottom of each paper liner with non-stick baking spray (I learned this trick from a friend whose husband was a baker). Once batter has "rested", divide batter evenly, and fill each paper liner with batter (about 3/4 full), distributing evenly between muffin cups.
  4. Sprinkle the top of each muffin with coarse granulated sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 8 minutes, then turn down oven to 350 degrees and cook for another 7-8 minutes (without removing muffins from oven). At the 7 minute mark, check muffins for doneness (they should be light golden brown and a toothpick inserted into middle should come out dry). When done, remove muffins from oven to a wire rack, and let muffins cool. Serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

!No buttermilk? Use this as a substitute: Put 1½ tsp. white vinegar OR lemon juice into a measuring cup. Fill to 1/2 cup marking with milk. Stir. Let sit 5 minutes before using.
!Want to make 6 JUMBO sized muffins? Follow exact recipe and use jumbo sized muffin tins - bake at 425° for 8 mins., reduce heat to 350°, then bake an additional 15 mins. before checking for doneness.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Potassium 117mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 32g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 7.6%
Vitamin C 0.6%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts

Who wants doughnuts? How about these Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts? They are baked (not fried), a little sweet, a little tangy, glazed with a lemon icing… and very good! Yes, please!Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks! These delicious Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts are tangy, sweet, simple to make, and baked (not fried)! A wonderful breakfast treat!

I found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. I love all things lemon… and lemon poppy seed doughnuts with lemon glaze on top? C’mon!!!  I knew I had to make them.  The doughnuts are baked and are crazy easy to make.  Here’s how to prepare this yummy breakfast treat:

Spray a doughnut pan with non-stick spray; set aside. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Speaking of doughnut pans… I bought a Wilton 6 cavity doughnut pan a couple years ago with a gift card I received for my birthday. I think it was only $9 or $10 dollars on Amazon, and I’ve used it a lot.  It’s wonderful to be able to BAKE doughnuts, instead of FRYING them! This is what it looks like.

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a medium sized bowl, place flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Whisk these together, then set bowl aside. In a separate bowl, combine butter, egg, granulated sugar, sour cream, milk, vanilla, lemon zest and juice. Whisk these together until batter is smooth, Pour this wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are combined into a thick batter, but make sure not to over mix!

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Carefully spoon (or pipe) the batter into doughnut pan, filling each cup 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full. If you have a 6 cup pan, you may have to bake these in batches. Bake doughnuts for approximately 10 minutes. Check them at 9 minutes. The edges should be slightly brown when done.

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, remove pan from oven, and let it sit for a couple of minutes, then transfer the doughnuts from pan to a wire rack that is positioned on top of a piece of parchment paper (when you glaze the doughnuts later, any glaze that drips will land on parchment paper, which is better for easy clean up!). Repeat process with any leftover batter. Once done, let the doughnuts cool a bit before putting the glaze on them.

To make the lemon glaze, place powdered sugar, melted butter, lemon juice, milk and vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl. Mix together well, until you have a creamy glaze. I used 1½ Tablespoons of milk to get it to the consistency I wanted, but if you want the glaze to be thicker, only use 1 Tablespoon milk.

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once doughnuts have cooled down, frost with the lemon glaze by picking up a doughnut and dipping the top side into the glaze to coat. Flip it over and put the doughnut back onto the wire rack.

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Sprinkle with a few poppy seeds, if desired. Repeat until all doughnuts have been glazed. Once the “icing” has firmed up, the doughnuts are ready to serve.

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The doughnuts are best eaten on the same day they are made, BUT you can store them for a couple days at room temp, if covered well.  They can also be frozen for a month or two, if wrapped and sealed well.  I made these doughnuts a couple weeks ago before our complete kitchen remodel begins (no oven for 6 weeks- boo hoo) and froze several of them. I’m looking forward to having them conveniently stashed in our freezer to pull out for a quick breakfast treat!

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

There you have it… Baked Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts!  A big thank you goes out to Sally at Sally’s  Baking Addiction for her lovely recipe!  Sure hope you will give these yummy lemon infused doughnuts a try.

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2016/09/02/glazed-lemon-poppy-seed-donuts/

Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
These delicious Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts are tangy, sweet, simple to make, and baked (not fried)! A wonderful breakfast treat! 
Category: Breakfast
Servings: 9 Doughnuts
Calories Per Serving: 207 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the Doughnuts:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons butter , melted (and cooled a bit)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
For the Lemon Glaze:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon butter , melted
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk (depends on thickness of glaze you desire)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Poppy seeds for garnish (completely optional)
Instructions
  1. Spray a doughnut pan with non-stick spray and set aside. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, place flour, poppy seeds, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Whisk these together, then set bowl aside. In a separate bowl, combine butter, egg, granulated sugar, sour cream, milk, vanilla, lemon zest and juice. Whisk these together until batter is smooth, Pour this wet mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are combined into a thick batter, but make sure not to overmix!
  3. Carefully spoon (or pipe) the batter into doughnut pan, filling each cup 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full. If you have a 6 cup pan, you may have to bake these in batches.
  4. Bake doughnuts for approximately 10 minutes. Check them at 9 minutes. The edges should be slightly brown when done. When done, remove pan from oven, and let it sit for a couple of minutes, then transfer the doughnuts from pan to a wire rack that is positioned on top of a piece of parchment paper (when you glaze the doughnuts later, any glaze that drips will land on parchment paper, which is better for easy clean up!). Repeat process with any leftover batter. Once done, let the doughnuts cool a bit before putting the glaze on them.
  5. To make the lemon glaze, place powdered sugar, melted butter, lemon juice, milk and vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl. Mix together well, until you have a creamy glaze. I used 1½ Tablespoons of milk to get it to the consistency I wanted, but if you want the glaze to be thicker, only use 1 Tablespoon milk.
  6. Once doughnuts have cooled down, frost with the lemon glaze by picking up a doughnut and dipping the top side into the glaze to coat. Flip it over and put the doughnut back onto the wire rack. Sprinkle with a few poppy seeds, if desired. Repeat until all doughnuts have been glazed. Once the "icing" has firmed up, the doughnuts are ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Glazed Lemon Poppy Seed Doughnuts
Amount Per Serving (1 doughnut)
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 221mg 9%
Potassium 92mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Sugars 21g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Vitamin C 2.6%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls

What’s NOT to love about Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls?  They are super easy to prepare, can be on the table in about 20 minutes, and they taste fantastic served on the side with meats, soups and salads!Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Before beginning, be sure to preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.

Mix the melted butter, Italian seasoning, garlic, dried parsley and dried basil together, in a small bowl.  Unwrap the crescent rolls. Separate dough into triangles. Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with the butter and seasoning mixture (but reserve a bit of the mixture to use later).

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place some of the grated mozzarella at the wide end of the dough (or place the string cheese half at the wide end).

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Carefully roll up the dough, and try to tuck the edges of dough in, to seal. Place dough onto parchment paper, with about 2 inches in between each one.  Brush the tops of the dough with the remaining butter/seasoning mixture. (I even sprinkled just a bit more mozzarella cheese on top)!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake rolls at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until rolls are golden brown. Remove from oven. If any cheese has leaked out, simply push it back onto roll with a spatula while cheese is still warm!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Serve rolls while they are warm… and enjoy!  They taste wonderful (and I bet you can’t stay out of them)!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We really enjoyed these scrumptious rolls, and I LOVED how EASY they were to make!  The original recipe from Amanda at The Chunky Chef, was double this amount (16 rolls).  I cut the recipe in half (which is the way I wrote the recipe below), since we only needed 8 for our small family.

Sure hope you will give them a try.  They really are quite delicious!  Have a fantastic day, friends. God bless you!

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  https://www.thechunkychef.com/cheesy-garlic-crescent-rolls/

Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls
Prep Time
6 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 
These easy to prepare cheese-stuffed and Italian-seasoned crescent rolls will be a wonderful addition to any meal!
Category: Bread, Side Dish
Servings: 8 rolls
Calories Per Serving: 180 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 ounce) can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese OR 4 pieces string cheese (cut in half to make 2 short pieces)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
Instructions
  1. Before beginning, be sure to preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
  2. Mix the melted butter, Italian seasoning, garlic, dried parsley and dried basil together, in a small bowl.
  3. Unwrap the crescent rolls. Separate dough into triangles. Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with the butter and seasoning mixture (but reserve a bit of the mixture to use later). Place some of the grated mozzarella at the wide end of the dough (or place the string cheese half at the wide end). Carefully roll up the dough, and try to tuck the edges of dough in, to seal. Place dough onto parchment paper, with about 2 inches in between each one.
  4. Brush the tops of the dough with the remaining butter/seasoning mixture. Bake rolls at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until rolls are golden brown. Remove from oven. If any cheese has leaked out, simply push it back onto roll with a spatula while cheese is still warm! Serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls
Amount Per Serving (1 roll)
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Potassium 15mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 7.6%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Blackberry Scones

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love a good scone… and I sure do love these yummy Blackberry Scones for breakfast or an afternoon snack!Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Blackberries grow wild all over the beautiful Pacific Northwest.  We have a forest park behind our home and the blackberry vines creep over our back fence (until we madly hack them back each Fall!).  This summer we have a bumper crop of blackberries, free for the taking (I will cut the vines back AFTER I get all the blackberries we can handle!).  I’ve been picking berries every other day, and get about a quart of berries each time.  I’ve already used them to make  a Blackberry Cobbler, a Berry and Orange Spinach Salad, and  Blackberry Pie Bars, so now I’m making blackberry scones, and have saved a bunch more to make jam. Yeehaw!

These scones are very easy to prepare; the method used is similar to my other scone recipes on this blog.  For this particular recipe, it is important to use frozen blackberries, because blackberries are really juicy and if not frozen, they will “leak” juice all over the scones while mixing and baking.  Here’s how to make them:

First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  In a large bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder and salt.  Cut up COLD butter into small chunks and add to flour mixture.  Use a pastry blender and cut the butter into the flour until the butter has been reduced to the size of small peas.  You can also do this in a food processor, if desired.  Add sugar, and stir to combine. Set aside.

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In a separate bowl, add heavy whipping cream, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk together until blended.  Set aside.

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Add frozen blackberries to flour mixture. Toss gently to lightly coat the berries with flour.

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Pour the whisked whipping cream/egg mixture into the flour mixture.  Stir gently to mix. Please note that the frozen berries will begin to thaw very quickly, so do this step quickly, but gently.  Your dough will be fairly sticky.

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Once mixed, place the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough VERY LIGHTLY 3-4 times to ensure the dough comes together in a ball.  Shape dough into an 8 inch circle using your clean hands.  The dough should be about 1½ inches high.  Cut into 8 wedges with a sharp knife or pizza cutter (I always use a pizza cutter- easy, and works like a charm!).

Place the scones onto an ungreased baking sheet in a circle.  I leave a little space between each wedge. If desired, sprinkle tops with sugar (optional).  Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 20-22 minutes, or until tops are light golden brown in color and they are “set” in the middle.

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Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When scones are finished baking, let them cool on the baking sheet for several minutes, then separate them and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.  That’s it!  I hope you enjoy these tasty blackberry scones for breakfast, or for an afternoon treat with some tea, coffee, or a big cold glass of milk! They are delicious!

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Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Thanks for taking time to look at this recipe!  I am thankful to Roberta Reynolds for this delicious recipe, and hope you give it a try (and give my other scone recipes a look, too!). Have a wonderful day, friends… be kind and encouraging to others out there in the big ol’ world. It can really make a positive difference in someones day!

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Recipe Adapted From:  http://birdsnestbites.com/blackberry-scones/

Blackberry Scones
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

It's easy to make these delicious Blackberry Scones year round, using frozen blackberries! They're perfect for a simple breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Category: Breakfast
Servings: 8 scones
Calories Per Serving: 307 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 Tablespoons COLD butter (almost a whole cube)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups FROZEN blackberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut up COLD butter into small chunks; add to flour mixture. Use a pastry blender and cut the butter into the flour until butter has been reduced to the size of small peas. You can also do this in a food processor if desired. Add sugar; stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In separate bowl, add heavy whipping cream, eggs and vanilla extract. Whisk together until blended. Set aside.
  3. Add frozen blackberries to flour mixture. Toss gently to lightly coat the berries with flour. Pour whipping cream/egg mixture into flour mixture. Stir gently to mix. Please note that frozen berries will begin to thaw very fast, so do this step quickly, but gently. Your dough will be fairly sticky.
  4. Once mixed, place the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough VERY LIGHTLY 3-4 times so dough comes together in a ball. Shape dough into an 8 inch circle using your hands. The dough should be about 1½ inches high. Cut into 8 wedges with a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
  5. Place the scones onto an ungreased baking sheet in a circle, leaving a little space between each wedge. If desired, sprinkle tops with sugar (optional). Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 20-22 minutes, or until tops are light golden brown in color and they are "set" in the middle. When finished baking, let scones cool on baking sheet for several minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve at room temperature... and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Blackberry Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 307 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 401mg 17%
Potassium 229mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 12.8%
Vitamin C 6.9%
Calcium 8.5%
Iron 10.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels

Do you enjoy bagels? We sure do, in our home.  I love eating them AND making them, especially when they come out tasting as good as these homemade Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels!Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I’ve made several types of bagels in the past, like New York Style Blueberry, Cinnamon Crunch, Cranberry-Orange, Gingerbread, and Everything bagels.  This time around, I decided to try my hand at making Jalapeño Cheddar bagels! YUM.

When I made these, I did not document in photos the “how-to’s”, but if you wish to see how they are made, check out my step by step pics/tutorial for my New York Style Blueberry Bagels, to give you a good idea of the overall process.

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The bagel dough is mixed, then rises, then is divided into balls of dough, formed into bagel shapes, boiled, and then baked until done, which results in a nice looking, chewy bagel, just the way a “good” bagel should be.  The addition of finely chopped jalapeños and cheddar cheese give this variety of bagel wonderful flavor… add a dollop of cream cheese, and you’ve got yourself a bakery shop style bagel that can’t be beat! They are sooooo good! Here ya go…would you like one? I made extra!!!

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Golden brown on the outside, chewy on the inside…. YES, PLEASE!

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If you have a little time on your hands (since the dough has to rise for a while), this recipe is an economical way to make 8 great quality, delicious homemade bagels without ever having to leave your own home! Hope you will consider giving this recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: My version of New York Blueberry bagels, with slight tweaks for the different ingredients (jalapeños and cheddar)

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 50 mins
 
Servings: 8 bagels
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. (envelope) active dry yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cups warm water , divided
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons salt
  • 3 medium jalapeño peppers , de-seeded and diced
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese , grated, divided
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup of warm water. Let rest for 5 minutes. Little bubbles should form on the surface after 5 minutes, indicating the yeast is "alive".
  2. In large bowl or the bowl from a stand mixer, mix together salt and flour - making a "well" in the center of flour. Add yeast mixture and additional water to the flour. Gently fold in diced jalapeños and 3/4 of the grated cheddar cheese.
  3. Knead (either by hand or by using the dough hook on your stand mixer) until dough becomes soft and elastic (this could take approx. 5 + minutes).
  4. Cover the dough bowl with a dishtowel, set bowl in a warm place and let dough rise, until doubled in size (about 1-1½ hours). Turn risen dough out onto lightly floured surface (dust dough with flour so it is easier to work with).
  5. Divide dough into 8 balls (shape and pull the edges of dough to the underside of the ball for a smoother ball). With floured hands, take both of your thumbs and press into the center of each ball, forming a hole. Stretch hole to form a bagel shape (can pick up the bagel dough and enlarge the hole from the bottom). Once bagels have been formed, set aside; let dough rest for 30 minutes.
  6. While bagel dough is resting, preheat your oven to 425 degrees AND bring a large stock pot 3/4 full of water to a rolling boil.
  7. Place bagels 2-3 at a time in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, flipping them over halfway through cooking time (make sure they have floated to the top of the pan). Remove the bagels from water (I use 2 chopsticks), and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat process with remaining bagels.
  8. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese on top of bagels, then continue baking for another 10 minutes or until you see they are golden brown on top (mine usually take a bit longer...just keep an eye on them). When done, remove from oven... and ENJOY!

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Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing

Looking for a little taste of the holidays to help start your day? You will absolutely LOVE this delicious recipe for Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing! Grab a big ol’ slice of this moist, flavorful bread, and sit down in a comfy chair with a mug of coffee or tea!Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Enjoy a taste of the holidays with a slice of this delicious, moist Cranberry Orange Loaf, topped with creamy Orange Icing!
Recently I discovered a bag of fresh cranberries lurking in the refrigerator in our garage. They had been hiding out in a refrigerator drawer since Thanksgiving… oops! What an unexpected surprise! Thankfully they were still GOOD, so I used them to make this delicious treat! Waste not, want not, right?

It sure was a wonderful start to the day to enjoy a slice of this flavor packed bread in the morning with a cup of coffee!  The tang from the cranberries paired well with the sweet orange icing… YUM!  The best part of all was just how easy this loaf of sweet bread was to prepare!  Here’s how:

In a medium bowl, combine egg, oil granulated and brown sugars, orange zest, fresh squeezed orange juice, and vanilla extract. Whisk to fully combine ingredients.  Add buttermilk and whisk to combine.

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Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir until ingredients are combined, but do not over mix!  Add cranberries and stir gently to incorporate them into batter.

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Pour batter into a greased and floured 9×5 loaf pan.  Sprinkle the top of loaf with a few additional cranberries.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for approximately 65-70 minutes (mine took 65). **After bread has been in oven for 30 minutes, loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning of outside of loaf before it is done all the way through. Bread will be done when a toothpick inserted into the center of loaf comes out clean.  Keep an eye on the bread, as oven temps vary considerably!

Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When bread is done baking, remove aluminum foil “tent”, let bread cool IN THE PAN for about 15-20 minutes, then carefully remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While bread is cooling, prepare the orange icing by placing confectioner’s sugar (powdered), fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest in a small bowl. Stir well to fully combine ingredients.  If you wish the icing to be thicker, add more powdered sugar. Thinner? Add a tiny bit more orange juice, until it reaches desired icing consistency.

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Place a piece of wax paper, parchment paper or aluminum foil UNDER the wire rack. When bread is completely cooled down, evenly spread the icing over the loaf of bread. I like to take it all the way to the edges so it can run down the sides, as well. Having the wax paper, etc. under the rack allows for this and helps to make an EASY cleanup!

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Once the icing has firmed up and the bread is completely at room temperature, it is ready to serve!  Slice a piece, pour a great cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy the amazing flavors in this delicious Cranberry Orange bread!

Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you enjoy this delicious treat! The flavor combination is classic, and I trust you will find it to your liking.  Have a wonderful day!

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Recipe Adapted From:  https://www.averiecooks.com/2015/11/cranberry-orange-bread-with-sweet-orange-glaze.html

Cranberry Orange Loaf With Orange Icing
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 
The flavor combination of cranberries and oranges pair well in this delicious bread, which is topped with a sweet orange icing!
Category: Bread
Servings: 1 loaf (9x5)
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or canola)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest (from a LARGE orange)
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries (plus several more for garnishing loaf)
For Orange Icing:
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease and flour 9x5 loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine egg, oil granulated and brown sugars, orange zest, fresh squeezed orange juice, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine ingredients. Add buttermilk; whisk to combine.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; stir until ingredients are combined, but do not over mix! Add cranberries; stir gently to incorporate them into batter.
  4. Pour batter into greased/ floured loaf pan. Sprinkle top of loaf with a few additional cranberries. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 65-70 minutes (mine took 65). NOTE**After bread has been in oven for 30 minutes, loosely tent the pan with aluminum foil to prevent excess browning of outside of loaf before it is done all the way through. Bread will be done when a toothpick inserted into the center of loaf comes out clean. Keep an eye on the bread, as oven temps vary considerably!
  5. When bread is done, remove foil "tent", let bread cool IN THE PAN for about 15-20 minutes, then carefully remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  6. While bread is cooling, prepare orange icing by placing confectioner's sugar (powdered), fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest in a small bowl. Stir well to fully combine until smooth. (If you want thicker icing, add more powdered sugar. Thinner? Add a tiny bit of orange juice, until it reaches desired icing consistency). Place a piece of wax paper, parchment paper or aluminum foil UNDER the wire rack (for easy cleanup). When bread has completely cooled, evenly spoon icing over the top to cover. Take it all the way to the edges so it can run down the sides. Once the icing has firmed up and the bread is completely at room temperature, it's ready to slice and serve!

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English Muffins

Do you enjoy eating English Muffins for breakfast? We sure do, which is why I decided to learn how to make them several years ago, simply for the JOY of learning HOW they are made from scratch.English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I grew up eating English Muffins. Whenever my Mom would make them for breakfast, I would  toast and butter them, and then would spread one half with peanut butter and the other half with whatever jam pulled at my taste buds that particular morning! YUM.  Several years ago I decided I wanted to LEARN how to make them myself. Granted, it IS much quicker to pick them up at the grocery store and make them, but I wanted to know “how to make them” simply for the experience of learning!  The first time I made them (using this recipe), they turned out fantastic, so I have made them several times since, always with great results.  Here’s how you make them:

Place flour, sugar, yeast, salt and egg into the bowl of a stand mixer (place in large bowl if you don’t have a stand mixer), but do not stir.   In a separate saucepan, heat milk and butter on medium heat until a thermometer measures between 110 and 115 degrees, then remove pan from heat.  Pour the warm milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir only till wet dough forms.

Using a dough hook attachment for stand mixer, knead dough for 5 minutes until the dough pulls away from sides of bowl, and is smooth and soft.  If not using stand mixer, turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes by hand.

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English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Form the dough into a ball shape; put it into a large bowl that has been coated with non-stick spray (or oil). Turn the dough ball over so that oil has coated surface.  Cover the bowl (with plastic wrap or a couple dish towels), and let it sit on the counter for an hour so the dough can rise and double in size.

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English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once dough has risen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a large griddle (or a couple large skillets) with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the griddle well with Semolina (or Farina). Punch down the dough and divide into 16 pieces, then shape each piece into a ball of dough.  Press each one down until it has a 3 inch diameter. Place dough balls onto griddle pan (with Semolina coating). You will want to keep about 1 inch between each piece, and may need to cook them in 2 separate batches. If cooking in batches, sprinkle a baking sheet with the Semolina, then place extras on it, then cover with parchment paper.

Turn temperature on griddle to 275 degrees (LOW). If using skillets, place on low heat on cooktop.  Cook the muffins for 7 to 15 minutes on first side (they need to be dark golden brown). Carefully turn over and cook other side for same amount of time.  If the muffins begin to puff up too much, put a piece of parchment paper on top and place a cookie sheet on top of the paper. This will act as a weight to prohibit them from rising too high during the cooking process (remember we’re cooking English muffins, NOT hamburger buns!).

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You can test for doneness by inserting a thermometer (instant read) into the middle. It should read 200 degrees. Both sides should be a dark golden brown, as well.  If you find they are still not completely cooked through to the center, put the muffins onto a baking sheet and place them in the oven (which is still heated to 350 degrees) and cook them for another 10 minutes.

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When done, let the muffins completely cool.  Use a fork inserted into the middle and reinserted around the edges to gently open up the muffin.  By using a fork to do this, you will see a lot more “nooks and crannies” (in the words of the original author).  The nooks and crannies are a great way to hold all that butter once lightly toasted!

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I still like them with jam!  That’s probably my favorite way to eat English muffins!

English Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While it takes a while to make these from scratch, I hope you will consider at least trying this recipe. It’s always fun to learn something new each day… maybe today is the day you learn how to make English muffins!  Have a wonderful day, and may God bless you in all you do.

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Recipe Source: http://www.girlversusdough.com/2014/04/28/english-muffins/

English Muffins
Prep Time
1 hr 45 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins
 
Servings: 16 muffins
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Semolina (or Farina), to sprinkle on griddle
Instructions
  1. Place flour, sugar, yeast, salt and egg into the bowl of a stand mixer (place in large bowl if you don't have a stand mixer), but do not stir. In a separate saucepan, heat milk and butter on medium heat until a thermometer measures between 110 and 115 degrees, then remove pan from heat. Pour the warm milk mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir only till wet dough forms.
  2. Using a dough hook attachment for stand mixer, knead dough for 5 minutes until the dough pulls away from sides of bowl, and is smooth and soft. If not using stand mixer, turn out dough onto lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes by hand.
  3. Form the dough into a ball shape; put it into a large bowl that has been coated with non-stick spray (or oil). Turn the dough ball over so that oil has coated surface. Cover the bowl (with plastic wrap or a couple dish towels), and let it sit on the counter for an hour so the dough can rise and double in size.
  4. Once dough has risen, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large griddle (or a couple large skillets) with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle the griddle well with Semolina (or Farina). Punch down the dough and divide into 16 pieces, then shape each piece into a ball of dough. Press each one down until it has a 3 inch diameter. Place dough balls onto griddle pan (with Semolina coating). You will want to keep about 1 inch between each piece, and may need to cook them in 2 separate batches. If cooking in batches, sprinkle a baking sheet with the Semolina, then place extras on it, then cover with parchment paper.
  5. Turn temperature on griddle to 275 degrees (LOW). If using skillets, place on low heat on cooktop. Cook the muffins for 7 to 15 minutes on first side (they need to be dark golden brown). Carefully turn over and cook other side for same amount of time. If the muffins begin to puff up too much, put a piece of parchment paper on top and place a cookie sheet on top of the paper. This will act as a weight to prohibit them from rising too high during the cooking process.
  6. You can test for doneness by inserting a thermometer (instant read) into the middle. It should read 200 degrees. Both sides should be a dark golden brown, as well. If you find they are still not completely cooked through to the center, put the muffins onto a baking sheet and place them in the oven (which is still heated to 350 degrees) and cook them for another 10 minutes.
  7. When done, let the muffins completely cool. Use a fork inserted into the middle and reinserted around the edges to gently open up the muffin. Toast, and enjoy!

 

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Looking for a delicious recipe for Carrot Cake Muffins?  Well, I’ve got just the one for you!  These amazing muffins have a cinnamon streusel topping and also have a cream cheese  filling inside, so when you bite into them there’s an extra surprise.Carrot Cake Muffins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found this recipe on Pinterest several months ago and finally got around to fix these muffins recently.  The muffins are moist, and the cream cheese filling inside was a wonderful surprise, and the streusel topping has a nice crunch!  There are a few simple steps to making these, but the easiest way is to get everything (streusel topping, cheese filling, glaze, etc). prepped before beginning.  Here’s how to make these really yummy muffins:

Before beginning, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Place paper liners into a standard sized muffin pan.  Set aside.

Prepare the cream cheese filling by mixing cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.

Cream cheese and sugar mixed for muffin filling

Prepare the streusel topping by combining flour, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix together using a fork until mixture is crumbly.  Set aside.

Streusel topping for carrot cake muffins being mixed in bowlCrumbly streusel topping for muffins in mixing bowl

Prepare the muffin batter by combining flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients together.

Dry ingredients whisked together for muffin batter
In separate bowl, combine eggs, water and vegetable oil. Mix well, then add to dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Eggs poured into dry ingredients in white bowl
Add grated carrots to the batter and stir to incorporate them into batter.

Grated carrots added to muffin batter

Place a small amount (approx. 1-2 Tablespoons) of batter into bottom of each paper-lined cup (just enough to cover bottom).

Carrot cake batter added to muffin tin
Place a large Tablespoon of cream cheese filling into the middle of each cup, then cover with more batter. I used a small dookie dough scoop, but forgot to take a pic with the cream cheese filling showing… sorry!). You want the muffin cups to be about 3/4 of the way full when done.

Muffin cup holders filled with carrot cake batter

Evenly divide the streusel topping over the top of each muffin. I used my fingers to mound it on and cover the surface.  Be sure to use all the topping!

Streusel crumb topping added to muffin tops

Place the muffins into a preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick stuck into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.  Take the muffin pan out of the oven. Let the muffins cool down for 5-10 minutes in the pan, before carefully removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Aren’t they cute?

Twelve baked carrot cake muffins, cooling on wire rackClose up picture of baked carrot cake muffin

While muffins are cooling, make up a simple glaze by mixing powdered sugar, water, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth.  When muffins have completely cooled, drizzle the glaze decoratively over the top of each muffin.  Let glaze firm up, then muffins are ready to eat! (***Tip: To help with cleanup, I place a piece of wax paper or foil UNDER the wire rack holding the muffins BEFORE I drizzle them with glaze).

Glaze for muffins mixed in metal bowl

Glaze is decoratively drizzled over baked muffins

That’s it!  See the surprise cream cheese filling that is in the middle of the muffin when you bite or cut into it? YUM.  It makes these muffins absolutely PERFECT!!!

Inside of carrot cake muffin shows cream cheese filling

We’ve been enjoying these breakfast muffins for several days now. I will definitely be making them again. Yes… they are THAT good!  If you enjoy carrot cake, you will LOVE these muffins.

I started my day out by taking our little puppy (7 month old Corgi) on a 2 mile walk in the fog and cold morning air. I am extremely grateful for no rain this morning (we’re a bit waterlogged – we’ve already had the most rain of any February on record in Oregon… ugh!). Hope you have a great day, friends.  Make each minute count – make a difference in someone’s life!

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Recipe Adapted From:  http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/carrot-cake-muffins-with-cheesecake-filling/

Carrot Cake Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Delicious carrot cake muffins with a surprise cream cheese filling inside and streusel on top!
Category: Breakfast
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 453 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Muffin Batter:
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup grated carrots (approx. 2-3 med. carrots)
For Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
For The Streusel Topping:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter , melted (1 cube)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
For Glaze Drizzle:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons warm water (add a couple drops if too thick)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place paper liners into a standard sized muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. Prepare cream cheese filling by mixing cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Prepare streusel topping by combining flour, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix together with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
  4. Prepare muffin batter by combining flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients together. In separate bowl, combine eggs, water and vegetable oil. Mix well, then add to dry ingredients and stir. Add grated carrots; stir to incorporate them into batter.
  5. Place a small amount (approx. 1-2 Tablespoons) of batter into bottom of each paper-lined cup, just enough to cover bottom. Place a large Tablespoon of cream cheese filling into middle of each cup, then cover with more batter. Muffin cups should be 3/4 of the way full. Divide streusel topping over top of each muffin. Use fingers to mound streusel and cover surface.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, until golden brown and a toothpick stuck into middle of a muffin comes out clean. Remove pan from oven. Let muffins cool for 5-10 minutes in pan, then remove them to wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. While muffins are cooling, make glaze by mixing powdered sugar, water, and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. When muffins have completely cooled, drizzle glaze over top of muffin. Let glaze firm up, then muffins are ready to eat! (***Tip: To help with cleanup, place wax paper or foil UNDER the wire rack holding the muffins BEFORE drizzling with glaze).
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 366mg 15%
Potassium 163mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 34g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 46.2%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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