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Apple Raisin Muffins

These moist and delicious apple raisin muffins, packed with lots of fresh apples, raisins, cinnamon and pecans, are an easy to make treat for breakfast or brunch! The recipe makes 18 incredible tasting muffins that you and your family will LOVE!
These moist and delicious muffins, packed with lots of fresh apples, raisins, cinnamon and pecans, are an easy to make treat for breakfast or brunch!

I first made these delicious apple muffins many years ago, and recently re-discovered the old battered 3×5 index card with the recipe written down in my equally “battered” old recipe box. I did not write on the index card where I got the recipe from, so I truly have NO CLUE what the original source was… but I DID write GREAT!!! on the recipe card the very first time I made them, so I could remember how GOOD they were. They really DO taste GREAT, and are also very easy to make!

The recipe is very easy to follow, and seriously, the only “slightly time consuming” thing about is chopping up the apples.  No biggie. Everything else is really just adding ingredients, stirring, and baking! Oh yeah… and EATING (they are ridiculously delicious)! Here’s how to make a dozen and a half of these fabulous breakfast or brunch treats!

Start by preheating your oven to 325° F.  The next thing is dicing the apples into small chunks.  You will need a total of 4 cups diced apples… I used 3 granny smith apples and 1 gala apple (but 4 cups of any firm apple will do just fine!).  Make sure to leave the peel ON the apples!

Apples diced into small pieces for muffins

Place the diced apples in a large mixing bowl.  Add granulated sugar, and stir to combine. Mix slightly beaten eggs, oil and vanilla extract in separate bowl; add to apples, and stir.

Diced apples for muffins are coated with sugar in bowl

Egg, oil and vanilla added to apple muffin mixture in bowl

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Add this dry mixture to the apple mixture; stir well, to combine ingredients. Once combined, add raisins and chopped walnuts (or pecans), and stir until batter is completely blended.

Flour and spices added to muffin mixture in bowl

Raisins and pecans are added to apple muffin batter in bowl

Coat sides and bottom of muffin tins with non-stick spray; the recipe makes 18 muffins, so you will need two 12-cup muffin tins, (or bake these in two batches if you only have one muffin tin).  Spoon batter in muffin tins until each cup is about 3/4 full.

Apple raisin muffin batter in metal muffin tin

Bake muffins at 325° F. for approximately 23-25 minutes. Muffins should be golden brown on the outside when done, and a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin should come out clean when done.  Remove muffins from muffin tin to a wire rack to cool.  Don’t they look GOOD? See those apple chunks? YUM. They taste best at room temperature!

Eighteen baked apple raisin muffins on wire rack

Close up photo of muffins with apples, raisins, and pecans

Here’s a close up picture of the INSIDE of one of the muffins… you can see it is filled with raisins, apples and nuts!

Inside photo of muffin with apples inside

Apple raisin muffin cut in half, on a plate

And there you have it! Delicious apple raisin muffins! When baked correctly, the muffins are not dry (due in part to the natural juices released from the apples). They also freeze very well, so it makes sense to make the whole batch at once, then put a few away in the freezer in a food storage bag or container to save for another day!

By the way, if you enjoy muffins as much as we do, I hope you will also check out these muffin recipes from my blog for Apple Crumb, Banana Crumb, Cranberry Orange, Carrot Cake, Dark Chocolate Almond Chia, Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Crumble, and many others.  A complete list is available to search in the Recipe Index at the top of the page!  Have a GREAT day!

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Apple Raisin Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
These moist and delicious muffins, packed with lots of fresh apples, raisins, cinnamon and pecans, are an easy to make treat for breakfast or brunch!
Category: Breakfast
Keyword: Apple, Muffins
Servings: 18 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 235 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 cups apples diced small (leave peel ON)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs , slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts (or pecans) , chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.  Dice apples into small chunks.  You will need a total of 4 cups diced apples. Make sure to leave the peel ON the apples! Place diced apples in a large mixing bowl.  Add granulated sugar, and stir to combine. Mix slightly beaten eggs, oil and vanilla extract in separate bowl; add to apples, and stir. 

  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Add this dry mixture to the apple mixture; stir well, to combine ingredients. Once combined, add raisins and chopped walnuts (or pecans), and stir until batter is completely blended.
  3. Coat sides and bottom of muffin tins with non-stick spray; the recipe makes 18 muffins, so you will need two 12-cup muffin tins, (or bake in two batches if you only have one muffin tin).  Spoon batter in muffin tins until each cup is about 3/4 full.

  4. Bake muffins at 325° F. for approximately 23-25 minutes. Muffins should be golden brown on the outside when done, and a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin should come out clean.  Remove muffins from muffin tin to a wire rack to cool. Best served at room temperature. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

These muffins freeze well. Wrap each muffin in plastic wrap, then insert in a freezer storage bag, and freeze until ready to thaw and eat.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Raisin Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 260mg 11%
Potassium 146mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 14g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 2.2%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Garlic Focaccia Bread

Garlic Focaccia Bread is a versatile side dish for a variety of meats or salads, can be served as an appetizer (served with dipping oil and herbs), or simply used to make a great sandwich! The crispy “dimpled” crust of this delicious bread (with olive oil, garlic and fresh thyme topping), is it’s trademark feature!Garlic Focaccia Bread, with olive oil and fresh herbs, is a great side dish for a variety of meats and salads, can be served as an appetizer with dipping oil and herbs, or simply used to make sandwiches!

My friends and I used to frequent a local restaurant that brought baskets of sliced warm focaccia bread and a small bowl of dipping oil (with herbs) to the table before dinner. Oh. My. Goodness. I think that place is where I really fell in love with focaccia bread! Talk about GOOD!!! I knew I wanted to make something similar at home, so I decided to try an old recipe I had stored in my trusty (and practically dilapidated) file box.

Many years ago I found a recipe in a newspaper, cut it out, and taped it to a 3×5 index card. Didn’t even write down what newspaper it was from. It’s now old and yellowed, but I had NEVER tried that particular recipe until recently.  WOW- it was DELICIOUS! The original recipe was titled “Nona’s Courtyard Cafe Focaccia”, and I THINK (not sure) it might have originated from a restaurant in Ventura, California (which is now closed). I tried to find the recipe online, but no luck… oh well. At least I had this old recipe on file to try. It’s very easy to make… here’s how!

Mix yeast with warm water (100 degrees) in a large bowl. Stir, then set the bowl aside for 5 minutes to let yeast fully dissolve. Bubbles will begin to appear on the surface, which tells you the yeast is active, alive, and working.

Yeast is dissolved in warm water to make bread dough.

Add flour, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, Parmesan cheese, honey, salt and cold water to bowl. Mix the ingredients well. I started mixing it with a spoon, then switched to using my (clean) hands to mix it up, because it was easier that way, as it is a thick dough.  Form the dough into a ball, then put it on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin, smoothing and shaping it into a circle of dough about 10 inches wide.

Focaccia dough is mixed, formed into ball and rolled into 10" circle

In a separate small bowl or measuring cup, mix together 1/3 cup olive oil and crushed garlic.  Set aside to let the flavors “mingle”, while you get the dough ready for it!

Olive oil and minced garlic for bread, in measuring cup

Transfer the dough circle to a large baking sheet with edges (I used a ratty old pizza pan with edges).  Poke holes in the top of the dough using your finger. Make deep holes all over the top of the dough, but don’t go all the way through dough to the bottom.

Holes poked into top of focaccia bread dough with finger

Cover the top and sides of dough with the olive oil/ garlic mixture.  I started off spooning it on top, then used a pastry brush to fully coat top and sides of dough, and to spread the garlic around.  There is a lot of “excess” oil that will run off the edges of dough onto pan. Just scoop it up with a spoon and fill up all the holes with it. Sprinkle top of dough with chopped fresh thyme (or fresh rosemary, if substituting).

There will STILL be excess oil around bottom of dough, as you can see in the photo. Leave it there! It will absorb into the bread while it bakes, and help to make a nice crispy crust!  Set the pan aside, and let the dough rise a bit (uncovered) for about 30 minutes in a warm place, free from drafts. Preheat oven to 400º F. while dough is rising.

Focaccia dough, covered with olive oil, garlic and thyme before baking

After dough has risen, bake it in a 400º F. oven for 23-25 minutes, or until the bread is evenly browned all over.  Remove from oven, transfer bread to a wire rack, and let it cool for 20-25 minutes before you serve it. Doesn’t it look GOOD? See the little pieces of garlic in the “dimples”?  ALL the oil has been absorbed into crust. The 2 photos below show the top and bottom of the bread… nice and crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside!

Top crust of garlic focaccia bread after baking

Bottom crust of baked focaccia bread

If you want to make the bread ahead of time, you can easily reheat it by covering it tightly with aluminum foil and reheat on low heat (250º F.) in oven for 10-15 minutes. To serve, slice bread in half left to right, then cut into 2″ wide strips from top to bottom. You can serve it with a (2 to 1) mixture of olive oil and balsamic vinegar or olive oil and fresh herbs (like garlic, thyme and rosemary, etc.) in a little bowl for dipping, if you wish.

Baked garlic focaccia bread, cooling on wire rack

Here’s a close up of a slice of the bread so you can see what the inside looks like! YUM.

Close up photo of sliced focaccia bread

My husband, oldest son and I enjoyed this bread served with Orange and Rosemary Glazed Salmon, steamed broccoli and rice. It was delicious.  We ended up with a few pieces of focaccia bread left over, so I will serve it on the side with spaghetti, made with Easy Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage for tonight’s dinner!

Hope you will consider making this focaccia bread! It’s a great side dish to compliment a variety of main courses or salads. It can also be used as an appetizer BEFORE the meal, when served with a mixture of olive oil and fresh herbs (or olive oil/balsamic vinegar), OR can be simply used to make a delicious sandwich!  Lots of possibilities. Hope you enjoy it… and have a wonderful day!

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Adapted from Recipe Source: old newspaper article (original source/newspaper/author unknown)

Garlic Focaccia Bread
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Rising Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Garlic Focaccia Bread, with olive oil and fresh herbs, is a great side dish for a variety of meats and salads, can be used to make sandwiches, or served as an appetizer with dipping oil!
Category: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Servings: 10 slices
Calories Per Serving: 229 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 ounce dry active yeast
  • 1 cup water heated to 100 degrees
  • 3 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese ,freshly grated
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme (or rosemary) , finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Mix yeast with warm water (100 degrees) in a large bowl. Stir, then set bowl aside for 5 minutes to let yeast fully dissolve. Bubbles will begin appearing on the surface, which tells you the yeast is active and working.

  2. Add flour, 1 Tablespoon olive oil, Parmesan cheese, honey, salt and cold water to bowl. Mix ingredients well. NOTE: I started mixing it with a spoon, then switched to using my (clean) hands to mix it up, because it's easier (it's a thick dough). Form dough into a ball, then place on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough out with a rolling pin, smoothing and shaping it into a circle 10" wide.

  3. In a separate small bowl or measuring cup, mix together 1/3 cup olive oil and crushed garlic.  Set aside to let flavors "mingle" while you get dough ready.

  4. Transfer the dough circle to a large baking sheet or pizza pan (with edges) .  Poke holes in top of the dough using your fingertips. Make deep holes all over the top of the dough, but don't go all the way through to the bottom.

  5. Cover top/sides of dough with olive oil/ garlic mixture using spoon and/or pastry brush.  There will be oil that runs off edges onto pan. Scoop it up with a spoon and fill the holes with it. Sprinkle top with chopped fresh thyme (or rosemary, if using). There will STILL be excess oil on pan around bottom of dough. Leave it there! It will absorb into the bread when it bakes, and help to make a nice crust!  Set bread aside, and let dough rise a bit (uncovered) for 30-40 minutes in a warm place, free from drafts. Preheat oven to 400º F. while dough rises.

  6. After dough has risen, bake in 400º F. oven for 23-25 minutes, or until bread is evenly browned.  Remove from oven, transfer bread to a wire rack, and let cool 20-25 minutes before serving. To serve, slice in half from left to right, then cut into 2" thick slices from top to bottom.  If desired, serve with dipping sauce of (2 to 1 mix) olive oil and balsamic vinegar OR olive oil and fresh herbs, like thyme, garlic, rosemary. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Yeast used is equivalent of 2 (¼ ounce) packages OR 4½ teaspoons of bulk dry active yeast. 

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Focaccia Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 229 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 216mg 9%
Potassium 53mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 3.5%
Iron 10.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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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!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.
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.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!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.

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!

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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.

Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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

Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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

Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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.

Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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.

Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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!

Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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!

Blackberry Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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.

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
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!!!

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Golden brown on the outside, chewy on the inside…. YES, PLEASE!

Jalapeño Cheddar Bagels / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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!

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

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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