Category: Breakfast

Triple Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

These triple chocolate zucchini muffins have a secret ingredient (shhh… it’s a vegetable!) and are an absolutely delicious treat your family will love!These triple chocolate zucchini muffins have a secret ingredient (shhh... it's a vegetable!) and are an absolutely delicious treat your family will love!
Ah… there’s nothing like a good cup of coffee and a good muffin – especially these Triple Chocolate Zucchini Muffins!  Chocolate AND zucchini for breakfast? They MUST be healthy, right? Seriously… chocolate AND zucchini? Who knew?

About Triple Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I found this recipe for muffins on Pinterest several months ago (where else?). These are extremely “chocolate-y” muffins (3 types of chocolate)! Surprisingly, these yummy triple chocolate muffins have zucchini as a secret ingredient!

I’m pretty positive the fact that there is a vegetable inside these muffins makes them HEALTHY, right? RIGHT. I’ve found these muffins are a GREAT way to use up some of our summer garden zucchini!

Zucchini is the secret ingredient for these chocolate muffins!

Muffins and Morning Quiet Times Are A Good Combo

Here’s something I read this morning: “But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me.” (Psalm 13:5-6).  I love those verses from the Bible, and am reminded daily of the never-ending love God has for me. He HAS been trustworthy, good, and faithful to me (and our family) over the course of a lifetime of good times, bad times, and everything else in-between…for that I am so grateful!

I love to have a little quiet time in the early morning hours. I delight in this time with God… just little old me and a couple cups of strong coffee. Occasionally I will make muffins and of course, I invite one of the muffins to join me in this special time… where I feed my soul and my tummy.

The Mystery Ingredient Is One Way To Eat More Veggies

Maybe you’re looking for a new muffin recipe. Maybe you get excited about camouflaging a vegetable in your child’s chocolate muffin (hey, we do what we have to, to get them to eat their veggies!).

Whatever your reasons, this is a fantastic recipe for triple chocolate zucchini muffins! See the grated zucchini that will be hiding in the muffins? You will never know it’s there, because all you can taste is the CHOCOLATE!

Grated zucchini ready to go into muffin batter

Below you see the triple chocolate zucchini muffins, right after they came out of the oven… all they need is to be lightly dusted with some sifted powdered sugar before serving! Don’t they look yummy?

Muffins out of oven- now they need a dusting of powdered sugar!

The finished chocolate zucchini muffins sure look good… see that CHOCOLATE? Time to take a bite! Ooh… they are so good! And by the way, if you like these you will probably also LOVE my Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins!

A dusting of powdered sugar and the muffins are ready to eat!

This Recipe Makes A LOT Of Triple Chocolate Zucchini Muffins!

These triple chocolate zucchini muffins are easy to make and extremely yummy; I sure hope you will enjoy them! The recipe as written makes quite a lot of muffins, 30 of them! If that sounds like a lot, cut the recipe in half! These muffins are easily “freezeable”, if wrapped and sealed well! Then you will have some of them saved for another day after only cooking once!

Hope you will consider making these scrumptious triple chocolate zucchini muffins! They truly are delicious, and because you added zucchini, I’m POSITIVE they must be 100% healthy, as well! (wink, wink!). Have a wonderful day!

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Triple Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
These triple chocolate zucchini muffins have a secret ingredient (shhh... it's a vegetable!) and are an absolutely delicious treat your family will love!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate zucchini muffins
Servings: 30 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 157 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil (I used vegetable)
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups grated zucchini (well drained/pressed to reduce water content)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 oz. dark chocolate , chopped
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 Tablespoons confectioners sugar (powdered), to sift on top of baked muffins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, place the eggs, sugar and oil. Whisk these together until smooth. 

  3. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder to the egg mixture; mix these ingredients very well.

  4. Add the drained/pressed grated zucchini, along with the chocolate chips and the dark chocolate pieces to the batter. Stir well by hand until ingredients are completely blended.

  5. Take the cooking spray and spray a standard sized muffin tins (liners are optional...I didn't use them). Fill the muffin holders about 3/4 of the way to the top with the batter. There is enough batter to yield approx. 30 muffins. Sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top before baking. (this is optional)

  6. Bake the muffins at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the top springs back when touched. Remove muffins from oven and cool on a wire rack. Dust with sifted powdered sugar for a nice presentation. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

That's a LOT of muffins! You can freeze extra muffins for another day, or easily cut the recipe in half and make 15 muffins.

Nutrition Facts
Triple Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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White Chocolate Raspberry Scones

White chocolate raspberry scones are delicious, easy to make treats, filled with white chocolate chips and raspberries, and topped with a sweet glaze.White chocolate raspberry scones are delicious, easy to make treats, filled with white chocolate chips and raspberries, and topped with a sweet glaze.
It’s definitely a day for decadent White Chocolate Raspberry Scones and humongous cups of coffee. I’m sitting in my home office looking out at a forest filled with snow, and it has begun snowing again. We are on Day 3 of what Portland locals call “Snowpacalypse 2014”. Tonight we are expecting a coating of ice on top of it all. Yippee.

When Sick AND Snowbound, Scones Are A GOOD Idea!

My husband and I both have been sick (we’re on Day 4-ugh), so we’re content to be house-bound and off the slippery streets. However, there’s only so much napping and taking medicine that one girl can take, so off to the kitchen I went yesterday to find something to bake.

I ended up trying a new recipe for white chocolate raspberry scones. I mean- if you’re going to be sick and snowbound…make sure you have treats, right?

Yay For New Scone Recipes!

I found the original recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it just a bit, and voila! A new, tasty recipe for a delicious scone! I had raspberries in my freezer that I picked this past summer, and happened to have a bag of white chocolate chips left over from Christmas baking. How convenient…it must be DESTINY…Perfect!

The recipe was very easy, although my kitchen work surface did look like a murder scene (blasted raspberries) when I was done, but no big deal! It just made it a bit more exciting! Hope you enjoy these tasty white chocolate raspberry scones!

How To Make White Chocolate Raspberry Scones

Cut the butter into the flour. I use a food processor to do this simple step, but you can also use a pastry blender by hand. When done, the butter should be about the size of peas.

Butter is cut into the scones dough until it is in small pieces.

Add the white chocolate chips and raspberries to the scones dough. Can you tell my raspberries were still frozen?

White chocolate chips and raspberries are added to scone dough.

A Murder Scene, Perhaps? Nope… Just Some Scones!

The top of the white chocolate raspberry scones dough looks like a murder scene. Ha Ha! Roll the scone dough out into a circle, then slice it into 8 pie-shaped wedges.

The raspberry scones dough has been sliced and they are now ready to bake.

Bake And Then Glaze The White Chocolate Raspberry Scones

Bake the scones. The photo below shows how the white chocolate raspberry scones looked right when they came out of the oven.

Making the glaze is done by simply mixing powdered sugar, vanilla and warm water together. The glaze can be made while the scones cool. Once cooled, drizzle the glaze over them! After the glaze firms up, they are ready to eat!

The white chocolate raspberry scones have baked, and cool before being drizzled with glaze.

These scones look pretty good, and boy, do they ever taste good, too! Pretty sure you will really enjoy this decadent treat! Now it’s time to eat one of these delicious scones!

A few of the white chocolate raspberry scones, glazed and ready to eat!

Hope you enjoy these delicious white chocolate raspberry scones. We sure did, even while sick, and snowed in! Have a GREAT day!

Looking For More SCONE Recipes?

You can find all of my scone recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorites include:

A collage of some of the scones featured on my blog.

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Recipe Adapted From: http://www.pastryaffair.com/blog/raspberry-white-chocolate-scones.htm
White Chocolate Raspberry Scones
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

White chocolate raspberry scones are delicious, easy to make treats, filled with white chocolate chips and raspberries, and topped with a sweet glaze.

Category: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: white chocolate raspberry scones
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 435 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Scone Dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons cold butter , cut into pieces
  • 6 oz. raspberries (fresh or frozen will work-I mixed mine in while still frozen)
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk (or heavy cream-I used milk)
For Glaze Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar (powdered)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 teaspoons warm water (to get glaze to correct "painting" consistency)
For White Chocolate Drizzle:
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips + 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening- melted (microwave 30 seconds, stir, microwave 20 seconds stir.-don't let them burn!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor (or in a large bowl if making them by hand), combine all of the dry ingredients. Add the cold chunks of butter to the processor and pulse to cut in butter (or cut in by hand with a pastry cutter).
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the egg, milk (or heavy cream), and the vanilla; Mix these ingredients together, till well blended.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and pulse till the dough comes together into a dough ball (If mixing by hand, stir and stir till you have a cohesive dough ball).
  5. Turn the dough ball onto a floured work surface (or into a large bowl) and GENTLY mix in the white chocolate chips and the raspberries by hand (might want to flour your hands) till blended. Note: Don't worry if it looks like a murder occurred at this point...it will all be okay. Really.
  6. With floured hands (sprinkle a bit more flour on dough if necessary, cause the dough is sticky), gently form the dough ball into a round "disc" approximately 8 inches across.
  7. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter (my weapon of choice!), cut the disc into 8 scones.
  8. Gently pick up each scone and re-arrange them in a circle on the prepared baking sheet, with a bit of space between each one.
  9. Bake the scones at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes (mine were ready at the 25 minute mark-just keep an eye on them). Bake till golden brown.
  10. When done, remove from baking sheet to a wire rack, with parchment or foil underneath (to catch any drips from glaze icing). Let cool.
  11. While cooling, mix up the glaze ingredients. Once scones are completely cooled off, "paint" the icing over the tops of the scones, completely covering the surface; when that glaze hardens add the white chocolate drizzle in a decorative pattern. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
White Chocolate Raspberry Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 435 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 255mg11%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 320IU6%
Vitamin C 5.6mg7%
Calcium 138mg14%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry Almond Granola

Cranberry almond granola is a yummy, easy to make homemade granola, with toasted almonds, oats, honey, cinnamon, sunflower seeds & dried cranberries!Cranberry almond granola is a yummy, easy to make homemade granola, with toasted almonds, oats, honey, cinnamon, sunflower seeds & dried cranberries! I love to make granola! A few years ago, I decided to try to make Cranberry Almond Granola from scratch. The results? A fantastic tasting breakfast or snack item! Making granola from scratch saves money (granola is getting expensive).

It’s also fun to custom make granola to include some favorite items in the ingredients. I’ve been making our own cranberry almond granola ever since then, and don’t miss store-bought at all. It’s been fun to also make great tasting Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chip Granola and Gingerbread Granola.

Over the past few years I have experimented with several recipes, but still love this simple one that I “morph” (by adding a variety of dried fruits) to suit my taste at any given moment. I love this cranberry almond granola sprinkled on Greek yogurt for a quick little breakfast treat. It is also good as breakfast cereal, swimming in a bowl of milk, or even as a topping for ice cream!

I made this batch of granola up this morning, and while it was baking, it began lightly snowing outside for a few brief minutes…how cool is that? Big, fluffy snowflakes coming down, while the aroma of the granola baking filled our kitchen. What a great way to start the day! Here are a few pics of the “process”:

Preparing Cranberry Almond Granola

Slice almonds into thin slivers. The almonds will be lightly “dry toasted” in a skillet, to enhance their “nutty” flavor.

Almonds are sliced in slivers before skillet toasting and adding to granola.

The sliced almond are lightly “toasted” in a dry skillet over low heat for several minutes. The aroma will be a good tip-off that they are done.

Sliced almonds are lightly toasted in a dry skillet.

Place the toasted almonds, oats, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, coconut and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together honey and oil, and then pour this over the almonds, oats, etc. in the mixing bowl. Stir to full combine and cover all the dry ingredients with the honey/oil mixture. DO NOT ADD THE DRIED CRANBERRIES before baking.

Toasted almonds, sunflower seeds, coconut, cinnamon, oats and flaxseed in mixing bowl.

Bake The Cranberry Almond Granola

The granola is then spread out onto a large ungreased baking sheet. Cook the granola at 350° F. for 30 minutes, stirring the granola once and re-spreading it out, halfway through the baking time.

Once the cranberry almond granola (still cranberry-less) is finished baking, remove from oven and place it on parchment paper to cool off. Stir in the dried cranberries, spread it out, and then let the granola cool completely.

Once cooled completely, it is ready to eat! Store the cranberry almond granola in an airtight container… and enjoy!

Cranberry Almond Granola cooling on parchment paper before eating!

I do hope you will try this recipe for cranberry almond granola…it is easy to make, and very flavorful, but I cannot guarantee random snowfall while making it…sorry! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Have a great day!

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Cranberry Almond Granola
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Cranberry almond granola is a yummy, easy to make homemade granola, with toasted almonds, oats, honey, cinnamon, sunflower seeds & dried cranberries!

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry almond granola
Servings: 9 cups
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup almonds , slivered and lightly toasted
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats (I use old-fashioned, but quick cook will work, too)
  • 1/2 cup pecans (can use walnuts), chopped
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup almond or vegetable oil (I use vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (to add to granola AFTER it is done)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet on medium high heat, add the almonds and pecans. Stir the nuts for 4-5 minutes while they toast. They will turn lightly golden once toasted. Be careful not to burn them.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the toasted almonds and pecans with the oats, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, coconut and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate small bowl, add the honey and the oil and mix till combined. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix well, till all ingredients are coated well. Pour mixture out onto a large (ungreased) baking sheet. Evenly spread the granola out over the entire sheet.

  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove granola from oven every 10 minutes during cooking and give the mixture a quick stir, then pop back into oven. Once done, remove granola from oven, stir in the dried cranberries, and pour granola onto a sheet of parchment paper to let it cool completely.

  5. Store granola in an airtight container. Makes approximately 9 cups of yummy granola!

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Banana Nut Scones

Banana Nut Scones, with pecans (or walnuts) and a banana flavored glazed icing are a delicious, easy to make treat for breakfast, brunch or a light snack!Banana Nut Scones, with pecans (or walnuts) and a banana flavored glazed icing are a delicious, easy to make treat for breakfast, brunch or a light snack! True story – I LOVE scones (wow…bold lettering AND underlined…can you tell how much I love them?) That includes these Banana Nut Scones! But… I don’t like paying high prices for one OR getting one in a coffee house that is dry, crumbly, and rather sawdust-like. UGH.

Seriously, scones are so very quick, easy, and inexpensive to make! You can make EIGHT scones for a little more than what some people will pay for ONE! Why not whip up a batch, and freeze a few for later?

These scones are good for “those times“. You know…the times you’re running fast and furious to get to a meeting and forget to eat breakfast…or you’re snowed in…or you need something yummy to enjoy with your afternoon cup of coffee or tea.

Perhaps you’ve had those times when you find several overly-ripe (dead) bananas on the counter and they need to either go to the resting place for dead bananas or be used in all it’s “Banana-ness” for something yummy! All very valid reasons (in my humble opinion) for making BANANA NUT SCONES!

I found this recipe online, made a few minor changes, and just like that had 8 delicious scones (half to be eaten and half to be given away). If you like the flavor of banana nut bread, you will LOVE these scones! Here is the scone dough rolled out and cut… dusted with sugar and ready for oven…

Scones divided into 8 wedges on parchment paper

Hot out of the oven… now they just need some glaze on top…

Browned banana nut scones on parchment paper

Here is a finished scone… glazed, sliced, and ready to enjoy!

Banana scone side view with pecan on top

I enjoyed nibbling (i.e. “scarfing”, but nibbling sounds daintier) a scone while sipping my morning coffee and writing in my beloved Gratitude Journal (a daily practice of mine to name and write God’s blessings, as I become aware of and see them in my life story). Boy, was I grateful for that scone!  I hope you will give them a try…think you will enjoy them.

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Recipe Adapted from: http://heatherchristo.com/cooks/2013/01/10/banana-scones/

Banana Nut Scones
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Banana Nut Scones, with pecans (or walnuts) and a banana flavored glazed icing are a delicious, easy to make treat for breakfast, brunch or a light snack!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana nut scones
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 417 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Scones:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 Tablespoons cold butter , cut into small pieces
  • 1 large banana ( very ripe, mashed)
  • 2 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream (I used milk)
  • 1 egg , beaten slightly
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts , chopped (I used pecans)
  • 1 Tablespoon milk or heavy cream
  • Granulated sugar (for sprinkling)
For Glaze Topping:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar (powdered)
  • 1/4 teaspoon banana extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-4 teaspoons warm water (to get glaze to correct "painting" consistency)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. While oven preheats, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In the bowl of a food processor (or large bowl if making by hand), combine all dry ingredients. Add cold butter to processor; pulse to cut in butter (or use hand-held pastry cutter). Process until mixture is crumbly and butter is about the size of peas.

  3. In separate bowl, mix mashed banana, milk (or heavy cream), and egg; Mix until well blended. Add banana mixture to dry ingredients; pulse till dough comes together in a "shaggy" looking ball (If mixing by hand, stir till you have a "shaggy" looking dough ball). Turn dough ball onto a floured work surface; mix in nuts till blended.

  4. With floured hands (sprinkle a bit more flour on dough, cause dough is sticky), gently form dough ball into a round "disc" approx. 8" across. Using sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut disc into 8 wedges.

  5. Re-arrange wedges in a circle on prepared baking sheet. Brush scone tops with 1 TBSP of cream or milk; lightly sprinkle with sugar.

  6. Bake scones at 400°F for 20-23 minutes (check them at the 20 minute mark-keep an eye on them). Bake till golden brown. When done, transfer scones to wire rack (with parchment or foil underneath to catch any drips from glaze icing). Let cool.

  7. While cooling, mix glaze ingredients in small bowl. Once scones are completely cooled, "paint" icing over the scones using pastry brush. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
Banana Nut Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 325mg14%
Potassium 175mg5%
Carbohydrates 63g21%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Chip Orange Scones

Chocolate chip orange scones with citrus glaze, are a delicious treat for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon snack!
Chocolate chip orange scones with a citrus glaze, are a delicious and easy to make treat for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon snack!
These chocolate chip orange scones are my “all-time favorite”! I LOVE them!  When I worked full-time (for almost 30 years), I would occasionally bring plates of them to the office, to share with my friends. They were always a big hit… and I always returned home with empty serving plates!

Now that I have my own blog (to share favorite recipes with family and friends in one convenient location), I decided to share this special recipe with you. I’ve been making them for over 20 years, and I am sure you will LOVE these scones!

Do You Love SCONES?

If you love scones, I hope you will consider checking out some of the other recipes for them I have on this blog, like Apple Cinnamon, Lemon Cream, Cranberry Orange, Cinnamon Chip or Banana Nut, to name a few.

All my recipes can be found in the Recipe Index at the top of this page! Here’s a few photos to tempt you!

Photo collage of scones from The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I made a batch of these chocolate chip orange scones this morning…it was a brisk 36 degrees outside; a gorgeous Pacific Northwest kind of day (Thank you, God, for the beauty all around). My husband and I discussed our plans for the day while enjoying a scone, accompanied by our obligatory cups of “strong” coffee. Ahhhh… delicious!

Chocolate and orange are a favorite flavor combination of mine, and these scones, with their sweet citrus glaze on top, are “practically perfect in every way”.  What a great way to start the day (and much less expensive than buying them at a local coffee house!)  Give them a try… I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Making Chocolate Chip Orange Scones

Here’s a few pics showing how to make them: First you mix up the ingredients for the dough…(I used a food processor, but you can also use a small pastry blender).

Flour and butter for scones, in a food processor.

The grated orange peel makes the dough smell good and “citrusy”, and helps add in citrus flavor!

Orange zest, orange and microplane zester, used for scones

After all the dough ingredients fr the chocolate chip orange scones are mixed together, it’s shaped into a circle. Look at those chocolate chips and orange zest!

Scone dough, with chocolate chips, is rolled out into circle shape

Next, cut the dough circle into 8 pie-shaped wedges, brush the tops with egg white/water combo, and into the oven they go. I like to use a pizza cutter to make the cuts.

Scone dough is cut into 8 pie shaped wedges

While the scones are baking, mix up the orange glaze…see all the orange zest?

Orange glaze is mixed to put on top of baked scones

 

Glaze The Baked Chocolate Chip Orange Scones

Here are the chocolate chip orange scones, golden brown and hot, straight out of the oven. Now they just need a shiny orange glaze after they’ve cooled, to make them PERFECT!

Chocolate chip orange scones, baked, and out of oven cooling.

“Painting” the citrus glaze onto the scones with a pastry brush gives them an extra burst of flavor, plus a beautiful shiny top!

Orange glaze is brushed on top of chocolate chip orange scones

Ready To EAT!

Let the chocolate chip orange scones cool until the glaze firms up. All that’s left to do is take a big bite, and enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Orange Scones with citrus glaze, cooling on wire rack

Update: I made some this past Christmas (2015) for breakfast for my husband, myself, and our two grown sons. Here’s a picture. These scones sure disappeared in a flash!!

Christmas decorated platter of chocolate chip orange scones

Sure hope you enjoy these easy to make chocolate chip orange scones! I think you will love them as much as our family does! Have a GREAT day, and thanks for stopping by!

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Chocolate Chip Orange Scones
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Chocolate chip orange scones with a citrus glaze, are a delicious and easy to make treat for breakfast, brunch or an afternoon snack!

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip orange scones
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 458 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For scones:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 cube) unsalted butter, very cold
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel (finely grated; I use a micro-plane zester)
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (regular or mini-sized)
  • 1 egg white + 1/2 tsp. water
For glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (can always add more if you need extra)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract (I use it for enhanced flavor, but optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 3-4 teaspoons orange juice (until you get the right consistency of glaze to
  • "paint" on the scones)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a food processor (or cut in by hand with a pastry blender in a large bowl), mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chilled butter together until well combined.

  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, orange juice, vanilla, and grated orange peel. Add egg mixture to the flour mixture; combine till fully blended.Stir in chocolate chips. Mix well, to fully combine. 

  3. Transfer dough onto a well-floured surface. Knead dough with floured hands until dough comes together...(continue to sprinkle the dough and surface with additional flour as needed, as dough is usually fairly "sticky"-I usually do this 3-4 times). Shape dough into an 8" circle.

  4. Mix egg white and water together in small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush the tops of the scones with this mixture. Using a pizza cutter or very sharp knife, cut the dough circle into 8 pie-shaped wedges.

  5. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place wedges on baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes (mine are usually ready at the 20 minute mark), or until golden brown on top.  When done, remove from oven; transfer scones to a wire rack, with foil or parchment paper underneath.

  6. When scones have slightly cooled, "paint" the glaze on with a pastry brush (glaze is made by mixing up the ingredients listed, in a small bowl). Completely cover the tops of the scones with the glaze. Let scones cool until glaze has hardened., then serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Orange Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 272mg8%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 440IU9%
Vitamin C 5.7mg7%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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New York Style Blueberry Bagels DIY

It’s easy to make chewy, delicious, authentic New York Style Blueberry Bagels from scratch! Grab the cream cheese and enjoy this classic treat!It's easy to make chewy, delicious, authentic New York Style Blueberry Bagels from scratch! Grab the cream cheese and enjoy this classic treat!
I love bagels, especially these authentic, made from scratch New York Style Blueberry Bagels. I love them plain or toasted, with cream cheese! My husband also loves a good bagel, and is notorious for grabbing a few “fresh” bagels from the bakery department at our local grocery store.

Making Bagels From Scratch Is Economical!

Last year I decided to take on the challenge of making bagels from the comfort of my very own kitchen. That way I would know what was in them, and in the long run, it would be a lot cheaper than buying them at a coffee house or grocery store.

I’ve Made Several Bagel Varieties Over the Years

The first bagels I made were cranberry-orange and they were amazing (and not nearly as hard to make as I had imagined). Next came the jalapeno cheddar bagels, cinnamon crunch bagels, gingerbread bagels, and everything bagels… all with good results!

Trust me… these blueberry bagels are absolutely amazing! If you like bagels, AND you like blueberries, you really should try this recipe!

Look at these beautiful Oregon blueberries in the photo below! I picked almost 20 pounds of blueberries this past summer at a local U-Pick farm, so my freezer always seems to have bags full of frozen blueberries! I used fresh for this recipe, but either fresh OR frozen blueberries will work in this recipe.

Fresh picked blueberries used to make bagels

Is It Difficult To Make NY Style Blueberry Bagels?

Honestly, NO. These NY style blueberry bagels are fairly easy to make, and there are a few steps to follow. But… the end result is creating bagels that are chewy, delicious, and bursting with blueberries! The only real thing you need to have is patience to wait for the dough to rise!

That waiting time for the dough to rise is truly the only hard part of making them. Don’t worry if the dough looks a little bit purple. That’s just from a little of the blueberry juice mixing into the dough… it’s all good!

Blueberry bagel dough on lightly floured surface

Dough for NY style blueberry bagels is formed into their distinctive circular shapes. Now they are ready to boil! Boiling them before baking helps ensure a chewy, authentic textured bagel!

Dough formed into 8 bagel shapes on floured surface

True NY style blueberry bagels are boiled before they are baked.  This two step process gives them their nice, traditional chewy texture! It is one extra authentic step you will be glad you took!

Look at those gorgeous blueberry bagels boiling away in a big pot of water below. It sort of looks like a blueberry bagel jacuzzi, don’t ya think? They are only boiled for 3-4 minutes, so this extra step doesn’t take too long!

Blueberry bagels cooking in boiling water in pan

The bagels are boiled in batches in a LARGE pot of water, until all of them have been boiled.  Once the NY style blueberry bagels have been boiled, they are drained, just prior to baking.

Blueberry bagels, draining on baking sheet after boiling, just prior to baking.

Bake The Blueberry Bagels

The blueberry bagels are baked at 425° F. for approximately 20 minutes. When done, the bagels will have risen, are baked all the way through, and are wonderfully golden brown on the outside. Bagels are then transferred to a wire rack to slightly cool, then served!

Voila! Here’s one of the hot, chewy New York Style Blueberry Bagels, fresh out of the oven! All that is left to do is slice it in half, toast it (if that’s how you like ’em), spread some cream cheese on it, and EAT IT! So good!

New York style blueberry bagels after baking, on wire rack

Trust me…if I can make delicious NY style blueberry bagels, so can YOU! Toast one, grab some cream cheese to spread on it, throw on a pot of coffee or tea… and ENJOY one of these delicious blueberry bagels!

I love the crispy outside, combined with the chewy goodness on the inside…tastes just like an authentic New York-style bagel should! The NY style blueberry bagels also freeze very well, which is an added bonus! Have a GREAT day!

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Recipe Source: http://www.heathersfrenchpress.com/2014/01/ny-style-blueberry-bagels.html#more-2475  
New York Style Blueberry Bagels DIY
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 50 mins
 
It's easy to make chewy, delicious, authentic New York Style Blueberry Bagels from scratch! Grab the cream cheese and enjoy this classic treat!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry bagels
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 221 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 (0.25 ounce) package (envelope) active dry yeast (2¼ tsp.)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (divided)
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup blueberries (tossed in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup of warm water. Let rest for 5 minutes. You should see little bubbles forming on the surface after 5 minutes or so, indicating that the yeast is "good" and "alive".
  2. In large bowl or the bowl from a stand mixer, mix together the salt and the flour - making a "well" in the center of the flour. Add the yeast and additional water to the flour mixture. Gently fold in the berries.
  3. Knead (either by hand or by using the dough hook on your stand mixer) until the dough becomes soft and elastic (this could take approx. 5 + minutes or so). Don't worry when you see the dough turning a bit purple...it's all "good".
  4. Cover the dough with a dishtowel, set bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise, until doubled (about 1 1/2 hours).
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface (I even lightly dusted the dough with flour so it was easier to work with). Divide the dough into 8 balls (shape and pull the edges of the dough to the underside of the ball for a smoother ball of dough). With floured hands, take both of your thumbs and press into the center of each ball, forming a hole, and stretch the hole to form the bagel shape (I even pick up the bagel dough and enlarge the hole from the bottom). Once bagels have been formed, let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

  6. While bagel dough is resting, preheat your oven to 425 degrees AND bring a large saucepan (I use my soup pot) to a rolling boil. Boil the bagels 2-3 at a time (in a large pot) of boiling water for 3-4 minutes (make sure they have floated to the top of the pan). Remove the bagels from water (I use 2 chopsticks to remove the bagels- one through the hole in the middle and one on the outside...hey, it works!), and place on an ungreased baking sheet, allowing bagels to drain a bit.

  7. Bake bagels on same baking sheet in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown on top (mine usually take a bit longer...just keep an eye on them). When done, transfer bagels to a wire rack to cool, then ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts
New York Style Blueberry Bagels DIY
Amount Per Serving (1 bagel)
Calories 221
% Daily Value*
Sodium 437mg19%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Have extra zucchini? Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a delicious chocolate loaf with a secret ingredient your kids will never know is in there…zucchini!Have extra zucchini? Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a delicious chocolate loaf with a secret ingredient your kids will never know is in there...zucchini!

I recently found this very easy recipe for Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread on Pinterest.  I made a couple loaves, and my husband and I loved it! Two forms of chocolate are used… cocoa powder and chocolate chips!

I really enjoy growing my own vegetables in raised beds in our backyard. This past summer, my zucchini plants decided to become “over-achievers”. I had zucchini coming out of my ears (nice problem, huh?).

This prolific garden abundance (even after giving plenty to my family and neighbors), forced me to search for new creative ways to prepare it.

I’ve made Curried Zucchini Soup, and Italian Stuffed Zucchini already. We love “regular” zucchini bread, but this CHOCOLATE zucchini bread? Get outta here… so GOOD!

Growing zucchini in our garden to be used for baking chocolate zucchini bread.

This delicious bread was a perfect solution. The recipe is completely EASY to prepare, and the results were wonderful! Looks like I found a new way to utilize some of our home-grown zucchini!

I think the “hardest” part, if you can call it “hard” was grating the zucchini, since I made a couple loaves! That’s a LOT of grated zucchini from the garden being used to make loaves of this wonderful chocolate zucchini bread!…

Grated zucchini used to make loaves of double chocolate zucchini bread.

This sweet bread is decadently rich and chocolaty, and you’d never know it has zucchini in it (perfect for hiding veggies), for those little ones with picky palates!

I hope you will give it a try… it’s easy to prepare… and really quite delicious!

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Recipe Source: http://www.whatmegansmaking.com/2013/07/double-chocolate-zucchini-bread.html 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 
Have extra zucchini? Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a delicious chocolate loaf with a secret ingredient your kids will never know is in there...zucchini!
Category: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate zucchini bread
Servings: 10 slices (1 loaf)
Calories Per Serving: 374 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups shredded , unpeeled zucchini (gently pressed between paper towels to remove some moisture)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; lightly grease an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, honey, oil, sugar and vanilla.
  3. In separate bowl, whisk together the salt, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and flour.
  4. Add flour mixture to the egg mixture, and stir well until combined.
  5. Stir in the zucchini and the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes (oven temps vary), or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Remove pan from oven; transfer pan to a wire rack. Let cool for approx. 10-15 minutes before turning the bread out of the pan onto the rack. Cool bread completely before slicing. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 374 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 308mg13%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones

Fall is here, and it’s time to enjoy delicious Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones (a Starbucks copycat recipe), with cinnamon spiced and powdered sugar glazes!Fall is here, and it's time to enjoy delicious Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones (a Starbucks copycat recipe), with cinnamon spiced and powdered sugar glazes!

I think you’re going to love these Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones! Our family sure loves them! The recipe is a copycat recipe of the famous Starbucks glazed pumpkin scones.

Easy and delicious, they are perfect for breakfast (or a quick afternoon treat with coffee or tea) any time of the year.

HOWEVER… there’s something about Fall that screams “Bake these glazed PUMPKIN scones…now!”

Glazed Pumpkin Scones Are Perfect To Serve This Time Of Year

There’s just something about cool weather, warm jackets, fires in the fireplace, pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg that just “goes” together, right? The traditional flavors of Fall are definitely present in these delicious scones!

That’s why these glazed PUMPKIN scones are perfect for this time of year!

Pumpkin glazed scones go perfect with Fall... pumpkins are everywhere!

These double glazed pumpkin scones are ridiculously delicious! They are not crumbly and dry (yuck- I hate dry, crumbly scones), but are absolutely divine!

The pumpkin scones are flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. These traditional spices combine to create the unique “Fall” pumpkin spice flavor in these scones.

Double glazed pumpkin scones on a white plate, ready to serve!
You can get comfy on your couch or in front of a nice fire in the fireplace… and enjoy every bite of these Fall inspired glazed pumpkin scones!

If you’ve never made scones before, no worries. They are very easy to make, and you will love the results!

Double glazed pumpkin scones are ready to eat!

I didn’t take a bunch of photos to document the process this time. If you’d like to see photos of the “basics” for making scones, you can see them in my recipe for Chocolate Chip Orange Scones.

I also have a LOT of my other scone recipes listed in the Recipe Index, found at the top of each blog post. I’m confident there will be a variety there you will enjoy! Here is a collage of some of them!

A collage of other scone recipes available on blog besides glazed pumpkin scones.

Hope you enjoy making these glazed pumpkin scones, and trust that you will enjoy them as much as we do.  Have a fantastic day!

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Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Source: http://www.gonnawantseconds.com/2011/10/double-glazed-pumpkin-scones/

Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Fall is here, and it's time to enjoy delicious Double Glazed Pumpkin Scones (a Starbucks copycat recipe), with cinnamon spiced and powdered sugar glazes!
Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: glazed pumpkin scones
Servings: 6 scones
Calories Per Serving: 503 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Scones:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 7 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 Tablespoons cold , unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 Tablespoons half and half
  • 1 large egg
For powdered sugar glaze #1:
  • 1 cup + 1 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
For spiced glaze #2:
  • 1 cup + 3 TBSP powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil (or spray) a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl. Using a pastry blender, or fork, (or just slightly pulse these ingredients in a food processor), cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and there are no obvious big chunks of butter. Set the bowl aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half and half, and egg. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix together, and then form the dough into a ball.
  3. Pat out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a circle, rolling or shaping it out to about 1 inch high and approx. 8 inches wide. Using a pizza cutter or a long, sharp knife (I'm a knife girl, myself), slice dough circle in half, width-wise, then equally cut each half into 3 pieces (just like cutting a pie, right?). You should end up with 6 scones. (*If you want some really small, light-bite scones: divide the dough ball in half and form two wedges, then cut as usual.)
  4. Bake scones at 425 degrees for 14-16 minutes on prepared baking sheet (*slightly less time if making the much smaller scones). Scones should begin to turn light brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Add glaze after scones have cooled completely. Serves 6. Enjoy!
  5. To make Glaze #1 (plain glaze): Mix the powdered sugar and 2 TBSP milk till smooth. When scones have cooled, use a pastry brush to "paint" the glaze over the top of each scone. Let dry (harden) slightly.
  6. To make Glaze #2 (spiced glaze): Mix the ingredients for the spiced glaze together. Drizzle this thicker glaze over the plain glaze and allow the glaze to dry (harden) before serving (approx. 1 hour). It is easy to drizzle this glaze with a whisk (or a squirt bottle works fantastic!).
Recipe Notes

If you want smaller scones, there are 2 options. 1) Slice dough wedge into 8 wedges before baking, OR 2) Divide dough into 2 rounds, then cut each one into 6 small scones. If cooking the much smaller portions (option 2), remember to adjust baking time... they will take less time to bake.

Nutrition Facts
Double-Glazed Pumpkin Scones
Amount Per Serving (1 scone (1/6th of total))
Calories 503 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 283mg12%
Potassium 321mg9%
Carbohydrates 89g30%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 3600IU72%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Orange Almond Biscotti

Orange Almond Biscotti are crispy Italian inspired cookies, with a semi-sweet chocolate base, and chocolate drizzle on top. They are perfect to dunk in coffee!Orange Almond Biscotti are crispy Italian inspired cookies, with a semi-sweet chocolate base, and chocolate drizzle on top. Perfect to dunk in coffee!

Do you like biscotti?  I REALLY love biscotti, that crispy little “breakfast cookie” Dunking biscotti unceremoniously and without apology into my steaming, hot cup of morning coffee is a good thing! Ahhhh…simple pleasures! You will love the taste of these Orange Almond Biscotti!

I found this orange almond biscotti recipe online, and they were a snap to make. These Italian cookies are crispy, and taste great with a nice strong cup of coffee! A good flavor combination of orange and chocolate makes these one of my “go to” biscotti recipes.

I’ve made these crisp biscotti many times, and have given many plates of them as gifts to my unsuspecting good friends and neighbors. They are always a hit.

Some of the biscotti were wrapped and given to friends celebrating the arrival of Fall!
Decorating The Orange Almond Biscotti

Dipping the bottoms of the baked and cooled biscotti into melted semi-sweet chocolate makes these cookies perfect!

Once cooked, place the orange almond biscotti on waxed paper to harden the chocolate. For a nice touch, drizzle some of the melted chocolate over the top of the biscotti, to finish them off.

You can see the melted chocolate on the bottom of the orange almond biscotti.
Chocolate On The Bottom AND Top Of These Biscotti

Here is a photo of the last batch of orange almond biscotti I made. I hope you enjoy these delicious little crispy cookies, too! And by all means, dunk them in a mug of coffee before each bite!

Orange almond biscotti are drizzled with melted chocolate on top.See? There is chocolate on the bottom AND drizzled on top of these cookies to make them look all cute and fancy! YUMMO!

A look at the side of one orange almond biscotti... you can see the almonds!

Hope you enjoy this recipe for orange almond biscotti! If you enjoy it, be sure to also check out my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte Biscotti! Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: http://bakingbites.com/2011/10/orange-almond-biscotti/ 

Orange Almond Biscotti
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
55 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
 

Orange Almond Biscotti are crispy Italian inspired cookies, with a semi-sweet chocolate base, and chocolate drizzle on top. Perfect to dunk in coffee!

Category: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: orange almond biscotti
Servings: 24 (approx. 2 dozen)
Calories Per Serving: 264 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter , room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds , toasted (cook in skillet, stir constantly on low,. 2-3 minutes)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh orange zest (from approx. 2 oranges)
To make chocolate glaze for bottoms of biscotti and drizzle glaze:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar till fully mixed and light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the egg white and vanilla extract.
  4. With the mixer on a slow speed, gradually add in the flour mixture, blending just until flour is fully mixed in. Stir in the orange zest and the toasted almonds.
  5. Divide the dough in half. With lightly floured hands, shape one half of the dough into a "log", about 2 1/2 inches high and 8-10 inches long (log should be fairly narrow) on the prepared cookie sheet (dough will be sticky, so make sure you flour your hands to work with the dough). Prepare the other half of the dough in the same manner, but make sure to use another parchment-lined cookie sheet, as the dough will "spread a bit".
  6. Place the cookie sheets in the oven and bake for 30 minutes (or until the biscotti are dark golden and set. The biscotti should spring back slightly when lightly pressed in the center. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  7. Allow the dough logs to cool on a wire rack for approximately 20 minutes, then slice into cookies 1/2-3/4 inch thick, using a sharp knife. Arrange the biscotti upright on baking sheets. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. Put biscotti back into oven a second time and bake for 20-25 minutes, until they are lightly browned on the sides and slightly crisp. The top and bottom of the biscotti should be relatively dark. Remove from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. If you want to dip the bottom of the biscotti or drizzle them with chocolate: Melt 1 cup chocolate chips (or more, as needed) in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 T. vegetable shortening in the microwave for approx. 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds so the chocolate doesn't burn, till smooth).
  9. When biscotti have cooled completely, I dip the bottom of the biscotti (or "paint" on the chocolate using a pastry brush) in melted semi-sweet chocolate , then place on parchment paper or foil until chocolate has hardened. Then I drizzle the chocolate on top of the biscotti. I usually end up using a pastry brush to brush the melted chocolate onto the bottom of the biscotti and a honey dipper to drizzle the glaze over the top of the biscotti. Set the biscotti aside and let the chocolate complete harden, then store finished biscotti in an airtight container till you're ready to dunk 'em in your coffee. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Orange Almond Biscotti
Amount Per Serving (1 biscotti)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 179mg5%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 275IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Swedish Pancakes

Swedish pancakes are a delicious breakfast treat! Thin crepe-like pancakes are buttered, dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop of raspberry jam.Swedish pancakes are a delicious breakfast treat! Thin crepe-like pancakes are buttered, dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop of raspberry jam. 

 I found this recipe for Swedish Pancakes online a couple of years ago, and it quickly became a favorite to fix when we have out of town guests staying in our home.

The original recipe calls for Lingonberry jam (which is the true Swedish way to serve these), but since I pick fresh raspberries each summer at a local berry farm, then make my own jam, I always seem to have plenty of jam around.

We LOVE these Swedish pancakes with the fresh taste of raspberries (good old Pacific Northwest raspberries).

Are Swedish Pancakes Hard To Make?

These pancakes are fairly easy to make. Once you “master” the cooking technique, these will be easy peasy. Really. Batter is swirled in a skillet to form a very thin “crepe-like” pancake and cooked briefly on both sides until done.  Pancakes are then folded, and topped with jam, dusted with powdered sugar and served.

Swedish pancakes are always a big hit with our guests (and my always hungry husband). I hope you enjoy them, as well! Ya, you betcha! (said with a Swedish accent, of course).

Here’s a picture of the last batch of Swedish pancakes I made…yum.

Several Swedish pancakes on plate with link sausage on the side.
 
Be sure to try these amazing tasting Swedish pancakes. They really are a delicious breakfast treat. Hope you have a great day!

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Recipe Source: http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2012/03/10/swedish-pancakes/
Swedish Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Swedish pancakes are a delicious breakfast treat! Thin crepe-like pancakes are buttered, dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop of raspberry jam. 

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Swedish
Keyword: Swedish pancakes
Servings: 12 crepes
Calories Per Serving: 160 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 TBSP. sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 TBSP granulated sugar
  • Oil , for the skillet
  • Raspberry Jam (or jam of your choice), for serving
  • Melted butter , for serving
  • Powdered sugar , for a dusting on top of the cooked crepes
Instructions
  1. In a blender, blend eggs, milk and sour cream together.
  2. Add flour, salt, and sugar to the blender. Blend until completely smooth. The batter will be thin and pourable.
  3. Heat a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat. With a pastry brush, oil the pan with about a teaspoon of oil (you may need to add more later).
  4. When the pan and the oil are hot, pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the center of the pan. Quickly, but gently lift and swirl the pan to spread the batter to the edges. The batter should sizzle some in the oil if the pan is hot enough. Cook about 60-90 seconds, until the bottom begins to turn golden, then carefully flip the thin pancake over. Cook another 30-60 seconds until the other side begins to brown. Remove from skillet. Fold in half, then in half again to make a triangle. Set the pancake aside and repeat with remaining batter.
  5. To Serve: Place folded Swedish pancakes onto plates. Lightly brush melted butter onto tops, then dust with sifted powdered sugar, and put a generous dollop of Raspberry jam in the middle. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Swedish Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (1 crepe (w/ butter, jam, powdered sugar))
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 153mg7%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Swedish pancakes are a delicious breakfast treat! Thin crepe-like pancakes are buttered, dusted with powdered sugar and a dollop of raspberry jam. 

 

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