White Chocolate Raspberry Muffin Cakes

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffin CakesI don’t know whether these are muffins or cupcakes.  I guess there’s not much of a difference between the two, considering how much sugar most muffins have.  Maybe it’s just whether or not they’re frosted.  Or whether you eat them for breakfast…okay yeah, I know that can’t be it.  Don’t get all righteous now–you know you’ve done it too.  But really though– who cares what they’re called–they have yummy, pretty raspberries and white chocolate.  What more do you want from me?

So these are sweet like cupcakes but more like muffins, they have fruit and oats and they’re not frosted.  Call them what you will, but considering each of the aforementioned potential factors in developing an appropriate naming convention for personal-sized baked goods, I’m going with “muffin cakes”…duh–you read that in the title of this post.  I think you did at least.  Unless you’re a whack job who reads large bodies of text but not headings…but hey, who am I to criticize?  Just go make yourselves some muffin cakes, people! Continue reading

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Summery Peach Cupcakes with Fluffy Marshmallow Icing

Summery Peach Cupcakes with Fluffy Marshmallow IcingThese cupcakes are my f/u to winter. Hey, I like pumpkin, apples, and pears as much as the next girl, but I’m just not ready to let go of summer this year.  I’m trying (yeah well, sorta…), but I’m afraid it’s not working out so hot…not yet, at least.  Yeah, of course I realize there’s nothing I can do about the impending doom (winter), but that doesn’t mean I’m not going down kicking and screaming–every step of the way.

Enter: Summery Peach Cupcakes with Fluffy Marshmallow Icing.  These are everything you’d want in a summer treat–sweet, fruity, and light.  Hope you like ‘em. Continue reading

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Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy CookiesThese cookies aren’t what you think they are.  First off, they aren’t coconut-y.  People who hate/loathe/despise/detest coconut will still like these.  There’s just a mild coconut taste in the background and the coconut texture is pretty much undetectable.  Really.  It just makes the cookie extra chewy, soft, and yum.

Another thing: even people who don’t like almonds can enjoy them because you can totally leave the nuts out.  That’s what I did.  Given that, I suppose I should have called these “Mounds” Cookies (you remember the song, right–”Almond Joy’s got nuts, Mounds don’t”), but that just sounded too lame for words.  Sounds more like something your dog might leave in the hallway.  Yeah. Continue reading

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Good Morning Muffins

Good Morning MuffinsI was going to call these “Kitchen Sink Muffins” since they contain everything but.   Oh yes, so clever, I know.  But for some reason, that just didn’t sound very appealing.  Maybe it’s just me (as I realize it most often is), but my mind just kept conjuring images of dirty dishes and garbage disposals.  So yuck.  And these are so not yuck.

So we’re going with the much more appetizing “Good Morning Muffins”.  Whilst (love that word!) it’s a bit corny, I think this describes them well–they’re healthy-ish but still sweet and yummy.  Each moist and delicious one is chock full of goodies like applesauce, raisins, almonds, and coconut–definitely a nice way to start the day. Continue reading

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Wholesome(ish) Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Wholesome Vegan Pumpkin Spice CookiesI know, I know–I said I was going to lay off the vegan treats for a bit…but I couldn’t help it.  It was a vegan friend’s birthday this weekend, so I just had to make her something!  Well, that’s my story at least.  So on that note, I did try to make them just a little healthier than your run-of-the-mill treat.  They’ve got some whole grains in the form of oats and whole wheat flour and a few of those heart-healthy good fats from slivered almonds and canola oil.  Then of course there’s the star of the show: pumpkin.  How bad could that be?

Now I can already see some of you starting to quiver in fear, thinking this is some sort of health nut’s cookie from one of those granola-loving, Subaru-driving, tofu-eating Colorado hippies.  Fret not though, I wouldn’t sacrifice flavor just for the health benefits–well, not in a cookie at least.  After all, this is dessert!  So go forth and bake these with reckless abandon.  These are still sweet and satisfying, I promise–for both sophisticated vegans and cavemen alike.  ;-P Continue reading

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High Altitude Baking Adjustments

This altitude stuff is weird–that’s all there is to it.  Some of my sea level recipes work just fine, requiring no adjustment at all.  Others…well, it seems like they’ll never work.  Maybe someday I’ll get all this stuff figured out…lest I die prematurely from type two diabetes or a heart attack…

Anyway, when the altitude wreaks havoc on a recipe, I’ve found some general adjustments to to be a helpful starting point in trying to fix it (yes, “found”–not figured out on my own–much as I’d like to believe otherwise, I’m just not that smart).  I’ve compiled them into a list here, cause I’m nice like that.  It’s not completely comprehensive or anything…but it’s a good starting point.

Some recipes you’ll just have to play with (and hopefully get to enjoy–you know, “failures” that are completely suitable for your own personal ingestion with a spoon on the couch, but far from worthy of sharing…no, of course I’m not speaking from experience)…like if a cake is too dry, maybe it needs more sugar.  If it’s tough or crumbly, maybe less sugar.  Good luck!

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Peanut Butter Muffins

Peanut Butter MuffinsI’ve been toying with the idea of a peanut butter and jelly cupcake for awhile now, so that was sort of the inspiration for these muffins.  I wanted to do the cupcakes but I was (gasp!) out of confectioners’ sugar, so I couldn’t make the frosting without a trip to the grocery store.  And well, it just wasn’t worth all that.  Another day, my friends. For now, I offer you these humble muffins.  They should make for a pretty yummy breakfast or snack.  I mean, who doesn’t love peanut butter and jelly? Continue reading

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Pomegranate Apple Muffins

Pomegranate Apple MuffinsAlas, a healthier treat!  See, and you thought it was all butter and marshmallow creme over here.  Nope.  Still, I must confess:  these were sort of a happy accident.  See, I bought a pomegranate on a whim the other day, having heard about how great they are for you and, more importantly, really liking their color.  I really wanted to like them too–I could just picture how awesome they’d look in a big white bowl on my kitchen counter or filling a big, fat clear vase on the dining room table.

So of course I didn’t like it…there aren’t many fruits I don’t like, but this is certainly one of them.  First of all, they’re kind of a pain in the ass.  You have to slice them open and then separate all the edible seeds out (er…arils…as those with noses much further in the air than mine call them) by putting all the guts in a bowl of water and then letting them sink.  Then you can strain out the water and those arils are good to go…except they’re not very good.  Not plain, at least.  They pretty much taste like cranberries to me, but there’s also this weird kind of spiky/prickly part in each aril that is wholly unpleasant in the mouth.  You want to spit it out, but that’s just not sexy at all…so you’re kind of just screwed.

Having officially decided that pomegranates aren’t really my cup of tea–although I hear the juice is wonderful…(pun not initially intended, but decidedly too awesome to take out), I set about to figure out WTF to do with it.  I can’t stand to throw away food, so here’s what I came up with…and apparently, they’re pretty tasty! Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal CookiesEveryone loves peanut butter cookies.  At least, all normal human beings (it’s true, you can’t be normal if you don’t like peanut butter) love them.  Being aware of this fact, I figured it was high time for me to whip up a batch of these bad boys.  Lucky for me, and my little guinea piggies, these came out great on the first try.  I didn’t even really change much to compensate for altitude.  Cookie recipes don’t seem to need much altering, which is nice.  Still, we can all rest easier now that we  know this recipe has been tested and piggie-approved at 5,280 feet.

If you decide to make these, and I really think you should, be sure not to over-bake them.  Take ‘em out when they still look a little undercooked in the middle to ensure you get soft, chewy cookies.  Personally, I don’t mind a crisp cookie sometimes…but my husband, the ever-loyal king of the guinea pigs and absolute love of my life, has a wholly different perspective on that topic.  I won’t go into it here, but let’s just say he has very strong opinions.  I’m sure he’ll share them with you if you ask…and then he’ll probably also tell you about how every cookie should be treated to protect the overall long-term good of the entire batch…and of course how these cookies should be allowed to band together in order to uphold these rights. Continue reading

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S’mores for the Indoors

S'mores for the IndoorsI was going to call these S’mores Brownie Bites or something simple and descriptive like that.  But no, being that I’m so clever, I just had to go with “S’mores for the Indoors”.  Well, it makes me smile anyway.  And at the end of the day, that’s all that matters!  Sorry.  No, not really, but whatever.

These take a little bit of effort (not too much of course, or yours truly certainly couldn’t have been bothered), but I think they’re worth it.  They’re pretty cute as these things go, which is of course ranks pretty damn high on my list.  They’ve got your regular old graham cracker crust (hey, if it ain’t broke…), then a double-chocolate brownie layer topped with a lightly-broiled marshmallow topping (yeah, you heard me–”topped with a…topping”–imagine that).  Since they’re a riff on a traditional summertime treat, I’d like to think of them as a slap in the face to the whole impending doom thing (i.e., winter).  So there. Continue reading

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