Mini Chocolate Brownie Muffins

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Weather is starting to get warmer and we definitely see a bit more sun these days. While most normal people would prefer spending a sunny day on their decks just soaking in vitamin D, I would probably prefer to work in the garden or surprise- surprise, bake something.

So the other day I went to Wal-Mart with my girl to buy some cupcake decorating supplies for her birthday. They had a Mini Muffin Pan (Clickable link) on sale and once again, I just couldn’t resist. Bake and cookware on sale immediately turn me into a kid in a candy store. So of course I purchased my new toy and rushed to the kitchen.

I didn’t feel like baking the traditional fluffy muffins, I wanted something sweet and chocolaty. The solution was crystal clear – Brownies!

How fabulous would it be to bake brownies in mini muffin cups? Very cool! Not to mention super convenient and pretty. So that’s exactly what I did. I also added some almond extract because as I mentioned in the past, I just LOVE the smell of almond extract, it kind of adds sweetness without the sugar; it’s just so good.

I ended up making 16 mini brownie muffins which ended up being eaten in about 30 minutes. That’s about one mini brownie muffin every two minutes – pretty impressive don’t you think? Oh yeah – they were DELICIOUS!

Mini Chocolate Brownie Muffins

 

Mini Chocolate Brownie Muffins
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Sweet Treats
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 16 mini muffins
 
So easy, so fast and so yummy! These Chocolate mini brownie muffins have amazing almond fragrance and are just impossible to resist.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Almond extract
  • ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter – melted
  • Icing Sugar – for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Place mini muffin cups inside mini muffin baking pan
  3. Melt butter and set aside
  4. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and then add the melted butter. Mix well until batter is smooth.
  5. Pour into mini muffin cups (about ¾ full) and place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes
  6. Sprinkle with icing sugar or cover with icing

 

Mini Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Weather is starting to get warmer and we definitely see a bit more sun these days. While most normal people would prefer spending a sunny day on their decks just soaking in vitamin D, I would probably prefer to work in the garden or surprise- surprise, bake something. So the other day I went to […]

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Sweet and Simple Coconut Walnut Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

I’m one of those crazy people that like their kitchen cupboards as clean and empty as possible. Well, not empty per say, but functional. I mean, I don’t like it when I have stuff lying around, perhaps expired or just no longer usable or needed. I like to know that when I open my cupboard I have exactly what I need and that it’s all tidy. Well, what I want and what I have is sometimes two completely separate things. Keeping that in mind; I was going through one of the kitchen cupboards the other day, and found 1/2 bag of walnuts. Surprisingly enough, there was another one there only sealed. Why would I buy a new bag if I still have the old one? Only god knows. But now I was facing a new “challenge of the day”, what to make with as many walnuts as possible.

Well, it was pretty obvious to me, something sweet! So I added some ingredients and hoped for the best and guess what? It worked. Yummy walnut cookies! Tadaaa!!!

Walnut Cookies in a plate

 

Sweet and Simple Coconut Walnut Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
 
Simple Walnut and coconut Cookies that taste so good
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 100gr shredded walnuts
  • 100gr Shredded Coconut
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F (165C).
  2. Prepare baking pan covered with parchment paper.
  3. In a bowl, Whisk egg whites until frothy and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Combine shredded walnuts, sugar, flour, coconut and salt in a separate bowl.
  5. Slowly stir egg white mix into walnut mix until well combined and form a batter.
  6. Scoop batter by the tablespoon and drop onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten with your fingers.
  7. Bake cookies in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until they start to get a golden shade
  8. Let cookies cool on wire rack and store in sealed container

 

Coconut Walnut Cookies in a plate

Coconut Walnut Cookies

I’m one of those crazy people that like their kitchen cupboards as clean and empty as possible. Well, not empty per say, but functional. I mean, I don’t like it when I have stuff lying around, perhaps expired or just no longer usable or needed. I like to know that when I open my cupboard […]

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Strawberry and Whipped Cream Spelt Squares

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I recently discovered that you can actually bake pancake batter and get a whole different thing than pancakes. So of course, I decided to try it out with Spelt flour which is very low in gluten and so much better than the traditional white flour.

This was super easy and ended up being so good. I mean, what can go wrong with a pastry topped with strawberries and whipped cream right? I made these, placed in a sealed container and into the fridge. You should have seen the kids’ faces the morning after when they got to taste it. “Mom, this is so fancy, we are having a fancy breakfast”

Hey, I made my kids feel VIP, isn’t this what it’s all about? Try it for your family, kids, and friends or just as a super quick entertaining solution. It works.

Spelt Flour Squares

 

Strawberry and Whipped Cream Spelt Squares
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Yummy and sweet squares with low gluten values. A fats and furious solution when your guests are literally at the door.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups Spelt Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup Vegetable Oil
For topping:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Mix the ingredients (except for the topping ingredients) in a bowl. Whisk until fully combined into a batter.
  3. Pour into a parchment paper covered baking pan and spread a bit until about ½ inch thick.
  4. Bake for about 8 minutes or until golden.
  5. Cut into squares (2 inch X 2 inch) while still hot and let cool.
  6. Top each square with whipped cream and sliced strawberries, cover with another square and top the same way.
Notes
*Baking pan used for this was 12 inch X 8 inch*

 

Spelt Flour Squares

I recently discovered that you can actually bake pancake batter and get a whole different thing than pancakes. So of course, I decided to try it out with Spelt flour which is very low in gluten and so much better than the traditional white flour. This was super easy and ended up being so good. […]

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Cookie Cutter Ginger Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

I’m always looking to keep the kids busy while trying to make sure that whatever they do is potentially productive. So for example, they like washing dishes, fine with me! Whatever keeps them busy 🙂 they like to beat the eggs when I’m baking and to help me out with baking and cooking; so all I did was to enhance their fun. We decided that gingerbread man cookies shouldn’t be shaped as little fat men, but rather that they should be shaped in different shapes and be decorated with stuff that is not necessarily icing or colors; and that’s when we started making ginger cookies. The kids enjoyed decorating and cutting them and I enjoyed the fact that they are enjoying. Also, as a side note, the mess they made wasn’t as big as I thought it would be so YAY for me too!! These cookies turned out amazing. They are not too sweet and crunch perfectly in your mouth. Kids had them with hot cocoa and we enjoyed them with a nice cup of tea – everyone’s happy and I managed to keep them busy with no TV or video games, hurray!

Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies
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Crunchy, yummy and not too sweet. Fun to make with the kids and easy to make anytime.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger (Powder)
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp Honey (liquid)
  • 4 tbsp Water
  • 100gr Butter in room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Place all the ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix together until fully combined and you get a dough ball.
  3. Divide into 2 smaller balls and start with flattening the 1st dough ball with a rolling pin until it is about ½ cm thick.
  4. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. You can also use a sharp knife or pizza slicer and cut into squares.
  5. Line shaped dough pieces on baking sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Once ready, remove from oven and set aside to completely cool.
Notes
Cookies can be decorated with almonds, sprinkles, nuts and dried fruits before placing in the oven.

 

Crunchy Ginger Cookies

 

I’m always looking to keep the kids busy while trying to make sure that whatever they do is potentially productive. So for example, they like washing dishes, fine with me! Whatever keeps them busy 🙂 they like to beat the eggs when I’m baking and to help me out with baking and cooking; so all […]

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Chocolate Cake Ice Cream Cones

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Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket of ice cream just to be able to use the cones, so I made a different kind of “Ice Cream”. I made a cake batter and poured it into the ice cream cones. I then baked it and added chocolate on top and voila! I got the ice cream look with the taste of chocolate and a lot less mess. The kids loved it and I was even happier to see their clean placements on the table after they were done.

This recipe can be used for just a regular chocolate cake in a small bake pan or for more ice cream cones. I’m not sure about the size because I made 8 cones and used the rest of the batter for a mini cake in a 7 inch pan.

Chocolate Cake Cones
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 Cones
 
Great for the kids and ever greater for birthdays. I only made 8 cones and a mini cake but you can play around with the number of cones and double the amounts as required.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Sweetened/ Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (You can also mix the two)
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 8 Ice Cream Cones (small ones with flat bottom)
For the chocolate coating:
  • ½ Cup Heavy/ Whipping Cream
  • ¾ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Mix all the cake ingredients together
  3. Pour about ¼ cup (until cone is ¾ full) of cake batter in each cone. Pour the rest of the batter into additional cones or into a 7 inch (18cm) greased baking pan.
  4. Place the cones standing (preferable in a deep baking pan to avoid falling) and gently place in preheated oven. Place the 7 inch cake in the oven as well (or you can bake it later when cones are ready).
  5. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  6. Wait until the cakes (cones) are cool and prepare the coating.
To prepare the coating:
  1. Simmer heavy cream in saucepan
  2. Add the chocolate chips in while simmering and stir really well until fully molten.
  3. Remove from heat and pour about 1-2 teaspoons on each cooled ice cream cone. Decorate with coconut or sprinkles.
Notes
**Make sure you immediately place the cones in the oven after filling them to avoid the cones getting wet and soft from the filling.

 

Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket […]

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Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips

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I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a chunk of history when you think about it because they are not only hand written but some of them are also written on pieces of old newspapers and flyers which makes it even more fun to dig in them. So I dug in my bag yesterday and found this great coconut cake recipe I used to love. I decided to upgrade it and added some chocolate chips which turned out to be a great upgrade! Try it. The cake is not too moist and the chocolate chips sink to the bottom of the cake while baking but the end result is a cake you’d like to have with your coffee. And besides, look at the small number of ingredients it has – perfect.

 

Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Soft and tasty cake with chocolate chips on the bottom.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups White Sugar
  • 1½ Cups Self Rising Flour (or all purpose flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
  • ½ Cup Finely Shredded Coconut – Unsweetened
  • 1 Full Cup (250ml) Heavy Cream (Whipping Cream)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips (Use your favorite)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Layer a 8.5- 9.5 Inch spring form baking pan with parchment paper, or you can spread butter to avoid the cake from sticking.
  3. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until fully combined. The batter reminds the consistency of a pancake batter.
  4. Pour the cake batter onto the layered baking pan and place in oven for 40-45 minutes until brown.
Notes
* Use 8.5- 9.5 Inch Round spring form cake pan

I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a […]

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

When I used to work on the Halifax Waterfront I sometimes went to grab lunch at the wonderful “Cabin Coffee” Café . This little place has the most amazing atmosphere, a cozy and homey one. Imagine a cold winter day and you’re sitting at the café having your hot soup and yummy sandwich in front of the fireplace, so nice. In addition to being a great place it also had the best banana chocolate chip muffins I’ve ever had. So this past Sunday I suddenly had an urge for cookies, I really wanted something with chocolate but had a banana on the countertop that was crying for help. And then it hit me! I can make my favorite banana chocolate chip muffin into a cookie! How perfect would that be?

In addition, this sudden urge of mine couldn’t have come in a better timing than this. I am a member at the Food Bloggers of Canada  and as such, I follow their updates and content. Imagine how surprised I was when I read about the “My Cookies Are The Best” contest, oh YAY! Perfect timing indeed. So I decided to both satisfy my crave for cookies and enter the contest. The winner gets a trip from Manitoba Canola Growers  to participate in the “FBC 2013 Conference” ; How exciting is that?? Wish me luck! Oh…and tell me what you think about my yummy, soft and banana flavored cookies.

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 30 Cookies
 
Banana and Chocolate Chips, what an amazing combo. These cookies are soft, sweet and banana flavored. A guaranteed success.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ⅓ Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Mashed Banana
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Layer a large baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a mixer bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips, until you get a smooth batter.
  4. Add the chocolate chips into the batter and fold into the batter.
  5. Using a teaspoon, Drop by teaspoonful onto the baking sheet. Make sure the cookies are at least 2 inches apart from each other as they grow in size while baking.
  6. Place in preheated oven for about 10 minutes until golden and a bit brown on the edges.
  7. Let cool completely before removing from the baking sheet (cookies are soft as you take them out of the oven)

When I used to work on the Halifax Waterfront I sometimes went to grab lunch at the wonderful “Cabin Coffee” Café . This little place has the most amazing atmosphere, a cozy and homey one. Imagine a cold winter day and you’re sitting at the café having your hot soup and yummy sandwich in front […]

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Blueberry Grape Cake

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The great cooking website Food52.com was having a contest. The theme of the contest was grapes; anything you can make with grapes. Knowing how much my family loves my Tanned Apple Cake, I decided to use its base and create a new filling – a grape filling. I added some blueberries to the mix as well and the result was a very tasty cake. So now I’m waiting for the contest results as well 🙂

 

 

Grape Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Fruity, great color, wonderful taste and easy. This is a variation of my apple cake that I came up with for a contest at Food52.
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ⅓ Cup White Sugar
  • 100 Grams Butter
  • 2 Egg Yolks
For the filling:
  • 2 Cups Red Seedless Grapes - Halved
  • 2 Cups Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • 50 Grams Butter
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Corn Starch
For the Topping:
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
Instructions
Prepare the dough base:
  1. Preheat oven to 175 C(350 F)
  2. Line the bottom and edges of an 8.5 Inch round baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a mixer bowl, mix all the dough ingredients together until combined into one soft dough ball
  4. Flatten the dough on the bottom of the lined baking pan and just a bit on the edges.
  5. Place dough in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes until golden and puffed. Remove from oven and set aside.
Prepare the filling:
  1. In a medium saucepan place the butter, 2 tbsp sugar, grapes, cinnamon and blueberries and heat over medium heat. Stir often for about 10 minutes until grapes soften a bit.
  2. Add the corn starch and stir well until the grape mix is just a bit thicker (similar to jam)
  3. Gently place the grape mix on the baked dough and spread evenly. Make sure you do not spread on the edges, leave the edges with no filling. Set aside to cool a bit.
Prepare the topping:
  1. Using a mixer, beat the remaining 2 egg whites with 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Beat the eggs until you get a firm foam. To check if it's firm enough tilt the bowl, if the foam is steady it is ready. If it's a bit runny, beat some more.
  2. Spread the egg foam over the filling. Spread evenly over the edges as well and place back into the preheated oven for another 15 minutes until foam is golden on the top

 

The great cooking website Food52.com was having a contest. The theme of the contest was grapes; anything you can make with grapes. Knowing how much my family loves my Tanned Apple Cake, I decided to use its base and create a new filling – a grape filling. I added some blueberries to the mix as […]

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