Salted Chocolate Chunk Congo Bars

Easy Salted Chocolate Chunk Congo Bars loaded with chunks of dark chocolate and topped with fleur de sel or sea salt.  These are truly irresistible!

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I have a thing for Congo Bars that goes back, wayyyy back.

Growing up I always remember laid back summer picnics enjoying Macaroni Salad, Pinky Winky, and Salt Potatoes. To this day I still have cravings for those foods.  The funny thing is, I only want them in the summer. I guess you could say it’s a summer thing, because surely Pinky Winky just wouldn’t be the same in the fall (enter sarcasm.) If you are wondering what Pinky Winky is and I’m sure you are, it is a family recipe that combines cottage cheese, cool whip, mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and raspberry jello mix. I have no clue how it got its name, but that is what we have always called it. The recipe is actually in my Summer Thyme cookbook. Summer just wouldn’t be the same without it.

What reminds me most of summer picnics as a kid is a tray of Congo Bars made by yours truly. Congo Bars are actually cookie bars which make these perfect for a crowd. Serve them with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream for an instant crowd pleaser. I don’t make these often, but when I do it reminds me of making these when I was a wee little Mother Thyme. They taste just like I always remember them.

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I couldn’t resist sharing this picture!  How funny is this?  I should have saved this picture for #TBT. This is me circa 1982 with my Congo Bars.  They look just as good back then as they do now!  What I can’t wait for is for my kids to do this.  They already have a interest and passion for cooking.  They love to help me in the kitchen.  In the mornings they are right there with me at the counter stirring pancake batter or prepping fruit to make smoothies.  I love that my kids are having fun cooking as much as I do!

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Recently I was thinking about these since I haven’t made them this summer.  I thought I would put a spin on my classic recipe given to me from my mom that I have held onto for years. I added roughly chopped Dove® Dark Chocolate and topped it off with a sprinkle of fleur de sel. Oh my goodness! These are good, really good!  You get chunks of smooth Dove® Dark Chocolate in each bite. Not only are they delicious, they are easy to make. Just be warned, once you make these they’ll be gone before you know it. You may secretly want to hide a few so you can enjoy them yourself with a tall glass of cold milk!

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Salted Chocolate Chunk Congo Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 16 bars

Salted Chocolate Chunk Congo Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 bars (3/4 cup) butter, melted
  • 2 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9.5 ounce bag Dove® Dark Chocolates, unwrapped and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons fleur de sel or sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl mix butter, brown sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla until blended.
  4. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients until combined.
  5. Fold in chopped chocolate.
  6. Pour into prepared baking pan.
  7. Sprinkle with a little salt.
  8. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Cool pan on a wire rack.
  10. Cut into squares and sprinkle with a little more salt if desired. Serve or store in an airtight container.
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Lemon Ricotta Danish

 Simple and delicious Lemon Ricotta Danish that uses puff pastry so it only takes a few minutes to make!    

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I have fallen in love with this Lemon Ricotta Danish.  I swear I could devour the entire thing.  It is simply ricotta mixed with some sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and a splash of lemon juice and wrapped in a puff pastry.  How easy is that?  It only takes a few minutes to put this together, and about 25 minutes to bake.  Before you know it, you have a delicious danish ready to serve.  Once you try this, you will be amazed how tasty it is.  

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I have a love for puff pastry.  It is something I always have in the freezer.  I love using it for so many sweet and savory recipes.  Some of my favorites are Roasted Garlic Flatbread and Mixed Berry and Mascarpone Flatbread.  The funny thing is, I actually had planned on sharing another puff pastry recipe today when I created this.  I thought this was perfect for Easter brunch, that I didn’t want to wait.  

With just a few simple ingredients, you can easily create this delicious danish that you will love making again and again.  

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Lemon Ricotta Danish

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Lemon Ricotta Danish

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups whole ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Unroll and lay puff pastry flat on baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, cut 1 1/2 inch slits 1 inch apart. Do the same on opposite side.
  3. In a medium bowl mix ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, lemon zest and juice.
  4. Spread in the center of pasty leaving about 2 inch border.
  5. Cross strips over filling, alternating from each side making sure ends overlap.
  6. In a small bowl mix egg and water. Brush over the top of pastry.
  7. Bake on the center rack for about 25 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool slightly before adding glaze.
  9. Glaze
  10. In a small bowl mix confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Slowly add a little more lemon juice until mixture is creamy but not runny.
  11. Drizzle on top of pastry.
  12. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Sweet and delicious Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins — enjoy one with your afternoon tea.

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Who doesn’t love a thick slice of freshly toasted bread with butter and maybe sprinkled with a little cinnamon and brown sugar? 

Mornings can’t get any better with that along with a cup of coffee.  Maybe I’ll include a bowl of fresh berries or some oatmeal, but breakfasts like that are what get my day started.  It’s all about simplicity

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter has introduced a new spread Deliciously Simple™It has a creamy, buttery taste and is made with simple ingredients like non-fat yogurt, vegetable oil and no artificial preservatives.  

I could enjoy this every day not just on my morning toast, but just about anything.

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My kiddos also love toast in the morning.  Having three year old twins, they love to help mommy in the kitchen, especially with breakfast.  They stand on their little step stools to help make the toast, it’s so cute.  They also think they don’t need my help anymore, and like to make their own toast.   Deliciously Simple™ is made with ingredients I can recognize, and I am happy I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter made this an option that my whole family can enjoy. 

Not only is Deliciously Simple™ the perfect topper for sweet and savory dishes, I have enjoyed using it in my baking.  I have used Deliciously Simple™ in some of my recipes such as Chocolate Chip Cookies, Banana Cake, and muffins, including these Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.  Made with simple ingredients, it adds that creamy taste to all my baking that we all know and love.

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Another advantage I have found using Deliciously Simple™ in baking is it doesn’t need to sit out to come to room temperature or soften.  Its creamy texture makes it easy to just measure and mix.  A great addition to my baking needs not just for convience, but for 100% taste, 0% artificial preservatives

Meyer Lemons are in season, a culinary favorite.  These slightly sweeter lemons are perfect in these Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins.  A welcome taste of sunshine for many of us battling the snow and cold. 

Using Deliciously Simple™ from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter make these muffins moist and delicious.  Perfect with a cup of hot tea.

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Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 16 muffins

Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter® Deliciously Simple™
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Zest and juice of 1 meyer lemon
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed meyer lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.
  4. Stir in eggs one at a time.
  5. Stir in vanilla, zest and lemon juice.
  6. Stir in sour cream.
  7. Stir in flour mixture until just combined. Don't overmix.
  8. Stir in poppy seeds.
  9. Spoon batter into muffin tin filling each about 2/3 full.
  10. Bake for about 20 minutes until cake tester inserted into the center of the muffins come out clean.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.
  12. Glaze
  13. In a medium bowl mix confectioners' sugar and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Stir in additional lemon juice until desired consistency. If glaze becomes too thin, stir in more confectioners' sugar.
  14. Dip cooled muffin tops in glaze. Set on wire rack until glaze has set.
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Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

Soft Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars topped with a sweet Buttercream Frosting — you definitely want to try these! 

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I thought I would tempt you with one more holiday treat before Christmas. 

If you are planning on doing some last minute baking, you may want to add these to your list.  They are so easy to make and I’m sure they will be a welcome addition to your cookie tray or dessert table. 

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My Pistachio Wedding Cookies have been extremely popular this holiday season.  I thought it would be fun to put a spin on those yummy cookies and create these Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars.  They have all the flavors of your favorite soft sugar cookie, expect with a hint of pistachio in a bar form.  Topped with creamy Buttercream Frosting

These are to die for! 

Even if you have wrapped up your baking for Christmas, these delicious treat anytime of the year.  So you will want to tuck this recipe a way for next time, that is if you can wait that long!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! 

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Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: About 20 bars

Pistachio Sugar Cookie Bars

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box pistachio instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoon milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, pudding mix, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add in eggs and vanilla.
  5. Gradually add in flour mixture until combined.
  6. Spread into prepared baking dish.
  7. Bake for about 11-14 minutes just until bottom begins to lightly brown. Don't over bake. Top will not be firm, but will firm up upon sitting.
  8. Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Buttercream Frosting
  10. Using an electric mixer cream butter.
  11. Gradually add in confectioners' sugar until combined.
  12. Stir in vanilla extract.
  13. Slowly add in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
  14. Spread over bars and let set.
  15. When ready to serve cut into bars and serve.
  16. Store in an airtight container.
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Quick & Easy Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls

Quick and easy Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls that only take a few minutes to prepare but taste like you spent hours making them! 

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Holiday Breakfast Ideas — Week 5

Can you believe Christmas is only a few days away?  It actually makes me a little sad. I love all the hustle and bustle of this time of year.  Before we know it, Christmas will be over and a new year will begin.

As we head into the final weekend before Christmas, it’s time to finish our last minute preparations.  If you are you still looking for some ideas for Christmas morning that doesn’t requires a lot of fuss, you are going to love this idea.  These Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls are so easy to make.  As much as I love from scratch baked goods, being a busy mom I also like to take short cuts here and there. 

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Using a tube of crescent rolls make these Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls come together in a snap.  I love blackberry spread or preserves, but the best part is you can use any kind of fruit spread you like.  Some of my other favorites this time of year is pomegranate,fig and even orange marmalade.

These take about 30 minutes from start to finish to have hot and yummy Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls to enjoy with your coffee or Christmas morning. 

2013 Holiday Breakfast Ideas
Week 1 – Red Velvet Pancakes
Week 2 – Eggnog Muffins
Week 3 – Monkey Bread
Week 4 – Cranberry Oatmeal

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Quick & Easy Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 7-8 rolls

Quick & Easy Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (8 ounce) crescent rolls
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup blackberry (or your favorite) spread
  • Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8-inch round cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Remove dough from tube and make two rows to form an 8x12 rectangle on a floured surface.
  3. Use your fingers or the bottom of a drinking glass to seal the perforations. Then take a rolling pin to even out dough.
  4. In a small bowl mix butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Spread on top of dough.
  5. Spread blackberry spread on top of brown sugar.
  6. Starting on the long end, gently roll up dough. If a little mixture comes out, that's ok. Just spoon it up, and drizzle it on top.
  7. Using a sharp knife, cut 7-8 1 inch slices and place in cake pan, starting in the center with one roll in the center then and working out leaving a little space as they will expand once they bake.
  8. Place on the center rack and back for about 25 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven to cool slightly.
  10. Glaze
  11. In a small bowl whisk powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk. Slowly add a little more milk until desired consistency. Drizzle over rolls. Let glaze set for about 10-15 minutes.
  12. Serve warm.
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Eggnog Muffins

Enjoy the holidays with Eggnog Muffins.  Perfect with your morning coffee.

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Holiday Breakfast Ideas — Week 2

What are the holidays without eggnog.  Whether you like it or not, for many it is a holiday tradition.  It’s a cup of good cheer around the fire with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season. 

I wasn’t much into eggnog until about eight years ago when I had a glass of spiked eggnog on the rocks.  It changed my life.  Well, not really but it tasted mighty good.  Slowly eggnog grew on me and I started liking it more.

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Now I love it.  I even included my homemade Eggnog recipe in my cookbook Holiday Thyme.  It’s a fun treat to make at home and you can really customize it to your liking.  And although I love my homemade version, I save that for a special occasion and still grab a carton of eggnog here and there throughout the holiday season to have on hand and to enjoy in various recipes like these Eggnog Muffins.

These Eggnog Muffins are great to enjoy with a cup of coffee throughout the holiday season.  If you are hosting a holiday brunch or even for Christmas morning, these delicious muffins with a hint of eggnog, cinnamon and nutmeg are a great addition to any of your holiday festivities. 

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Eggnog Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 31 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Eggnog Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Eggnog Glaze
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons eggnog

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners or spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggnog, vegetable oil, sugars, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Gradually stir wet ingredients into dry until combined.
  5. Pour batter about 2/3 full into each muffin tin.
  6. Bake for 14-16 minutes until cake tester comes out clean and muffins are firm on top.
  7. Cool for about 5 minutes in pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Eggnog Glaze
  9. In a medium bowl stir confectioners sugar and gradually add milk until mixture is thick yet can run off a spoon easily.
  10. Dip tops of muffins in glaze and set back on wire rack until set.
  11. Store in an airtight container.
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Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

These soft and buttery Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies make a delicious fall treat and so easy to bake!

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Meet Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies.  These cookies are the relatives to the ever so popular Pistachio Wedding Cookies and Lemon Wedding Cookies that everyone has been raving about.

I wanted to make these slightly different than the first two which are just baked then dusted with confectioners sugar.  For these Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies I use Pumpkin Spice pudding mix which I finally stumbled upon at the grocery store.  The pudding mix adds a hint of pumpkin spice, so it great combined with the sweet apple butter.  If you can’t find Pumpkin Spice pudding mix, just use vanilla instant pudding.  It will alter the taste a little, but it is a good substitute.  

These cookies are soft and buttery, a great treat to enjoy throughout the fall.  I like to serve a variety of desserts for Thanksgiving, these cookies are going to be one of them.  They are easy and delicious, a great addition to your holiday dessert table.

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What you need
Butter
Confectioners sugar
Vanilla extract
All-purpose flour
Pumpkin Spice pudding mix
Cinnamon
Ground ginger
Salt
Milk

Baking notes

  • You will want to chill the dough for at least one hour before making these cookies.
  • If you find the dough is cracking when you press down on the dough, just let the dough sit at room temperature until softer.  When you press down they won’t crack as much.  I like a little cracking as it gives these cookies a rustic and fall homemade feel. 
  • Glaze is optional but makes them look really pretty.
  • If you can’t find pumpkin spice pudding mix, use vanilla pudding mix and add the cinnamon and ginger.  It will alter the flavor slightly from this recipe but they are still really good.
  • Use pumpkin butter instead of apple butter is really good too!

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Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 27 minutes

Yield: 2 dozen

Apple Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3.4 ounce box pumpkin spice instant pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup apple butter
  • Glaze (optional)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl cream butter. Beat in sugar until fluffly. Add in vanilla extract.
  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, pudding mix, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Gradually mix flour mixture into wet ingredients until combined.
  3. Divide dough in half and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Remove dough from plastic wrap and make tablespoon size balls. Place on baking sheet and gently press down to form a disc. Indent the center of the cookie slightly with your thumb. Add a small amount of apple butter into the center. Space each cookie about 1 inch about.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes. Don't overbake. Cookies will still feel soft when removing them from the oven. Let them sit on baking sheet for about 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Glaze
  8. In a small bowl whisk confectioners sugar, vanilla extract, milk and a pinch of cinnamon. Drizzle over cooled cookies. Let set until glaze hardens.
  9. Store cookies in an airtight container.
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Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

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As much as I would love to talk about potty training two year old’s today I think I would rather take a break for a moment to talk about food.

The one thing I have had success with recently is getting my picky two year old’s to eat carrots.  Sometimes a mom has to do what a mom has to do to get them to eat their veggies, even if it means to sneak it in muffins.  They loved these so much, they inhaled them.  If they only knew, right?

I love carrot cake.  It’s probably my favorite next to red velvet, or a cassata cake.  Carrot cake reminds me of Spring and Easter.  Don’t ask me why because I could eat carrot cake anytime of year.  As much as I would love to make a triple layer carrot cake with a thick cream cheese frosting that is full of calories I certainly could do without, I opted to make a healthy carrot cake muffin.  These muffins have all the flavor of carrot cake without all the extra calories.  I actually cut out the oil and butter completely and substituted crushed pineapple that goes so well with carrot cake anyways.  Trust me, you don’t miss the butter or oil in these.

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I top these off with a light cream cheese glaze with just a touch of cinnamon, which if it was up to me I would just eat the entire bowl of this with a spoon.  I have also made these before substituting the light cream cheese with mascarpone for a nice touch as well.   The light cream cheese has a little less calories, but either way its the perfect topping to these muffins.  They are not overly sweet but you won’t miss it.  Best part, these muffins are about 182 calories each with the cream cheese glaze without sacrificing flavor.

These freeze great.  I would just suggest freezing them without the glaze and just adding the glaze when needed.  To save a step and calories, you could easily sprinkle the tops with a dusting of confectioners sugar as well.

Now back to potty training.  Wish me luck!

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: PT18-20M

Total Time: PT38-40M

Yield: 12-14 muffins

About 182 calories per muffin

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  • Cream Cheese Glaze
  • 4 ounces light cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line muffin tin with liners or spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, coconut flakes, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add in milk, pineapple, eggs, vanilla.
  4. Stir all ingredients together until combined.
  5. Fold in carrots and cranberries.
  6. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tin 3/4 full each.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown and tester inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool slightly in pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Cream Cheese Glaze
  10. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir together using a whisk or an electric mixer until creamy.
  11. Dip top of muffins into glaze and set on wire rack until glaze has dried.

Once muffins are glazed, store in refrigerator. Muffins will freeze well without glaze. Add glaze after muffins come to room temperature or simply dust confectioners sugar.

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