Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
makes about 15 muffins

2 1/4 Cups AP Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
6 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
1 Cup Milk
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
3/4 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar.  Set aside.  In a medium mixing bowl, mix together melted butter, milk, eggs (mix butter and milk together first, so the hot melted butter won't scramble the eggs), and peanut butter until smooth.  Pour milk mixture into flour mixture all at once and beat together until just combined.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Spoon batter into a greased muffin tin and bake for 17-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.  Enjoy with a tall glass of milk.

My peanut butter loving husband didn't even mind the chocolate chips in these muffins.  I say "chocolate chips in muffins is ALWAYS a good idea!".  Especially with peanut butter.  Chocolate and peanut butter.  It's like a Reecee's Cup!  Reecee's for breakfast!  Side note: peanut butter, one word or two?  

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook
makes 12 muffins

1 3/4 Cups AP Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Egg, Beaten
1/2 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Cooking Oil (I used Vegetable)
3/4 Cup Bananas, Mashed
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

Streusel Topping:
3 Tablespoons AP Flour
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 Tablespoons Butter, Cold

Grease muffin tin.  Set aside.  In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture.  Set aside.  In another bowl combine egg, milk, and oil.  Add all at once to flour mixture.  Fold in bananas and chocolate chips.  Fill muffin cups 2/3 full of batter    For the streusel topping, combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle streusel topping over muffin batter.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

Recently on facebook, a friend commented that she had just made banana bread and of course I immediately had to have some banana bread.  Somehow bread turned muffins.  But is there really a difference between banana bread and banana muffins?  At least with these little gems, I can freeze them and save some for later!  It was probably a good thing that I did freeze them right away, otherwise I would have eaten all of them.