Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Yesterday was my son’s eighth birthday and he requested mint chocolate chip cupcakes. The only issue – he doesn’t like chocolate cake. His favorite flavor is vanilla. I decided to spoil him – he is my baby after all – and figure out a way to give him what he wanted. I made a vanilla cupcake with mini chocolate chips, topped with a mint buttercream and mini chocolate chips sprinkled on top.

The cupcakes were really good and he loved them! The mint in the frosting was a little strong, but the vanilla in the cupcake brought it all together. I’m definitely going to experiment again with the frosting. 

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Toasted Oat Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’ve been doing more quarantine baking and by far, these muffins are my most favorite thing to far. They are delicious … though not great for my waistline. I usually work from home and have no issues with feeling like I need to snack all day long. Now that I’ve been home for the last 5 weeks, I want to eat all day long. Anyone else feeling the same way?

I have made other variations of oatmeal muffins with chocolate chips, but these are so much better. Toasting the rolled oats before turning them into flour adds a rich nutty flavor. The mini chocolate chips add a sweet bite to them and the strudel on top adds a crunchy layer. You’ll definitely enjoy them!


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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Yes, I know….another dessert recipe. Baking is a stress reliever for me, so I’ve been do a lot of baking. My family is loving it, but it’s not good for my waistline. I’m trying to focus on making things that I don’t like, so I’m not tempted.

Lately, I’ve noticed if I eat peanuts or peanut butter, my joint pain flares up. I did sample these bars for taste-testing purposes so I could accurately blog about them; but I should have know they were delicious with how quickly they disappeared.

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is perfect. These bars are so much better than a cookie! My family loved the hidden swirl of peanut butter in the middle.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Scones

It’s been awhile since I made scones and I was in the mood to do some baking the other night. I found a recipe for peanut butter scones and luckily I had everything in my pantry to make them. I added the chocolate chunks for added treat.

They were really good, packed full of peanut butter. I enjoyed them slightly warmed. The chocolate chunks were slightly melted and the scones were soft and delicious.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Scones

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream – The Secret Recipe Club

Welcome to this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal! This month, my assignment was Our Eating Habits. Jamie’s blog is all about sharing recipes both from her kitchen as well as restaurant reviews. Jamie home-schools her three children and they all are Disney lovers. I might need to pick her brain since I won some hopper passes in a basket party last month and need to start planning our first family trip to Disney!

I had a full list of recipes picked from Jamie’s blog and had originally planned to make these pizza stuffed pretzels, but didn’t plan my time well this month. I love how Jamie lets her kids have their pick of the month – I might need to do that with my kiddos too! I went back to my original list and decided to go with her recipe for mint chocolate chip ice cream. My son helped me make it and had a great time. He was the first one to taste test it and kept telling me how delicious it was. Yes, my almost four-year old uses delicious all the time to describe food.

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Brown Butter Cookie Bars

Sometimes you just need to bake and the day I made these cookie bars was one of those days. They were exactly what I needed! Baking is one of those things that I do to calm and relax me. I wish I would using running or working out, but I think it’s a good reminder for me to slow down. Life has been crazy – it’s seems like it’s been that way lately and I’m looking forward to the end of the school year and lacrosse.

So back to the cookie bars….they’re so good and addicting! I mean after all they have brown butter. I also used Nestle Delightfull Milk Chocolate Morsels filled with Peanut Butter in place of regular chocolate chips. Yes, I know…AMAZING!!!

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Mini Chocolate Chip Donuts – The Secret Recipe Club

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day and are ready for a little more sweetness! It’s time for the Secret Recipe Club and I did a little baking for my kids. They’ve been begging me for donuts lately and while going through my assignment for this month’s SRC, I decided to go with Lauren’s recipe for donuts. Lauren pens the blog, Sew You Can Cook. Seriously, such a fun name for a blog! Lauren is a SAHM to 2 adorable little boys and has dreams of one day becoming a caterer. You’ll get there Lauren, you’re so talented!

This recipe is so quick and easy! I made it twice in the last week…the first time I didn’t grease my donut pan well and the donuts stuck. We still enjoyed them! I loved the subtle flavor of the olive oil…yes, they use olive oil! Lauren made them as a part of the #EVOOChallenge and I loved checking out all the other recipes that she made as part of the challenge. I followed her recipe closely, just swapped out the dark chocolate chips for mini chocolate chips, added a splash of vanilla extract and a little dried vanilla beans. They came out great the second time and my kids are going to enjoy them for breakfast this morning.

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1 cup cake flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp milk
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously spray a donut pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in the chocolate chips to coat them to help them from sinking to the bottom of the donuts.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, olive oil and milk. Add in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Divide the batter between the six donuts. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. The muffins will be a light brown on top and darker on the bottoms. Allow to cool before removing from the donut pan.

Check out all the other great recipes from this month’s reveal in the link below!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Every time I ask my kids what they want me to make…it’s muffins! Of course the next question was…what flavor? After going through a couple different options with Madeline, she settled on peanut butter chocolate chip. I knew these would make a great morning snack for her during the school day.

2 cups whole wheat white flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
1 cup milk
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two baking tins with paper liners and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until just combined. Fill the prepared muffin cups 3/4 full.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from tin and place on a cooling rack to completely cool.

Source: The Frugal Girls