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English Muffins

Try English breakfast muffins!  Homemade English muffins breakfast is delicious and full of flavor.

English Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies - Homemade English muffins taste so much more amazing than store bought!I have good memories of English muffins as a kid.  We used to toast them and spread butter on them for breakfast.  It never occurred to me that I could actually make them myself.

I don’t often make bread, but the lure of the sweet childhood memory of English muffins was enough to send me to the kitchen.

My first attempt was tasty, but the texture was nothing like was I was looking for.  They were too dense and tough.  I think I used too much flour.

With some adjustments to the recipe, my second attempt provided some frankly amazing results.  This is an English muffin worth dying for.

Or worth kneading and patiently waiting through rise time for, anyway.

(See related post: Pumpernickel Bagels)

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Robb was in love, but the kids seemed a little underwhelmed by my latest creation.

(Kids never know how good they have it, do they?  I mean, homemade English muffins???  C’mon!!  It’s the stuff of dreams!)

That is, until I started cracking these muffins open and filling them with eggs, cheese, and ham or bacon.  Then, they got interested in a big hurry.  Especially my bottomless pit of a teenage son.

(Try these muffins with Apricot Pineapple Jam!)

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The easiest way to make these is in a cast iron skillet.  I have a 12-inch skillet, and it easily fit 8-9 muffins.  You put it on the stove and toast each side until lightly browned, then move the whole thing to the oven and bake for a few more minutes.

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, or something that can go directly from stovetop to oven, don’t fear.  You can brown them on a griddle or regular skillet, then transfer to a baking sheet to finish them up.

Either way you do it, these English muffins will be the stuff memories are made of!


Want more?  Try these breakfast breads!

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English Muffins
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Delicious and flavorful homemade English muffins.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18 muffins
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2½ teaspoons yeast
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups flour
  • Cornmeal
  1. Scald milk and butter until warm. (about 105-115F)
  2. Add butter, yeast, and sugar to milk mixture. Let sit about 5 minutes to allow yeast to bloom.
  3. Mix in flour. (I used a stand mixer for this.) This will form a soft dough, so it is easiest to use a stand mixer or bread machine to knead the dough. Knead until smooth and shiny, about 5 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a greased large bowl, cover, and let rise until double in size, about 1-2 hours.
  5. Split dough into 18-20 even pieces. Roll pieces into balls, and sit on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let rise an additional 20-30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle a large skillet with cornmeal, and carefully place muffins in it. Cook on the stovetop over medium high heat, until bottoms are browned. Flip muffins and brown other side.
  7. Move skillet to the oven (or if skillet is not oven-safe, transfer muffins to a baking sheet) and bake at 400F for 10-12 minutes.
  8. For best results, use a fork to spit muffins, rather than a knife to cut them.


Fruit and Nut Granola

This simple granola recipe is full of nuts and dried fruits!  This is the best granola recipe for energy in the morning.

Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!The power went out at my house this morning.  And I was reminded why being without power is one of the most annoying things to experience ever.

Holy moly, I am dependent on my electricity.  I could use my computer, but without a modem, not my internet, so what’s the point of that?  And then there’s no tv, the laptop doesn’t last long without being plugged in, and I even had to keep and eye on my cell phone battery.

I did listen to some podcasts (like this one for bloggers) but the whole time I was thinking about how I didn’t have wifi, so I was streaming and paying for all that data.

And, obviously, there’s no baking in my fancy-schmancy new electric oven, so I couldn’t even work on this cake recipe I have planned.

Talk about frustrating.

(See related post: Cinnamon Spice Granola)

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I ended up going to the dog park where Monster and I wandered around alone (no one goes to the dog park in the middle of the morning in January, apparently) and nearly froze to death.

Let me tell you, I was glad there was some granola in the pantry, so I could at least have something decent to eat for breakfast.  It was that or a bag of pretzels.

This simple granola recipe is one of my favorites.  It’s chock full of nuts and dried fruits, with a touch of sweetness from honey.  It’s a great way to get a little energy for your morning.

Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!Fruit and Nut Granola from JensFavoriteCookies.com - A simple and delicious breakfast!

If you’ve never made homemade granola, can I urge you to try it?  It’s SO crazy easy to make, easy to customize, has very few ingredients, and homemade granola tastes ah-maaaaaz-ing.

I customized this with some of my favorite nuts, namely almonds and pecans.  Though I may have used walnuts if I hadn’t been completely out of them.  And I used dates and craisins, but you could use raisins, or those gorgeous golden raisins, or dried apricots, or tart cherries, or whatever you like.  And, I obviously threw in some coconut, because… yummmmm… coconut!

I hope the next time your power goes out, there’s some granola in your pantry too.  It almost makes a morning without Netflix bearable!


Want more?  Try these granola recipes!

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Fruit and Nut Granola
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A simple granola recipe with nuts and dried fruits.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 3 cups
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup sunflowers seeds (kernels)
  • ¼ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • dried cranberries
  • dates
  1. Combine oats, coconut, pecans, almonds and sunflower seeds in a mixing bowl. Add oil and honey, and stir to coat.
  2. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for about 20 minutes until browned, stirring halfway through.
  3. Let cool. Add dried cranberries and dates to taste. (about ⅓ - ½ cup each)


Roasted Banana Molasses Muffins

Muffin tin recipes; These healthy banana muffins use molasses and quick oats.  You’ll love this muffin tin recipes!

I was compensated by Golden Barrel for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Roasted Banana Molasses Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com - Molasses makes these muffins extra healthy, comforting and delicious! #adThere is this thing that happens to me as soon as the weather starts to cool in the fall.

The thing is, molasses.  I start to crave it.  I dream up ways to use it.  I catalog all the flavors that would taste wonderful with it.  (There are many.)

As you might imagine, I was thrilled when Golden Barrel sent me some molasses and asked me to create a recipe with it.  I thought very seriously about making an updated version of these Molasses Bars, but in the end the siren song of muffins did me in.

And the siren smell of bananas roasting in the oven tore my son, The Fruitarian, away from his beloved xBox and into the kitchen like a bear out of a long hibernation.

It’s a win-win situation.

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By the way, have you roasted bananas before?

If you want to bake with bananas, but you don’t have any that are ripe, roasting them is a great solution.  It also makes the bananas a little sweeter and more flavorful.

To roast bananas, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.  (This is just to save some elbow grease, since the bananas will leak and make a big mess of your pan.)  Place the bananas on the lined pan, and bake them at 350F for 30-40 minutes, until the skins are black and shiny.

You let them cool a few minutes, then remove the peels and scoop the deliciously roasted fruit into your mixing bowl.  YUM.

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People sometimes ask me questions about molasses, so I thought I would illuminate you with a few molasses facts.

First of all, if you’re wondering what molasses is, it’s basically a by-product of the sugar manufacturing process.  When granulated sugar is extracted from cane syrup, molasses is left over.  It’s obviously quite sweet on it’s own, and for a long time was used in place of sugar, because it was less expensive.

Molasses is used to make brown sugar, and yes, you can do this yourself if you’re in a pinch.  Just put a cup of white sugar and 2 tablespoons of molasses in a food processor or high powered blender, and pulse to combine.

I learned that blackstrap molasses is a stronger, more concentrated version of molasses.  It’s usually a bit strong for baking, but great for recipes that require a stronger flavor, like baked beans.

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One of the best things about molasses is all the minerals that can be found in it.  Molasses is really quite good for you!  So no excuse to not make these delicious and comforting muffins!

Find more facts about molasses on the Golden Barrel blog.


Want more?  Try these comforting molasses treats!

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Roasted Banana Molasses Muffins
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A oat and molasses muffin with roasted bananas.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18 muffins
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas, very ripe or roasted *(see notes)
  • ⅓ cup molasses
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1½ cups flour
  1. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, bananas, and molasses and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add oats and flour and mix just until combined.
  3. Fill the cups of a lined muffin tin about ¾ full. Bake muffins at 350F for 17-20 minutes.
* To roast bananas, place unpeeled fruit on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes until skins are black. Let cool slightly, then remove skins before using.

Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins

Recipe zucchini muffins;  These chocolate chip zucchini muffins are full of spices and topped with a walnut streusel.

Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com Lately, every time I go to my parent’s house, my dad asks me, “How many zucchini do you want?”

Dad loves to garden, and has grown zucchini and crookneck squash every year for as long as I can remember, barring a couple years when he lived in one state and worked in another.  I absolutely love zucchini, and have been known to eat just that for lunch on occasion.

But, you can’t have sauteed zucchini for lunch every day, and Dad sent me home with 3 of them this time, so it was time to get baking.

As much as I love chocolate, and wanted badly to make a chocolate zucchini bread or muffin, I’ve been trying to push myself into other flavors.  That, and the steady stream of rain which has made it feel like autumn, have convinced me to make something spiced.

It turns out, a spiced zucchini muffin with walnut crumb topping was exactly perfect for today.  And a couple muffins can be just as good a lunch as a plate full of sauteed squash, right?

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When I made this crumb topping, I totally copied Naomi at Bakers Royale.  This walnut streusel reached out and grabbed me, and seriously would not let go.  Other than the minor detail of my using raw walnuts rather than candied, this crumb is all hers.

Some ideas are just too good to mess with, says I.

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I should probably confess that I didn’t abandon my desire for chocolate entirely.  I threw a few chocolate chips in these muffins.  It was enough to remind me of the beautiful flavor of chocolate, without detracting from the spice.

It would be totally appropriate to throw in some chopped walnuts, too, although I didn’t.  Maybe next time.

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I going to need to make these a couple more times, before Dad gives me any more zucchini!

Maybe I’ll make chocolate zucchini bread next time!

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Spiced Zucchini Crumb Muffins
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A spiced muffin with shredded zucchini, and a walnut crumb topping.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ⅔ cup quick oats
  • about 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Combine oil and sugar. Add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, and mix well. Add zucchini and oats and mix.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. (Batter will be runny.)
  4. For crumb topping, place all ingredients in a small bowl, and use a fork to mix until crumbly.
  5. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Fill cups ¾ full with muffin batter. Sprinkle a generous amount of crumb topping on each muffin. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes.


Whole-Grain Coconut Waffles

Healthy whole wheat waffles are easy and tasty!  Use almond milk to make this healthy waffles recipe.

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!While this is primarily a dessert blog, I occasionally like to share some breakfast ideas with you.

I’d like to say that’s because you can’t have dessert for breakfast, but who am I kidding?  What are chocolate muffins and coffee cake, if not dessert that you eat for breakfast?

And yes, I’m aware that this particular breakfast is pictured slathered in syrup and toasted coconut, but beyond that, these babies are actually healthy.  They are healthy in the sense that they are extra-wheaty and dairy-free.

I was a little worried that the gaggle of teens at my house would turn their noses up at these “healthy” waffles.  I warned them that they were whole-grain.  They literally answered by saying, “We don’t care.  We want the waffles.”

Fine with me.  Dive in.  Just save me one.

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At my house, the teens come in the extra-skinny variety.  My doctor always tells me they are underweight, and not to restrict their diets at all.  Trust me, doc, there are no food restrictions in this house.

Since I am overly fond of dessert foods, I sometimes worry that their diet is a little heavy on the carbs, and light on the nutrients.  I figure it can’t hurt them to eat whole grains once in a while.  It also gave me an excuse to try the new Silk Almond Coconut blend.

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!

Have you seen this stuff?  I asked my good friend about it, since she had to cut dairy out of her diet a while back.  Dairy AND gluten.  She almost can’t eat anything.

She told me she uses Silk Almond Milk all the time, and that she really likes the Silk Almond Coconut Blend.  It doesn’t have as strong a coconut flavor as coconut milk does, and it’s a nice change from using almond milk every day.  She bakes with it, cooks with it, even pours it on her cereal.

I think you should try the Silk Almond Coconut Blend for yourself, and to make it a little easier, I am including a coupon!  CLICK HERE to get the coupon details.

I’m sure you’ll have trouble keeping your kiddos away from these waffles long enough to get your own helping, but they’re worth the trouble!


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Whole-Grain Coconut Waffles
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Whole grain waffles made with almond milk and coconut.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 5
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups Silk Almond Coconut Blend
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  1. Combine flour, wheat germ, coconut, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine Almond Coconut milk, egg, oil, and extract.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix until combined, mixture can be slightly lumpy.
  4. Pour into waffle iron, and cook for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Top with syrup and toasted coconut.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 10th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everyone this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!This coffee cake has been my nemesis.  Falling, melting, pitching a fit.  It’s the most uncooperative cake I’ve worked on in a while.

I finally decided that coffee cake has a mind of it’s own, and it would never be as pretty, as picture-perfect, as I hoped.

I consoled myself with the fact that everyone’s slice chunk of cake disappeared in no time, and at least one family member went back for seconds.  And thirds.  And gushed about how delish it is.

I’m having a chunk right now, as a matter of fact.  I’d tell you it helps me think, but honestly, the only thing I’m thinking about is crumb topping.  And lots of it.

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I’m really enjoying Brunch Week, by the way.  Lots of bloggers, lots of brunch recipes, lots of fantastic ideas, and just in time for Mothers Day.  Have you seen this list of fantastic stuff?

We’re also hosting a crazy big giveaway, with tons of prizes and tons of winners!  Enter the giveaway here!

Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!Cinnamon Coffee Cake from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  with lots and lots of crumb topping!


Brunch Beverages:

Brunch Eggs:

Brunch Mains:

Brunch Breads:

Brunch Fruit and Sides:

Brunch Desserts:


Want more? Check out these breakfast baked goods!

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake
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A heavy cinnamon coffee cake with generous crumb topping
Recipe type: Cakes
Serves: 9
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, sour cream, and vanilla, and mix well.
  2. Add soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon, and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Batter should be heavy.
  4. Pour into a 9x9 pan.
  5. To make crumb topping, mix butter, flour, and brown sugar. Use a fork to mix until crumbly. Pour topping over batter.
  6. Bake cake at 350F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing into 9-12 pieces.


Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

This healthy banana muffin recipe is moist, with lots of flavor and great texture.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek

I’ve posted this recipe before.  I’m posting it again because it’s the all-time best banana muffin in the entire universe.  For real, it’s one of the recipes on this blog I am the most proud of.

It’s also one of the more rarely-made recipes at our house.  Don’t get me wrong, the muffins always disappear at a fantastic rate, but so do the bananas.  The Fruitarian eats all the bananas long before they ripen enough to bake with.

I don’t understand this, personally, because the thought of eating a plain banana gives me the chills.  And not in a good way.  All that soft, mushy, banana-flavored… banana in your mouth?  BLECH.  But eating banana muffins makes me supremely happy.  And it’s not because of the chocolate.

Okay, it’s not only because of the chocolate.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek

The flavor of this muffin comes from the butter mixed with the ripe bananas.  And the chocolate.  Of course.

The texture comes from quick oats.  Not every muffin uses oats, but this one does, and does it well. 

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Have you entered the giveaway yet?  There’s a good one going on right now, one with lots of prizes and lots of winners.  Enter to win here!

And don’t forget, there are lots more Brunch Week recipes out there today.  You’ll love these!


Brunch Beverages:

Raspberry-Mango Batido from Foxes Love Lemons

Blackberry Mimosas from Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine

Brunch Egg Dishes:

Spinach Bell Pepper Frittata from That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Corn Souffle from Hungry Couple

Croque Madame Muffins from Cooking in Stilettos

Fajita Vegetable Quesadillas with Eggs and Avocado Hollandaise from Sarcastic Cooking

Bacon, Cheddar, Zucchini Quiche from The Kitchen Prep

Brunch Breads and Grains:

Blueberry Cornmeal Waffles from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Busy Bee’s Granola from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Chocolate Dipped Banana Hazelnut Pancake Kebabs from Food Faith Fitness

Springtime Sweet Rolls from Eat Your Heart Out

10 Minute English Muffin Cream Cheese Danish from Neighborfood

Lemon Poppyseed Scones from Real Housemoms

Apple Croissants from Hip Foodie Mom

Vanilla Chai Quick Bread from Savvy Eats

Fig and Oatmeal Breakfast Bar from My Catholic Kitchen

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Brunch Fruits, Vegetables, Sides: 

Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachios and Blue Cheese from Healthy. Delicious.

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites from Take a Bite out of Boca

Savory Truffles from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

Brunch Desserts: 

Orange Marmalade Pound Cake from Love and Confections

Hazelnut-Blackberry Cottage Pudding from The Vintage Cook

Orange Surprise Inside Pound Cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

Strawberry Hazelnut Crumble with Coconut Whipped Cream from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Corn Fritter Shortcakes with Maple Whipped Cream from The Spiffy Cookie


Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins
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A flavorful banana muffin with oats and chocolate chunks.
Recipe type: Muffins
Serves: 20
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ cup quick oats
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add bananas and eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder and oats and mix well.
  3. Add flour and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate.
  4. Fill muffin cups ⅔ full. Bake at 350F for 18-22 minutes. (For mini-muffins, bake 9-12 minutes.)


Pumpernickel Bagels

Welcome to the second annual brunch week hosted by Terri of Love and Confections and Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen!  Join us May 5th through 11th while we celebrate the deliciousness of brunch and to prepare for Mother’s Day and summer brunching season.  We have 32 bloggers bringing you their best brunch game, from cocktails to eggs benedict to donuts, there is something for everything this week.  Our amazing sponsors have donated some great prizes for a gigantic giveaway, please visit them all for more information.

Homemade Pumpkernickel Bagels from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek - These bagels have a rich and complex flavor.Why won’t my family eat pumpernickel?  It makes no sense.  It’s like they don’t appreciate the flavor of rye flour.

For me, the amazing flavor of pumpernickel is the main reason I decided to make bagels in the first place.  The pumpernickel calls to me.

As with most breads, I have been discovering that they are not as difficult or complicated to make as I imagine.  Then, when I realize how easy it is, I go a little crazy with it.  Remember the Soft Pretzels?  I made those about 5 or 6 times in three weeks once I learned how easy they were.

This means that these bagels are seriously dangerous to my diet right now.  But I don’t care.  Someone pass the cream cheese.

Homemade Pumpkernickel Bagels from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek - These bagels have a rich and complex flavor.

Of course, my kids thought they were chocolate donuts.  When I told them they are bagels and NOT donuts, they responded hopefully with, “But, does this make you feel like you COULD make donuts?”  Which made ME respond with, “Bite your tongue!”

Truth be told, chocolate donuts sound frankly amazing, but you’d think they could let me revel in the glory of my fantastic pumpernickel bagels for five minutes before wishing aloud I had made something else.

Psssh.  Teenagers.

Homemade Pumpkernickel Bagels from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek - These bagels have a rich and complex flavor.

Homemade Pumpkernickel Bagels from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #BrunchWeek - These bagels have a rich and complex flavor.

This being Brunch Week and all, you should know two things.  First, there are a bunch of amazing bloggers sharing brunch recipes this week!  (See list below)  And second, there are lots of fun giveaways that you can enter!  Giveaways include prizes from California Walnuts, Bob’s Red Mill, Oxo, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Doctor Phillips, Grimmway Farms, Woot Froot, Vidalia Onion, Baloian Farms, and Stemilt and Bonne Maman.  (They provided all the prizes free of charge.  I have not been compensated, nor have I received product for Brunch Week.  All opinions are my own.)

See all of today’s #BrunchWeek recipes here:


Brunch Eggs:

Main Brunch Dishes:

Brunch Breads and Sides:

Brunch Fruit and Vegetables:

Brunch Desserts:


To enter the #BrunchWeek giveaway, click here!

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Slightly adapted from AllRecipes

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Pumpernickel Bagels
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A dark rye and molasses pumpernickel bagel.
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • water for boiling
  1. Combine warm water with whole wheat flour and yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine rye flour, cocoa, molasses, oil, caraway seeds, and salt. Add yeast mixture and all-purpose flour and mix until combined.
  3. Knead dough until smooth, about 10 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and leave in a warm place. Let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Divide dough into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then make a hole in the center. Stretch dough to create a 1-inch to 2-inch hole in the center, keeping the dough at about ½-inch thickness.
  6. Cover formed bagels with a towel or plastic, and let them rise about 30 minutes.
  7. Gently place bagels in boiling water, 2-3 at a time. Boil for 45 seconds, turn, and boil another 45 seconds. Remove from water and let drip for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Place boiled bagels on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 450F for 9-10 minutes.
  9. Store in a plastic bag or other airtight container.


Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones Recipe; This chocolate chip scones recipe is simply delicious and no-fuss.

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones from JensFavoriteCookies.com  I remember when I was sixteen, and my dad was trying to explain to me what a pain in the neck it is sometimes, owning a car.  I didn’t believe him.  Or, more likely, I didn’t want to think about it.  A car meant freedom and that’s all I cared about.

What he should have told me is that owning a house is far worse.  Oy.

This week’s adventures in home ownership: mold removal.  What a disgusting job.  Long story short, a leak under the kitchen sink caused us to have to rip out half the drywall and some of the carpet in the bedroom below.  It was so much worse than we expected.

Maybe I’m just saying that because it means I have to go to the home improvement store.  Me.  The Queen of Everything.  At Lowe’s.  I hate that store.  I’m grateful that it’s there and available, but I really hate shopping there.  I mean, seriously, why can’t men make a store pretty and pleasant to shop in?!  Who actually wants to shop in a huge warehouse that smells like dirt and sawdust?  Blech.

You should have seen me, helping Robb carry the dry wall and load it in the back of the pickup.  He may as well have taken our 6 year old nephew.  I was practically useless.  And I’m sure I looked awesome, carrying my little corner of sheet rock so poorly.

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones from JensFavoriteCookies.com

If I’m being completely honest, I’m pretty grateful Robb is willing and able to tackle this disgusting project, because I sure don’t want to do it.

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Cinnamon Spice Granola

Recipes for homemade granola; Honey, cinnamon, and other spices are in this recipes for homemade granola.  Your family will love it!

Cinnamon Spice Granola from Jen's Favorite CookiesI’ve learned a lot of piano pieces in my day.  Some of my favorites are those that sound a lot harder than they are.  I love it when a gorgeous piano solo is easy to learn and play, but sounds like you spent months preparing it.

I also love when the piece looks harder than it is.  I remember once when a friend with a gorgeous voice but very little ability to read music asked me to accompany her while she sang.  She nervously handed me this piece of sheet music which she thought looked very complicated and difficult.  I felt super cool telling her, “This is nothing.  I can play this right now.”

Of course, it wasn’t nearly as cool the next time I played for her, when she handed me this bear of a piece that she thought nothing of.  I guess we can’t win them all.

To me, granola is like one of those awesome pieces.  It is super easy to make, you almost don’t even need a recipe, but it leaves a big impression.  It’s simple, yes, but tasty, versatile, and so much better than cold cereal out of a box.  Nothing against cold cereal, but your family will know they are getting something special when they eat homemade granola, especially when it’s still a little warm.

Cinnamon Spice Granola from Jen's Favorite Cookies

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Chocolate Banana Bread

Moist chocolate banana bread; this is the best chocolate banana bread recipe I’ve found, and tastes fantastic with peanut butter!

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI have this friend who is an avid cyclist.  And by “avid,” I mean “crazy.”  This woman regularly goes on marathon bike rides.  She is always telling us about her latest and greatest 50 mile ride up some mountain or another.

I don’t know how one rear end can take that much time on a bicycle seat.

I complain about piano benches, but they’re nothing compared to bicycles.

Some time ago, she was gushing about the amazing snack they had after their 30 mile ride up the canyon.  It seems someone had made chocolate banana bread and slathered it with peanut butter and honey.

The thought of it almost made me want to ride a bike up the canyon, just to get a slice.


Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I recently found myself saddled with ripe bananas, when the project I had intended to use them for fell through.  The memory of this chocolate banana bread discussion came flooding back to me.

And if I’m being completely honest, the thought of how this bread would look on this cutting board is the real reason I ended up making it.

I know I’m being biased, I know I am… but The Lizard (our oldest son) made this board in his wood shop class, and when he brought it home, I gushed and gushed about it.  Maybe you saw where I immediately posted a photo of it on Instagram?  That’s the kind of mom I am.  The Lizard said, “You haven’t even had it 2 minutes!!”  Then he took immense pride in the number of likes and comments that photo got on Instagram and Facebook.  (Oh yes, I copied the photo to Facebook.  Did I mention how excited I was?)

Chocolate Banana Bread from Jen's Favorite CookiesI had intended to be the best mom in the entire world, and send peanut butter on chocolate banana bread sandwiches in sack lunches for the kids.  Buuuuuuutt…  it was Sunday afternoon and that bread just kept calling to me.  And calling.  And calling.

My resolve lasted approximately 45 seconds before I sliced into this baby and smeared it with peanut butter.  The entire loaf was gone within minutes.

Now that I have experienced this particular snack, my butt is going to need that 30 mile bike ride up the canyon.  Was that part of your master plan, Lish?  Because if it was… brilliant.  Just brilliant.

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Chocolate Banana Bread
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Chocolate banana bread with chocolate chips.
Recipe type: Quick Bread
Serves: 8 slices
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 T. cocoa powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugar. Add banana, and mix until banana is mostly mashed and mixed in. Add eggs and mix well.
  2. Add salt, soda, and baking powder and mix well. Add cocoa powder and mix well.
  3. Add flour, and mix until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 325F for 60-65 minutes. Let cool before slicing.

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24 Zucchini Recipes

24 Zucchini Recipes;  Wondering what to do with all that zucchini?  Look no further!  Try these recipes for breads, desserts, breakfasts, dinners, and snacks made with zucchini!


I missed Zucchini Day.  It just passed me right by.

My apologies, everyone!  I’m sure you were waiting with baited breath for the blogging celebration of this overabundant squash.

The truth is, I didn’t think of it initially because I don’t have squash in any variety in my garden this year.  But now, I have about a dozen baggies in my freezer, each with 2 cups of shredded zucchini, thanks to a friend.

If you haven’t already heard this story, and want to see the monster of a zucchini she brought me, you can do it all in this post about Zucchini Cookies.

Several of my friends have asked me for more zucchini recipes.

So, here I am.  I’ve put together an amazing collection of recipes that will be perfect for using your bounteous harvest.


Zucchini Breads:

carrot-zucchini-breadCarrot Zucchini Bread
Alida’s Kitchen
dbl-choc-zucchini-breadDouble Chocolate
Zucchini Bread from
Like Mother Like Daughter
8629415449_20a27e866cZucchini Bread with
Chocolate Streusel from
Beyond Frosting
zucchinipinebasketZucchini Pineapple
Mini Loaves from
Ricki Heller
nutella-zucchini-breadNutella Swirl Zucchini
Bread from The Girl
in the Little Red Kitchen
Double-Chocolate-Espresso-Zucchini-BreadChocolate Espresso Zucc-
hini Bread from Modern
Christian Homemaker




Zucchini Desserts:

Cinnamon-Frosted-Zucchini-Bars-BlogCinnamon Frosted
Zucchini Bars from
Julie’s Eats & Treats
chocolate-zucchini-cookies-5Chocolate Zucchini
Cookies from Jen’s
Favorite Cookies
choc-zucchini-cakeChocolate Zucchini
Cake from Chocolate
Chocolate and More
Chocolate-Zucchini-Beanie-Brownie-bChocolate Zucchini
Beanie Brownies from
PB and Peppers
choc-zucchini-cupcakesChocolate Zucchini
Cupcakes from
Alida’s Kitchen
Cinnamon-Swirl-Zucchini-Bundt-Cake-BLOGCinnamon Swirl Zucc-
hini Bundt Cake from
Julie’s Eats & Treats



Zucchini Breakfast:

zucchini-french-toastZucchini Bread French
Toast from
SONY DSCZucchini Fritters
Ricki Heller
SONY DSCZucchini Oatmeal
Ricki Heller
zucchini-wafflesChocolate Zucchini
Waffles from
Farm Fresh Feasts
cream-cheese-filled-carrot-zucchini-muffins-600-wmCream Cheese Carrot
Zucchini Muffins from
I Heart Eating
cherry-zucchini-muffinsCherry Zucchini
Crumb Muffins from



Zucchini Main Dishes and Snacks:

zucchini-lasagnaZucchini Lasagna
from Like
Mother Like Daughter
ham-pasta-with-zucchiniHam Pasta with
Zucchini from
Hungry Goddess
cheesy-zucchini-tart-recipe-11Cheesy Zucchini
Tart from
Roxana’s Home Baking
Green dip made with yogurt or sour cream, selective focus.Zucchini Hummus
The Culinary Life
Crispy-Baked-Ratatouille-Fries-7320Crispy Baked
Ratatouille Fries from
Chocolate Moosey
stuffing-bitesZucchini Stuffing
Bites from
Busy Vegetarian Mom




Baked Coconut Almond Oatmeal Cups

Recipe for baked oatmeal;  This delicious baked oatmeal recipe makes 12 individual cups, and uses almonds and coconut.  Coconut baked oatmeal is the best!

Baked-coconut-almond-oatmeal-8I’ve been feeling a touch stressed about the coming school year.  All three of my kids will be going to brand new schools this year, and I don’t exactly know what to expect.  I’m one of those people who prefers to know what I’m getting into, so it’s making me really uncomfortable.

I’m also realizing that like it or not, this family will need to be morning people.  The kids and Robb all need to be out the door by 7:00, and for a woman who prefers to get up around 8:00 or 8:30, this is a real problem.

I’ve been preparing everyone by telling them that breakfast will be served at 6:30, and they are to be dressed and at the table by that time.  Whether or not that will actually happen is up for debate.

I realize that this means I will need to be up by 6:00 at the latest, and depending on what I’m serving for breakfast, maybe even sooner.  This idea does NOT thrill me.  I can do it… I just don’t want to.

In the meantime, I am auditioning new recipes for our early morning breakfast line up, and I think I found a winner in this one.


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Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins

A simple muffin recipe; Try this homemade blueberry muffin recipe for a delicious breakfast treat!  This muffin recipe uses blueberries and buttermilk.

blueberry muffin recipeI’m probably going to get in trouble for making these muffins.

I told Robb I wanted to make muffins this week, and asked his opinion on flavors.  He replied, “I’ve always loved blueberry muffins.  I really like those banana muffins you make, though.”

Bananas I have none this week, but I do have a brand new box of fresh blueberries, which settled the question.

And then Robb left town.  And well, I made blueberry muffins in his absence.  And the kids scarfed them all down within a day, which means Robb gets zero of these blueberry muffins that were his suggestion.

It’s kind of a theme at our house.

Sorry, Robb.  Try not to be mad at me.  I’ll make another batch when you get home.

Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins from Jen's Favorite Cookies

On the bright side, I had some help making my muffins today.  In fact, I did almost zero of the work.

Well, zero of the fun work, anyway.

There’s this kid in the neighborhood, a kid who spends enough time at my house that he has taken to referring to me as “mom.”  He asked if he could help make the muffins, and, well, it’s hard to turn down an offer like that.

We were a good team.  He collected ingredients while I tidied up the kitchen, which is no small task.  Cleaning the kitchen might be my most hated chore of all time.  As evidenced by the state of my kitchen.

muffin recipe

I decided to give these muffins a little extra pizzazz with a sugar crust.  It was easy, I just sprinkled a little sugar over each muffin just before baking, and let the sugar bake into the top.

It’s not as tasty as streusel topping, I’ll admit that, but it’s a bit simpler, and is the kind of extra detail that tells people that you care.

Especially husbands who might be upset about missing the blueberry muffins.


Find more great muffins on this “Muffins & Scones” Pinterest Board!

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Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs

These mini-muffins puffs can be made in a cake-pop maker.  This recipe for brown butter mini-muffins is easy, fast and delicious!  Bake these in a cake pop maker, then roll in brown butter, and cinnamon and sugar.

brown butter I’m so bad at cleaning the kitchen.  I just hate that job.

Yesterday, I spent a bunch of time scrubbing the sink and washing the pots that didn’t come clean in the dishwasher and putting away all the accumulated crap on the counter.  It feels so good to have a clean kitchen.

But… as soon as the kitchen is clean, and I do mean AS SOON AS, I feel an overwhelming urge to use everything in it.  I can dirty a spotless kitchen in no time flat.

My husband is obviously thrilled.

Today I came home from running all my errands, took one look at the sparkling clean sink, and decided it was time to bake.

mini muffins

Smitten Kitchen might be the best food blog on the planet.  I’ve made these gorgeous breakfast puffs several times, and it was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to bake some afternoon snacks.

There are few things in this life tastier than brown butter.

I generally like to make some changes to a recipe, just to make it my own.  Or because I don’t have all the required ingredients and I’m too lazy to go to the store.  In this case, though, I deviated NOT.  Not one little bit.

brown butter

Except in this one way, which is that Smitten bakes hers in a mini muffin pan, and I did them in a cake pop maker.

It makes everything so bite-sized and lovely, doesn’t it?

And since they were all cute and round, I went ahead and rolled the entire thing in brown butter, and cinnamon-sugar, instead of just the muffin tops.  And, if you’re going to do that, you might need a little more butter, like 8 T., instead of the 6 T. in the original recipe.

Just be sure to clean up right away, so you’re ready when the urge strikes to bake something else!

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Lemon Pancakes with Lemon Syrup

Lemon syrup is easy and fast to make.  Recipe for Lemon pancakes with lemon syrup for breakfast.

lemon pancakesHaving a dog is like having a two-year old.

They never eat when or what you want them to, bath time is a huge mess, you have to clean up disgusting poop messes, and they never clean up their toys.

I’m so sick of stepping on dog toys, I can’t stand it.

I wish I could figure out how to train him to put his own toys away.  We keep a basket on the floor in the living room with his toys.  I have picked them all up, and then watched him drag every single toy out of the basket and scatter them around the living room within 10 minutes.  It’s enough to make me a cat lover.

Wait.  What am I saying?!  That’s crazy talk, I take it back.

lemon syrup

One of the worst times for having a little dog around is when I’m preparing meals.

The dog, naturally, wants to sniff everything.  He tries to climb on the counters (fortunately, he is too small).  He gets into the trash can.  He stands right by my feet so he can eat everything I drop.

I’ve stepped on him more than once.

Which is why pancakes are such a fantastic dinner choice.  There’s no chicken or bacon or cheese to make the dog crazy, and the kids love having pancakes.

lemon pancakes lemon syrup

Our family has loved this lemon syrup for a while now.  It’s one of my favorite creations.  We’ll put it on just about anything.

Lemon pancakes just seemed like an easy choice to compliment the lemon syrup.

I also considered adding some fresh herbs to these pancakes, maybe rosemary or thyme, but in the end… I forgot.  Dang it.  Next time I make them, I’m adding some rosemary.

I wonder what the dog will think of that?

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Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins

Chocolate buttermilk muffins made with buttermilk.  You’ll love this copycat Costco chocolate muffin recipe!

Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These taste similar to the giant muffins from Costco and are guaranteed to satisfy your chocolate cravings!My husband recently put us on a cash diet.  Which is worse than a regular diet, if you ask me.

I’ve been fighting his cash diet idea for years, but I finally gave in this year and decided to embrace it.  I put all my cash in neat little envelopes and planned out all my grocery shopping, and headed to Costco.

I don’t know if you know this… but standing in Costco with nothing but cash to spend?… Sucks.  Big Time.

It’s a proven fact that it is impossible to leave Costco having spent less than $100.  It’s also a proven fact that 9.5 out of every 10 people who enter Costco leave with a case of toilet paper.

This week I was purchasing around $20 worth of fruit, and $20 worth of ground beef, (and by the way, $20 worth of fruit takes up WAY more space than $20 worth of meat!) both of which are right next to the famous Costco baked goods section of the store.

Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These taste similar to the giant muffins from Costco and are guaranteed to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

You know what I’m talking about.  It’s the section where you buy those giant chocolate muffins that are loaded with chocolate chips, so that you can eat dessert before noon and pretend it’s breakfast.  If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would believe that Costco wanted me to be carb addicted.

Well, I have news for you, Costco.  I was carb addicted long before I met you.

The aforementioned cash diet forced me to part with my beloved chocolate muffins, but I figured there was no reason on earth I couldn’t recreate them with ingredients I already had on hand at home.  Happy Dessert-Breakfast to me.

Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins from JensFavoriteCookies.com - These taste similar to the giant muffins from Costco and are guaranteed to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

And, I know I’ve said this a million times, but I have a hard time letting an opportunity go by to describe my love affair with buttermilk.  I recently made these Coconut White Chocolate Buttermilk Scones, which were beyond delicious, and I’ve been dreaming of my great-grandmother’s Chocolate Frosted Buttermilk Cookies lately, and oh, I’ve been dying to share my Vanilla Cupcakes with you.  Because they’re made with buttermilk.

I made my batch late at night, after the kids had gone to bed.  This turned out to be a brilliant idea, because I got to eat a warm muffin right out of the oven, totally alone and undisturbed.

Also, I think this is the first batch of muffins I’ve made in a year that has lasted longer than 6 hours.

chocolate muffins
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Chocolate Buttermilk Muffins

A rich chocolate buttermilk muffin with chocolate chips.

Cook Time 18 minutes
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Combine vegetable oil with sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

  2. Add salt, soda, baking powder, cocoa powders and mix well.

  3. Add buttermilk and flour, and mix just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

  4. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

  5. Prepare a muffin pan with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350F.

Coconut White Chocolate Buttermilk Scones

Scones are one of my favorite breakfast foods.  This scone recipe uses coconut, white chocolate, and buttermilk.

sconesI understand that most kids do their chores on Saturdays.  At our house, chores are done on Fridays.  It’s a lot of work, but it makes the Saturdays ever so pleasant.

This Saturday, the kids {and adults} woke up late, lounged in pajamas for a while, and started craving a home-cooked breakfast.

There’s not much in the fridge these days, but the search for breakfast food netted one gem: buttermilk.  The kids love buttermilk.  They immediately came asking if they could make buttermilk pancakes with buttermilk syrup.

Not that I blame them.  Buttermilk syrup is the nectar of the Gods.  It’s like having candy for breakfast.  Exactly like it.

It’s lucky they asked, though, because I had other plans in mind for that buttermilk, namely buttermilk scones.

scones recipe

“Scones?!” The Lizard queried.  “For breakfast?”  He thought I was talking about the fry-bread that you smother in honey butter, and to be fair, I make that with buttermilk as well, and it’s also wonderful, heavenly food.

Once I explained about these dense, muffin-like scones, he was completely on board.  I even convinced them to put clothes on and help me bake.  {It’s not every Saturday that I can be successful at that job.}


The Fruitarian was counting minutes until these were ready to eat.

“How long until I can eat them?”
“They need to bake for about 20 minutes.”
“I think I’m going to die!”
“And I’m going to photograph them before you eat them.”
“I’m going to die again, Mom!”
“Have a piece of candy while you wait.”
“You just saved my life, Mom.”

Mother of the Year, I know.

scone recipe

The kids reveled in this rare Saturday morning family breakfast.  The Hippie Chick devoured her grapefruit, and two scones.  The Fruitarian spent the morning making “This is so delicious!” comments.  The Lizard asked me to make it again tomorrow.  Robb even stepped away from his work to try one, which is a compliment all by itself.

On top of it all, the sun came out for the first time in probably six weeks.

{Smile} Success.
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Simple Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie healthy recipes are easily found these days, and there are plenty of schools of thought on the subject.  Since I now have a green breakfast smoothie for breakfast almost every day, I’ll share a few of my thoughts about it.

Simple Green Smoothie from JensFavoriteCookies.com I was SO stoked the day I bought my new Blendtec blender!  My parents thought I was nuts, buying such an expensive blender, but trust me… I’m not nuts!  This blender is the bomb-diggety.  It’s the boss.  It’s completely bodacious.

Here’s the thing: if you’re going to make green smoothies, you’re going to want to have a really high-end blender, like the Blendtec or VitaMix.  The other blenders just can’t handle the green stuff very well.

No, this is not a review of the Blendtec.  But it is awesome.

Point B: Green smoothies are the best breakfast ever.

Simple Green Smoothie from JensFavoriteCookies.com

Followers of this blog have no doubt heard me complain frequently about the picky eaters in my family.  My dear husband will not let spinach come anywhere near his lips.  Which is too bad, because I really love spinach.

BUT… my picky eaters all love this green smoothie.  It’s like a Christmas Miracle.

I’m kind of a purist about the green smoothie.  I mean, if you’re going to bother with it, you should do it right.  And the right way is to add nothing too it… nothing but fruit, greens, and water or ice if you want.  No protein powder, no flaxseed, no greek yogurt.  You’ll get the best absorption into your system without any add-ins.green smoothie recipes

Honestly, besides the yummy fruity flavor, I absolutely love the way this green smoothie makes me feel.  If I drink two great big glasses of it, it squashes the sugar cravings, and the hunger, and gives me a little energy boost.  It’s my absolute favorite breakfast for that reason.

And, it’s the only way I can get any greens in my family!

More beverages you might enjoy:

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More fun drinks can be found on this “Beverages” Pinterest board!

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Pumpkin Chip Oat Muffins

I made these pumpkin muffins for breakfast on Christmas Day.  I was looking for something quick and easy, something that didn’t require sitting at the breakfast table, and these did the trick.  Robb took a bite, and promptly gave me a thumbs-up.

pumpkin muffin

That’s code for, “Make these again.”

Now that it’s January, I feel kind of behind the times on the pumpkin recipes.  I mean, pumpkin recipes are SOOO 4-months-ago.  All the really cool bloggers did their pumpkin recipes last October.

I made pumpkin cookies last October, too, but I ask you, why should pumpkin be relegated to fall?  Shouldn’t truly delicious foods be eaten all year around?

That’s code for “Don’t think I’m not going to make this again in May.”

And July.

pumpkin bread

I ended up with a huge bowl full of left over goodies after Christmas.  The giant bowl that normally holds fresh fruit was temporarily filled with peppermint bark, and candy canes, and peanut brittle, and Almond Toffee.

After a while, you just crave some real food.  Something hearty and filling, something seasoned with spices rather than 5 kinds of sugar.  Something, oaty, perhaps?

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Incidentally, this recipe is very similar to the banana chocolate chunk muffin recipe, except with pumpkin it has a little heavier texture.

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