For being a self proclaimed baker, I haven’t done a whole lot of traditional baking these days – instead I’ve been experimenting with Paleo friendly recipes, gluten free recipes – ya know the “healthier” stuff. While I can say it’s been quite interesting and I’ve even had some successes (no worries, you’re not missing out, none of them were worth writing home about :)), I thought it about time I dive back in to all the goodness of sugar, butter and predictable flour!
I’ve made some version of both these recipes in the past so they would be considered oldies but goodies – my heart melted with the smell of baking delight last night!
BROWNED BUTTER BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
I came across this pretty little recipe on Joy the Baker’s blog while I was looking for a traditional blueberry muffin recipe – as soon as I read browned butter, I just new it was love at first sight. Like I said, I’ve made these in the past and they are HUGE crowd pleasers – this recipe is so predictably good – I think the browned butter sells it’s self here folks.
No need in me reiterating the recipe as I didn’t change much except the following:
- Whole wheat flour instead of regular flour
- Brown sugar instead of white sugar
- I added pecan pieces 🙂
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE OATIE COOKIES
My SIL Britt gets all the credit for introducing these gems into my life. SO simple yet all the years I’ve been baking I’d yet to take a crack at ’em. Welp, that changed a few months ago when I’d hit a low in my motivation to bake – these babies take zero effort, even when you spruce them up with things like chocolate chips and oats.
Less than 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake – seriously, I will NEVER buy another store bought peanut butter cookie for as long as I live (not like I even buy baked goods from the store, just trying to be dramatic here 😉 ). I imagine whipping up a batch of these for my yet-to-be conceived kids as an afternoon snack (earmuffs Ryan :)).
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatie Cookies
1 cup organic/natural peanut butter (I used crunchy)
1 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 cup of organic oats
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)
coarse sea salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and make sure the rack is somewhat in the middle.
Mix peanut butter, sugar, baking powder, vanilla and egg until well combined. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto a well greased / foiled pan. Press down gently and flatten just enough so that the sea salt won’t fall off – sprinkle with sea salt 🙂
Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Once you’ve pulled them out of the oven and they’re still warm, drizzle with honey.