Pumpkin Eggnog Blondies

Pumpkin Eggnog Blondies

I baked these blondies today for my new neighbors.  Since this is our first holiday in the new house, I wanted to do something nice for them.  I wanted to bake something with a festive ingredient and also something that was easy to package.  Chris and I sampled these blondies and were delighted to discover that they tasted like a pumpkin pie with eggnog.  So if you dig pumpkin pie, bake a batch of these blondies today!

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Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

I recently discovered blondies.  They’re all over the baking aisles at the market during the holiday season and for the longest time; I didn’t know what they were.  I finally looked it up and found out it was a lighter version of brownies.  And since I had some dark peanut butter cups lying around, which I’m not too fond of (I’m a milk chocolate fan), I thought —why not bake some and throw those in there?

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Chocolate Chip Coffee Muffins

Chocolate Chip Coffee Muffins

I just got back from a 5-day family trip.  We celebrated Thanksgiving in sunny Mexico! It was a good thing too because the week of Thanksgiving, it sucks to be at the grocery store.  Anyway —there were ten of us on this trip and we all stayed in a 3-bedroom suite.  Before we arrived at the hotel, we made a stop at the market to pick up some groceries.  One of which was instant coffee since we didn’t know if the hotel would provide any.  They did but only for a couple of days, as the coffee they provided were samples.  The hotel wanted us to purchase coffee at their on-site market.  Thank goodness for instant! We got a big jar of it which we didn’t finish so I volunteered to take the leftovers home.  Since I wasn’t really a fan of instant coffee, I thought it would be great for baking.  These muffins were delicious! You can really taste the coffee and the chocolate chips were a nice complement to the coffee flavor.  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving (belated) to all!

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Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins

My homemade vanilla extract is finally ready for use today –hooray! It’s been a long anticipated wait (I waited two months) and it’s finally here.  So I decided to test it on a batch of banana espresso chocolate chip muffins.  Why? Because I had some overly ripe bananas sitting on the counter.  And who doesn’t like anything with espresso and/or chocolate?

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