This recipe is great way to use up some of that zucchini abundance from your garden, or your neighbor’s garden, maybe a family member?…You get the idea (wink wink)!!
1cupshredded zucchini (about 1 medium zucchini)
1 2/3cup all-purpose flour (210 grams)
2teaspoons baking powder
1/4teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2cupplain Greek yogurt (123 grams), room temperature
1/2cup coconut oil, melted (110 grams) *
1/4cupmilk (61 grams), room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2cup brown sugar
1/4cup coconut sugar (50 grams) **
*You can also use canola, vegetable or baking olive oil
**You can also use granulated sugar
1cup all purpose flour (120 grams)
1/4cup brown sugar (50 grams)
6tablespoons coldbutter, grated (85 grams)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners or grease with cooking spray. Grate the very cold butter and place it in the freezer until ready to use (this is for the streusel topping).
Shred the zucchini and lay it on a tea towel until ready to use. This will remove some of the excess water.
Meanwhile, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
In a small bowl whisk together the yogurt, coconut oil, milk, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar and sugar.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined. Stir in the zucchini just until it is incorporated. Do not overmix!!
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.
To make the streusel: In a small bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and cold butter.
Mix together with your hands, until you have a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle the muffins evenly with the streusel topping. There’s a lot of streusel, but that’s how I like mine:)!! Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
I hope you make these delicious muffins, and if you do, tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi. I would love to hear from you and see your pictures. Enjoy!
My goal this year is to post my tried and true recipes and this recipe is at the top of my list. I started my food blog back in June of 2019 and I’m not quite sure how I haven’t posted this amazing (it really is!) chocolate chip recipe.
I would like to talk a little bit about using a scale to measure your ingredients.
I made this purchase a few years ago, and I have to say it is one of the best kitchen gadget investments….just saying.
Please trust me on this! The consistency in the outcome of your baked goods will be so noticeable that you will wonder how you ever survived without one. Yes, it is that good!! I use mine for both dry and wet ingredients. This thing is a deal changer!
Next, I would like to talk about the quality of the ingredients you put into your homemade confections. When choosing an extract, be sure to buy pure and not imitation. It is going to make a huge difference in the overall taste of your product!
When I first started baking chocolate chip cookies, like most people my age, I used the recipe on the back of the Nestle Tollhouse bag. There was no Google or food bloggers and according to Wikipedia, the Food Network launched it’s first live broadcast on November 23rd, 1993.
It was over forty years ago when I first started making these very popular confections. They always came out pretty tasty, but they weren’t consistent. I mean, they tasted really good, but sometimes they were flat and crunchy, and sometimes they were puffy and chewy. It took me a while to figure out that dough needed to be refrigerated.
Fast forward to around 8 years ago. After Christmas, when I opened the last tin of cookies, I gave our grandson Seth a chocolate chip cookie (this was his favorite). He ate the cookie and innocently said, “I just like fresh cookies Mimi”. My heart sank just a little bit. He wasn’t saying he didn’t like my cookies, he just likes them “fresh”. I thought to myself, “I can do this”. I have been making “fresh” chocolate chip cookies ever since.
A few years ago I found this chocolate chip recipe by Sally McKenney @sallysbakeblog. I had to get Seth’s approval for this new recipe I had come across. Sure, I thought they were delicious but I wasn’t sure how well they would be received by my sweet grandson (did I mention he doesn’t like change?). As he ate the “new” chocolate chip cookie, he immediately gave me two thumbs up…YES!!! I was very excited! Thanks Sally!
I have been making these at least once a week (sometimes more) ever since. I make double batches and keep some frozen cookie dough in the freezer at all times. The dough can be baked in it’s frozen state at 350°F until golden brown. This takes around 15 minutes.
Since we have been quarantined, we leave frozen scooped cookie dough on our grandchildren’s doorstep, and their parents can bake it off whenever they would like:).
2 cups all-purpose flour (250 grams)
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cornstarch*
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (170 grams), room temperature
3/4 cup dark brown sugar (150 grams)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (50 grams)
1 large egg, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (340 grams)
Line 2 baking sheets with silicone pads or parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda and cornstarch and set aside. *The cornstarch makes the cookies so chewy!
Cream butter for 1 minute in a mixing bowl with paddle attachment (you can also use a handheld mixer). Add brown and granulated sugars and cream for 2 more minutes.
Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Scrape sides of bowl and paddle as needed.
Add flour mixture and mix until combined. Add chocolate chips and mix until chips are incorporated.
Using a medium size scoop, Scoop onto cookie sheets and refrigerate for at least two hours. This recipe will make 24 cookies. My husband is usually in charge of this step. He is very precise and the cookies always come out very uniform in shape and size:). Thanks Babe!
Remove dough from the refrigerator and cook at 350°F for 11-13 minutes. Cookies will be golden brown. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Eat when warm, or “fresh”, with a tall glass of milk.
You can freeze the scooped dough on a baking sheet. Once the dough is frozen, transfer to an airtight container or Ziploc freezer bags. The frozen dough can be kept in the freezer to enjoy whenever you want a sweet treat.
My daughter-in-love loves Milano cookies. This year for her birthday I thought I would make some for her birthday. These cookies were inspired by Tessa Arias @handletheheat. The recipe is easy and the cookies are so good!! Thanks Tessa!
1 stick room temperature unsalted butter (113 grams)
2/3 cup granulated sugar (133 grams)
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1 large room temperature egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (159 grams)
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (113 grams)
Cream butter and sugar in mixing bowl for 2 minutes. Scrape bowl and paddle as needed.
Add the egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated. Add flour and salt and mix on low speed until fully incorporated.
Place batter in pipping bag fitted with a 1/2″ tip. Pipe 2 1/2″ lines at least 3/4″ apart on prepared baking sheet (line with parchment paper or silicone pad). I piped 3 rows with 8 lines on each row.
Place piped batter in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C) while the dough is chilling. After dough has chilled, place in preheated oven and bake for 16 minutes (turn 1/2 way through baking to ensure even baking). Edges will be golden in color.
Remove cookies from oven and place on cooling rack.
While the cookies are cooling, place chocolate chips in microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and continue until chocolate is melted. Cool slightly and then spread the chocolate on a cookie and then sandwich with another.
This recipe makes 12 cookies.
I placed 2 cookies in a birthday themed cupcake liner. I put them in a container and tied it up with red ribbon.
It’s Melissa’s 40th birthday today and times are a bit crazy right now, but I think she liked having some homemade Milano cookies.
A couple of years ago I started watching youtuber Cupcake Jemma’s videos. They are not only informative, but she is hilarious and so entertaining!! Being an American, I enjoy her British slang and accent:)!
I love her recipes! Jemma has introduced me to a lot of new ingredients and techniques. So many of her cupcakes are inspired by cookies and desserts. She uses a lot of ingredients and cookies that can’t be found in our local grocery stores here in Cape May County, but there’s a little gourmet shop in Lewes, Delaware (Lewes Gourmet) that carries a lot of British cookies (or biscuits, as they are known), candy, and Lyle’s golden syrup. This shop was purchased a few years ago by a husband and wife. The husband is British, hence the merchandise. I have purchased my baking vanilla there for many years.
Now, back to the reason I made the Jammie Dodger cookies. Cupcake Jemma made a Jammie Dodger cupcake using the cookie by that name. I found a small bag of these cookies in the Lewes Gourmet. I was excited to try one!
I like to have a hot cup of tea at night before I go to bed, so of course I had to try one with my tea. It was pretty good!
Time passed and the cookies were eaten. Baking the cupcakes seemed to fade away, but my love for the cookie remained:). Imagine how excited I was when food blogger Clare Smith @clarescauldron posted her homemade version of these cookies. They looked amazing and I was sure they tasted even better!
I immediately searched Amazon for a Jammie Dodger cookie cutter, and, you guessed it! I found the Jammie Dodger cookie cutter and it came with three other biscuit cutters. I can’t wait to make copycats of those too!!
I made homemade strawberry jam and decided to have a shot at making these. Looking at recipes I realized they are basically a Linzer (shortbread) cookie, so I used my Linzer recipe and I was so happy with how they turned out. I know a lot of shortbread recipes only have 3 ingredients (butter, confectioners’ sugar and flour), but my recipe uses an egg yolk, almond extract and pure vanilla extract too. These cookies will melt in your mouth.
3/4 cups unsalted butter (200 grams) room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour (240 grams)
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar (80 grams)
1 large egg yolk , room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract (optional)
1/2 cup strawberry jam to fill cookie (you can use whatever jam or curd you would like)
Place the butter in a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, and cream for 2 minutes until light and fluffy (scraping bowl and paddle as needed).
Add egg yolk and extracts and mix until combined.
Measure flour and confectioners’ sugar. Sift together and add to butter/yolk mixture (all at once). With mixer on low speed, mix just until dough comes together.
Divide dough in half and form into two flat discs. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats (I use silicone mats, but parchment works also).
While oven is preheating, remove one of the discs of dough from the refrigerator and roll 1/4″ thick. Do this on floured surface, using a floured rolling pin.
Cut out 14 cookie bottoms and bake for 10 minutes. While cookies are baking, roll other dough disc and cut out 14 cookie tops (don’t forget to cut the small heart in the center of the top cookie so you can see the delicious jam peeking through). Bake cookie tops when the bottoms are finished baking.
Cool completely on wire rack.
Place approximately 1 teaspoon of jam on cookie bottom. Place cookie top in place and gently press together; sandwiching the jam!
FYI-These cookies are waaay better than any cookie you will purchase in a store!
Enjoy with your beverage of choice. I’ll be having mine with a nice hot cup of tea:).
Thanks again Clare, for inspiring me to make these delicious “biscuits”!
I love all things lemon and this lemon curd is no exception!
In the past couple of years I have seen Meyer lemons in grocery stores. Curious, I purchased some, and boy oh boy, these things are on a whole new scale of deliciousness!! The taste is not quite as tangy as regular lemons.
I did some research to find out about these new little “rays of sunshine” that came into my life. Apparently, they are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange (this really sets them apart in taste!). The skin is much smoother and shinier than a regular lemon. It’s a darker yellow color inside and out. Because they are sweeter than a regular lemon, the uses for this lemon are endless. They can be squeezed over salads, poultry and fish, but because of their sweeter taste, the outcome will be different (in a good way!).
Don’t get me wrong, I still have a love for regular lemons (I’m referring to Lisbon and Eureka lemons, which are the two most common varieties found in our grocery store’s produce section). They are delicious with their bright sunny skin and tangy yellow pulp that makes you pucker!
Meyer lemons were introduced to the United States from China in the early 20th century by a man named Frank Meyer (hence the name “Meyer” lemon). Thanks Wikopedia!
That being said, this curd is a real deal changer! It tastes sweeter and the color is brighter.This is my go to lemon curd now and if you make this, I know it will be yours too!
This lemon curd has a beautiful texture and is perfect as a filling for your baked goods. It has a thicker consistency than any curd I’ve made before. Coming from someone who loves to have a lemon filled doughnut or cake, this is THE ULTIMATE FILLING! (sorry for all caps, but I am very passionate about this curd).
I hope you try this recipe (it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy)! If you do, tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi . I would love to see your photos!
3 eggs (room temperature)
3 egg yolks (room temperature)
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons butter
Zest one Meyer lemon. The Curd is going to cooked in a double boiler. I make mine in a heat proof bowl placed over a pan with about an inch of water in the bottom.
Whisk together the egg yolks, eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a large bowl. Cook the mixture over barely simmering water, (make sure the water isn’t touching the bowl). Whisk constantly, until the lemon mixture thickens and reaches 170°F (76°C) on an instant-read thermometer. This takes about ten minutes. The mixture will be get foamy (that’s the way it’s supposed to be).
Remove bowl from the simmering water pot. Strain the curd into a bowl. Immediately whisk in the butter until the mixture is smooth and emulsified.
Transfer to 2 small jars. This curd can be stored in the refrigerator for up a week, but I doubt it’s going to last that long! I like to eat it right out the jar with a spoon…yes, it’s that good!
Recently, as I was looking through some old cookie recipes, I came across this biscotti recipe. A co-worker (and friend) gave me this recipe 15 years ago. This was an old family recipe, and I was very excited and priviledged that she was sharing it with me…Thanks Ann!
If you haven’t already guessed, her family is from Italy. I have a niece that lives in Italy too! She is an amazing cook and baker!!! I am hoping to visit her in Italy in the near future.
Now, back to these delicious cookies (or are they biscuits? Hmmm). The definition of biscotti is “twice baked” cookies that originated in Italy, and are not as sweet as traditional cookies. They are dry and crunchy (not your typical description for a cookie), but they are made to be dunked.
Since they are very dry, biscotti traditionally are served with a drink for dunking. In Italy, they are typically served as an after-dinner dessert with a Tuscan fortified wine called Vin Santo.
Outside of Italy, they are more frequently eaten with coffee, (including cappuccinos and lattes), or tea.
I love the taste that the orange zest gives to these cookies. Combined with the dried cranberries and white chocolate, the taste is out of this world!! Do yourself a favor and make these gems. Don’t wait 15 years like I did….oh my! These cookies are back on the top of my list and should be on the top of yours too!
1/4 cup olive oil (I use Bertolli extra light tasting)
3/4 cup granulated sugar (150grams)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
½ teaspoon pure almond extract
2 eggs-room temperature
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour (120 grams)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Zest of one medium orange (about 1 Tablespoon)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup sliced almonds (roughly chopped)
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone pad.
Zest one medium sized orange and set aside
In a large mixing bowl, beat the olive oil and sugar until well combined (one minute). Scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add the extracts and the eggs and beat to combine.
In smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir into the egg mixture until combined. Fold in the cranberries, nuts, chips and orange zest. Dough will be a little sticky. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and shape into 3 logs (approximately 6 x 2 inches). Place the logs on the lined cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 35 minutes, or until logs are light brown.
Remove the logs from the oven, and set aside to cool for approximately 10-15 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 275 degrees.
Cut the logs into 1/2- 3/4 inch slices. Lay slices cut side up on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Move cookies to a wire rack to cool and dry completely before serving. Makes 20-24 cookies Enjoy!!!
If desired, cookies can be drizzled with white chocolate. They can be stored in an airtight container or they can be frozen and brought to room temperature to eat.
Have you ever been on a date and the other person orders dessert and when it comes, you think to yourself, “Oh man, I wish I would have ordered that!”. And then they say, “Would you like to taste it?”. You taste it, and well, you know what I’m talking about. Well, it happened to me, and it was an amazing flourless cake! When I found a recipe that only had three ingredients I knew I had to make it. It has to be one of the easiest (and most delicious) desserts I have ever made!!
1 lb. chocolate (I used Guiradelli 60 percent bittersweet baking chocolate)
8 large (cold) eggs
2 sticks unsalted butter (cut into 16 pieces)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease the inside of an 8 or 9 inch spring form pan. Line bottom with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper. Cover the outside of the spring form pan with aluminum foil. Place covered pan in a slightly larger pan. Fill outer pan with one cup of boiling water right before the cake is ready to be placed in the oven.
Melt the butter and chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave just until melted. Set aside to cool while you whip the eggs.
In a large bowl, using a whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on high speed for about 5-7 minutes (or until double in volume). Gently (and I do mean GENTLY!) fold the whipped eggs into the melted chocolate and butter mixture. Start with 1/3 of the whipped eggs. Fold until incorporated. Continue two more times in 1/3 increments until the egg mixture and chocolate are fully incorporated. Be very gentle with this process. You do not want to knock all the air out of the eggs.
Pour this mixture into the prepared pan. Place in the preheated oven. Be careful not to get burned by the boiling water!
Bake the cake for 22-25 minutes. There will be a thin crust on top when finished. Carefully remove cake from oven (again, being careful not to get burned by the water). Completely cool in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Remove spring form from pan before serving. Remove the parchment paper and place on serving platter. Dust with confectioners sugar and berries if desired. I also served mine with a small scoop of my homemade ice cream…Yum!!!! You need to make this cake SOON! Enjoy! xoxo
This recipe is inspired by Ali @gimmesomeoven. Thanks Ali!!
I did it! I made the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving. Yup, that’s right! Look no more. It’s the most incredible crumble EVER!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a firm believer that cheesecake, pumpkin and apple pies should still be on the dessert table, but this will be a delicious new addition…YUMMM!
I don’t think cranberries get the respect they deserve. They are perfect when they are paired with apples, raspberries and oranges (and a little lemon zest too!). I am a lover of anything raspberry too, so putting these two together with some sugar, citrus zests and extracts, makes for a bowl of goodness! I made some homemade vanilla ice cream to have with mine, but whipped cream would work too🤗.
3½ cups (350 grams) cranberries
2½ cups (375 grams) raspberries
¼ cup (45 ml) orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1¼ cup (250 grams) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
1½ teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon allspice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ cup tapioca flour (30 grams)
1 cup plus 5 tablespoons (about 158 grams) all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons (75 grams) granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 375º degrees. Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish. Put the cranberries and raspberries in the prepared baking dish. In a small bowl whisk the orange juice and extracts together and drizzle over berries. In a small mixing bowl, add the sugar and zests and mix until well combined. Work the zest into the sugar to release the essential oils for maximum flavor. Add the spices and tapioca flour; whisk until thoroughly combined. Sprinkle mixture evenly over the fruit.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until well combined. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into flour mixture until it resembles small pea-sized pieces. Whisk the extracts and egg together. With a fork, gently toss the beaten egg and extracts into the flour mixture until moist and the dough starts to hold together. Continue to gently blend your with fingertips until combined.
Be careful not to overwork the dough. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit filling. Sprinkle topping with sugar.
Bake until topping is golden brown and filling is cooked through and bubbly, about 50 to 55 minutes. To prevent over-browning of topping, cover with sheet of aluminum foil after 25 minutes of baking. Remove foil and carefully transfer to wire rack to cool.
Serve with scoop of vanilla ice cream and/or fresh whipped cream.
Last weekend my husband and I traveled over to Lewes, Delaware. We like to go to this quaint little town every so often.
While we were there last week we went to the local farm market. I don’t know about you but I love meandering around farm markets. There’s something about a town coming together. All the venders bringing their best! The thought of having your pick of fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade cookies, cakes, breads….ohhhh the breads! Yummy!! This brings me to these plum muffins. As we were walking over to the table with a huge sign that said “Old World Breads” I found myself being really excited to see the different breads. My love for good crusty bread is real people! Taking my bread knife and slicing through a delicious loaf of yumminess….oh my!
Well, when we approached the table my eyes zoomed in on the most beautiful plum frangipane tarts I’ve ever seen! They also had mini tarts, so of course we had to buy one. My husband and I spoke to the people attending the table. They were so nice and took the time to tell us a little about the bakery. We were happy to hear that it is adjacent to the new bike path. Yay!!
After we made our purchase it was useless to think I could focus on anything but eating the baked delight that was inside the little brown bag they had placed it in! We walked over and sat on a bench overlooking Blockhouse Pond. It was a beautiful day and it was about to get even better! As I sat there enjoying my mini plum frangipane I was taking my time. I was savoring every bite and wondering if I could remake it so I could have one anytime I wanted.
Fast forward to this weekend. I went to our local farm market and purchased 6 small and very ripe plums. They were so juicy and delicious.
I decided to make plum frangipane muffins. After a few attempts I was able to make something that came very close to tasting like the goodness I had last week. I didn’t top mine with almonds though. I didn’t have any on hand (I thought I had some in the freezer but didn’t). I’ll definitely use them next time because they really add to the taste and texture (but they’re really good without them tooJ).
I hope you make these muffins, and if you do tag me on Instagram. I’d love to see your pictures and hear about how you like them too!!
If you’re ever in Lewes, Delaware, make sure you stop in @oldworldbreads. You will be so glad you did!
4 plums pitted and sliced
3 Tablespoons Turbinado Sugar – Divided
1 ¼ Cups All Purpose Flour (165 grams)
¼ Cup Almond Flour (30 grams)
1 Cup Granulated Sugar (200 grams)
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ Teaspoon Salt
2 Large Eggs – Room Temperature
Zest of One Lemon
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice (add to milk to make buttermilk)
½ Cup Milk (120 ml) – Room Temperature
½ Cup Canola Oil (120 ml)
1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper cups. Spray lightly with baking spray. Slice plums and place in a bowl. Toss with one tablespoon turbinado sugar and set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together the all purpose flour, almond flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl blend the eggs, lemon zest, buttermilk, canola oil and extracts until completely mixed
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Do not over mix or your muffins will come out tough (Nobody wants a tough muffin!!).
Fill muffin cup ¼ full. Place some of the plums on mix and top with enough mixture to fill the cups ¾ full. Top with more plums and bake for 25-28 minutes. Check with cake tester. Muffins are finished when golden brown on top and tester comes out clean.
Allow muffins to cool on cooling rack. Dust with confectioner sugar (optional). Enjoy!!!