Toffee Muffins from Awesome on 20

Toffee Muffins

Toffee Muffins from Awesome on 20

We’re still trying to burn through some of the odds and ends left over from the holidays. I had most of a bag of Heath toffee bits taking up space in the door of my fridge, and there were probably a million things I could do with them. But I’m a girl of simple pleasures. Something warm and soft and sweet and easy is all I need to make me happy.

Toffee Muffins from Awesome on 20

I made muffins. I never know when I’m going to need to sneak a bit of sugar now that we’re “dieting.” I have a lot of skills, but dieting isn’t one of them. I’m completely awful at it. I always end up doing something like making muffins loaded with toffee bits and eating one every couple of hours because they’re so freaking awesome. It never works. I feel guilty for a few seconds, but then I remember how delicious this muffin is that I’m putting into my mouth, and I completely stop caring because muffins are the best.

They’re also super easy to make since there’s no motor required. You will need two bowls, but everything comes together in about five minutes, then 18 minutes in the oven. A couple minutes to allow your muffins to cool down enough to touch them, then it’s straight into your face.

Toffee Muffins from Awesome on 20

Diets are dumb. Muffins are great. Toffee muffins are the greatest. Do it now!

Toffee Muffins
Yields 12
Soft, fluffy, sweet muffins loaded with toffee bits
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 303 grams (2-1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. pinch of salt
  5. 105 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 whole egg
  8. 1 egg yolk
  9. 1 cup plain yogurt
  10. 2 cups toffee bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and lightly spray 12 muffin cups with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently whisk to combine and aerate dry ingredients for about 30 seconds.
  3. In a separate, smaller bowl, combine sugar, vegetable oil, egg and egg yolk, and plain yogurt. Whisk until everything is smooth.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and quickly combine with a rubber spatula. Gently fold the two mixtures together just until moistened. Try not to stir for more than 15 seconds. Add toffee bits and gently fold together.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between 12 muffin cups. You can add a drizzle of caramel sauce on top of each muffin if you happen to have it in the fridge.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool just long enough so that you can touch them without burning yourself. Remove gently to wire racks to cool. Removing them quickly will avoid soggy bottomed muffins.
  8. These muffins are best eaten warm so either eat them right away, or give them about 15 seconds in the microwave.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food
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Top 10 Awesome Posts of 2013

Top 10 Awesome Posts of 2013

Top 10 Awesome Posts of 2013

I am a compulsive list maker. Long lists of books to read and movies to watch before I die live on my computer. I keep lists of blog ideas, recipes to try, things to do at home and at work. I also love looking at other people’s best of lists, or must read lists. I’m a sucker for those “how many of these movies have you seen” things on Facebook. There is no way I’m letting this year slip by without a top 10 list.

10. Salted Caramel Pudding — This dessert will always remind me of our Valentine’s Day picnics on the beach. 

9. Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Syrup — This is my favorite sweet potato recipe. It’s simple and somehow feels fancy at the same time.

8. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies — I can’t stop eating these. They are perfectly chewy when eaten warm from the oven.

7. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie — If I could eat this whole pie all by myself without dying, I totally would.

6. Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake — Your Thanksgiving will be a little awesomer with this on the table.

5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake — Chocolate and peanut butter are best friends forever.

4. Double Chocolate Muffins — Chocolate for breakfast is always awesome.

3. Pumpkin Scones — Save your money and make your own favorite coffee shop treats.

2. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi — Fluffy, crispy potato gnocchi is like five minute roasted potatoes. It’s brilliant.

1. Peanut Butter Fudge — My mom knew what’s up. I literally eat this compulsively. I can’t be in the same room as peanut butter fudge without having just one more piece.

It’s been an awesome first (half) year writing this blog. I’m in love. Thanks for being a part of my journey. 

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes from Awesome on 20

When I was a kid, I always looked forward to Christmas breakfast much more than Christmas dinner. Breakfast was always awesome at my house, but Christmas morning was extra special. There’d be scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, maybe pancakes, or waffle, and sometimes even cinnamon rolls. I loved it.

When I started getting in to cooking, I volunteered to help with breakfast duties on Christmas morning, and these pumpkin pancakes were one of the first things I added to our tradition. They’re a seasonal twist on a breakfast staple. They’re simple to whip up and make fat fluffy pancakes, so a normal person would eat just one or two. Every penny counts this time of year.

Pumpkin Pancakes from Awesome on 20

Pumpkin pancakes are also versatile in the topping department, so it’s easy to make sure everyone is outrageously happy. I like mine with plenty of butter and honey, but they’re also great with cream cheese, pecan syrup, or even apple butter. 

This recipe makes about 8 fat pancakes, but could easily be doubled if you need to feed a crowd. 

Pumpkin Pancakes from Awesome on 20

Make Christmas morning extra special. Put whipped cream on your hot chocolate, have bacon AND sausage, and make pumpkin pancakes. On Christmas morning, everyone should get to feel like a kid again.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Yields 8
Fat fluffy pumpkin pancakes are the second best reason to wake up early on Christmas morning.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2-1/3 cups biscuit mix
  2. 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  3. 1-1/4 cups milk
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  8. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat a griddle or large frying pan to medium heat.
  2. Quickly whisk together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Combine everything completely, but don't overmix or your pancakes will be tough.
  3. Scoop a half cup of the pancake batter into your preheated pan, and allow it to spread out evenly. Cook for about two to three minutes, and then flip your pancake and cook for an additional two minutes. Pancakes will be lightly browned on each side.
  4. Serve them as they come off the griddle or stack them on a plate and cover with a tea towel to keep warm.
  5. Top with your favorite sweet additions and relive your childhood.
Adapted from Food.com
Adapted from Food.com
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