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Lucky Charms Cereal Martini
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Chinese Takeout Chop Suey
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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pudding Filling
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Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Quickly
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Chocolate Cake In a Mug
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
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Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup
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Quick French Toast In A Mug
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Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup
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The Best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
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Fresh Veggies Pasta Dish
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The Muffin Disaster and How I Lived To Tell About It
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Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting
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Pepper Jack Jalapeno Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
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Dark Chocolate Dreams Filled Butter Cookies + Cookbook GIVEAWAY
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Blueberry Lemon Glazed Muffin Top Donuts
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Thanksgiving Dinner in January + One Juicy Delicious Turkey
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Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting (Dairy Free Option)

Lucky Charms Cereal Martini

Lucky Charms is my childhood.  Do you have a cereal that is like that?

You might have seen on Instagram a few weekends ago where I was having my Saturday morning breakfast with my beloved Lucky Charms. Rewind the clock 20 years and you’d see the same picture, except I grew a few inches and have a few more cats.
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Do you notice the marshmallows are all green? I know, adorable right? It’s because this year Lucky the Leprechaun is turning 50 years old (his Birthday is March 17) so they created a limited edition green Lucky Charms!   Are you like me and can just eat the marshmallows by the handful?  They’re addicting.
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Want some marshmallow history? I got it for you.  Red balloons? A rainbow? The blue diamond?  These are childhood memories!
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To get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and to show some yummy green love, why not use Lucky Charms to make something not expected, like a Rainbow Martini?  This is a adult Martini here, but why not be creative and make a juice martini for the kids?  Little Sally can have a orange juice with marshmallows crushed on the cup lid while Mom boozes it up along side her on a Monday afternoon.   Cheers.

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Ingredients
  1. 10 marshmallows from Lucky Charms® cereal (red, orange, yellow, green or blue)
  2. 1 oz vodka or gin
  3. 4 oz tonic water, lemonade or white cranberry juice, well chilled
  4. Splash of fresh lemon or lime juice
Instructions
  1. Place marshmallows in the bottom of martini glass. Pour vodka over marshmallows; stir slightly to dissolve if needed. Top with tonic water and lemon juice.
Notes
  1. Make 6 cocktails, 1 of each color, to make a rainbow!
  2. Rub fresh lemon slice around rims of martini glasses to moisten. Dip moistened rims of glasses in crushed marshmallows.
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Chinese Takeout Chop Suey

Do you love Chop Suey in the can? I’m totally guilty of loving it. I’m also totally guilty of eating that sauce by the spoonful. Goodness, it’s delicious.    

If you love it you can probably agree that it’s not the most healthy for you.  Low in calories, sure, but not exactly the best homemade ingredients that a dinner can offer you, so I set out to make a homemade version of La Choy’s Chop Suey.

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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pudding Filling

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs. 

Do you guys like Cream Puffs? What kind of question is that?  Do you like soft pastries with a vanilla pudding cream mixed inside?  Of course you do.   As a kid I remember Cream Puffs fondly from our weekly market trip we would take.  They would always be in a refrigerated glass display and I would always make a mess when eating.  Some things never change.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

 Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.
Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

These puff pastries will bake extra light and fluffy.   They taste just like the bakery!  I love all the cracks that form when baking. 

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs. When you fill the cream puffs you can use a pastry bag or a good ol spoon.  

Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

 These are great for finger desserts, a sweet afternoon snack, bake sales and holidays! Enjoy! Try not to eat them all at once!

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For the Vanilla Pudding Cream Filling
  1. 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  2. 1 cup heavy cream
  3. 1/2 cup milk
For the pastry puffs
  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup flour
  5. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Mix together pudding mix powder, heavy cream and milk in a sauce pan. Bring to a light boil and stir until it forms a pudding consistency. Take off burner, put into bowl, cover and put in refrigerator to set.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a large pot bring water and butter to a boil. Lower heat and stir in flour and salt. Stir until the mixture forms a dough ball. Take off heat.
  4. Add eggs to the pot and mix with hand mixer until combined well.
  5. Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased sheet and bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  6. Take out of oven, let cool to touch, then slice each puff in half. Fill the bottom part of the puff with pudding mixture with a spoon or pastry bag. Put the other side of the puff on top.
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This makes 10-12 cream puffs.
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 Delicious Cream Puffs Filled with Vanilla Pudding recipe that tastes just like the bakery! Recipe makes one dozen cream puffs.

Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Quickly

Stop your perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe searching.  The answer is here.  Take my hand, I’m taking you to the Chocolate Chip Cookie mothership.

A few years ago there were quite a buzz on a popular recipe that the New York Times featured, it was a close adaptation to Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip cookies. If you’ever ever had a Jacques Torres cookie then you can agree they are some darn good cookies.    Turn the clock ahead almost 6 years later and I finally got around to make this cherished recipe that had people raving and gawking.  So I got all the ingredients ready and realized 2 things 1) I did not have the type of chocolate Mr. Torres recommended and I was not spending $12 on it, 2) Refrigerate the dough for 36 hours.  Wait, what?  This girl wants cookies now. 36 hours of waiting? Are you crazy?  In 36 hours the world could be over and here I will be, laying on the zombie apocalypse covered sidewalk crying out “But… my… cookies…are…. still…in the…refrigerator”.  No way.  No way.  I let them chill for 30 minutes, that’s all the willpower I have.

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So taking the original recipe and tweaking it with my own chocolate, changing the servings, amount of ingredients and size of cookies as well as the process for chilling, I have to declare these cookies The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies ever.  I’m totally being serious.  Not only are they quite possibly the prettiest cookies I ever baked, but they are just so perfect tasting.  They are everything a chocolate chip cookie should be, sweet, but salty on top.    Every single person I have fed these cookies to are amazed they aren’t bakery bought and then immediately eat 5 more cookies than they told themselves they would eat. They’re magic.

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Come to Mama you beautiful chocolate chip cookies.

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Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies Made Quickly
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup bread flour
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 stick + 2 tablespoons butter
  7. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  8. 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  11. 8 oz chocolate chips
  12. Sea salt to sprinkle
Instructions
  1. Mix flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer cream butter and sugars together until light. Add egg and mix together. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients in and continue to mix until all is combined.
  4. Add chocolate chips into batter and stir with spoon to equally distribute.
  5. Put dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Drop tablespoons of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. I can usually fit 12 cookies per sheet. Arrange chocolate chips to "poke up" on the cookies at this time to make for a more pretty cookie.
  8. Sprinkle each cookie lightly with sea salt.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Eat warm, enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 24 cookies.
Adapted from Jacques Torres
Adapted from Jacques Torres
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Chocolate Cake In a Mug

I made this Chocolate Cake In a Mug for Lunch yesterday.   I know, the things I do for you guys.

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I have been craving chocolate cake the last few days.  If you follow me on Pinterest you might have seen chocolate cake recipes being pinned at hungry speeds, sorry about that, I had chocolate hearts in my eyes.
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When I received the Irish Country Cooking cookbook I basically decided I wanted to cook every recipe in the book.  From Soups, Starters, Main Dishes, Vegetable Side Dishes, Dips, Cakes, Tarts, Pudding and more, every single recipe seems like it was made with such care and embrace.  Have you ever gone to a friends house to enjoy dinner and you can just taste how much energy, effort and pure love it’s made with?  This is how I feel about every single recipe in this cookbook.  I just want to hug every member of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association from passing on these recipes to me as they passed on through families from generation to generation.  I love this cookbook also because of all the romantic pictures shown throughout all the dishes, everything looks rich but at the same time like a real home cooked meal.  They also include tips in the book on how to cook for a crowd, how to cook on a budget and how to cook potatoes (of course!).  If you want to check out the cookbook, you can find out more details here.

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(Already picked a bunch of recipes to make!)

One of the recipes I needed to make immediately was the Chocolate Cake In a Mug.  You know how much I love mug recipes so I needed to give this a shot and I’m so happy I did.  Even though this is made in a few quick minutes in the microwave, it still is so chocolaty and rich.  It definitely tastes like warm chocolate cake that will treat your sweet tooth.   I also love this recipe because it’s individual servings. If you’re in the mood for chocolate cake but don’t want to feel the guilt of eating a entire cake (real talk) then this will totally do the trick.   I totally think this would be adorable for serving multiple friends their own mugs, or even making one mug with 2 forks to share with a friend.

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And how does it do when you tip it out of the mug? Beautifully…..

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Ingredients
  1. 4 dessertspoons flour
  2. 4 dessertspoons sugar
  3. 2 dessertspoons cocoa
  4. 1 small egg, beaten
  5. 3 dessertspoons milk
  6. 3 dessertspoons vegetable oil
  7. 3 drops vanilla extract
  8. 1 handful of chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, sugar and cocoa in a mug. Stir in the beaten egg, milk and oil, then add vanilla drops and chocolate chips.
  2. Cook uncovered in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool, and then eat in the mug or tip out on to a plate.
Notes
  1. A dessertspoon equals approximately 2 teaspoons.
  2. Want to make it extra chocolate? Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on top after it's cooked.
Adapted from Irish Country Cooking, Sterling Publishing
Adapted from Irish Country Cooking, Sterling Publishing
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe – tastes just like Campbell’s!

How many times have you tried to make a recipe and it calls for Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup so you go into your cabinet and realize you have zero cans?  Don’t let this happen to you anymore!

This scenario has happened to me so many times in life.  Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup is something I use often in soups and casseroles but somehow I always manage to forget to buy a can.  If you have some mushrooms on hand, then I bet you have the rest of the ingredients as well to make your own!

I have to say as well that not only is this easy to make (we’re talking 10 minutes) but it tastes a million times better then the canned version.  There’s something about the fresh mushrooms in this that makes me weak in the knees, but if you don’t have fresh on hand feel free to used canned mushrooms instead. Also I made this with regular milk and unsweetened vanilla almond milk for a vegan recipe and both turned out great!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup regular milk or unsweetened almond milk
  2. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  3. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  4. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  5. 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. pinch of sugar
  8. 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced (fresh or canned)
Instructions
  1. Put all your ingredients except mushrooms in a food processor and pulse until it's smooth.
  2. Add your mushrooms to food processor and pulse a couple times to chop them up.
  3. Pour mushroom mixture into a saucepan on the stove.
  4. Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
Notes
  1. If you find it's too thin, add a bit of extra cornstarch and stir. This will thicken it up.
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Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup recipe - tastes just like Campbell's!

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins

Moist and DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins! You won’t believe how good these are considering how easy they are to make!  My family considers these the best pumpkin dessert! These are easy to turn into a gluten free recipe too! 

I’m on a muffin kick right now.  My favorite muffins of the moment are the Fluffy Chocolate Chip and these Pumpkin ones.  I swear they can’t last in my kitchen with me around.   These muffins here make for a happy breakfast.  They have cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg in them combined with chocolate chips so they’re bursting with flavor and some sweetness.

I still have some pumpkin puree left in the freezer from the Fall garden pumpkins.  As some of you know I’m kinda in love with our pumpkins and am known to a “pumpkin dance” whenever I spot the first pumpkin of the season.   

And because you asked me nicely… here’s my pumpkin dance.

Now go enjoy these muffins!

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. Easy to make and bakes in 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  2. 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  5. 1/4 cup water
  6. 1 1/2 cups flour
  7. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  13. 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Mix brown sugar, oil and eggs together. Add pumpkin puree and water and continue to mix.
  3. In another bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt.
  4. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir to combine. Add your chocolate chips and stir to equally distribute.
  5. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 20-23 minutes.
Notes
  1. Makes 12 muffins.
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Moist and DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Muffins! You won't believe how good these are considering how easy they are to make! My family considers these the best pumpkin dessert! These are easy to turn into a gluten free recipe too!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe – just like how Mom used to make it!  The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Guys, is this winter just crazy?  

Besides a few wild snowstorms over the past few years winter has been on the mild side.   Sure, we had a record setting snowfall a few times during those years, but that was it for the winter.  This year, it’s just winter, all the time.  We’re talking snow, ice, slush and cold all the time.    It seems to me that whenever I check the weather forecast there’s some type of snowy mix being talked about.  And can we talk about how much it stinks to have to walk in the snow?   Living in a city is great for so many reasons, one being that I can walk and get anywhere that I want to go, but that means walking through the snow and slush  and trying not to fall in the process.  It’s a nightmare.   On every single corner there will be a giant puddle of slush just waiting for you.  

 

The good thing through all this cold and snow is seeing all the creatures the kids (and adults) create on the sidewalks to cause some smiles.  This always cheers me up.
Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

What else cheers me up?  Coming inside from a super cold day and warming up with a big bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup.  That totally cheers me up.

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

The secret I’ve found to some great Chicken Noodle Soup is always to use a whole chicken.   Not only is this going to provide the meat in your meal but it gives you that real rich chicken broth that no bouillon or boxed broth can give.   Pair this with some fresh vegetables and spices and you’ll have one big bowl of soup that will be sure to warm you up.

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 whole chicken, cut up
  2. 3 carrots, diced
  3. 3 stalks celery, diced
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
  6. 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  7. 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  8. 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  9. 12 oz bag of egg noodles
  10. 3 tablespoons flour
Instructions
  1. Cover chicken in 4 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken from pot carefully. Remove all the meat you can from the bones, but carefully as it is hot. Set meat aside. Put bones back into broth and simmer for 45 minutes, covered.
  3. Remove the bones from both, be sure to get them all out.
  4. Add carrots, celery, salt, turmeric, white pepper, thyme and parsley flakes to the pot. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn heat back to high and add in egg noodles and chicken. Cook for 6-8 minutes, or until your noodles are cooked.
  6. Mix your flour with a few tablespoons of water until smooth in a small bowl. Pour into soup and continue to stir to make the broth creamier.
  7. Serve and enjoy.
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen
Adapted from Tasty Kitchen
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Homemade Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup recipe - just like how Mom used to make it! The perfect bowl of comforting soup on a cold Winter day!

Quick French Toast In A Mug

 I’m here to tell you about one of my favorite new cookbooks.  Every single recipe in the book is made in a mug, from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.   Are you amazed yet?   

I’m kind of love with mug recipes for many ideas but really the 2 big ones are:
I love eating out of a mug.  It makes me feel cozy, especially in the winter time.
So far everything I’ve made from this cookbook basically just calls for you to prepare it in a mug, that means no dirtying a ton of dishes.   Only a mug to clean?  Yes!  Also many of these recipes are super flexible on location.  If you are having lunch at your office and they have a microwave, now you have a great lunch time alternative instead of shelling out $8 on a sandwich.

The recipe creator and author of the book Camilla V. Saulsbury does a great job at covering a variation of recipes, all quick to make.  In the beginning of the book she does a small introduction informing readers of the increase in popularity of meals in a mug (Fact: An October 2013 Google search of the phrase “mug recipes” yielded more than 40,900,000 hits) and talks about how mug cooking is a great econimical alternative to fast food as it’s almost instant satisfcation.     So next time you are craving quick food, say no to fast food, and make yourself something that will be lower in calories and high fat content – right in your kitchen, in a mug!

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Flipping through this cookbook, I bookmarked quite a few pages.  Here are some of my favorites:
Tex Mex Migas Mug
Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Bacon and Corn Chowder
Sessae Soy Edamame
Blackberry Crumble

Honestly, I can go on and name a ton more, but my first I needed to make was French Toast In A Mug!
If you’re anything like me you  love French Toast.   It’s one of my favorite breakfast foods.  If I go to a diner, no matter what time of the day it is, I will probably order French Toast (with a side of turkey bacon too!).   One thing I don’t love about French Toast is that if I want it on a lazy morning, well, it’s not happening.  No, French Toast is not hard to make, but it’s not something you can just throw in the microwave while you get your first cup of tea brewing.   Now French Toast in 2 minutes is possible!

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 This recipe calls for you to gather all your ingredients right there in the mug.   If you want to make it even quicker, you can prepare it the night before, which means in the morning you just pull it out of the fridge and it goes straight into tho microwave.

I also wanted to test this recipe to see how it would hold up outside of the mug – would it fall apart or would it hold it’s mug shape?   This is important if say you only have 1 mug and want to make 4 servings for your family, or if you want to put everything on plates for presentation purposes.   Guess what – it held it’s shape perfectly.

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And of course we can’t forget the maple syrup on top..

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Hope you enjoyed this Quick French Toast recipe and I hope you give it a try tomorrow morning!

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Ingredients
  1. 16-oz mug
  2. 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  3. 1/8 tsp salt
  4. 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 1/2 cup milk
  7. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1 1/4 cups bread cubes (preferably stale) or small plain croutons
Toppings
  1. pure maple syrup, confectioners sugar or butter
Instructions
  1. In the mug, use a fork to whisk sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla until very well blended. Add bread cubes, stirring and pressing them down into the custard to absorb the liquid. Let stand for at least 15 minutes (so the bread absorbs the liquid). Press bread down with a fork to compact.
  2. Microwave on High for 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 minutes (checking at 11⁄2) or until firm to the touch and liquid is absorbed. Top with syrup, sugar or butter if preferred.
Tip
  1. Add up to 2 tbsp raisins or chopped dried fruit, or 1 tbsp miniature semisweet chocolate chips with the bread.
Prep Ahead Option
  1. Whisk the sugar, salt, cinnamon, egg, milk and vanilla in the mug, then add the bread cubes; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
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Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe.   The muffins are light, moist and full of chocolate bites! 

Oh hello beautiful chocolate chip muffins, come give me a hug.

I’m on a muffin kick right now, it bounces back from donuts and cookies to muffins.  I know, I live a dangerous life.  Nothing says wild like throwing on  your pajamas on a Friday night at 7PM and deciding to make up multiple batches of different flavored muffins.  I live life on the wild side.  The next few weeks you might see a overabundance of sweets here on Brooklyn Farm Girl, but I don’t think that should cause anyone to complain, right? 🙂

 These muffins make me kinda crazy happy.  They’re light, they’re moist and they are full of chocolate bites.  When you rip one open (with your fingers or mouth, no judging here) the chocolate will be soft and just melt on your tongue, causing you to swoon and muter “oh, these muffins”.   I love a breakfast that is there for me ready in the morning, so these muffins win all types of rewards for being the perfect breakfast treat.  They also win love for a afternoon pick me up, a post dinner dessert, or just being there to greet me whenever I want to say “hello beautiful”.

Try these Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins, I think you’ll like them too!

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. The muffins are light, moist and full of chocolate bites!

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. The muffins are light, moist and full of chocolate bites!

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. The muffins are light, moist and full of chocolate bites!

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. The muffins are light, moist and full of chocolate bites!

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. The muffins are light, moist and full of chocolate bites!

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. The muffins are light, moist and full of chocolate bites!

 

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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/3 cup sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2/3 cup milk or vanilla almond milk
  7. 1/2 cup butter melted
  8. 2 eggs, beaten
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  10. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  11. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  12. 1 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease your muffin cup holder.
  3. In a bowl stir together flour, sugars, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl stir together milk, butter, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and vegetable oil.
  5. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips and gently mix to equally distribute them.
  7. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling them 2/3 of the way.
  8. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until slightly browned on the sides.
  9. Cool and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 10-12 muffins
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Fluffy Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe. The muffins are light, moist and full of chocolate bites!

Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup

Homemade Chinese Pork Wonton Soup recipe, just like your favorite Chinese restaurant makes!

Earlier this week Matthew and I celebrated 11 years together.    I met Matthew during my first few weeks at Art School in Pittsburgh in 2002.   Months later, we were dating.  Months after that, we moved in (with Essy!).   11 years later, we’ve changed locations, added a few furry children to the family and are still doing out art together.  What else do we do together?  We cook in the kitchen.

I would say that I cook the majority of the meals that we eat for dinner, but once in a while Matthew cooks up dinner and it’s always delicious.   One recipe he’s really into and made it his goal to perfect was homemade wonton soup.   Wonton soup is a favorite of ours and is one of the most popular things we order from Chinese takeout, but we wanted to make it ourselves, including making the wontons from scratch.   Matthew was on a wonton kick for a few weeks, where he spent many nights in the kitchen rolling dough and trying different filler contents to add to the wontons.    I have to say this recipe is the real deal and it receives a 10/10 on the “I Love You!” scale.

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The Best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies

This is the best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies recipe there is!  I’ve won a baking contest with these brownies! These easy to make brownies are made with canned black beans and peanut butter making them extra fudgy and more healthy than the usual brownie.  I love how simple they are to make and how much kids and adults both love them! 

You know I only share the best with you guys, right? So you totally have to believe me that these brownies are the best.

This is the best Fudgy Black Bean Brownies recipe there is! I've won a baking contest with these brownies! These easy to make brownies are made with canned black beans and peanut butter making them extra fudgy and more healthy than the usual brownie. I love how simple they are to make and how much kids and adults both love them!

We finished these brownies in 2 days.  I went into the brownie box (what, you don’t have a brownie box?) for one and there was no more left.  My hands started to shake, “Matthew, did you eat the last brownie?!” I shouted.  He said yes.  My night was destroyed.   The next day I made another batch.  These brownies are THAT GOOD.  

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Fresh Veggies Pasta Dish

This is one of those recipes that I cannot count the amount of times we have had it.  25? 50? 100? 200?  More?  

During the garden season it becomes a staple and we have it a few times a week.  It’s simple, it’s delicious, and you can totally customize depending on the vegetables you have on hand to use.  We usually always have it with carrots and sugar snap peas, but don’t be scared to experiment with your own loved veggies!   Maybe one week you have a bunch of kale left over and some radishes, throw it in!    This pasta dish is known as “Matthew’s Pasta Dish” in our house as he is always the chef of it.   Many times during the summer we make smaller bowls for lunch.  Sometimes we even have a bowl of it at night in bed.   It’s a win win situation all around.

Speaking of carrots,  many of you seemed pretty pumped for the upcoming garden season and are interested in starting your own garden.   If I could recommend a easy vegetable to start out with, it would definitely be carrots and radishes.  Carrots because they are pretty easy to grow, you just kind of plant them and they grow (ok maybe a bit more, but basically).  Radishes are great because the turn around is less than a month, and in gardening some quick satisfaction really makes you feel real good.

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The Muffin Disaster and How I Lived To Tell About It

I know the title is so dramatic but these muffins are full of drama.

 A few days ago I decided I was going to make some big ol blueberry muffins for some friends the next morning.   I put together a recipe, threw on my Brooklyn Nets apron and headed to the kitchen to start to put all the ingredients together.  

The batter was amazing.   When the batter reaches the point of a certain yumminess, then you know what you’re making is going to be the best ever.  I took a few tastes of the batter.  Perfect.  I was feeling pretty good about myself.
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Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting recipe, including a dairy free option too!

Maybe this blog should be called Brooklyn Donut Girl.   If you haven’t noticed I’m a bit donut obsessed lately…

What else I’m obsessed with? Tea.  The craze started when I was elementary school and my mother started to serve me a cup each morning.  Let’s just say it rapidly increased to me declaring a lot of tea whenever I go through a airport.  It’s a strong love. 

First, let’s talk dandelions. Yeah, I’m talking about those pesky flowers you probably curse under your breath about when you spot them in your garden.  Of if you’re like me, you cut them up, tie a string around them, throw on a garden dress and pretend to have a wedding in the garden.  30 years old and forever a flower girl.    But did you know dandelions are good and healthy for your body?  Dandelions support the body’s natural detoxification process by stimulating the liver (oh lala) and supporting healthy digestion.    It also helps bloating (girl, you know what I mean), water retention, inflammation, upset stomachs, high cholesterol, helps you fight off viruses and boosts immunity, helps control weight control, works well with muscle building programs, great for Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes, amazing  minerals and viamins.  You can even use it as a face wash or use it in the bath tub for a great smelling time.  Did you know that Dandelions are named “the small postman” in Persian because of the thought that they bring good news?   So next time you’re craving a cup of tea,  look for the dandelion variety on the shelf, your body will love you!

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

But you can do so much more with Dandelion tea besides drink it, you can bake with it.  Oh yes, you know I just went there.  Dandelion donuts with chocolate frosting?  Oh I totally just went there.  Grab my hand, let me take you on a ride.

I love these donuts for lots of reason (besides the obvious that I am obsessed with this chocolate frosting and I look like a 3 year old who licked the bowl afterwards).    The Dandelion tea is such a great friend to these donuts in taste.  They add sweetness (which means less sugar, high 5) but also a hint of licorice which is a nice addition.   The dandelion is not overpowering at all, but instead acts like a supportive friend.

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Here are 2 great Dandelion teas made by Traditional Medicinals.  I really love the Leaf & Root variety for these donuts because it adds that slight licorice taste that I like (again, it’s slight, not overpowering).  Note: I’m actually drinking this in tea form while posting this. Obsessed. 
Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

You’ll want to put 2 tea bags with some milk on the stove. Most likely tea will escape your bag during this process.  No worries, just strain it afterwards.  Wait till you smell this.
Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

And then it’s donut time!

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

In this recipe I am giving you the dairy free and regular option, choose what works for you.

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or regular milk
  2. 2 dandelion tea bags
  3. 1 cup flour
  4. 1/4 cup white sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
Frosting
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter - melted
  3. 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk or regular milk
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  6. Optional: Sprinkles of Choice
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan heat up milk and 2 tea bags over low medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain tea bags and any loose tea that fell out of the bags. Squeeze tea bags to get all the milk out. Throw away used tea bags.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a donut pan with nonstick spray.
  3. In a bowl mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together.
  4. In another bowl stir together milk/tea, egg, vanilla and oil until combined.
  5. Add milk mixture to your flour mixture and stir until mixed well.
  6. Pour into donut pan and bake 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, cool.
For the frosting
  1. In a bowl using a hand mixer, mix together powdered sugar and butter until creamed well.
  2. Add milk, cocoa powder and vanilla and continue to mix until creamy and well combined.
  3. Once donuts are cool, dip them into the frosting to cover the tops.
  4. If using sprinkles, dip into bowl of sprinkles.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Pepper Jack Jalapeno Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese

Hello beautiful Macaroni and Cheese.
I love you.
Please be mine.
Would you like to dance?
Let’s be friends.

These are all ways I like to greet this macaroni and cheese.  Its real special.

Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

This macaroni and cheese mixes a bunch of cut up cauliflower with pepper jack jalapeno cheese to add some spice.  Then it’s all melted over pasta shells.   Oh and there’s bread crumbs on top to add a bit of crunch.  

Do you love pepper jack jalapeno cheese as much as I do?  I love the kick of it.  When I saw it the grocery store I threw it in my buggy right away.  I knew I had to make something with it (besides eating it by the slice because I did alot of that too).  Next time you’re in the supermarket try to look for this! 
Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

The cauliflower comes straight from the garden.  In the winter.  Seriously.  We still have vegetables growing under the green house.  It makes my gardening heart pretty happy to go up to the roof in my winter coat and cut off a cauliflower head (and then cover it in cheese).
Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

 Next time your’e craving macaroni and cheese, give this a try!

Pepper Jack Jalapeno Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pasta shells
  2. 3 cups cauliflower cut up into pieces
  3. 1/4 cup butter
  4. 2 tablespoons flour
  5. 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  6. 1 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1 1/2 cups milk
  8. 10 ounces pepper jack jalapeno cheese
  9. 1/4 cup bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Boil water and cook pasta shells as instructed on box. When there are 3 minutes left, add your cauliflower to the boiling pot. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan melt your butter over medium heat. Slowly add flour, dry mustard and pepper until smooth.
  4. Add your milk and cheese slowly and keep stirring until it's smooth and melted. Take off burner.
  5. Add your macaroni and cauliflower to cheese mixture saucepan and stir until all shells are coated.
  6. Transfer your mixture to a baking dish and sprinkle bread crumbs on top.
  7. Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  8. Enjoy!
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Pepper Jack Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese recipe. Extra cheesy with a kick of spice!

Dark Chocolate Dreams Filled Butter Cookies + Cookbook GIVEAWAY

These cookies are butter cookies filled with dark chocolate peanut butter. Should I even say more or just stop here?

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Some of you might know this already but I’m a big fan of Peanut Butter & Co. You can imagine my audible gasp when I read a email that said they were releasing a new recipe book, 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams. Gasp again. And again. I had no idea that Dark Chocolate Dreams was the #1 selling flavor for Peanut Butter & Co, but I can imagine why.  Peanut butter blended with rich dark chocolate.  Eat it out of the jar, spread it on pancakes or waffles, make cookies with it or ideally make every single recipe in this book. This cookbook encourages you to you make a new Dark Chocolate Dreams treat every single day of the month – from blondies to smoothies to crepes to tarts to cakes and everything in between.

The first recipe that stood out to me was the Dark Chocolate Dreams Filled Butter Cookies. I love (!) butter cookies so you can imagine my happiness when I took a bite and it was chewy, moist and delicious. Then imagine my extreme happiness when I got to the middle and tasted chocolate peanut butter. Swoon.

As Lee Zalben says in the book “A day without chocolate – what could be sadder? Perhaps only a day without peanut butter if you ask me!”. I agree.

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Dark Chocolate Dreams Filled Butter Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups all purpose flour
  7. 1 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, egg, salt and vanilla extract just until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the flour a little at a time and mix just until incorporated and dough like. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes (this is important, make sure to do it).
  4. Drop rounded tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets about 2 inches apart and use a spoon to press each down into neat circles. Use the top of the spoon to press a small well into the center of each cookie.
  5. Drop 1 teaspoon of the Dark Chocolate Drams peanut butter into the well in each cookie.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges of cookies turn golden brown. Let cool.
Notes
  1. Makes 24 cookies.
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GIVEAWAY!

One lucky reader will win both the 31 Days of Dark Chocolate Dreams Cookbook and a giant 28 oz jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter. So give it a shot, it might be your lucky day! To win this, just leave a comment telling me how much you love peanut butter.
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Contest ends: February 2 at 11:59PM EST.  Winner must be located in the United States. 
Update: Contest is over, Kelly won!

Blueberry Lemon Glazed Muffin Top Donuts

These donuts are crazy.  These donuts cray.

I made these one afternoon where I was craving blueberry and sweets.  Matthew and I each had one, and we went to our own desks to continue to work.  Then I heard Matthew walking towards me in the loft.  His plate was empty.  “Oh man, can I have another one of them?”

Isn’t that just the dream response?  

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I told him to eat his heart out.  Then we talked about how we should stop doing our work and dedicate our lives to donuts.  Oh maybe that was just me, I don’t know, these donuts hit me hard.  

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Thanksgiving Dinner in January + One Juicy Delicious Turkey

You guys are just the best.  All your comments you left on Essy’s post are so beautiful and caring.  Reading through and seeing all the love, reliving stories of your own past losts and just being the sweetest really made me feel better.  I owe you all a donut.   When you’re in Brooklyn, you holla at me, we have a date.  Thanks again, it really means alot to our family. <3

In the post I shared Essy’s favorite holiday because it meant her favorite food, Thanksgiving and turkey.   Give that girl a whiff of turkey and she was there.   From the time the turkey was taken out of the wrapper until it came out of the oven, Essy was pacing like a nervous lady.  She would be on the floor staring into the oven, on the kitchen island staring at the oven, on the table staring into the oven.   When we opened the oven to get the turkey in and out someone had to hold her because there was no stopping her.  She wanted that turkey.  The best way to honor Essy we decided was to have Thanksgiving Dinner in January.  Essy would want nothing more.

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Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting (Dairy Free Option)

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best!  Also included is a dairy free option!

If you were to ask me right now what is one of my most proud baking moments it would be these Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting.    These are good.  I’m talking real good.  I’m talking magical.  I’m talking swoon worthy, take a seat and enjoy the next minute of your life (it will be eaten quickly, you won’t be able to stop yourself).

And get this, they’re dairy free.

I know.

Are you amazed as I am? I hope so.

If I knew I could be making dairy free donuts that taste this rich and chocolaty I would have tried dairy free baking a while ago.    I really can’t get over how good these are.    They lasted about 2 days in my house because I could not control myself.   The donuts themselves are so rich, soft and cake like.  And the frosting? Goodness gracious.   How good is the frosting? Let’s just say I doubled the batch, one for the donuts and one to just eat which Matthew and I both did.  We grabbed 2 spoons,  and ate the frosting out of a plastic baggie over the next few days (ok, it lasted one day). Did you know you can put frosting in a freezer bag to freeze it?  Life changing.   The frosting is incredible.  Just writing about it has me all worked up and wanting to rush back into the kitchen and make another batch (I probably will).

So what I’m saying is if you love donuts, if you love chocolate, if you are dairy free or aren’t dairy free, you need to try these donuts. If there’s one thing I have posted on this blog that I really want you to try, these are high up there.    I’m begging here, please try them.  I want you to feel the chocolate sensation!


This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!The frosting, oh god, pure ecstasy. 


This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!The donuts, soft and cake like. 

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!


This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!Look at how soft these donuts are inside.  I just want to cry from happiness.

This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!

For the recipe, I’m giving you dairy free and regular ingredients.    Use whichever floats your donut loving heart.

Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting (Dairy Free)
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For the donuts
  1. 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 cup water
For the frosting
  1. 1 cup powdered sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons butter or dairy free butter - melted
  3. 2 tablespoons milk or unsweetened almond milk
  4. 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
For the donuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add oil, vanilla and water and continue to stir until smooth.
  4. Pour into donut pan and bake 10-12 minutes.
For the frosting
  1. In a bowl using a hand mixer, mix together powdered sugar and butter until creamed well.
  2. Add milk, cocoa powder and vanilla and continue to mix until creamy and well combined.
  3. Once donuts are cool, dip them into the frosting to cover the tops.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 6 donuts.
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This Chocolate Donuts with Creamy Chocolate Frosting recipe is the best! Also included is a dairy free option!

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