Skinny Double Chocolate Muffins

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I am so excited to post this recipe today. Why you ask?  Because this delicious, decadent chocolate muffin is made with no fat! No oil, no butter – nothing!  And they taste delicious.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of fat in baked goods…butter makes everything better!  But when I saw this recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction , I knew that I had to give it a shot. I love baking with yogurt, like my chocolate zucchini bread or lemon blueberry yogurt loaf, but I usually add in a little oil or butter to keep things rich and moist.  This recipe, on the other hand, uses only nonfat yogurt and applesauce (there is a bit of fat from the 1 egg and the chocolate chips), and the results are amazing! The muffins are so moist.  They are light and fluffy, and so chocolatey tasting.  Even TheBetterHalf liked them, which means they really must be good.  I will eat anything that has chocolate in it, but he is a bit more discerning.  The only problem with these is that they aren’t so skinny when you eat three…  Continue reading

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins

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Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. TheBetterHalf and I were on vacation in Italy!  If you follow me on Instagram, you can see some pictures from the trip. I can’t wait to share more details from the trip with you, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, I have a delicious breakfast recipe for you – Raspberry Cream Cheese Muffins. I had a block of cream cheese to use up before we left , so I decided to make this recipe from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook. The book calls them breakfast buns, but they are really more like a muffin so I changed the name! My mom bought this cookbook for me after our first trip to the bakery 8 years ago!   Continue reading

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

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I love no-knead bread and quick easy bread, but when I have time on a weekend, I really enjoy making good old fashioned bread.  The kind that requires kneading, takes up lots of time, and causes a mess.  But that’s what weekends are for, right?  It had been awhile since I had baked bread, so last weekend I decided to make Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread.  I have made this recipe before, so I knew it would be a winner, and that TheBetterHalf would like it, even though it has whole wheat in there (he is a white bread kind of guy).  Continue reading

Pumpkin Yogurt Bread

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I have gotten into the (bad) habit of going to Starbucks before work almost every morning.  And almost every morning while I wait in line, I stare into that pastry case.  It is so hard to resist their delicious baked goods.  The fact that NYC posts the calories next to each food item does aid in my self control a little bit (how does a raspberry scone have 480 calories?!), but sometimes I just can’t help myself.  When I give in to the temptation, I almost always pick the pumpkin loaf.  I am obsessed with pumpkin, and the Starbucks loaf is so moist and full of flavor.  However at 390 calories a slice, I am pretty sure there is a lot of oil contributing to that texture!  So I decided to make my own pumpkin bread, using yogurt to keep it moist and lower in calories and fat.  (I love baking with yogurt, like here and here) The results were amazing!  It had great pumpkin flavor, highlighted by the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The yogurt gave the bread a great texture, and underbaking the bread just slightly also helped to keep it very moist.  This pumpkin bread  was just as good as Starbucks, and I didn’t feel guilty about eating more than one slice!   Continue reading

Funfetti Sugar Cookies

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I’m headed to San Francisco for a long weekend, so today is my Friday!   I figured why not celebrate with some sprinkles.  What’s more fun and festive than sprinkles?  I really can’t think of anything. These cookies are so fun and colorful!  They were really easy to make, and the results were amazing!  They are so soft – underbaking them is the key to keeping them very fluffy and tender.  And the flavor is great – sweet and buttery, without being greasy.  These are a perfect simple sugar cookie, and the colorful sprinkles in the dough (with some extra added on top!) make the cookie look as good as it tastes.  I will definitely be making these again around Christmas, with red and green sprinkles!  Hope you all have a great weekend! Continue reading

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf

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I just discovered the new-ish Whole Foods on the Upper East Side. It opened in August, and I can’t believe it took me this long to go – I think I subconsciously knew that it would mean trouble for me. I spent an hour in there the other day just filling my cart with things that we really don’t need but can’t live without (like these all-natural candy bars, which are really just a Snickers bar pretending to be healthy).  Everyone always complains about how overpriced Whole Foods is, so I was surprised when a pint of blueberries was on sale for $1.99!  I have a skewed view of grocery prices due to living in NYC, but I’m pretty sure that is a great price for berries anywhere you live!  So clearly I had to bake something using blueberries.  Since summer is here and I was trying to lighten things up a bit, I decided to make a blueberry lemon bread, using yogurt and applesauce to replace some of the fat.  I also snuck some whole wheat flour in there for some added nutrition.  The results were fantastic!  The bread was so moist with the perfect amount of sweetness, and I loved the combo of the lemon and blueberry flavors – it tastes like summer!   Continue reading

Cinnamon Ice Cream

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I am slightly obsessed with ice cream.  In the summer, I get some type of ice cream almost every day.  I don’t discriminate, I like all forms – frozen yogurt, gelato, ice cream, Tasti D’lite (I know it isn’t really ice cream, but it does the job!).   I don’t actually own an ice cream maker though, because I think the results would be too dangerous.  I can just imagine myself digging into gallons of homemade ice cream – it would turn TheBetterHalf into TheBetterThird!  However when I was visiting my parents the other weekend, I had the chance to experiment with their ice cream maker.  My sister loves cinnamon ice cream, so that’s the flavor that we chose.  And it was delicious.  The taste of this ice cream was so good – the brown sugar perfectly complemented the cinnamon.  It was definitely richer and creamier than most store-bought ice cream.  It would be perfect served on top of apple pie.   Continue reading

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Today is TheBetterHalf’s birthday! His golden birthday to be exact, turning 28 on May 28! I had good intentions to bake him a cake yesterday, but the weather in NYC was absolutely perfect so we spent the day at Central Park with friends. When it is 70 and sunny, being outside trumps baking! (one of the very few things that trump baking) TheBetterHalf loves chocolate peanut butter anything, but I think his second favorite dessert is classic chocolate chip cookies. So instead of a cake, I have “Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies” in honor of his birthday.   Continue reading

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

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This past weekend I was in my hometown of St. Louis. Apparently they skipped spring in the Lou and went straight to summer – it was so hot! Summer always makes me think of lemon desserts. The bright citrusy flavor and the yellow color reminds me of long sunny summer days.  So I decided to make these lemon ricotta cookies to celebrate the season. T hese cookies are like mini cakes!  They are light, fluffy, and moist. The lemon flavor in the actual cookie is subtle and when paired with the lemon glaze the flavor really pops.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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Chocolate and peanut butter is a popular combination in our kitchen. In fact, I think it might be our absolute favorite dessert flavor. We really can’t get enough chocolate peanut butter anything! I bought the cutest mini Reese’s peanut butter cups the other day, and they were just begging to be baked into a delicious peanut butter cookie! Let me tell you, these cookies are dangerous.  It is impossible to stop at one and still pretty hard to stop at 3… The cookie is so soft and chewy , and has a slight caramely flavor from the brown sugar. The peanut butter definitely shines through, and the mini reese’s get soft and melty. They are seriously addicting!   Continue reading