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How long do you think it took me to start baking cut out cookies from the day I bought a couple of sets of beautiful cookie cutter shapes? Two years. Is this normal, or is it just me, looking at them every time I open the drawer and thinking that one day, I will use them for something?
But procrastination aside, there are some amazing recipes out there for perfect cut out cookies and this is one of them. They have the perfect sweetness, brightened with a little addition of salt and even though the edges keep shape, the cookies are still soft and delicious inside.
You can ice them, put sprinkles on them and make them look really colourful but they are perfectly delicious without any icing.

This cookie dough requires chilling for one hour or freezing for 30 minutes. If you want your cookies to keep shape, don’t skip this step.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup or 340g softened butter
1 1/2 cup of sugar
2 room temperature eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 t almond aroma (optional but it does make them irresistible)
4 1/4 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Take the butter and eggs out of the fridge and wait for them to become room temperature.
In a bowl, using a mixer or some elbow grease beat the butter until it becomes creamy. Slowly add the eggs and sugar and keep mixing so that the mixture is smooth.
Add the vanilla extract and almond aroma if using.
With a spatula, mix in the flour, salt and baking powder.

Roll the dough out on a piece of baking paper, cut the cookies out, take away the excess dough and roll more out on a new piece of baking paper. Continue until you have used up all of the dough. Stack the cookies on baking paper in layers, cover the last one with one more piece of baking paper and freeze for 30 minutes or chill in the fridge for an hour.
You can chill the dough in the fridge for the night, if you need to or you can freeze the cookies, or just a dough ball for later use.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
Bake each sheet with cookies for 10 minutes.

Enjoy!

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orange and kale muffins

This is a very sweet, delicious muffin with a nice, orange aroma which you can eat while telling yourself that you’re getting your dark, leafy greens in.

Kale is usually the sweetest at this time of the year and it likes the cold weather very much so don’t be afraid to buy it and make something delicious – like these muffins.

Just remember to remove the thick, hard stems of the kale because they tend to stay that hard and that’s not that nice in muffins.

orange and kale muffins

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/2 cup applesauce (can be replaced with oil)

1/4 cup rapeseed  oil

1/2 cup kale, finely chopped

zest of 1 orange

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

orange and kale muffins

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl mix eggs, applesauce, oil, orange zest, sugar and milk until combined and smooth.

It’s ok if not all of the sugar has dissolved.

Add flour mixed with baking powder and salt and mix just to combine.

Add kale and fold it into the mixture.

Fill 12 muffin cases and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Check with a cocktail stick.

orange and kale muffins

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banana & kale muffins

This is a recipe for breakfast muffins featuring some yummy kale. They will not be very aerated and light because you have the banana, apple and kale but they are guaranteed to be delicious. I am only using 1/3 cup of sugar for this recipe which makes them sweeter than a slice of bread but definitely less sweet than a cake or a dessert muffin. So if you’d like some dessert muffins, go ahead and increase the sugar to half a cup. Or go with another one of my recipes for muffins. 

banana & kale muffins

Ingredients:
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup rapeseed oil
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded kale (not packed)

banana & kale muffins

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl whisk banana, eggs, applesauce, oil, sugar and vanilla extract until fluffy. This mixture will never be too light because the banana is rather heavy.

In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder.

Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients while stirring with a spatula and alternating with milk.

At the end add kale and mix just to blend.

 

Bake for 25 minutes.

banana & kale muffins
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red wine muffins

These are always in season. No need to worry about finding the produce in store, the wine will be there, waiting for you.

Why are they freaky? The red wine gives them an unusual texture and bread-like aroma that makes them interesting and you end up eating another and another because you can’t quite put your finger on what is so special about them. I use a sweet variety of red wine for those but you can try with dry varieties if you’re hardcore. And you can also add red food colouring to be fancy and make an impression. Have fun making these and don’t worry about getting drunk, all of the alcohol evaporates while in the oven, so you might end up with a drunk oven (mine never complained about this).

red wine muffins

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/2 cup sweet red wine

1/2 cup milk

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

optional: red food colouring (two drops should be plenty)

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Yield: 12 muffins.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, oil, wine, milk and sugar until combined.

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Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix with a spatula until there are no more dry flour pockets.

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Do not continue mixing.

Pour into a 12 muffin tray and bake for 25 minutes.

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red wine muffins

Enjoy!

red wine muffins
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cream cheese muffins

These muffins are really something out of nothing. The ingredients are always in my cupboards and fridge and I know I can’t go wrong with this recipe. Sweet, comforting, with a little yummy sugar sprinkled on top – they disappear quickly. Storing them in the fridge brings out the best flavours from the cheese inside but they’ll be delicious in room temperature too. The more I look at these, the more I think they could play a major role in this year’s Halloween fare with some food colouring in all the right places. I’ll keep you posted anyway, as always!

In the meantime, enjoy these sweet, comforting little gems.

 

cream cheese muffins

Ingredients:

for muffins:

2 eggs

1/4 cup rapeseed oil

1/4 cup applesauce (you can replace this with more oil if you have no applesauce)

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

3 tsp brown sugar to top

 

for filling:

1/2 cup cream cheese

3 Tbsp powdered sugar

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl mix eggs, oil, applesauce, milk and sugar with a whisk until smooth.

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Add flour, baking powder and vanilla essence and mix roughly until there are no more streaks of flour.

In a separate, small container mix cream cheese with powdered sugar until smooth.

cream cheese muffins

Fill a 12 muffin tray alternating between the muffin dough, cream cheese and top with more muffin dough.

cream cheese muffins

Sprinkle brown sugar on top and bake for 25 minutes.

 

cream cheese muffins

 

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Whoever thought about combining lemon and poppy seed had a great idea. The zingy fresh flavour mixed with the darker flavour of poppy seeds never ceases to amaze me. They just go together so perfectly well!

As usual on my blog, these poppy puppies don’t require bringing out the heavy machinery, like mixers etc. Good old handheld whisk will do and you’ll have the most heavenly muffins in no time.

 

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Ingredients for 12 muffins:

2 eggs

1/2 cup oil

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

zest from half a lemon, approximately 1 1/2 tsp

1 Tbsp poppy seeds

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

In a bowl whisk together eggs, oil, milk and sugar until smooth.

Add flour, baking powder, salt lemon zest and mix with a spatula.

Do not try to make the batter perfectly smooth, no need for that. These muffins will forgive you almost anything.

Add the poppy seeds and mix.

Fill 12 muffin cases and bake for 30 minutes.

 

If you are confused about zesting lemons and this is putting you off, here’s a one-minute explanation by Gordon Ramsay, because who doesn’t like to watch some Gordon?


Enjoy!

 

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