Chocolate chip muffins !

chocolate-chip-muffins.1 Chocolate chips and bars are sort of staples in my home. I have my little masters who love chocolates, anything and everything with chocolates. Interestingly, some sort of highly desired status.

On the other side, it’s my habit to just go around seeing the delicious displays in the bakery section to get an inspiration. In fact, display of baked goodies in the stores is the nudge behind my frequent baking series at home.

These scrumptious chocolate muffins are our all time favorite. It’s the result of my innate curiosity to achieve the same texture and taste as of the store bought ones.

Oh, the whiff of luscious aroma in the house is so divine. It gives a good vibe, for sure!chocolate chip muffins.

Ingredients
All purpose flour, 1 ¾ cups
Butter, 1 ¼ stick, softened
White sugar, ½ cup
Egg, 2
Mini chocolate chips, ½ cup
Milk, 2-3 tablespoon
Honey, 1 tablespoon
Vanilla, 1 teaspoon
Baking powder, 1 teaspoon
Salt, 1/8 teaspoon

Grease the muffin pan with cooking spray. Or place the cupcake liners in the muffin pan.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar.

Beat two eggs one at a time, add vanilla and milk to it. Mix well. Add the flour mixture.

Gently mix everything together. Add chocolate chips to the mixture.

Fill 3/4th cups full. Bake in 350°oven for about 20-25 minutes.

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Chocolate chips spinach almonds and apple salad


Salads are like music to the body, a slice of garden to soothe and strengthen our overburdened stomach. It seems like eating a bowl of fresh raw greens a much needed process to make things go well with our health. Chocolate chips added an extra grace to the green texture and the bitter sweetness was a nice marriage when it combined with the dressing. The gentle chewy chips were sort of an entertainer to the taste buds. 

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Then thought why not a hint of Indian spices to jazz it up. Turmeric and cumin are two healthy spices we adore to add in our cooking. Hence it took the toll adding healthy touch to the dressing.

It is true that the more we indulge in nature, the more lively and energetic we become. That was one of the advice I took to my heart over the course of time. Eating salads in raw form is sort of letting our soul to embrace the nature. It does a lot of wonders to our health!

Today the efforts are comparatively less when it comes to sorting out and cleaning vegetables, mainly leafy vegetables. Back in my younger days my granny had to perform a tough task to rinse it multiple times to make sure the leaves are dirt free since the farmers sold it without doing any extra cleaning or such. Even though it took a lot of effort to get pristine and clean leafy vegetables, she valued the quality and good health. Thankfully, I’m following her so far quite nicely and successfully.

Fortunately, today it’s easy to skip few steps and have access to already – triple – washed vegetables and salad greens readily available at the store, if I prefer to. I take advantage of such benefits regularly often paying bit extra for a good cause especially when it comes to spinach. I’m a big fan of those boxed spinach :). 

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Chocolate chips spinach almonds and apple salad

This time, thought of having my favorite combination of spinach and –my next best favorite – apple along with almonds as a salad. With the company of  chocolate chips as the guest ingredient to make it more alluring. In the end, spinach the star ingredient and chocolate chips, the guest ingredient did an amazing job. The dressing tasted so good and well balanced. To my surprise, salad alone was darn filing! Indeed an amazing bowl of salad.

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Chocolate chips spinach almonds and apple salad

2 cups baby spinach
1 cup sliced apple
1/4 chocolate chips
1/4 cup almonds
Few walnuts

Dressing
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp crushed pepper
2 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp spicy ketchup
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp dry red chili flakes

First, as usual prepare the dressing. The delicious texture will nudge you and make things faster. Combine everything well and keep it in the refrigerator to chill the dressing. Next arrange the salad ingredients elegantly in the bowl. Toss with dressing. Enjoy!

Chocolate chipits cookies

 

Chocolate chipits cookies

Oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookies

If at all I consider there is something extra special that goad me to stock up or sway me to those blissful childhood memories are snacks which resonates back home. And I can easily say that oatmeal cookies with an array of few other ingredients like chocolate and raisin, summing it to some extent, especially the chewy texture and simple oatmeal as the main ingredient is what bought me instantly.

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And I’m glad that my innate curiosity took me to the next level to try these cookies and to replicate the exact chewy texture that somewhat equals the store-bought ones. Even though it took few attempts, the simple method and few simple ingredients were the secret that helped me to get what I was trying for. What delighted me was everything happened in a breeze and easily fit under the list of hearty recipes for the lifetime!

Oatmeal chocolate chip raisin cookies

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup, quick cooking rolled oats
½ cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins
1 cup brown sugar
¾ cup Olive oil, or canola oil
1 large egg
1 tbsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp warm milk
¼ tsp. salt

Combine oil and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add beaten egg and vanilla to it. Stir well. Combine all-purpose flour, wheat flour and salt in another bowl. Add it to the creamed mixture of oil/brown sugar egg and vanilla. Mix well until everything is well blended, adding spoonful of warm milk if needed.

Stir in the chocolate chips, raisins and oats. Mix well with a wooden spatula, without over mixing. Drop tablespoons of mixture onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart, form a round shape and gently press in the middle so that it stays even and nice flat shape.

Bake at 350° oven for about 8-10 minutes. It’s okay if it looks soft and uncooked as it will stay firm after few minutes. Enjoy!

Classic Chocolate chip cookies

Classic Chocolate chip cookies

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This is the result of my experiment that I picked up pretty quick months ago. And I was so happy to do my try and tweak baking series in the beginning as I graduate from cake to cookies.    We absolutely love these cookies. It’s delicious name and elegant texture is what making these cookies special and stands out from the rest of the sweet treats. In fact, people all over the world adore these cookies. Each family has their own version of the recipe for this star treat. To me, I like the idea of having homemade cookies at all times in my home that are so pleasing to all no matter young or old. And this fits well since simple yet elegant things are my weakness. It’s darn easy to make and the goodness from butter and chocolate together is so irresistible…

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Here’s my version of the recipe.

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 stick softened butter
1 large egg
1 tbsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp warm milk
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup quick oats
½ cup chocolate chips

Combine butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add beaten egg and vanilla to it. Stir well. Combine all-purpose flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl. Add it to the creamed mixture of brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Mix well until everything is well blended, adding spoonful of warm milk if needed.

Stir in the chocolate chips and oats. Mix well with a wooden spatula, without over mixing. Drop tablespoons of mixture onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart, form a round shape and gently press in the middle so that it stays even and nice flat shape.

Bake at 350° oven for about 8-10 minutes. It is okay if it looks soft and uncooked as it will stay firm after few minutes. Enjoy!

Blueberry chocolate chip diamonds

These cookies remind me of the story of a clever wife whose instinct and intellect helped her to survive her cynic husband goaded with demands and strife. Although he was okay with all kinds of food, he would always demand for fresh items at the dinner table just to foment the strife and kill the moment. So in order to keep the peaceful environment intact she was always careful to use fresh ingredients. But still things didn’t go well.

One day his wife had enough so she decided to go the other way and started using frozen items especially for his favorite dishes and the interesting part was, before the meal, she would cleverly ensconced herself by explaining how hard it was to pick fresh items whilst stay within the price range and the visible difference in the texture and taste as well. Loud and clear, the silence from the other side felt like a ruse that simmered down the storm and worth the laugh. Till date, she chuckles as she remembers this part of her life 🙂

Likewise, the beauty of these cookies is the different ingredients that binds together to please both grownups and kids. The idea of adding dried blueberries along with chocolate chip, the ruse I used to make my son who hates blueberries in any form to enjoy the goodness of it in the shadow of chocolate chips and the mocha flavor, was indeed a brilliant idea. 

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All purpose flour – 2 ½  cups
Brown sugar – 1 ½  cups
Olive oil – 1 cup
Almond powder – 2 tbsp
Milk – 3 tbsp
Instant coffee powder – 1 tbsp
Vanilla – 1 tbsp
Baking soda – ½   tsp
Salt – ½  tsp
Chocolate chips – ¾  cup
Dried blueberries – ¾  cup

In a medium bowl, mix together olive oil and brown sugar well.

In another medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the olive oil & brown sugar mixture. Mix well

Add dried blueberries and chocolate chips to the mixture.

On a clean and smooth surface, line gently greased wax paper. Place the dough on the wax paper and place the other sheet on top of it. Roll the dough evenly using a rolling pin. Remove the wax paper from the top. Gently transfer the rolled dough onto the baking sheet.

Bake in 325° oven for about 20 minutes. To get the diamond shape, first cut it in lengthwise and then cut diagonally. Allow them to cool well. Enjoy!