Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins
Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

Time sure does fly when you don’t want it to, especially during berry season in summer. One of my absolute favorite fruits is blackberries as well as any kind of berry‚Ķ you name it: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries they are all so good. I discovered this recipe, however, during the dead of winter in Charleston, SC, which was actually quite brutal this year from ice storms. As brutal as winter can get in the south ūüėČ

I was craving some warm berry muffins to go with my hot earl grey tea, which seems to always be in my hand¬†during the colder months of the year. Thankfully I stumbled upon a rather healthy recipe, to my figure’s delight, so I just had to give them a try. I mean how could you go wrong with a healthy muffin recipe on an icy cold, blustery morning right? Keep in mind these go just as well if not better with fresh summer blackberries with some nice iced tea for a scrumptious morning breakfast or a tea time in the afternoon.

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

This is a great recipe to make using the last of the season’s fresh blackberries and you will not regret making them once you take a bite of the finished product!

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins
Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

 

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins
Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

 

Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins
Blackberry Apple Streusel Muffins

Enjoy! Feel free to post your comments about your experience making these! Check out the recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction right here!

 

 

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Baking Staples: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie dough

Coming home after graduating college was definitely not on my to do list. Unfortunately what I want is not always what ends up happening, since job opportunities were not coming out of the woodwork. Therefore after I had my first interview three days after graduation, I decided to bake to calm my nerves about job hunting.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are some recipes that are staples of the world of baking, varying by culture of course, and so I decided to take on some chocolate chip cookies. Generally I consider cookies a baking staple because growing up that was always my mom’s go-to sweet that she would make for us whether that be oatmeal, chocolate chip, or peanut butter, she made all kinds.

Fresh Chocolate Chip Cookies

As a growing and learning cook and baker, I decided to go with Martha Stewart’s Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe, as I trust her knowledge of baking and recipes a lot. These indeed ended up being very soft and chewy just as the title suggested, and not only did I love them, but my siblings did as well!

The next time you want to bake some simple chocolate chip cookies for your family and friends, check out her recipe!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.