Monday, November 24, 2014

Pinned It Made It Monday Week 47

Benjamin came out and stayed with us Friday night so he could go hunting the next day. He likes snickerdoodle cookies, so I made up a batch. He also likes zucchini bread and I had a Snickerdoodle Zucchini Bread recipe pinned on Pinterest for some time now and decided it would be the perfect time to give it a try.

And since I made Benjamin some special zucchini bread, I also made Kassy (his wife) her favorite flavor Reese's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.

Reese’s Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Moist, rich Reese's peanut butter chocolate muffins have zucchini hidden inside!

Muffins: (my note: I just made into bread pans, but I recommend making them into muffin pans. they take too long to bake and get hard on the outside with all the gooey stuff on the inside still needing to bake. I also lowered the temp to 350° for the bread loaves.)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Peanut Butter Streusel:
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 12 mini Reese's cups, quartered

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix together the oil, milk, sugars, vanilla, egg and zucchini until well combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Don't overmix, or your muffins will be tough! Fold in the mini chocolate chips.

For the streusel, combine the flour, sugar, butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips in a small bowl until crumbly.

Spray a jumbo muffin pan with cooking spray. Using an ice cream scoop, put one scoop of batter into each of the cups. Put a tablespoon of streusel, and 8 pieces of chopped Reese's cups over top the batter in each cup. Scoop the rest of the batter evenly over the 6 muffin cups. Batter will be almost to the top of each cup. Sprinkle the remaining streusel evenly over the batter.
Bake at 425 for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375 and bake for another 20 minutes. Do not open the oven ...just reduce the temperature. A toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin should come out clean. Because of the chocolate in the middle, the toothpick might have a little chocolate on it, but there should not be uncooked batter on it.
Store in an airtight container. These muffins keep for up to 5 days at room temperature.

If you don't have a jumbo muffin tin, you can use a regular muffin tin and get 12 muffins. Reduce the baking time so they do not overbake.

My note: Black walnuts have nothing to do with Snickerdoodles, so I left out the black walnut extract and nuts.

Snickerdoodle Zucchini Bread
via: kissrecipes

3 large eggs
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon black walnut ext.
2 cups zucchini, grated, unpeeled
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cups black walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup cinnamon and sugar mix

Oven Temp: 325°
Recipe Cooking Time: – 60 minutes
Pan Type: two 8 x 4" loaf pans

Zucchini Bread Directions
Preheat Oven and spray baking pans with non stick spray.

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until blended. Stir in the oil, vanilla, black walnut extract and grated zucchini. In a seperate bowl, stir the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon together, add to the sugar mixture and blend. Stir in the walnuts.

Pour zucchini bread batter evenly into baking pans, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar mix of bread mix evenly. Bake snickerdoodle zucchini bread in a preheated oven for the allotted time or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Transfer zucchini bread to wire rack to cool.

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