Friday, April 23, 2010

Chocolate Raspberry Muffins & Nutella Smore Cookies -- Weekend Treats

Weekends are a cooking conundrum. We are busy or we are resting and yet, we are hungry. I don't want to cook or spend too much time in the kitchen and yet I want to treat my family to some good eats. I especially feel this way on Suday.  So here are two of our easy favorites. Chocolate Raspberry Muffins and Nutella Smore Cookies. They are so simple that they are more like tips than recipes. But they are fast - chocolate and everybody loves them.

If you are frequent reader of my blog you already understand my love affair with the Jiffy Mix. So many uses in such a convenient inexpensive box. The Chocolate Muffin Mix is my new favorite and this is why. I tried this recipe off the back of the box and two days later I made it again for Sunday breakfast. You can certainly make these muffins with from scratch chocolate muffins. Just add the chocolate chips and raspberry jam according to the directions.

Rasberry and chocolate is one of those love food matches made in heaven.

1 Pkg of Jiffy chocolate muffin mix (or your homemade chocolate muffins)
1 egg
2 Tbsp oil
1/4 Cup milk
1/2 Cup Chocolate chips
1/3 C chopped nuts (optional)
1/4 Cup raspberry jam. ( I used my canned raspberry preserves)

Makes about 6 muffins if using one box of Jiffy.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine mix, egg, milk, and oil. fold in chocolate chips and nuts. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin tin. Place one tsp of raspberry jam in the center and top with nuts (optional)
Bake 13-15 minutes.

So heavenly warm.

Nutella Smore Cookie Sandwiches.

This is a ridiculously easy idea made from a need to provide a Sunday dessert and a need to not bake anymore that day. And of course a need for a little Nutella therapy.

I use these wafers I found in the Spanish section of the grocery store, called Marias. They are 50 cents a package and taste a lot like a grown up animal cracker. They are the perfect base for these cookies.

The Smores

Maria cookies or a hard cookie wafer.
marshmallow creme

Smear Nutella on one cookie and marshmallow creme on another cooke and smash together.

Now frankly I would totally stick with just the Nutella. I am a Nutella purist and I am not a huge fan of marshmallow creme. But oh my family loves these because they are a fan of both.


Chef Dennis said...

OMG those s'mores cookies are girls would love them!!

Spicie Foodie said...

Wow these both look so yummy! But my favorite would be the Muffins, I just love chocolate and raspberry together :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

Oh, those Nutella cookies look amazing! We love to bake on the weekend too, in between bouts of playing with the kids and relaxing.

Emily Ziegler said...

Oh, holy moly. There is so much amazingness in one post, I don't know what to do with myself!

Lizalopoli said...

nutella = perfection.

Winelady Cooks said...

Oh, these look sooooo good. My grandsons will just love these, they are smore's lovers.

Thanks for sharing, I'm going to have to give them a try.


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