Cinnamon-Sugar Muffins

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Start your day of right with my Cinnamon-Sugar Muffins and a bowl of your favorite fresh fruit! These muffins also make a terrific snack anytime anytime of day!

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There are days where I love to start out the morning with a delicious muffin and a bowl of fresh fruit! Yes it’s true, it really makes my day!

If you enjoy like fresh muffins and you like cinnamon you are going to LOVE these muffins!

There are a lot of ways to describe these muffins – cinnamon sugar muffins, cinnamon crumble muffins, cinnamon streusel muffins, maybe even Snickerdoodle muffins.

Call them whatever you want, just call them the next muffin you’re going to bake. You’ll be glad you did. :)

For those of you that love the flavor of cinnamon, and most people do – this one’s for you!

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These Cinnamon-Sugar Muffins have a warm buttery flavor with plenty of cinnamon-sugar in every bite.

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Citrus Sugar Cookies

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My Citrus Sugar Cookies are a wonderful sweet treat to satisfy your springtime cookie craving! The citrus combination of lemon and orange makes them doubly delicious!

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First off, I would like to apologize to all of you for not posting much recently. The Farmers Market has started up again for the season and I couldn’t be happier! However my time gets spread pretty thin at times. Being a vendor requires a lot of time and hard work. Enough said, as I get back into the swing again it will get better, I promise!

So it’s Monday and I’m starting out the week with Citrus Sugar Cookies. Cookies are one of my absolute favorite things…I consider them one of life’s simple pleasures!

The other day the sun was out and I was feeling rather spring-like. Sadly we have had very little sun lately. Citrus Sugar Cookies just seemed like the natural choice that day. As a food blogger I think about things a little differently, I’m aware. :)

Today’s Citrus Sugar Cookies are a combination of a few of my favorite things: Sunny lemon and orange flavors, fresh homemade cookies and a citrus buttercream frosting that is fabulous!

Enjoy!

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My Citrus Sugar Cookies are yellow and orange for the bright citrus flavors of lemon and orange. These cookies are all about sunny and bright!

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Fresh citrus zest add so much!

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For the sprinkles I simply mixed equal amounts of orange and yellow colored sugar sprinkles. I used about 2 tablespoons of each color to total 1/4 cup. The sprinkles go a long way!

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Citrus Sugar Cookies

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1 cup butter, softened (preferably unsalted)

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar (optional)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or sea salt (add only if using unsalted butter)

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1/2 tablespoon orange juice, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon lemon zest, freshly grated

1 teaspoon orange zest. freshly grated

Citrus Buttercream Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 1/4 cups powdered sugar

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

5-6 tablespoons lemon/orange juice or both, freshly squeezed

1 teaspoon orange or lemon zest, grated

Sprinkles, orange and yellow sugar

Directions:  

1. Using a stand mixer or electric mixer beat butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract, mix well. Add lemon juice, orange juice, lemon zest and orange zest, mix thoroughly. Blend in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour.

2. Remove dough from refrigerator; preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper. With a large cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake 9-11 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Cool at least 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Carefully move cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

For the Citrus Buttercream, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar a little at a time, vanilla, grated citrus zest, and enough of both juices to achieve desired consistency. Frost cookies as desired. Top each cookie with colored sugar immediately after icing tops of cookies to be sure they stick. Let cookies sit until frosting has set up just a bit, about 15-20 minutes.

Makes 36 cookies 

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Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies

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My Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies make the perfect cookie for any cookie exchange party this Holiday season!

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So excited to be celebrating ttoday! Today I am taking part in the Patience Brewster online cookie exchange! If you’re not familiar, she is an artist and designer of holiday figurines and unique ornaments. Can’t wait to see what everyone else made for the cookie exchange!

To celebrate, I made these Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies! A few days ago I made my Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies, and had several of you email me and tell me how nice it is to have a new twist on a classic favorite.

I love these cookies because they’re a treat inside of a treat. A wonderful caramel chocolate center in a fresh buttery homemade cookie! What’s not to love?

I knew right away I wanted to do one more variation of these surprise sugar cookies for this cookie exchange!

Break out your basic pantry ingredients and a bag of candy and start baking, these cookies are sure to satisfy!

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I’m talking chocolate and caramel…INSIDE the cookie for a wonderful little unexpected treat in the center. :)

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For this version of my surprise cookies I used Milky Way Simply Caramel fun size bars cut in half. They worked out beautifully! The soft caramel center with a hint of chocolate is such a treat…it’s like a little present inside the cookie!

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Fun, delicious and festive for any Holiday cookie exchange! Hope you enjoy them!

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Chocolate Caramel Surprise Cookies

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1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Milky Way Caramel  Simply Caramel Fun Size bars, cut in half

Red, green and white colored sprinkles

Directions:

1. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream together your butter, powdered sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix in flour, baking soda, salt, and cream of tartar. Cover; chill 2 to 3 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with baking mats (silpat liners) or parchment paper. Scoop dough into even sized balls until dough is gone. Place a Simply Caramel candy in the middle of each ball and roll dough between your palms to cover the candy. Make sure chocolate isn’t showing anywhere.

3. Dab ball in colored sprinkles (you’ll need about 1/2 cup total) and place on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-13 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store at room temp.

Makes 36 cookies.  

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Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies

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My Hot Cocoa Surprise Cookies are a treat inside of a cookie. They make the perfect Holiday treat for your family and friends!

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So many wonderful cookies this time of year! It’s SO hard to limit the list of what to make!

There’s just something about a cookie wrapped around chocolate that is YUM beyond words. I’m not one for goopy fillings, but candy wrapped in a delicious homemade cookie is a whole different thing! How can you not love it?

This cookie uses your basic pantry ingredients, nothing special needed here except for a bag of candy. The good news is candy is on sale just about everywhere this time year! For these cookies, I used 3 Musketeers Hot Cocoa Minis, and they were really good!

Just in time for your Holiday baking!

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These cookies are simple, fun and festive! Their festive colors shinning bright are so warm and welcoming!

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Skillet Baked Chocolate-Sugar Cookie

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Skillet Baked Chocolate-Sugar Cookie

I have been making cookies since grade school. It’s no wonder my kids like cookies as much as I do. Luckily, my husband loves homemade cookies as much as we do.

This is a simple cookie treat that you can prep in about 15 minutes, bake while you’re making dinner, and let cool for a bit while you’re eating. Then simply slice for dessert and enjoy!

This is not a gourmet dessert or one to impress your friends but we love skillet cookies and have made them for numerous family occasions. Usually, my fellas can’t wait to see what combo I’m going to do next. :)

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