Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Labor Day Baking Extravaganza

We didn't have any plans over Labor Day weekend so most of our time was spent at the house. This resulted in most of my time being spent baking in the kitchen. Here are some recipes I enjoyed:

Banana Crumb Muffins from All Recipes
(Wow! Wow! Wow! I love this recipe! In my opinion, the best way to use 3 overripe bananas!!) Recipe makes 10 muffins
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies from AllRecipes (this recipe is perfect for rolling and cutting out cookies) Recipes makes 60 cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
**Other users on AllRecipes suggested adding an additional cup of white sugar (making it 3 cups) and an additional teaspoon of vanilla (making it 2 tsp). I followed these suggestions when making my cookies. My hubby loved the cookies but I wish I would have followed the original recipe first to see how that tasted.
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie from AllRecipes Recipe makes about 18 cookies
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips - I used the mini chocolate chips...they are so cute!!
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
**Be careful not to over bake the cookies or you'll lose the "chewy". Unfortunately, I left mine in the oven a few minutes too long so they were still great, but more crunchy! : )


  1. oh my gosh, this website is amazing! next week before i go to the store, i am going to sit down with a pen and make up a grocery list! such a cute and useful blog mary pat!

  2. wow!!! lots of baking and lots of sweets! paul will be so jealous when i tell him. the pressure will be on now. lol.

  3. DANG GIRL! YOU ARE HARDCORE! I am printing this out as I type..haha!

  4. We love that muffin recipe! I made it without the streusel once and froze them for easy breakfasts for my 2 year old!