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Nov 21 2011

#MuffinMonday: Rocky Road Muffins

Mondays are rocky roads, aren’t they? You just never know what kind of week lies ahead, but you do know one thing–no matter how difficult it is to get back on course every Monday morning, you will have to return to the daily grind regardless.

Rocky Road Muffins

It’s been a bit of a rocky road around here lately. I’ve had a cold for three weeks now, with varying degrees of coughing and congestion. I should see a doctor, but it’s always such a hassle, especially with the kids in tow. So I keep trying to remember to take Mucinex and Advil Congestion, but I’m not always great about that either. I’ll probably break down at some point this week and get in for a script; three weeks is about my breaking point before I give up on letting a cold run its course and ask for reinforcements instead.

Rocky Road Muffins

We looked at a home yesterday, too. We’re not really house hunting right now; more job hunting for me. But we came across an opportunity that may be too good to pass up, so we had to take a peek. It’s a foreclosed home that needs quite a bit of work, although most of it is cosmetic. Not the greatest of neighborhoods, but a huge house. In fact, the neighborhood is what makes this huge house something even to consider, because we could not afford that much square footage otherwise. We took a lot of pictures and an inventory today of everything that needs to be done and will consider what steps we should take next. The timing isn’t perfect, but when opportunity knocks, you need to be ready to answer the door.

Rocky Road Muffins

As for the muffins, they’re so great that my dog stole three of them. Seriously. While The Big Guy and I were reviewing photos from the house tour, we heard the dog performing her tap dance, signalling her attempt at gaining access to foodstuffs. Sure enough, she managed to pull two of them off the counter and one off the kitchen table before we noticed. Luckily, while these are kissed with chocolate, it’s not overwhelming. We’ll be watching her closely for the next couple days, though. Luckily, she has a vet appointment later today anyway.

Rocky Road Muffins

If you don’t have access to Cinnamon Bun Marshmallows, you can always use regular miniature marshmallows. They pretty much melt into the muffins anyway, but I thought having a little touch of flavor may add something special to the muffins. We all need a special touch to bring smiles to our faces.

May these pave the way for a less rocky road for you this week! I’m hoping for the same!

5.0 from 2 reviews

Rocky Road Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (300grams) self rising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 60 grams Cinnamon Bun marshmallows, quartered
  • 75 grams semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped roughly
  • ⅔ cup (150 grams) light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (200 ml) whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 75 grams (~5 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and marshmallows. Set aside.
  3. Reserve about ⅓ of the chocolate chips and pecans and add the rest to the flour mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the brown sugar, milk, eggs, and butter.
  5. Stir the egg mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Using a large cookie scoop, portion out the batter evenly among the muffins cups and sprinkle chocolate and nuts on top.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
I actually got 16 muffins out of this recipe instead of 12.

 
Let’s take a trip down the road to see what Baker Street did with her muffins this week, as well as all the other #MuffinMonday bakers.

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.

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  1. Baker Street

    Aww.. I hope you feel better soon! Your muffins look perfect! Lovely pictures too!

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Thank you! :)

  2. Anita Menon

    Mondays are Rocky Roads, you pointed that right. hope you feel better. Do visit a doc and get it sorted.
    The muffins look great. Beautiful photos

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      I’ll never be accused of over-using antibiotics, that’s for sure! I’ll get there this week. :) Thanks!

  3. Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook

    Hope you feel better. We were sick last week and it stinks! These muffins would make me feel better. Heck, I wish I had one right now to combat these monday morning blues

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    These look like amazing muffins. My mom would be all over them. :) Good luck with the house! Having just done the same thing (and ended up buying and moving in) I know it’s a hard decision. But it’s worth it in the end!

  5. Mike

    Your muffins look wonderful!! Happy Muffin Monday!

  6. Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves

    Feel better & good luck with the house! Hope the pooch is ok too. These muffins look Halloween like. I like em!

  7. Yuri - Chef Pandita

    I can’t believe you’re still sick! feel better soon and good luck with the house. Thank God nothing happened to the dog, my sister’s pet once ate half a slice of chocolate cake and she almost died :/ chocolate, onions and garlic are toxic for most dogs. So weird! Lovely muffins btw :)

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      This is the cold that won’t quit! Aarrrg! Yeah, chocolate is a huge no-no for dogs, as well as onions, garlic, and grapes. I thought I had the muffins where she couldn’t get them but despite being a senior citizen in the dog world, she’s a crafty little beast. Vet wasn’t too concerned, so that’s good.

  8. Annapet

    So happy to bake with you again, Carrie! I hope you feel better soon ;-).

  9. Terra

    I love the idea of using cinnabon marshmallows, they sound AMAZING! What a great idea using them in this recipe, a perfect flavor combo! You muffins look delicious! Hugs, Terra

  10. culinaryneophyte

    Oh my goodness — these look amazing! I just bought Cinnamon Bun marshmallows on a whim the other day; I’m so glad to have a fun recipe to use them in. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Sounds like they’re meant to be in your house!

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