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Peanut Butter and Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups Recipe

Cook Time:  About 20 minutes
Prep Time:  10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Chocolate and peanut butter lovers, gather around! Today we have “turned up the heat” and created these deliciously decadent, Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate Cups, featuring Cherchies® Preserves and Cherchies® Fruit Butter Spreads. Chocolate covered everything I say, and if you are a chocolate lover like I am, I know you will surely understand.

What makes everything better, other than chocolate? (Maybe bacon but I will save that for another day). These sweet and salty chocolate treats will melt your heart, but grab some for yourself, because these tasty morsels will disappear right before your eyes. They did at our home!

Who wants some?

Comment below and let us know what Preserve or Butter Spread you liked most in this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups chocolate chips/ dark chocolate chips 

  • 1 teaspoon (tsp) coconut oil

  • 12 muffin cup liners

  • 1 cup peanut butter

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup Cherchies® Preserves of choice or Cherchies® Butter Spreads

  • Coarse sea salt for garnish (optional)

Preparation
Line a 12 cup muffin tin with disposable cupcake liners.

Combine Peanut Butter and powdered sugar in a medium bowl.  Mix ingredients with hand mixer until combined. Scoop mixture with melon ball scooper (1 inch) and place the mixture on a parchment paper lined tray. Place tray in freezer for about 10 minutes.  Remove Peanut Butter balls from the freezer and flatten with a spatula. Return to freezer while you prepare the chocolate.

While peanut butter patties are chilling, prepare the chocolate. Melt the chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon (tsp.) coconut oil in a bowl over a pan filled with about 1 1/2" water.  Turn the burner on high and stir chips as they begin to melt. (You could melt chips in microwave if your prefer, heating on 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted).  When all the chocolate chips are melted, remove the pan and bowl from heat and turn off the stove.

Add about 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp.) (dollop) of melted chocolate to each muffin cup.  Use a clean art brush to spread the chocolate up the sides.  Afterwards, tap the pan on the counter to even the chocolate in the cups.

When peanut butter patties are not tacky, remove them from the freezer and place patties in the middle of the chocolate cup. Add 1 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Preserves or Cherchies® Fruit Butter Spreads and carefully spread over peanut butter patty, making sure not to go to the edge.  The chocolate needs to go on the sides and top. 

Add the remaining chocolate (1 Tablespoon (Tbsp)) to each of the cups.  Use a spoon or small spatula and spread chocolate over peanut butter and jelly to the edge of the cupcake liner to seal in the yumminess. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set.

Remove from refrigerator, sprinkle with coarse sea salt and enjoy!

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Mardi Gras King Cupcake Recipe

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Mardi Gras King Cake Cupcakes Recipe

Mardi Gras King Cake Cupcakes Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Happy belated Fat Tuesday everyone! Despite my best attempts to get this posted yesterday, life happens! Oh, well, by changing up the sprinkles and decorations, you can enjoy this apple-cinnamon swirled “Mardi Gras King Cake” Cupcake Recipe, year-round. After all, It is never too late to enjoy cake:)

Did you know? Even though Mardi Gras ended yesterday, traditionally, the King Cake for Mardi Gras is a ring-shaped, yeasted confection, with cinnamon and sugar swirled throughout the batter, white icing on top, and sprinkles of gold (power), purple (justice), and green (faith) colored sugar as a garnish (mardigrasneworleans.com). And, “each king cake has a tiny plastic baby inside. In the past, you might have found an item such as a coin, bean, pecan or pea in a king cake. The lucky person who receives the slice of cake with the baby has the next king cake party (or brings the next cake for the office)”.https://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/history/king-cakes.

Pretty cool, huh?

I tend to “bend the rules” in cooking, and my “take” on this New Orleans classic, is an apple-cinnamon filled cupcake dolloped with a creamy buttercream frosting, and adorned with the traditional colors of Mardi Gras. The apple butter-cinnamon filling (Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread) replaces the baby. (Considering I have two teenagers in braces…I decided to forgo the baby figurine for apparent reasons;). However, if you are bringing these tasty treats to a Mardi Gras party, by all means, add a plastic baby to one of the cupcakes! Or, for Easter, add a jelly bean and create a new tradition.

There you have it.  I may have been late to the party for Mardi Gras, but by simply changing up the sprinkles and decorations, you can enjoy these apple cinnamon filled, sugary confections year-round for any occasion.

Comment below and let us know how you liked this recipe:)  How will you use this recipe?

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Ingredients- "Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes"- Recipe adapted from Glorious Treats

Yields- 15-16 cupcakes

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour*

  • 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)

  • 1/3 cup milk (whole or low fat, but avoid fat free)

  • 1/3 cup sour cream (full fat or light, but avoid fat free)

  • 1/2 jar Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Yellow, green, and purple sprinkles (optional for decoration)

*Note- if do not have cake flour, use this simple substitution, for every cup of flour, remove 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) of flour and substitute with cornstarch and sift together, several times.

*Another Note- You could substitute any yellow boxed cake mix for the cupcakes, using the ingredients mentioned in the box and follow the directions for cupcakes. If you go this route, then use the ingredients listed on the box and skip down to the “Preparation for cupcakes” directions below and add the Apple Butter and cinnamon, as indicated below.

Ingredients for Icing

  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature

  • 1/4 teaspoon (tsp.) almond extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp.) vanilla

  • 4 Tablespoons half & half (milk is fine too)

  • 1 lb. powdered sugar

Preparation

Preheat oven to 325*F.

Prepare the icing.  Cream together shortening, butter, extracts and milk.  Gradually add powdered sugar.  Mix until blended.  Set aside.

Preparation for cupcakes- In a medium bowl, add cake flour*, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Sift the ingredients together and set aside. In another bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil with an electric mixer and mix for about a minute.

Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture.  Add the milk, then the rest of the flour and the sour cream.  Beat until just combined.  Scrape down the side of the bowl and make sure no lumps are left at the bottom of the bowl.  Do not over mix.

The batter will be slightly thick.  Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. So here is the fun part. The goal is to layer the batter. Fill liners about 1/3 full with cake batter. Dollop a Tablespoon of Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread on top of the batter. Sprinkle enough cinnamon to cover the batter (teaspoon). Carefully add another 1/3 of batter over top of Apple Butter and Cinnamon, not exceeding filling the muffin tin to 2/3 full.

After you have carefully layered the batter, take a butter or table knife and gently run the knife through the batter to make swirls. You will only need a couple of swirls.

Bake at 325 degrees for 15-18 minutes, checking them at 15 minutes.  Insert a toothpick or a cake tester to check for doneness.  If toothpick or cake tester comes out clean, the cupcake is done.  If not, give it another minute or so until done.  You do not want to overcook the cupcakes.  Slightly under cooking is best, as the cupcakes will continue to cook when removed from the oven.

Allow cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack for about ten minutes. Ice cupcakes with the buttercream icing, using a 195 tip, or your favorite tip.  Decorate with your favorite sprinkles and voila, moist fluffy cupcakes with a sweet apple-cinnamon filling inside, perfect for any occasion.

Note: The cupcakes and frosting can be made ahead 1 day in advance.  Make sure to cover tightly and store them in the refrigerator.  Unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months, but thaw overnight in the refrigerator when ready to use- Cooking tip from Sally's Baking addiction.

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Cinnamon Streusel Muffin Recipe

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Cinnamon Streusel Muffin Recipe

Cinnamon Streusel Muffin Recipe

Cook Time:  30-40 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

A spread of Apple Butter a day keeps the doctor away...that's how the saying goes right? Happy Fall friends! These delicious Cinnamon Streusel Muffins, laced with sweet cinnamony apple butter, will chase away any rainy day gloominess and put a smile on your family's face.

As much as our family loves summer, Fall is usually a nice welcome here in the North East, as it means crisper days, lower humidity, fiery-colored leaves, and A LOT less rain (or at least that is the norm). In case you have been not been following the news, Pennsylvania has been drenched with this crazy rainy pattern for most of the Summer and into Fall... weather seemingly atypical for our area.

What is the perfect cure for those rainy day blues you ask? "Bake the world a better place!" (Sorry, I couldn't help myself). And better yet, bake with your children! We love baking together as a family and these muffins, tinged with Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread and cinnamon, and drizzled with a lemony glaze are “just what the doctor ordered”. ;)

So fire up the fireplace, turn on your oven (maybe light a Fall-scented candle), grab the family, and get ready to create an amazing, Fall-scented dish everyone will love!

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* Note- I usually, make this as a coffee cake in a 9X13 pan, but this time decided to make muffins.  I used jumbo muffin tins from Wilton but this recipe will easily work in regular muffin tins as well (you may need to lower the cooking time to 30 minutes).

Muffin Ingredients 

  • 1 box yellow cake mix with pudding (We used Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix)-

  • 2/3 cup Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread

  • 1 cup buttermilk (*Substitute 1 cup milk plus 1 Tablespoon white vinegar, stir and let sit for a minute)

  • 4 eggs, room temperature


    STREUSEL MIX INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 Tablespoons (Tbsp)

  •  2/3 cup brown sugar


    ICING INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

 Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the muffin tins with cooking spray. (We used jumbo muffin tins from Wilton to make them extra special. See *Note). In a small bowl, mix the streusel ingredients with a fork. (You will be using half of the streusel mix for the layering effect mentioned shortly, and the other half on top before baking).

Mix the muffin ingredients together in a medium bowl with a hand mixer and beat for two minutes.

So here is the fun part. The goal is to layer the batter, followed by a little streusel mix, then add more batter on top, not exceeding filling the muffin tin to 2/3 full.

After you have carefully layered the batter, take a butter knife and gently run the knife through the batter to make swirls. You will only need a couple of swirls. (This picture I accidentally filled the muffin tin more than 2/3 full…oops, sorry!) Finish by sprinkling the remaining streusel mix over the muffins. Place the muffin tins in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Depending on your oven and the size of the muffin pan (see *Note above), begin checking for doneness at 30 minutes.

While muffins are baking, mix the icing ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. When muffins are done, remove from oven and allow them to cool for about 15 minutes. The muffins can be slightly warm, but not hot, or it will melt the icing. Drizzle icing over muffins and enjoy!

Happy Baking!

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Mustard Spice Cake Recipe

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Mustard Spice Cake Recipe

Mustard Spice Cake Recipe

Have you ever made a recipe out of pure curiosity?  Well, I have had this spice cake recipe (adapted from The National Mustard Museum) on the back burner of my mind for some time. To be honest, the combination of ingredients sounded extremely unappealing, but it was all the more reason I HAD to try it!  You will never guess it, but the mystery ingredient is... MUSTARD!  You betcha!

My family is used to me tricking them into trying new foods; but this time, I tested my tricks with the unsuspecting ladies in the office.  So how could I pull off this intriguing spice cake tinged with mustard, and not have them run for the hills?  LIE!  Cleverly put, I just left out the mustard and called it my "spice cake" with cream cheese icing.  Like I do with my family, I indicated I would love for them to try it, but they didn't have to eat it.  I did tell both parties (after they gobbled up the cake) that the mystery ingredient was our Champagne Mustard!  They were shocked, and in both cases, no one went running for the hills. The cake was a huge success! 

I would describe this unique dessert as ginger snaps meets spice cake. Ingredients include ginger, molasses, honey, cinnamon, apple butter, etc., and Champagne Mustard!  You must make this recipe, if not for the aromas alone, for the pure curiosity that of all of these ingredients combined create an amazingly delicious "spice cake."  It's a perfect dessert for Fall, or simply as a delicious conversation starter!

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Ingredients- (Recipe adapted from The National Mustard Museum).

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour* (if do not have cake flour, use this simple substitution, for every cup of flour, remove 2 Tablespoons (Tbsp) of flour and substitute with cornstarch and sift together, several times.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 jumbo eggs, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Cherchies® Champagne Mustard
  • 2/3 cup molasses
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 cup Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

CREAM CHEESE ICING

  • 6 Tablespoons (Tbsp.) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered (aka confectioner's sugar)
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla extract
  • 1/ teaspoon (tsp) salt

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9 or 11×7 glass baking dish or a bundt cake pan and set aside.  Sift together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, ground mustard and set aside.

Cream together the shortening and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time.  Then add the Cherchies® Champagne Mustard, molasses, Cherchies® Apple Butter Spread, and honey and beat until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, about a third at a time, blending just until just combined. 

Pour into the greased baking dish or bundt cake pan and bake about forty-five minutes, or until the sides begin to brown and a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean.  You could also use a toothpick.  Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes in the pan and place a plate over the opening and carefully flip the cake to remove.  Cover the cake and store, well wrapped, in the refrigerator.

The cake improves with age, so make it a day ahead of when you plan to serve it.

Make the cream cheese icing when ready to serve.  Sprinkle cinnamon on the cake for a pretty presentation.

Enjoy your Mustard Spice Cake!  Let us know what you think.  Thank you for visiting.

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