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Lemon Cranberry Muffins

Here's a surprisingly great recipe for lemon cranberry muffins.
For a while there I had a really hard time finding cranberries in the stores. When I did finally find them in the frozen section, I grabbed 3 bags. Don't worry - I left some for others. 
The batter was very thick so I wasn't sure this recipe would even turn out, but it did! Enjoy!





Lemon Cranberry Muffins Makes 20 muffins
For the Muffins 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour1/2 teaspoon salt2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon baking soda3/4 cups sugar1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon lemon zest1/4 cup fresh lemon juice1 cup sour cream (full fat)2 large eggs2 cups cranberries (I used frozen)sugar for the top For the Glaze 1 cup confectioners' sugar3 tablespoons milk Directions Preheat your oven to 400F and line some muffin trays with paper liners.To make the muffins; combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and set aside.In a large bowl, beat the sugar, butter and vanilla on m…

Chocolate Chip Rugelach Cookies

I was always on the hunt for the chewiest chocolate chip cookie recipe I can find. I recently stumbled upon a recipe for Chocolate Chip Rugelach on an awesome blog called Bakerita, and I absolutely LOVE these cookies. They're flaky and delicious! The only change I made was to use regular size chocolate chips since I couldn't find any mini ones. Oh, how I wish I had some of these right now!


The dough all rolled out.

Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and chocolate chips.

Rolled and ready to be chilled. 

Mmmm! Fresh from the oven. It's coffee and cookie time!

Chocolate Chip Rugelach Cookies
Makes 48 cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cold, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi sweet)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 egg white
  • Turbinado (or course) sugar for sprinkling
Directions
  1. Combine flour, salt, butter, cream cheese and sour cream with a pastry cutter (or put a glove on and use your hands - it's easier) until crumbly. You could also use a food processor.
  2. Divide into four equal balls and flatten into disks. Wrap separately in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  3. Combine cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Roll each disk into a 9 inch circle. Be sure to keep the other ones chilling so they don't get warm. Bakerita suggested using a large bowl as a guide to trim the circles but I just eyeballed it.
  5. Sprinkle on 1/4 of the cinnamon/sugar mixture and then 1/4 of the chocolate chips. Press into dough. Be gentle.
  6. Cut each circle into 12 wedges. You can use a pizza cutter but I just used a sharp knife.
  7. Roll the wedges starting at the wide end.
  8. Beat the milk and egg white together and brush it onto the tops of the cookies. Sprinkle on some sugar. Place the cookies on parchment lined baking sheets and chill for 20 minutes before putting in the oven. Repeat the whole rolling and cutting process for the other 3 disks of dough.
  9. To bake, preheat the oven to 350F and place the chilled cookies on the middle rack for 22 minutes or until golden. Cool on wire racks. Store them in an airtight container. Bakerita says they freeze well but I wouldn't know anything about that. They didn't last that long!
Tips:
  • Be sure to brush the milk/egg mixture on the cookies before placing them on the baking sheet otherwise whatever liquid spills onto the sheet may burn. 

Comments

  1. Delicious! Who knew there are so many way to make choc chip cookies :) I would love you to check mine out, they are #5. Thanks!

    The Farm Girl

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  2. Ooo Yummy.. Your pictures are sinfully awesome..I love and have to try this.. I'm visiting from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com and officially following ya with smiles.. Hope you can stop in sometime.. : )) Off to indulge in more of your awesome posts.. :)) lol!!) Happy weekend..

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  3. I love it!! What a great spin on the challenge theme! These look absolutely delightful!

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  4. This was original and creative. The two of you made a great chocolate chip cookie.

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  5. These look SO good! I am going to have to try them out! I'm so happy to see you have joined the challenge too! That's so awesome! :) :) :)

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  6. What a creative twist on the chocolate chip cookie! Great pics too. I'm #48 in the challenge. :)

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  7. Thanks for stopping by!! Your cookies look amazingly tasty! Following ya :)

    ~Nikki #41

    http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/candied-bacon-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

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  8. These look delicious!! I'm definitely going to have to make these!

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  9. Oh wow, those look so interesting!! I might need to try these stat!!

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  10. I too wish that I had some of these right now, they look wonderful and I've saved the recipe to make.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my entry, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  11. I love rugulah and I am definitely going to try these. Love your blog too.

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  12. Your Cookies look great! It is fun cooking with you, I am #15. Hope you are having a wonderful week end!
    Miz Helen

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  13. Wow, those look like a stomach ache waiting to happen! Yum!!

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  14. Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. www.colieskitchen.com

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  15. wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!loved the shape....pics are too good

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  16. So glad you enjoyed the cookies! :)
    They're definitely up there in my favorite cookies I've ever made...but I'm a sucker for flakiness, chocolate, and cinnamon!

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  17. I love rugelach! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe!

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