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Light Banana Muffins with Chocolate Drizzle

I’ve been drooling over the beautiful cupcakes in this community for awhile now and have been dying to make some of my own.  However, I don’t have a special occasion coming up to make them for, and if I don’t share them my husband and I will eat them all, thereby blowing our New Years diet plans.

This is what I came up with to satisfy our collective sweet tooth for now:


Light Banana Muffins with Chocolate Drizzle

1 pkg Reduced Sugar White Cake Mix
2 ripe bananas
1 cup low fat milk
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or sub 1 tsp vanilla extract)
2 squares (2 oz) dark chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 350F.  Prepare muffin pan by using paper cups or spraying with cooking spray.  Mash bananas and milk together using mixer on low speed.  Add vanilla, cake mix, and baking soda and mix until just combined.  Scoop batter into prepared muffin panand bake for 20-25 minutes.

When muffins are cool, drizzle with chocolate.

For the record, I’m not sure if the baking soda was necessary.  All in all pretty tasty, just enough sweet to keep us going 🙂

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Double Chocolate Marshmallow Pecan Cookies

I make these cookies every year for my mom for Christmas, and each year they end up modified in some way.  This year I traded the chocolate icing for dark chocolate ganache.  I really like how they turned out, although mom still hasn’t had them yet since our “Christmas” is actually next weekend.

I usually double the base cookie dough recipe and use half to play around with on its own, without the marshmallows and pecans (its great with mint or peanut butter chips added in, or frosted/glazed as you wish).

Double Chocolate Marshmallow Pecan Cookies

Makes 36 cookies

1/2 c butter, softened
1 c white sugar
1 egg
1/4 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 c cake flour
1/2 c good quality cocoa powder (not dutch processed)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
18 large marshmallows, cut in half (see note)*
36 pecan halves, toasted

Preheat oven to 350F.  Sift together dry ingredients in Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until smooth. Slowly add dry ingredients and mix until well blended.

Scoop out dough on to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes.  Place marshmallow halves on top and return cookies to the oven for another 2-3 minutes or until marshmallows are lightly golden and puffy (they will shrink back down as they cool).

Let cookies cool completely before drizzling with ganache:

12 oz good quality dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 c heavy whipping cream
1/2 t vanilla
pinch of sea salt

Heat cream, in a small saucepan just until bubbles begin to form.  Remove from heat and add vanilla and salt.  Pour hot cream mixture over chocolate and stir until combined.  Let cool slightly before drizzling.  Top cookies with one pecan half and enjoy!

* Note on marshmallows:  I used to be a vegetarian and made this one year with marshmallow fluff instead of marshmallows (which has egg whites instead of gelatin).  It’s a bit harder to work with, but makes the cookies even more ooey-gooey to eat.