Friday, September 13, 2013

Mug Muffins - Day 4

Another day another mug muffin. Today was kind of a chocolate peanut butter day. It's only fitting that it's a chocolate peanut butter night too.

I think our dog (Prada) has a super sensory sniffer. She seems to know the minute I pull the peanut butter jar out of the cupboard...even BEFORE I open it. Tonight is no different. I set the jar on the counter and heard her jump off the couch and come running to the kitchen. Then she stands at my feet and whines - usually until I break down and give her a scoop in her Kong as a treat. I guess we have no one to blame but ourselves for her persistent pleading for peanut butter. But really, can you blame her. For a treat, my hubby will just get a spoon full of peanut butter and eat it like that. I'm surprised they weren't both in the kitchen begging for peanut butter.

As you can see (or maybe you can't from the pic) I used Hershey's Dark Chocolate cocoa powder and chunky peanut butter. I also decided to throw in some chocolate chips for good measure too. As always I started with my base recipe then added all the extra ingredients.
I added 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder first and the batter was super stiff. I could hardly stir it. I decided to add another tablespoon of coconut oil.

I added 2 Tbsp of peanut butter after the cocoa powder was mixed in good. The batter was still pretty stiff. At this point I probably should have added another Tbsp of coconut oil to get a little better consistency - tip for next time. I'm thinking for every extra Tbsp you add of dry ingredients you should add a Tbsp of coconut oil. I'll certainly give this a try with my next mug muffin.
I added in about an 1/8 cup of chocolate chips at this point. Stirred them in real good and sprinkled a few on the top. The batter was thick like a brownie batter - just a bit too thick.
I microwaved the batter for 1 1/2 minutes and it turned out nicely cooked. Fresh and hot from the microwave it was good but as it cooled it got a little too dry. The flavor was awesome but  here's where the extra coconut oil would have come in handy. None of the mug muffins really hold their shape when removed from the mug, but again, we cook them in the mug so we don't have to remove them.

This one's a keeper too - just with an extra Tbsp of oil.

Happy Baking!!
Momma Doll

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