Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Peanut Butter - Chocolate Chips Muffins

This is a recipe I've had bookmarked forever. As in a three years kind of forever. And in an effort to stop myself from digging a spoon into a jar of peanut butter, then dredging it through a pile of M&Ms, I finally baked a batch of these crack-a-licious muffins. My love for the glorious pairing of peanut butter and chocolate is well-documented, and I'm not at all ashamed to say that I ate these muffins all by myself. Lest you think I'm a piglet, however, I will tell you that I baked then froze them and ate them for breakfast over a couple of days. I kid; a couple of months is more like it. (At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

I'm hard-pressed to find a moment alone in the kitchen these days to bake. If you have a toddler in your life you understand what I mean. The clang of bowls and spoons brings a certain someone running to the heart of our home, where he sings out "I make, Mama? I help make?" Whipping up these muffins was no exception. For awhile I worried that there may be no chocolate chips in this recipe, because as you can see a couple of chubby little fingers kept finding their way into the batter bowl. But he gets it honestly. Chocolate calls out to me, too. And if its sweet song worms its way into your ear I highly recommend you make a batch of these crack-a-licious treats for yourself.

Peanut Butter - Chocolate Chips Muffins

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Muffins, by Baking Bites

I'd like to take a moment to thank all of you lovely people who visit me daily. I passed the 100-follower mark yesterday on Blogger, and that surprises me to no end. While I do have more followers it's you 100-plus kind souls who reveal yourselves to me. When I started blogging way back in 2001 (in a more personal way) I never expected that one day I'd have a group of online friends who would enjoy reading about the joy I find in the kitchen. This is not a place where you'll ever find reviews or giveaways, and it means so much to me that you're still interested in what I have to say. What you will find here are stories about my family and how food has shaped my life and memories. Thank you for your comments and emails and overall encouragement to keep this little corner of the Internet free of dust bunnies. It means so much to have you here! If I could have you all over for biscuits, honey and sweet tea I would.

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13 comments:

  1. These look like something I would hide from my family so I could eat all by myself. I am definitely trying these!!

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  2. nooooooooooo!! i so wish i could eat chocolate right now!!!

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  3. The sweetest ingredient in this recipe are those precious little 'helping hands'. I still say you missed your calling, you should be a food photographer for cookbooks! I always come away with a smile when I visit your blog.

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  4. Oh! How could you tempt me to all my favorite ingredients! Those look fabulous!

    Love reading your blog :)

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

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  5. Aw, thanks Abby! That's awesome of you to say! I feel the same way about my blog. While I will review a product on occasion or have a giveaway I'm not bribing or twisting anyone's arm to follow me or comment,which means those who do mean so much to me. :)

    I enjoy visiting with you and trying out your recipes (even if they have tomatoes, onions, or raisins! HA-HA!) so keep 'em coming!
    ~ingrid

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  6. I'm taking a loooong plane ride tomorrow, and these muffins would be the perfect take-along snack. They look really substantial! Thanks for the plane-food inspiration.

    I'm so happy to have found your blog. Here's to your next 100 followers! :)

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  7. Anything that is described as crack-a-licious is a must bake in my opinion. They look awesome as does your blog :)

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  8. Oh! I never had this combination in a muffin...will definitely try it...looks really yummie!

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  9. congrats on all the followers, abby--you deserve 'em! and clearly, these muffins are made of win. :)

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  10. That looks SO good... PB & choc is such the perfect combo... I think I need to try something like this very, very soon! I've decided that I don't really like fruit muffins (they always seem too wet to me) but pb & chocolate I could definitely go for!!

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  11. Abby, I love that you and I seem to be the only people who aren't using our blogs as marketing tools. I've been asked a few times, and I just can't bring myself to do it -- as you say, it's about the experience of food and the community that it invites (whether at a potluck or on a blog, food just brings people together!).

    The muffins look amazing, and have 2 of my favorite flavors! And I love the photo of the little wee fingers reaching in for the good stuff ... :)

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  12. I know I would love these - and I know Abbi would REALLY love these!!

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  13. Hey hey!! It's been too long but I just had to come back to read your blog... and to find your sweet note at the end of this post. Congrats on your followers... they are well-deserved! And I too love the combo of peanut butter and chocolate... and love, even more, that adorable picture of Cash "helping make". Priceless.

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