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So I have to admit something to you…doughnuts are probably my favorite sweet treat.  Crazy, I know.   As a kid, my parents would take my brother and I to Dunkin Donuts for a treat.  Boy, do I love Dunkin Donuts!  When my husband and I moved to Arizona there were a few Dunkin Donuts throughout the valley but eventually they all closed.  This was a very sad day for me.  But about 3 or 4 years ago Dunkin Donuts started to re-open in the valley.  I was so happy that I rushed to take my boys there…they became hooked!  As we all know eating Dunkin Donuts all the time is not healthy so I decided to make a baked doughnut we all can enjoy when we have the taste for them.

Today I am featuring two doughnut recipes.  One is a Snickerdoodle type doughnut and the other is a chocolate with chocolate glaze.  I am featuring two because everyone’s taste in doughnuts is different.  In our house my husband and oldest son LOVE the snickerdoodle doughnut and my youngest and I like the chocolate with chocolate glaze doughnut.   Really, I don’t think you can go wrong with either because they are both that good!

Both recipes made 18 doughnuts so I cut the both recipes in half and they turned out great

What is your favorite doughnut?  Do you like doughnuts for breakfast or as a dessert?  Do you say donut or doughnut?

Happy baking and enjoy the doughnuts!  My husband has already asked for a second batch of the Snickerdoodle doughnut 🙂

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate doughnut with chocolate glaze

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate doughnut with chocolate glaze

Chocolate Doughnuts

recipe from King Arthur Flour

  • 2/3 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon espresso powder, optional
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar, white or cider
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) melted butter or 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons half & half or cream (light or heavy)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease the wells of two standard doughnut pan.  If you don’t have two pans, simply bake the batter in two batches.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, espresso powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. In a large measuring cup or medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and vinegar.
  4. Add the wet ingredients, along with the melted butter or vegetable oil, to the dry ingredients, stirring to blend; there’s no need to beat the batter, just make sure everything is well-combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan(s), filling them between 3/4 and full.
  6. Bake the doughnuts for 13-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean.
  7. Remove the doughnuts form the oven, and after 30 seconds or so, loosen their edges, turn the pan upside down over a rack, and gently let the doughnuts fall onto the rack.
  8. For sugar-coated doughnuts, immediately shake the doughnuts in 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; add 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder to the sugar for an additional touch of chocolate.
  9.  If you want to ice the doughnuts rather than shake them in sugar, allow them to cool completely before icing.
  10.  To make the glaze: Combine the chocolate chips and half & half or cream in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup. Heat in 20 second increments, stirring the mixture in between until you get a smooth consistency.
  11. Remove from the microwave, and stir until the chips have melted and the glaze is smooth.
  12.  Spread glaze on the doughnuts.

Makes 18 doughnuts

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickerdoodle Doughnut

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Snickerdoodle Doughnut

Snickerdoodle Donuts

recipe from Heather Christo Cooks

-2 ¼ cups AP flour
-1 ¼ cups sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp cream of tartar
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-pinch nutmeg

-1 cup cream
-2 eggs
-1 Tbs vanilla extract
-3 Tbs melted butter

-2 tsp melted butter
-½ cup sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

In a medium shallow bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar and set aside.   Melt the butter in a small pan.  In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients.   In a separate bowl, whisk together the cream, egg and vanilla until smooth.   Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients.   Stir together and add the melted butter to the batter.  Stir the batter and mix it really well until smooth and sticky.   Spoon the batter into the donut pan.   

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until golden on top.    Let them cool for a few minutes before gently brushing them with a bit of melted butter and turning them out into the cinnamon sugar.   

Makes 18 Doughnuts

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ 12 Inch Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Tuesday Cook Off ~ 12 Inch Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

In one month we celebrate three birthdays out of four in the house.   It’s a busy month!  The problem is making the birthday cake or cupcakes.   None of us like icing and it looks dumb to just write “Happy Birthday”  on a non iced cake.   So my oldest son decided we should do big cookies like you buy in the store.   Since my oldest son has food allergies and does better with homemade items, we decided to look for a good 12 inch cookie recipe.   By the way, this was not as easy as you would think but I think we found a winner.

After trying a couple of recipes, this was the winner.  My boys said it was better than the store bought cookie. YEA!

Recipe from Cookiemadness.net.

Recipe serves 10-16

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (11 1/4 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt**
  • 8 oz unsalted butter (or use 4 oz butter and 1/2 cup shortening for 1 cup total)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 bag semi sweet regular or miniature size chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 1 regular size bag (about 1.5 oz) plain M&M’s or, if you live in the UK, smarties
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Line a 12 inch round pizza pan with a circle of parchment or non-stick foil. Alternatively, you can make your own pizza pan by molding non-stick foil into a giant 12 inch circle.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt together; set aside.
  3. Cream butter and both sugars by hand or with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. When well mixed, add flour mixture and stir until blended Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Put all the batter in the pan and press it into a circle. Stop the circle about 1 ½ to 2 inches from the rim. Press M&M’s decoratively into top.
  5. Bake on center rack for 32-35 minutes or until cookie is golden around edges and appears set.

I made this recipe without the M & M’s.   It was delicious!  In fact, my husband just asked me last night to make him one to bring to work for everyone 🙂  If you have a great 12 inch Sugar cookie recipe, please email me at linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Thanks!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Avocado Salmon Cakes

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Avocado Salmon Cakes

As I was reading my March issue of Runner’s World magazine, I came across an awesome recipe.   At first I didn’t know if I would try it because it called for can pink salmon.   I usually like my salmon fresh.   Well, I was wrong!  This recipe was delicious.   Plus, it’s very easy to make with a lot of benefits.

Did you know that canned salmon is one of the richest sources of the omega 3 fast EPA and DHA.    These fats decrease heart-disease risk and improve bone strength, which may help runners (me) avoid stress fractures.  It’s also an excellent source of protein and vitamin D.

The Avocado Salmon Cakes are great as an appetizer or my husband and I love them as a light lunch on the weekend.  Whichever you choose, I promise if you like salmon you will not be disappointed.

Recipe from Runner’s World Magazine.

Yields 8 salmon cakes

Recipe:

Mix two 6-ounce cans pink salmon, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1/3 cup milk, 1 shredded zucchini and 2 tsp. curry powder.  Stuff into 8 greased muffin cups.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  While the cakes are cooking prepare the avocado sauce.

In a food processor, puree 1 avocado, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, juice of 1 lime, 1 tsp. wasabi and 1/4 tsp. salt  Serve salmon cakes with avocado sauce.   Delicious!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My family and I like bread.  Okay, we love bread.  It’s one of my guilty pleasures.   I would much rather have banana bread or cinnamon bread over say chocolate cake with icing.  Not much of an icing fan in this house.  My whole family scrapes off icing all the time.   In fact, sometimes I feel bad.  We will go to one of my sons friends birthday parties and you can tell the mom spent a lot for this special cake and my boys will either say no thank you to cake or scrape the icing in a pile on their plate.  Every time they do this, a mother will say to me, “The icing is the best part”.   Well, not to us.

Now that I have rambled on about icing and how we dislike it, I am totally off subject of this wonderful bread.   When I found this recipe I just had to try it because mixing chocolate, chocolate chips and bananas in bread…what could be better!  This recipe calls for sour cream that I think just makes this bread that much better.   It is so rich and moist; I promise you will love it 🙂

Here is the recipe:

Yields: 1 Loaf

Ingredients
  • 1 stick of salted butter, softened to room temp.
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 large ripened bananas mashed ( or 2.5 small bananas)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 Tbl. cocoa powder
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips (regular chocolate chips work too)
  • optional ½ cup of chopped walnut.
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 9×5 loaf pan, or 2 mini pans with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Stir in egg, mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Add baking soda, cocoa, and flour.
  5. Mix everything until well incorporated (about 3 minutes in a Kitchenaid mixer).
  6. Add chocolate chips and nuts (if applicable).
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan(s) and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hr.
  8. Insert a tooth pick into the center of the loaf and check to see if it comes out clean when you pull it out.
  9. Remove from heat and allow bread to rest in the loaf pan for 10 minutes.
  10. Invert the loaf pans onto a cooling rack. Enjoy warm or cold.

Recipe from: savorysweetlife.com

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Tuesday Cook Off -Parmesan Bread Knots

Tuesday Cook Off -Parmesan Bread Knots

I was looking through my photos yesterday of recent recipes I have tried, made and wanted to feature on Tuesday Cook Off.  I thought I had narrowed it down to this awesome Cinnamon Coffee cake bread; then I made Parmesan Bread Knots with dinner last night.  This had to be the easiest recipe I have made and they were delicious!  My husband who likes to stay away from bread at night ate three!  These bread knots were that good.   The knots went great with our pasta with homemade gravy (sauce) and salad.   It was a perfect and easy meal.   I make my gravy in a huge pot and then freeze it for future use.  I promise to share that recipe soon too.  Doing this makes pasta night so easy plus it’s my youngest sons favorite meal so I try to make it every couple of weeks for him.

I hope you enjoy the Parmesan Bread Knots and I promise they will be a huge hit in your house too 🙂

Here is the recipe:  Easy Parmesan Bread Knots

Ingredients
  • 1 tube (12 ounces) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits ( I used Walmart brand Refrigerated Buttermilk Biscuits)
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I did use the green can stuff)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Instructions
  1. Roll each biscuit into a 12-in. rope and tie into a knot; tuck ends under. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; brush the warm knots with the mixture. Yield:10 knots.

Source of the recipe: Real Mom Kitchen

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Parmesan Bread Knots

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Parmesan Bread Knots

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

Today’s Tuesday Cook Off, My Baby Pajamas is featuring pretzel bread.   As you know, my family is crazy for anything pretzel.  In fact, I am starting to run out of ideas featuring pretzels.  There is a steak house here in Scottsdale that makes the best pretzel bread.  One night my husband was craving it but wanted it for a sandwich…the pretzel bread sandwich was created.   I found this easy recipe for the pretzel bread and next thing I knew we had dinner.    You can also make these into pretzel sticks with butter. YUM!

Here is the recipe for the pretzel bread:

In the bowl of your stand mixer, mix together:

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

Let sit about 5 min, until its foamy. Then add:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Get the dough hook going and gradually add 4 C flour. Let the machine keep going until the dough looks a little bit shiny and totally flexible (about 4-5 min)

Let it rest in the bowl, covered with a towel for an hour, until doubled in size.

Divide dough into 6 for rolls, or two for baguettes and shape accordingly.. Let those chill out, covered while you get a large pot of water boiling with a hefty dose of baking soda. (about 1/2 C) . Preheat your oven to 375 and lightly coat a baking sheet with EVOO.

When the water is boiling, cut little slits in your rolls, then slip them into the baking soda bath :)

Flip at 2 min on the first side and take them out after 3-4 min. Oil them up with a little more olive oil and sprinkle with maldon (or coarse  sea) salt.

Bake until perfectly browned (12-15 min) and eat warm!

Do you have a great recipe you would like to share?  Just email us at Linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Please attach a photo if you can.  If your recipe is chosen, you will win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to our website :)  Who doesn’t want free kids pajamas?  Please share this contest/giveaway!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Pretzel Bread

chicken pot pie recipe

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Mini Chicken Pot Pies

So I have to admit, I am becoming obsessed with cooking food in a muffin pan.   First, they are the perfect serving size if you are watching your food intake and second, they are so cute!   You have to agree they do make a cute meal 🙂   Anyway, I had been looking for a easy recipe for a chicken pot pie recipe and came across this recipe from quick-dish.tablespoon.com.   This recipe was so easy to make and so good.   I made them for dinner for the whole family and then had left overs for lunch.  I just love when that happens.   My husband absolutely just loved them.   He even had his left over chicken pot pie cold and said it was just as good cold.

Click here for the recipe for Mini Chicken Pot Pies.  For the chicken, I used a rotisserie chicken.

Do you have a great recipe you would like to share?  Just email us at Linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Please attach a photo if you can.  If your recipe is chosen, you will win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to our website :)  Who doesn’t want free kids pajamas?  Please share this contest/giveaway!

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My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ No Bake Energy Bites

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ No Bake Energy Bites

This week My Baby Pajamas is featuring two recipes.   In our last post, we stressed how important it is for kids and adults to eat breakfast.  As adults, we often skip breakfast because we are racing around in the morning trying to get ready for work, get the kids to school etc.   Well, My Baby Pajamas wanted to share two of our favorite quick morning breakfast meals.   These are two easy and quick recipes you can make up and store in the refrigerator for the week.  The first recipe is the Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups and the second recipe is the No Bake Energy Bites.   The No Bake Energy Bites are so good you can even eat them as a snack or dessert:)  We want to say thank you to gimmesomeoven.com for the No Bake Energy Bites and The Blonde Can Cook Blog for the Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups. My husband just loves the egg cups and the nice thing about the egg cups is that you can always change the ingredients.

Do you have a great recipe you would like to share?  Just email us at Linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Please attach a photo if you can.  If your recipe is chosen, you will win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to our website :)  Who doesn’t want free kids pajamas?  Please share this contest/giveaway!

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No Bake Energy Bites Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Method

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.

Ham and Mushroom Egg Muffins Recipe:  click here for the recipe.

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups

My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off ~ Ham and Mushroom Scrambled Egg Cups

breakfast recipes

While parents need to eat breakfast to perform at their daily best, kids need to eat breakfast even more.   Kids bodies are always growing and their bodies rely on regular healthy food intake.  When kids skip breakfast, they can end up going for long periods of time without food and this period of semistarvation can create a lot of physical, intellectual, and behavioral problems for them.

If you and your kids regularly skip breakfast in the interest of saving time, calories, or getting a few more minutes of sleep, remember that eating a wholesome, nutritious morning meal will probably save you time in the long run.  This is an interesting fact: studies show that kids who skip breakfast are tardy and absent from school more often than children who eat breakfast on a regular basis. Preparing a good breakfast can be as quick and easy.  Make sure to check back with our blog tomorrow.  My Baby Pajamas Tuesday Cook Off will feature two quick and easy breakfast for adults and kids.   Both recipes are a big hit in our house and the great thing is they can be prepared on the weekend and stored in the refrigerator for the week.

Adults tend to skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight but doing this can actually do the opposite and make you gain weight not loss weight.  According to research, skipping meals, especially breakfast, can actually make weight control more difficult. Breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal or nibble on high-calorie snacks to stave off hunger. Several studies suggest that people tend to accumulate more body fat when they eat fewer, larger meals than when they eat the same number of calories in smaller, more frequent meals. To teens, especially teenage girls, skipping breakfast may seem like a perfectly logical way to cut down on calories and lose weight. It’s important for moms to educate their kids about the importance of the morning meal and the role it plays in maintaining good health and preventing obesity.

Mom and Dad, your kids look up to you and if you don’t eat breakfast, why should they?   By eating breakfast everyday, you are showing your kids how important it is to eat breakfast plus you are establishing a good healthy habit that will continue a life time.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow and check out our two fast and easy breakfast recipes for the whole family!

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Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Honey Chicken

Tuesday Cook Off ~ Crock Pot Honey Chicken

My Baby Pajamas recipe of the week is Crock Pot Honey Chicken.   I just love my crock pot.  Especially being a working mom, I can put it all together in the morning, turn on the crock pot, go to work and when I get home, dinner is ready!  I love that 🙂  My boys also love any kind of chicken so I came across this honey chicken recipe and had to try it.  Plus, it was so easy to make and so good!  Thank you Lovin’ From the Oven for the recipe

Do you have a great recipe you would like to share?  Just email us at Linda@mybabypajamas.com.  Please attach a photo if you can.  If your recipe is chosen, you will win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to our website :)  Who doesn’t want free kids pajamas?  Please share this contest/giveaway!

Here is the link for the recipe.  Happy cooking!

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About Me:

Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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