Friday, January 23, 2009

The Thing About Muffins...

...is that it's nice to make them with paper muffin cups.

Yes, yes, I know liberally greasing your muffin tin works just fine too. But I find molded cakes of any kind (even a regular cake in a regular cake pan) such as muffins or bundt cakes--no matter how liberally I grease and sometimes flour--stick and won't lodge free.

The recipes I listed the other day were recipes I had the ingredients for on-hand (thus no pumpkin cheesecake--no cream cheese in the house!). I didn't think to look for muffin cups.

But I did have enough for Harvest Cookies.

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They're cake-y pumpkin cookies with dried cranberries and walnuts. Freakin' YUM!

They're almost heavenly!

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And God said there would be cookies, and there were cookies.

That's my attempt at a close up of the inside of one of these cookies. Not so good, but I've never seen a cookie reflect light like this before!

Stay tuned--there's actual knitting content coming soon!

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Blogger Laura said...

I saw the cookies and got excited because I thought they were chocolate chip! They look good anyway, even though I don't like pumpkin-flavored things!

I have the worst luck with cakes, brownies, etc. sticking to the pan, particularly brownies. Brownies are my favorite dessert, but I can never get them out of the pan without them crumbling or breaking, no matter how long I let them cool, or like you said, no matter how much I had greased the pan. I read a suggestion in a magazine to line the pan with foil first, coated with nonstick spray, and even that didn't help.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I put waxed paper in the bottom of my cake pans because they stick even in the non-stick pans. This keeps the batter from sticking to the pan. Pumpkin, cranberry and walnut sounds like a mini thanksgiving dinner! Yum.

7:10 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

I always use paper cups. If I don't, they get too dark and taste nasty on the bottoms. But then again, I hate making rolls on cookie sheets because the bottom is always too well done for my taste. I digress...

I love the Crisco with flour. I always use it for my bundt cakes and they come right out. It works well and does not smell nasty like Baker's Joy

8:52 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Mmmmm, those look so good.

I have to click away now, or I may do something drastic...like bake cookies!

9:31 AM  
Blogger Ellie said...

Damn. Now I want cookies.

(And for the record, I always use paper liners, because I burn things when I don't. Although once I tried using the foil ones, and they made a royal mess.)

Cooooookies....

9:37 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

That's kind of like finding the virgin mary in a grilled cheese. Maybe you should sell that heavenly cookie on ebay :)

They look yummy. Did you get the recipe online?

9:50 AM  
Blogger janna said...

Those cookies sound great (even without the heavenly light they apparently emanate...). Is there a recipe online somewhere?

9:57 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

Yey cookies!

I have a muffin/cupcake cup stash...cuz you just never know.

My secret for layer cake madness (or any cake really) where the bottom sticking would be disastrous? Cutting out a piece of parchment paper that matches the bottom of the cake pan. I used to use wax paper but didn't like the smell of burning wax (I had an odd too-hot oven at the time, I think)...

Cuz yeah, even "non-stick" muffin pans will stick to muffin tops when I make them too big...

10:07 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Yum! Pumpkin and cranberry is a fantastic combination.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Muffin Papers!!! Why did you not say something sooner!!! Your next package will have some, Plus your YYB's Christmas presents to you all! Yeah I know I am slow!

And are you going to burn in the fires of HELL for that saying!!! Hey! I know where you got it....

Love, Mom

PS: I'll just look in the mirror and whistle!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Erm, those cookies give off light? Must be those NJ ingredients.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cookies good...they look real yummy.

I always use the paper cups for muffins. Much easier than fighting to get muffins out of the tin. Some of the non-stick sprays aren't so non-stick.

Love, Aunt Susan

5:45 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Hehe..magical cookies! They look very good!

8:52 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Oh goodness!! Pumpkin, cranberry, walnut...delish!!! Is there a recipe link?!? me want some...hehehhe

12:05 AM  

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