Monday, January 26, 2015

Pumpkin Muffins

After weeks of craving muffins, we finally made some over the weekend. We had a can of pumpkin puree in our cupboard from when it went on sale, so we decided on making pumpkin muffins! These muffins are soft and moist and very delicious!
 Not only are these muffins delicious, they are healthy too! These pumpkin muffins are perfect for breakfast or a quick afternoon snack.
 We don't normally put nuts in our baked goods, but walnuts in pumpkin muffins is so delicious. We figured this out from a trip to a local vegan bakery where we bought the best pumpkin muffin we have ever tasted! If you prefer your muffins without nuts, feel free to leave them out or sprinkle them on top.  
 We found the original recipe for these on Pinterest, but played with the ingredients to make them a super healthy snack. Look at the recipe below to see what we came up with!


 1 1/2  cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
6 Tbs maple syrup (1/4 plus 2 Tbs)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups or spray with oil (we used silicone baking cups). 
  2. In a large bowl, stir the whole wheat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Make a big well in the center of your dry ingredients and add the eggs, pumpkin, applesauce, and maple syrup. Stir until just combined. Add the chopped walnuts and stir until just incorporated. Fill your muffin pan cups with batter.
  3. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the tops spring back lightly when touched (like a cake). Cool in pan then devour! 

What is your favorite kind of muffin? Where did you get the best muffin you have ever tasted?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Homemade Granola!!

Did you know that January is National Oatmeal Month?!? We didn't know that it existed until a couple of days ago, so we thought we would share it with you! Since oatmeal isn't the most thrilling thing to make, we thought we would share something a little more exciting and delicious: Granola!!
 Granola is so delicious, crunchy, and versatile. It can be used in yogurt, as breakfast cereal, by the handfuls, etc.... There are so many ways to eat granola. Homemade granola is so much better than the store bought kind. Once you try it, you will never go back especially if you make this recipe! Store-bought granola is full of oil and refined sugars that just aren't necessary.

 The amazing thing about granola is that  it is so easy to change to your liking. Don't like raisins? Add dried cranberries! Allergic to nuts? Skip them! There is an endless array of different things you can do with granola!
 We love the big, yummy clumps of granola that are so crunchy and tasty! If you are like us, you might want to consider adding an egg white to your granola. It sounds weird, we know, but it helps make those delicious chunks! Stirring your granola as little as possible will help keep those chunks as well.
Enough talking! Lets make some granola!

  • 4 cups old-fashioned oats*
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (or whatever nut sounds good to you, we often use sunflower seeds)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (or sweetened, if you like sweeter things)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds (if you don't have this you can just omit, it won't do any harm)
  •  1 cup honey**
  • 1 1/2 T vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Raisins (or whatever dried fruit you want)
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine oats, almonds, ground flaxseeds and coconut in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together honey and vanilla.
  4. Pour the honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir until all oats are covered in honey.
  5. Spread onto a cookie sheet  and bake for 40 minutes. Stir the granola once after 20 minutes.
  6. Place the pan on a cooling rack until completely cooled. 
  7. Add the raisins to the granola and mix. We usually keep our granola in a food storage bag.
*You can change the amount of oats, nuts, and dried fruit, as long as it equals 5 cups.
**Half of the honey can be replaced with applesauce if you want granola that is a little lower in sugar. We have never tried it, but we think that pumpkin would be a good replacement too! If you try it, let us know how it works and if it is delicious! Also, you can replace the honey with pure maple syrup which is also very good.

What is your favorite granola combo?
Since it is national oatmeal month, what is your favorite way to eat oatmeal? 
Ashley's favorite way is brown sugar and maple syrup. My (Georgia) favorite way is with peanut butter and dried fig slices! (It might sound weird but it is delicious!)
Let us know in the comments below or on instgram or twitter (@twinbakers96)

Thursday, January 8, 2015


Macarons? Macaroons? (We have seen it both ways...) However you spell them we think they are delicious! We have been wanting to make these for a while, but we haven't attempted them yet for a couple reasons. 1) They are quite difficult to perfect! 2) The recipe we used called for almond flour, which isn't the cheapest thing to buy and we didn't want to waste the flour by messing up the macarons. 

We finally decided to make them despite these reasons. So, we headed to the store to get some almond flour (which was on sale, yay!). When we checked out, the almond flour rang up as regularly priced (at $11.50), so we asked about it and we ended up getting the flour for only about $4. What?? Ya, we don't know how it worked either, but we aren't complaining! So happily we headed home to try making our macaroons.


The recipe that we used came from a cookbook that we have, but is a lot like the recipe that Martha Stewart has on her website, which we will link here. The only difference is that our recipe doesn't call for the cream of tartar.

We were so excited to try these. What flavor should we make them? There are so many options! (Chocolate, Raspberry, Pistachio,etc..) We decided to go with a strawberry buttercream in the middle. For the center we just made a buttercream frosting and added some homemade strawberry jam that we had in place of the milk that our recipe calls for. We didn't flavor the actual cookies, but left them plain (otherwise we would have made them chocolate!). We also didn't color them, which is a possibility if you want to try that, but we thought that white a pink would look cute.

For our first try we thought that they turned out pretty well. However, we aren't claiming that we made perfect macaroons on our first try! In fact most of our macaroons cracked. We did some research on why our macaroons cracked. There are so many different reasons!! The possible reasons are overmixing, undermixing, not letting them rest, or too hot of an oven. We weren't discouraged though, because that just means that we get to make them again! Let us know how your macaroons turn out and what flavor you make!

Check out our YouTube video on how to make these here

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Today was the first snow of winter here! We were excited because although cold (very cold), snow can be so pretty. So, we decided to take a walk through the woods and take some pictures. Unfortunately, we didn't see any animals (except one bird) on our walk, so we couldn't get any pictures of animals, but we did get some pictures of the woods and path that we were on:

Above is just a picture of the path that we walked on. Below is a picture of some railroad tracks that go through the woods and that we thought were pretty. We got so many pictures while we were out, but since this is a baking blog, we won't share them all, just these two.

Anyway, onto the cookies. Our grandma(who just retired, yay!) gave us the recipe for these cookies because she had them and thought they were delicious and thought that we might like them too. As soon as she gave it to us, we wanted to make them (of course!).

This recipe is basically like a brownie recipe that you refrigerate for a couple hours or overnight (at least that's what it tasted like!). We refrigerated ours overnight. Once it is done refrigerating, you take about a tablespoon of the batter, cover it with powder sugar and then roll it into a ball. When we first read this recipe we thought that it was weird that it says to roll the batter into a ball after it was in the powder sugar, but this actually works really well. When you roll it into a ball, you pack the powder sugar onto the ball.

When they come out, they look like this! Depending on how much powder sugar you put onto them, depends on how white they are hen they come out of the oven.

The cookies in the pictures are the ones that had the most powder sugar on them because we thought that they looked better than the others. However, they both tasted delicious. It just depends on how you would like your cookies to look when they are done baking.

We loved the way that these cookies looked! We also thought that the powder sugar looked like snow (or maybe we were just excited about the freshly fallen snow outside!) What do you think, does it look like snow? What is your favorite thing to do on cold snowy days? Ours favorite activity is baking!! 
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Thursday, January 1, 2015


Looking for the perfect brownie recipe? This post is to show you our method of making brownies to give you a new way to try and create the perfectly fudgy brownie.

First, aren't theses spatulas awesome?!? Our brother got one for each of us for Christmas. We love that they say our name so we don't have to argue over which spatula belongs to whom (not that that we would argue over such things.....)

Back to yummy goodness (otherwise known as brownies). The first thing we do for our brownies is to mix boiling water and cocoa powder. A smooth mixture is important here because no one likes clumps of cocoa powder in their brownies....
Next, we melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate. I (Georgia) actually thought it would be a good idea to taste test this mixture. I don't recommend this. It taste like liquid cocoa powder.... not good. Anyway, this mixture should be smooth as well. A microwave or double boiler would work, but if you use the microwave check your chocolate periodically to make sure it doesn't burn. Burnt chocolate does not taste good. I can only imagine how this would taste burnt.....
Now, we add the melted butter/chocolate mixture to the cocoa/water mixture and whisk them together. Next,the vegetable oil and vanilla are whisked in.
 Now, we whisk in what makes all brownies pure awesomeness!!!(aka sugar) Whisk until it is smooth, again.
The recipe we used when we made our brownies called for brown sugar. This is the first time we have ever seen brown sugar in a brownie recipe. The brown sugar helps make the brownies moist (we learned this from Sally's Baking Addiction which is an awesome blog full of great recipes).
Next, you whisk in the eggs one at a time. Our recipe calls for 2 whole eggs and one egg yolk. The extra egg yolk adds moisture and richness to the brownies.
Your mixture should now look like this... smooth, creamy, and yummy.
Surprisingly, the brownie recipe we made uses whole wheat flour!!! No one could tell and they tasted just like a normal brownie. 
Now, you fold the flour and salt into the chocolate mixture to make pure chocolate heaven goodness in a bowl!! If the batter didn't have raw eggs in it, we would devour the entire bowl of batter!! ( we would probably be sick afterward, but it might be worth it...) We don't use our kitchen aid to mix the batter so that we don't accidentally over mix the batter.
We then fold in chocolate chips. There is never such a thing as too chocolaty!!!
Finally, the batter goes into a pan!! I might be a good idea to line the pan with parchment paper. We just sprayed the pan because we didn't have any parchment paper. This did not work for us...
Almost done!!! Smooth the top of the brownie batter and pop into the oven and bake. Of course the last step is to sample the batter left on your spatula and in your bowl to make sure it tastes okay. :)

The method we outline here seems to make brownies that are very similar to the boxed brownies that everyone craves. They have a wrinkly, crunchy top, chewy edges, and a fudgy center. The recipe that we used for these pictures came from the blog Fork Knife Swoon. We usually use a recipe that makes a 9x13 inch pan and follows the exact same method, but we wanted to try a new recipe. This recipe tasted absolutely delicious, but ours stuck to the pan and became brownie crumbles. :(  We were supposed to take them to a New Years Eve party, but we couldn't show up with nothing and couldn't take brownie crumbles! So, we did what any sane person would do and added more chocolate by making brownie balls and dipping them in chocolate. They were very rich and chocolaty, but everyone loved them! 

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are so delicious! However making them can  be quite a pain.Most cinnamon roll recipes require a lot of time to rise, but we have a quick recipe for you here! Cinnamon rolls have always been a tradition on Christmas morning for our family, but we never had time to make them in the morning, so we always just bought the canned kind in the refrigerated section of the store. That is until we found this recipe, so read on and learn how to make these delicious cinnamon rolls!

These cinnamon rolls are so easy to make!Okay, to make these cinnamon rolls, just get out your favorite homemade biscuit recipe. Yup, just a biscuit recipe, its that easy! We prefer to use a buttermilk biscuit recipe or a flaky biscuit recipe, but that is the great thing about this, you can use whatever recipe you want. Next, make your dough, and roll it out. We rolled our dough out semi-thin.

 Then, make a mixture of cinnamon and brown sugar. When we did this we didn't measure this mixture, we just mixed some together, so this mixture should just be to your liking. We made ours with more brown sugar than cinnamon, and we recommend this as well, because it makes a delicious cinnamon roll. Set this mixture to the side.

 Next, melt a couple tablespoons of butter and brush a generous amount of butter onto the rolled out dough. Now sprinkle a lot of the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture onto the dough. Now, this is what is going to make your cinnamon rolls delicious. So, make sure to use a lot of this mixture. We thought we had used to much, but it turned out that we had used plenty. Then, roll it up, cut it, and put it into the pan you want to use to bake these in. Then, bake them according to the directions on your biscuit recipe.

When they come out you can make a glaze for them or eat them plain, either way they are delicious! Enjoy, and let us know how yours turned out!