To get an early start on the Fourth of July, my office closed early today. Unfortunately most of my friends had to work a full-day, so I decided to use my extra free time baking. I tried one healthy recipe (Weight Watchers Blueberry Muffins) and one unhealthy recipe (Firecracker Cookies from Cookin’ Cowgirl’s blog). Both turned out great and I want to share the recipes with you!
Weight Watchers Blueberry Muffins (From Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook)
Makes 12 Muffins – 3 WW Points+ per muffin
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 1 large egg
- 4 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
- 3/4 cups fresh blueberries or raspberries
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F; spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and blueberries. In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg and butter. Pour over the flour mixture, stirring until just blended (do not overmix.)
3. Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean and the muffins are golden brown, 20 – 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack for 5 minutes; remove from the pan and serve hot.
Firecracker Cookies (From Cookin’ Cowgirl Blog)
Makes 30 – 32 cookies
- 1 box French Vanilla cake mix (18.25 oz)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup red sprinkles*
- 1/2 cup blue sprinkles*
*Change the sprinkle color for different holidays, sporting events, etc.
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. In a large bowl mix the cake mix and baking powder. In a small bowl mix the eggs, oil and vanilla.
3. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the sprinkles. Drop by spoonfuls on wax paper covered baking sheet.
4. Cook for 9 – 10 minutes and then let cool on the pan for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to cooling rack. Enjoy!!
The muffins turned out great and will be a good snack or quick grab-and-go breakfast. They were easy to make, quick and tasty.
The cookies are delicious and as my roommate put it, “they must have crack in them.” They are addicting and it is impossible to have just one. They are soft, perfectly browned and the sprinkle-color variety will make it fun for different season and events. Looking forward to making these this Fall with Vikings-colored sprinkles!