#Muffin Monday: Graham Cracker Muffins with Carrots and Raisins

fb5cd-muffin2bmonday2bcropIt’s time for another Monday filled with muffins!

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin! (A big thank you to Kelly of Passion Kneaded for helping organize everything this month.)

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.

Today’s muffin post was really supposed to be shared with another fun blogging group, Crazy Ingredient Challenge. This month’s ingredients were Graham Crackers and Carrots. I had all intentions to post with the group on the 20th but it never happened. (To see everyone else’s carrot & graham cracker combinations click here: 

My break from blogging over Easter weekend lasted into the week. My husband was out of town for work but my mom came to visit. And we had a blast! Instead of blogging at night, we were catching up on Once Upon a Time eating snacks and drinking mimosas. During the day we ventured to see the Hollywood Sign (I’ll probably do an entire blog post about our experience) and went to the Palos Verdes Lighthouse where we saw a whale! Firecracker and I had another preschool tour, too.

So, we made these muffins ON the 20th before heading to the lighthouse. We were out all day and there weren’t enough minutes left to my day to photograph, write, and post before the 20th was over on the east coast. So… I’m sharing it with Muffin Monday instead!

CIC-headerBut you know what, maybe my doing so will help pique someone’s interest about CIC? Join us!

These muffins are probably not healthy – even though they do have some fruits and veggies mixed right in. They are deliciously moist and full of flavor, though.

Graham Cracker Muffins with Carrots and Raisins

Ingredients:

  • 9 graham crackers, divided use
  • 2 1/4 C flour, divided use
  • ½ C sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C milk
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ C shredded carrot
  • ½ C raisins
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 15 standard size muffin cups with liners.
  2. Pulse graham crackers in a food processor until they’re crumbs.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together 2 C flour, 1 C of the graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Fold in the shredded carrot and raisins.
  5. Fill prepared muffin tins 2/3 of the way with batter.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining flour, ¼ C graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the melted butter until crumbly. Top the muffins.
  7. Bake 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly.

*This recipe is adapted from HowSweetEats at http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/07/graham-cracker-chocolate-chip-muffins/*

Graham Cracker Muffins with Carrots and Raisins for #MuffinMonday and #CrazyIngredientChallenge

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Buttersquash Muffins by Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Lemon Crumb Muffins by Making Miracles

Strawberry Orange Muffins by A Day in the Life in the Farm

Mudslide Cheesecake for #FifteenCheesecakes

I think the thing that has surprised me most about blogging is how social it really is. There’s a great network of support from other foodies and it’s fun when we can come together to celebrate important milestones.

CheesecakeToday we’re celebrating the 15th wedding anniversary of Camilla and her husband. Camilla is always hosting some kind of party on her site, Culinary Adventures with Camilla, and they’re always fun! Instead of traditional cake at their wedding, they served cheesecake. She asked some bloggers to help celebrate this milestone with delicious cheesecake.

I quite enjoy cheesecake but rarely ever have it. In fact, I’ve only made cheesecake once! I started looking through my favorites save on foodgawker. While I wanted to push that little heart all over again on just about every cheesecake I couldn’t pull my eyes away from this mudslide cheesecake. Kahlua, yum. Bailey’s, yum. Chocolate, yum.

Instead of making a chocolate sauce to top my cheesecake, I decided to use chocolate graham crackers in the crust. I really think that decision makes the cake. Well, the kahlua and bailey’s don’t hurt anything. I used my homemade Irish cream and some homemade kahlua I got from one of my bowling teammates. This cheesecake is so rich and smooth that there’s no way it needs a sauce. Even my husband, who thinks he doesn’t like cheesecake, devoured a slice or two of his own.

Congratulations on 15 years of marriage, Camilla!

Mudslide Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 C chocolate graham cracker crumbs (I got this from about 9 crackers)
  • 1 1/4 C sugar, divided use
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 24 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 C Kahlua
  • 1/3 C Bailey’s

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a casserole dish full of water on the bottom rack.
  2. In a bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 C sugar, and the melted butter. Press crumbs into a 9″ springform pan, pressing up the sides. Bake 8-10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Divide filling into two bowl. Mix the Kahlua into one half of the filling and the Bailey’s in the other.
  5. Pour the Bailey’s filling into the springform pan. Top with the Kahlua filling. Bake 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and crack the door for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely before placing in the refrigerator to chill for several hours before serving.

*This recipe is adapted from Jenny at http://www.thebrunettebaker.com/2014/03/kahlua-mudslide-cheesecake_17.html*

Mudslide Cheesecake | Sew You Think You Can Cook

Check out this list, that’s much longer than #FifteenCheesecakes to help Camilla celebrate!

Berry Cheesecake Bars by Baking and Creating with Avril

Cherry Cheesecake Bites by Cookaholic Wife

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake by Dancing Veggies

Chocolate Cheesecake by My Hobbie Lobbie

Chocolate Topped Peppermint Cheesecake by Amy’s Cooking Adventures

Classic Cheesecake with Strawberry Puree by Making Miracles

Cookies & Creme No-Bake Cheesecake by Hapa-tite!

Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars by Tara’s Multicultural Table

Easter Basket Mini Cheesecakes by Little Bit of Everything

Everyday Cheesecake by Things I Make (for Dinner)

Irish Cream Cheesecake by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Layered Cinnamon Streusel Cheesecake Cake by Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Lowfat Blackberry Cheesecake by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures

Matcha-Yuzu Cheesecake with a Meyer Lemon Glaze by Culinary Adventures with Camilla

Mini Churro Caramel Cheesecake by Cheese Curd In Paradise

Mini Maple Pecan Cheesecakes by Join Us, Pull up a Chair

Neapolitan Cheesecake by PicNic

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake by Angels Homestead

Ricotta Cheesecake with Shortbread Crust by Living the Gourmet

Samoa’s Cheesecake by Goodie Godmother

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars by The Savvy Kitchen

Sopapilla Puff Pastry Cheesecake by Pink Cake Plate

Skinny Vanilla Bean Cheesecake by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures

Twix Cheesecake Brownie Torte by Making Memories With Your Kids