#MuffinMonday: Shoofly Muffins

Muffin Monday It’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!

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The Shoofly Muffins I’m sharing with you today come from our favorite cookbook of all time,  Brunch at Bobby’s! It’s the only muffin recipe in this book yet is quintessential Bobbby Flay. The molasses in this muffin gives this sweet breakfast treat that punch of flavor and slight smokiness the chef is known for in his cooking.

If you’re making gingerbread cookies this holiday baking season, save some of that molasses for these muffins!

In the summer of 2012 my husband had corrective eye surgery. It’s crazy to think that our kids have never known their dad with glasses! We were married in 2010 and it’s incredible to look back at pictures from our first two years of marriage.

“People change after marriage” is a common adage that’s typically given a negative connotation. Unlike the cartoon figures of men gaining weight and “giving up,” my husband has done the opposite! (With the exception of getting grey hairs; love you, hun!)  He’s dropped the video game play and picked up adventure racing and Crossfit. Looking at photos from our wedding day, he looks like such a baby!

While in Biloxi (sorry about that detour there!) we had dinner at a restaurant called Shoofly…something. I don’t even know if it’s still around. To be honest I don’t even remember anything about the food, but it was in a beautiful setting on the water with an incredible sunset.

Now I’ve never had a shoofly pie so I can’t provide any insight on if this muffin really does taste like the pie that requires shooing of flies. 

This recipe makes one dozen muffins.

Shoofly Muffins


  • 2 C flour
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • pinch of allspice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 stick cold butter, cubed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C boiling water
  • 1/2 C molasses
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, brown sugar, allspice, and salt. Cut in the butter until crumbly. Set aside 1/2 C of the mixture.
  3. To the remaining flour and butter mixture, add the baking soda, boiling water, molasses, oil, and vanilla.
  4. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 of the way full. Top with the reserved butter and flour mixture. Bake 20 – 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from Bobby Flay’s  Brunch at Bobby’s*

Shoofly Muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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

Apple Butter Muffin Tops from Farm Fresh Feasts

Apple Streusel Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Beet Muffins from Passion Kneaded

Candied Fruit Christmas Muffins from Food Lust People Love

Crab Corn Muffin from Kelli’s Kitchen

Fruitcake Muffins from Palatable Pastime

Jim ‘n Nick’s Cheesy Muffins – Copycat from Making Miracles

Shoofly Muffins from Sew You Think You Can Cook

#AppleWeek: Molasses-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops with Apple Butter


I really wasn’t sure if I would be able to support #AppleWeek and I decided at close to the last minute that, I could make it happen! And while I unfortunately missed my opportunity to sign up for some (not all!) great sponsor items, that didn’t mean I couldn’t share some fabulous apple recipes with 2 dozen of my blogging friends. A huge thank you goes out to Carlee of Cooking with Carlee for organizing this great week.

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I had just purchased a curriculum for homeschooling my preschooler which opened up a lot of time I didn’t think I was going to have and the first unit is apples! While I’m actually saving that unit to coincide with some family apple picking, it had me thinking! And I’d just made this savory pork dinner from Bobby Flay’s Grill It.

Clearly the blogging gods pulling me to partake in #AppleWeek!

Pork chops and apple sauce is a classic combination and has often been elevated and modernized. In fact, one of my favorite dinners is Pork Chops with Spiced Apples from Tyler Florence’s Real Kitchen.

It would seem natural that apple butter could pair nicely with pork chops, too. And, I’m sure it does! But the apple butter you’re thinking of (and that I thought originally when reading the recipe title) is not the apple butter served over these chops. Instead of a “butter” made from apples, it’s real butter infused with apples, onions, and spices. Delicious!

Molasses-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops with Apple Butter for #AppleWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Molasses-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops with Apple Butter

Ingredients for pork:

  • 1/4 C molasses
  • 1/4 C Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp whole-grain mustard
  • 4 1″ thick bone-in pork chops
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

Ingredients for butter:

  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened


  1. Make butter: In a large non-stick skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions until tender. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the apples and browns sugar. Cook until apples are soft yet not falling apart. Stir in the cinnamon and salt, cook another minute. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Place in a food processor with the butter until smooth. Cover and refrigerate a least an hour. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  2. Make the glaze: Whisk together the molasses and mustards. Season to taste with S+P.
  3. Grill the pork chops: Brush the pork with the canola oil, season with S+P, and grill 3-4 minutes. Brush with the glaze and flip the pork. Grill another 4 – 5 minutes. Brush with more glaze and cook another minute. Remove from heat and allow pork to rest under foil for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with a dollop of the apple butter.

*This recipe is adapted from Bobby Flay’s Grill It *

Molasses-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops with Apple Butter for #AppleWeek from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Be sure to enter the giveaway and check out these great apple recipes:

Appelflappen from Palatable Pastime
Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread from Tip Garden
Apple Cinnamon Roll Pie from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
Apple Cranberry Galettes with Caramel Drizzle from Family Around the Table
Apple Maple Jam from Feeding Big
Apple Oat Quick Bread with Caramel Sauce from The Chef Next Door
Apple Yeast Coffee Cake from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Easiest Ever Applesauce from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Grilled Apple Butter Pork Tenderloin from Books n’ Cooks
Grilled Veggie Tacos with Apple Pico de Gallo from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Honeycrisp and Gouda Grilled Cheese from The Redhead Baker
Italian Apple and Fig Polenta Torta from All That’s Jas
Molasses-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops with Apple Butter from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apples from House of Nash Eats
Roasted Pork with Apple Puree from Simple and Savory
Savory Apple Bacon Pizza from Cooking With Carlee
Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast From Amy’s Cooking Adventures


Ginger Molasses Cookies

There are a lot of theories about foods to induce labor and while I don’t believe in any of them I’ve still used them as a nice excuse to indulge in hot wings.

And cookies.

A google search led me to a recipe for “labor inducing cookies” which are really gingersnaps with some cayenne. Except that I forgot to add the cayenne. I mean, really!? But, now I have a post perfect for National Gingersnap Day.

Quick question: Why is gingersnap day in July? Are we trying to go with the “Christmas in July” feel? The batter smelled like Thanksgiving to me!

These cookies are rich with molasses and spicy with ginger. (If you want to try to put someone into labor add the 1/2 tsp of cayenne I forgot about.)

Ginger Molasses Cookies


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 C sugar, plus extra for rolling cookies
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1/3 C molasses
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugars. When combined add the molasses. Add the egg whites.
  3. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the butter and molasses mixture in two installments.
  5. Roll dough into 1″ balls. Roll balls in sugar. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet.

*This recipe is adapted from http://www.justmommies.com/pregnancy/labor-and-childbirth/labor-inducing-cookie-recipe*

Ginger Molasses Cookies

P.S. – They didn’t work. Neither did spicy foods. Or pineapple.