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Williams Sonoma Muffin Cookbook

I rave about this Williams Sonoma Muffin Cookbook to everyone. It includes both sweet and savoury muffin recipes, with quick breads and cakes as well. I have tried out about 14 recipes so far and they have all turne out like the picture and been mega delicious. Too delicious sometimes because now my family want me to bake their favourites at least once a week.

2 wicker baskets full of muffins sit on a blue...

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I love the gorgeous example photo with each recipe, it's inspiring! The muffin recipes don't call for any exotic ingredients, just basic things that are always on hand and the instructions are clear. The muffins freeze really well ( I've tried orange poppyseed, choc chip, banana and walnut, cinnamon buttermilk, vanilla pear and blueberry) so I can double the muffin mix and individually freeze muffins for quick breakfasts. 35 seconds in the microwave and they taste so fresh it's almost like just baked!

All the Williams Sonoma series of cookbooks have detailed tips and instructions at the back. In the Williams Sonoma Muffins cooking book, this includes adjusting cooking times to make jumbo or mini muffins instead of standard size. There are short tips on the key ingredients (such as the difference between sweet and sour cherries and tips on buying them fresh, frozen or canned).

If you only need one muffin cookbook get the Williams Sonoma Muffin Cookbook. Once you've made a few batches of muffins using these recipes you'll be confident about making any ingredient substitutions according to your own tastes or dietary needs.

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Blueberry muffins crowned with a cinnamon and sugar topping, savory cornmeal muffins spiced with jalape ño, tender lemon and poppy seed muffins served with lemon curd -- these are recipes that any home cook would be proud to make and bring fresh from the oven to the table.Williams-Sonoma Collection Muffins includes 40 kitchen-tested recipes for these and other muffins as well as coffee cakes and quick breads. Not only can the recipes be prepared in just an hour or two -- they are also wonderfully versatile. Banana-walnut muffins and slices of pumpkin bread are delightful ways to bake with fresh[Read More]
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10 Muffin Cookbooks

My favourite muffin cookbook is the The Williams Sonoma Muffin Cookbook and  whole heartedly recommend it and have reviewed it in a separate post here.  But there are so many great muffin cookbooks and people eat muffins for different reasons and at different times. For example I'm not fond of cereal in the morning for breakfast so I make muffins. I always have some oat cookies and muffins there for busy people in the morning to grab on their way out of the door! These muffins are healthy, low sugar, high fibre, filling and nutricious muffins.

But I also make sweet iced, shaped, chocolate filled, white flour delicate muffins and cakes for parties and feast days and sometimes on the weekend or on rainy days just for fun and to cheer everyone up. So I need lots of different recipes for different reasons - some for treats and some for everyday. So here are a range of 10 muffin cookbooks I think are worth a look....

Making Chocolate Muffin Video

Get your kids cooking these delicious chocolate muffins with this easy to follow cooking video on how to make chocolate chip muffins.

Chocolate Muffin Recipes

Here are a few different recipes for chocolate muffins - mmmm enjoy!


1 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup whey protein powder (chocolate flavor)
1 T. cocoa powder
4 T coconut oil
1/4 cup splenda
1 T stevia
2 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork in bowl
2 t. baking powder
2 t. maple extract (artificial is fine)
1/2 t. salt
2 oz chopped almonds (optional)
1 cup water

This uses flaxseed meal and coconut oil and makes for really filling, high-protein muffins. It uses Splenda but you can use same of sugar. Mix ingredients and let stand for 3 minutes while you spray a 12 muffin pan with non-stick spray. Then spoon in the batter and bake 25-30 minutes at 350 F.


1 box devil's food cake mix
1 15 oz. can solid pack pumpkin

Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Mix the two ingredients together in a bowl. The mix is very thick, but don't get tempted to add any eggs, oil or water...

Spoon the batter into muffin pans lined with paper muffin cups or spayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Do not overcook. Start checking at around 10 minutes and using a toothpick to check the middle is cooked.

We do chocolate/pumpkin muffins pretty regularly around here and they are excellent. It means possibly bulk buying  canned pumpkin if it's usually in short supply in your area. You can add chocolate chips if you want to...


Chocolate chip muffins baking in an oven

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I made these muffins the other day. They are really easy to bake. Not as rich as most cholate muffin recipes, but still chocolaty enough. Even more delicious with peanut butter and choc chips if you want to add these to the mix. Otherwise its a healthy mild chocolate muffin recipe  for an awesome on-the-go breakfast!

1 block soft tofu
2 c sugar (sub half Splenda or try cutting sugar to 1 cup and see if you like it.)
1 3/4 c flour
3/4 c cocoa powder
1.5 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c water

Mix dry ingredients together then fold in tofu and vanilla until dry ingredients are moistened. Add the water. If batter is stiff you can add half a cup of plain yoghurt if you prefer. Fill lined or greased muffin cups . Bake 30 minutes at 350.

Healthy Ingredient Substitutions

For any muffin recipe you  can easily substitute oil (eg grapeseed or macadamia) for margarine or butter, and use yogurt in place of buttermilk (all you need is something a little acidic). You can substitute apples, apple juice,  apple sauce, licorice, natural vanilla, or splenda to sweeten yet reduce sugar. Dutch processed cocoa powder is better than chocolate. Whole wheat flour, rolled oats, cooked white/brown rice and shredded coconut make your  muffins more nutritious and filling but won't suit when you cooking for guests!


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