Baking with Friends and Eggnog Muffins

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A delicious, whole wheat muffin that is made with eggnog instead of milk for a decadent, but healthy, holiday treat!

I have a confession to make.

I baked. With sugar. And butter. And (wait for it) flour. Whole wheat flour, though, so it’s totally healthy. If you don’t care about the fun night my friends and I had, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and get the recipe for the Whole Wheat Eggnog Muffins of which I speak. And best of all, I ate and thoroughly enjoyed the fruits sweets of my labor. Okay, that wasn’t actually the best part. The best part was laughing and catching up with some of my very best friends. If I were cool enough to say I had a “squad” these girls would be IT. Before the whole marriage and a baby thing, we were pretty much inseparable. We’ve been there with each other through the good times and the bad…and the ridiculous times when you move chairs and tables out of the way to turn a perfectly respectable restaurant into a dance club.

My Squad
This is the restaurant that we turned into a dance club. You’re welcome, Missouri.

As naturally happens, though, we’ve drifted apart so I am always happy when we get to spend time together. For Christmas, we usually get together and do dinner, but this year we decided to bake! It’s so much easier to be the loudest group in the room when you are in the comfort of a friend’s home instead of a crowded restaurant.

Baking with Friends-1
Seriously. Look a that spread!

Wait, being with friends still wasn’t the best part.

The best part was not being the Smuggy McSmugerson I probably appeared to be in my Paleo days. When I was following a strict Paleo diet, I would have either turned this event down entirely or I would have helped out, but turned down any samples. Bah humbug!
Baking with Friends-Kathy and Holly

There are still some lines I don’t plan to cross, like drinking soda or going to McDonalds, but I was a full-fledged participant in this baking marathon. I even downed a couple glasses of wine (hello, grapes!) for good measure. Check out my awesome Wire and Honey Festivus shirt! I was totally in the holiday spirit.

Baking with Friends-Tarah and Heather

My old roommate, Kathy invited everybody to her house and sweetly supplied most of the ingredients. We made marshmallow fudge (something I used to be famous for), sugar cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, some kind of crazy Oreo and peanut butter crack balls, chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks, and some other things I am sure I’m forgetting.

I have self-control issues around sweets (always and forever will be my weakness) so I took two rice krispie treats, a piece of fudge, two pretzel sticks and some kind of white chocolate covered cheesecake ball (thanks, Holly…it was yum). I ate a piece of fudge, a pretzel and the cheesecake ball on the ride home because I was starving for dinner, and I saved the rest for my sweeties. Avery was still up when I got home so I gave him a small rice krispie treat and you would have thought I gave him a pound of gold. He was so excited to show off his snack. 🙂

Baking with Friends-Pretzels

Did somebody say eggnog muffins?

I thought this baking extravaganza would be the perfect opportunity to test a recipe I’ve been wanting to try for Whole Wheat Eggnog Muffins, too, so I brought my ingredients along. Last year, Kevin and I made homemade eggnog ice cream with the SoDelicious dairy-free eggnog, so I decided to give muffins a go this year.

A delicious, whole wheat muffin that is made with eggnog instead of milk for a decadent, but healthy, holiday treat!

To be honest, I wasn’t too thrilled with how they turned out so I tweaked the recipe a bit and re-tested them at home. I am happy to announce that this time around they came out perfectly moist and fluffy and eggnogy. They have a bit of crunch from the flaky crust, but the inside is very moist and dense. These eggnog muffins would be perfect for a holiday brunch or they would make a great gift for a foodie-friend. No, no…these muffins were the best part. Scratch that, being with friends actually was the best part.
I am so indecisive.

Whole Wheat Eggnog Muffins

Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup eggnog (dairy or dairy-free)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and prepare a 12 cup muffin pan (I use silicone, if you use aluminum I advise greasing or using muffin cups).
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth.
  3. Slowly whisk wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined and smooth.
  4. Scoop batter into muffin tins, about 3/4 of the way full so they have room to rise.
  5. Bake for 17-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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Do you have any holiday traditions with your friends? Even if you are trying to be healthy, do you still take a nibble when you bake yummy treats?

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