Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Fun Snack for Meetings!

We don't know about your team but for our team, snacks are what make the magic happen! Here is one of our team's favorites. Also a great treat for New Year's Day!

Cappuccino Muffins

Espresso Spread:
4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1. In a food processor or blender, combine the spread ingredients; cover and process until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

1. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, stir milk and coffee granules together until coffee is dissolved. Add the butter, egg and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips.
2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bade at 375F for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve with espresso spread.

Yield: 14 muffins and 1 cup spread.