My little girl had a play date this afternoon. When I was chatting with the friend’s mom, she offered to bring snacks over for the girls. The first thing that popped into my mind was, “Oh shoot! Snacks.” Why? It wasn’t that I didn’t want to feed the kids, it’s just that we have developed a weird schedule of eating dinner around 4:30pm. At that moment, I realized that I was going to have to serve dinner later and that all of my kids would be filling up on snacks beforehand.
My five kids are on 3 different schedules. The oldest two come home around 2, then youngest two around 3 and the middle one around 4. The minute that the Engineer walks into the house, I try to have dinner almost ready. We eat early and then later, around 7pm, the kids can start looking for snacks. This way, I guarantee that they eat good food first. It also doesn’t hurt that I still have daylight for any photos that I need to take of dinner.
When I started thinking of all of the snacks I could make, muffins ended up on top of the list. I know that my daughter would actually enjoy eating a pile of nuts, raisins and cheese, but with no clue as to the little friend’s preferences, I thought I’d best stick with a baked good. Muffins seemed like a little meal anyway, so after a few hours of play, if Princess Pat doesn’t want dinner, I will have to be okay with that.
- 1½ cups flour
- 2½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup oil
- ⅔-3/4 cup buttermilk
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips
- ½ cup dried cherries
- In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients, including the sugar.
- Add the egg and oil and enough buttermilk to make a smooth, thick batter.
- Fold in the chips and cherries.
- Bake in a greased muffin tin 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until mostly golden brown.
- (The buttermilk keeps the muffins on the pale side)