Food on Fridays: Mascarpone-filled Gingerbread Muffins

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  2. Cranberry Compote – Concetta's Cafe
  3. Spritz Cookies – Concetta's Cafe
  4. St Clements Custards
  5. Aubree Cherie (Frost yourself. . . with Chocolate!)
  6. Cold Weather Food
  7. Tortilla Rolls (Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect)
  8. Christmas Cutout Cookies
  9. Frugal Follies – Romaine and Orange Salad
  10. Scented Cinnamon Ornaments
  11. So Very Domestic – Frosted Sugar Cookies
  12. Rosyrose bakes
  13. Spatchcocked Turkey
  14. Broccoli Cauliflower Casserole @ Anktangle
  1. Adisha's butter chicken
  2. chocolate peanut butter caramel pretzels
  3. Red Velvet Cake Balls-12 Days of Christmas Goodies
  4. Marshmallow Snowman
  5. fried green tomatoes at a moderate life!
  6. Date Nut Bars by Hazel
  7. Some New Foods
  8. Just Bread @ Wide Open Spaces
  9. Dump Cake
  10. Easy Garlic Hummus Dip
  11. Kway Teow w/Meatballs
  12. Applesauce Gingerbread
  13. Middle Eastern Potato Salad
  14. Semi-homemade Veggie Pizza @ Talking Dollars & Cent
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Food on Fridays with Ann

While shopping at Trader Joe’s, I get distracted by the samples and interesting boxes. I’m easily swayed, throwing into my cart numerous items that aren’t on my list.Last time I was there, I picked up a box of gingerbread.I stood in the aisle with the box in my hand, studying the pretty picture, wondering if my kids would enjoy it. Just then, a Trader Joe’s employee spotted me. He could sense my vulnerability. I was weak. “Are you finding everything okay?” he asked.”Yes, thank you.””Do you have kids?” he asked.”Yes, I do.””I’ll tell you what,” he began, “mix this up and instead of baking it in a pan, scoop it into muffin tins and put a little bit of mascarpone cheese in the middle. Your kids will love this. Do you have any mascarpone?””No. Wait, what?””Hold on. I’ll go get you some mascarpone.” He disappeared for a few minutes and came back with a tub of the cheese. “Last one! Here!”I asked him to review the plan.”Just follow the directions on the box, but when you’re ready to bake it, scoop some batter into a muffin tin…“put a dollop of mascarpone cheese on top of it…“and then fill the rest of the muffin tin with another scoop of the batter.“Bake it, and the mascarpone will melt, and—oh, it’s soooo good,” he said, closing his eyes as if recalling a recent sample.“I’m telling you, your kids will love them,” he assured me.Well, he certainly sold me on both the gingerbread mix and mascarpone cheese.I took it all home and baked according to his directions. The kids sampled them.They did not love the mascarpone-filled gingerbread muffins like the Trader Joe’s guy said they would.(But I did.)

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  • Comments

    1. I bet me and my hubby would love these too. Sorry about your kids !!

    2. Dear Ann,
      I just love your blog – thank you for hosting a great food party – your recipe sounds wonderful!
      < Concetta

    3. I would have loved them too! What a cool idea, not just for those muffins, but also for all sorts of other muffins – and even cupcakes!! Thank you so much for sharing it :) and as always thank you for hosting. Have a lovely weekend!

    4. That SOUNDS so good!

    5. Well, more for you then! That sounds like a great idea, I may have to try!

    6. Ann – I’ll be happy to help you with leftovers after the race tomorrow! :) I LOVE gingerbread. I’m definitely going to try this. I’ve had my eye on that gingerbread mix at TJs for weeks now.

    7. Sometimes Mama needs a little marscapone just for herself!

    8. Mmmm, these look too yummy! I’ve been wanting to make gingerbread, I’ll have to try these!

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