Dark Chocolate Espresso Muffins + {Mother’s Day Gift Ideas}

mocha muffinsedited Mother’s Day is less than a week away. What are you giving the moms in your life? These were my little gift to myself today. It’s a Cooking Light muffin recipe flavored with dark chocolate chips and espresso. How could they not be good?

My husband asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day and I still haven’t come up with my wish list yet, so I thought I’d share a few links I’ve found with cute gift ideas that might help all of you with your Mother’s Day gifting… mothers day collage1. From Nellie Bellie, a DIY Herb Garden in a Box. Use your own creativity to decorate, but her’s is super cute!

2.From Tidy Mom, a DIY Lime & Mint soak with free printable labels. We have a ton of mint in our yard and I personally wouldn’t mind smelling like a Mojito…

3. From That’s What She Said, a DIY heart-shaped thumb-print necklace… you could also hot-glue the heart onto the handle of a vintage serving spoon, just a thought.

4. From Count Our Blessings, a simple packaging idea to fill a bag with your mom’s favorite things.

5. From Seven Thirty Three, a free printable Mother’s Day Room Service Menu. Simply fill in the lines with breakfast/brunch items that are doable for you and let mom pick what she wants! I’ve linked you to her updated printable for this year’s date.

6. From Saveur magazine, a recipe for Strawberry and Goat Cheese Poptarts. What I think would be a delicious and fun menu option for the kids to help with.

If nothing else, a heart-felt and hand-written note, along with her favorite flowers (gerbera daisies) are always appreciated!

Dark Chocolate Espresso Muffins
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  1. 2/3 c. whole milk
  2. 5 T. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  3. 3 T. instant espresso
  4. 1 1/2 t. vanilla
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  7. 2/3 c. sugar
  8. 2 t. baking powder
  9. 1/2 t. salt
  10. 3/4 c. Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In one bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, espresso, vanilla and egg.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients and gently mix until batter is just combined.
  5. Evenly fill 12 muffin cups with batter and bake 16-18 minutes, or until tops of muffins are just set. Do not over bake.
Adapted from Cooking Light
Adapted from Cooking Light
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