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Winter has arrived in all its glory. Classic music everywhere; peppermint mochas (for Bathilda) and gingerbread lattes (for Rosmerta) in red paper cups; mittens and scarves; thick sweaters; clementines; flurries of snow; and pretty lights.

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Harvard Square

Winter also brings stressed students with finals and essays consuming their every waking moment (stay tuned for our famous finals cookies, coming soon!) So we did what any half-crazed, sleep-deprived students would do: put up bright colorful lights, blasted Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and made our lights dance!

We also made banana muffins. Fun fact: mashing bananas is a great stress reliever. IMG_8181 In the holiday spirit of giving, Rosmerta will be giving away some of the muffins to her coworkers. But we’re keeping some too, because hungry college students need study food. IMG_8199

Banana Coffee Cake Muffins with Chocolate Chip Streusel

(adapted from The Moonlight Baker)
Ingredients:
2-1/2 C. semi sweet chocolate chips
1-1/3 C. (packed) brown sugar
2 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. ground cinnamon (divided)
3 C. all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1-1/2 C. sugar
1 C. unsalted butter, room temp.
2 large eggs
2-2/3 C. mashed banana (about 6 regular bananas, we used 7 small)
1/2 C. sour cream or plain greek yogurt, room temp.
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Prepare a muffin tin with muffin liners. Mash your bananas until soft but slightly chunky. Little banana chunks in the muffins are delicious! IMG_8180 In a bowl, stir together chocolate chips, brown sugar, and 2 Tbsp. cinnamon in a small bowl.  Set aside.
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Mix flour, baking soda and powder, salt, and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a medium bowl.
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Beat sugar, butter, and eggs in a large bowl until fluffy.
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Beat in mashed banana, sour cream or yogurt, and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients and blend well.

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Fill each muffin cup half way with batter.  Top generously with streusel.
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Spoon remaining batter over streusel layer.
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Top  each muffin generously with remaining streusel.
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Bake 28 – 34 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.
Yields 24 Muffins

IMG_8195 Eat one warm with a glass of milk, and take a break from it all for a while. Enjoy the beauty of winter, and have a little fun. IMG_8178 P.S. We would like to point out that we go to the nerdiest, best school ever. This is drawn in chalk on a building near our beloved Castle: 705290_10200132094883713_1670643230_o

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