One day while shopping at Trader Joes (one of my favorite stores) I discovered a new product they had, frozen Black Raspberries! They looked so good! So big and plump with a deep purple color. Of course I had to buy them! So I did, and tucked them away in my freezer, till today! I like making muffins because its a controlled sweet, I mean you take one and thats it! (yeah right) Anyway I thought the polenta batter would hold up nice with those big berries, and it did!

1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cups of polenta
2t. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup of milk
1/3 cup oil (canola)
orange zest & 1t. vanilla
1 1/2 cups of Black raspberries ( or any other berries)
Simply mix up the wet ingredients first, then stir in the dry ingredients to that, then fold in berries. Bake at 350 for about 2o to 25 min. You want them a dark golden brown.
Mix powdered sugar,with a squeeze of fresh lemon and the zest, with a little water till a nice consistency. Glaze over warm muffins
Hope you get to try them!!

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  1. Blackberries run rampant on the West Coast. I used to have friends that would bring them home to me when they were in season. Whatever happened to that????

  2. i’ve never tried pollenta in cakes . It should be wonderful though …and i would love to get my hand on some black berries as well 🙂 for now i can just manage some mixed berried and cranberries – frozen i.e. but i’m guessing they would taste just as fine.

  3. YUM, YUM, YUM!! Marie you know me and anything with lemon in it or in this case on it:) These look delicious, I’ve never had sweet with polenta in it but I would interested to try – I’ll take 10 please and that’s just for me:)

  4. I like the combination of blueberry and cornmeal also, Marie. I also like your icing. We put this on cookies 🙂

  5. Those look really good! I like the idea of using polenta in a baked good.

  6. I know what you mean Valli, we lived in Oregon for a while and we had tons of blackberries growing all along our fence.

    Kate,any berry is good, frozen or fresh, its all good!!

    Lorraine, hi, you really don’t use that much polenta, its just enough to change the texture of the batter.

    Maryann, what kind of cookies?? lemon knots??

    Kevin,The fine grain of the polenta works well… try it some time.

  7. I don’t know how to spell the cookie in Italian 🙁 Yes, some are knots and some are spiraled. I think you know what I mean.
    Marie, I want to wish you a very happy birthday for tomorrow. I have enjoyed getting to know you and feel I have made a good friend. Cheers!

  8. Wow! Those sound delicious! I like the idea of the lemon icing too. And your photos are great, I love the focus in the second shot.

  9. These look so yummy and I shop at Trader Joes all the time. Definatley one of my favorite places here in AZ. Love your blog, can’t wait to try these muffins once I get those black raspberries at TJ’s!

  10. Maryann, I think we are talking about the same cookie, we just callede them lenon knots but some were twisted also, do you have any good recipes on them, we should compare. Thanks for the B-day wish! I feel the same way about you!!!

    lori lynn, Thanks for your comments they are much appreciated!

    Jenny, Thanks for visiting!! T J’s is the best isn’t it??

  11. What a wonderful combo of flavors. These sound delicious. Your photos are great as well!

  12. Thanks Kristen, Actually any berries would be good. Thanks for your visit!