Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

These muffins are so good, I served them for dessert to my guests tonight! They taste like a cinnamon sugar cake donut and have a similar texture inside. In fact, I made a batch this morning for a test run and the kids loved them so much, I decided to make a double batch in the afternoon so I could serve some for tonight, give a few away, put a few in the freezer, and *still* have some for breakfast tomorrow!

The original recipe called for cardamon and allspice inside, but I had neither and used cinnamon and cloves, instead.  That lovely cinnamon and sugar scent drew the Tartlets into the kitchen, one by one, wondering what smelled so good.  Tartlets 3 & 4 each polished off an entire muffin (they are known for eating a few bites of muffins and discarding the rest) and declared them ‘Yummy!’.  I’m not sure if it’s good or bad, but they compared it to going to Dunkin’ Donuts, a special treat for those girls who decide to go help The Husband set up for church on Sunday mornings!  Just like my four girls, these are full of sugar and spice and everything nice.

Cinnamon Spiced Muffins (adapted from The Muffin Cookbook)

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cloves

1/2 c. milk
1/3 c. butter, melted
1 egg

1/4 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon

1/4 c. butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 c. sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. In a small bowl, combine milk, butter, and egg. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until done.

Let stand 5 minutes; remove from pan. Stir together 1/4 c. sugar and 1 t. cinnamon. While still warm, dip the top of each muffin in melted butter then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. If desired, roll entire muffin in butter and sugar.

Makes 12 muffins.

2 Responses

  1. you said the magic word–CINNAMON. these are some great-looking muffins, and since my favorite spice is involved, i’m sure they’re delectable. 🙂

  2. Wow! Those muffins look great. Would be good for a nice breakfast!!!

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