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Christmas Goodies – Christmas Muffins December 23, 2010

Posted by Sindy in Cooking.
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Christmas goodies are… well, good, but after three days this week of eating said goodies (interspursed with fruit so I have something healthy) I am just plain goodied out. It was such a lovely break to have something real, and that is one of the things that makes our family tradition of Christmas muffins extra special.

In my opinion, muffins are perfect Christmas treats. As I noted above, it’s a nice break from Christmas candy, the recipients can use it for Christmas breakfast so they don’t have to bother with making anything, they come in convenient little servings, and they’re so tasty and universally liked. Sadly, in America (at least in my little corner of it) people seem to think that muffins are just cupcakes without frosting. Can you say blah and boring? Luckily the Canadians have it right, and that’s where we got this recipe.

Mom’s Marvelous Magic Morning Muffins

Ingredients:
– 1 C. white flour
– 1 C. whole wheat flour
– 1 1/4 C. sugar
– 2 t. baking soda
– 1 t. cinnamon
– 1/2 t. salt
– 2 C. peeled & shredded carrot
– 1/2 C. raisins
– 1/2 C. chopped nuts
(note: you can replace the raisins and nuts with almost anything, chocolate chips, trail mix, etc., as long as it all adds up to 1 C.)
– 1 peeled & grated apple OR 1 C. apple sauce (this makes these muffins lower fat)

Combine all that in a large bowl and stir well. Now in a small bowl we mix the rest of the ingredients together:

– 3 eggs
– 1/4 C. oil
– 1 t. vanilla extract

Once these three are beat together, add them to the big bowl and stir until just blended (I always mix it too much – I don’t like lumps of baking soda).

Fill paper-lined muffin tins 1/2 – 2/3 full. Bake at 350 F. for 20 minutes. Test with a toothpick (it should come out clean). Remove from tins and place on racks to cool. Feel free to sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar while they’re still hot.

Yields about 22 regular size muffins (and sadly I can’t find papers for the other sizes).

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