May 6, 2011

Muffins for Mom

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Margaret's Morsels | Cinnamon Muffins

Mother's Day is Sunday.  What a great time to pamper mom and cook her breakfast.  If cooking's not your specialty, I've got the perfect recipe. Cinnamon Muffins are easy to make; there's more mixing than measuring!

The recipe starts with a box of yellow or white cake mix plus the ingredients to prepare the mix.  Once the cake mix is prepared according to the package directions, stir a tablespoon of cinnamon into the batter. Before you get busy baking, combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and set aside for later.

You can bake the muffins in mini muffin pans or regular muffin pans.  No matter which size you use, be sure to grease and flour the pans before each batch.  To save time, I use Baker's Joy, a nonstick baking spray with flour.  

I make the muffins in mini muffin pans, using one tablespoon of batter in each muffin cup.  This yields approximately 8 1/2 dozen muffins.  If you use regular muffin pans, you'll get 24 muffins.

Margaret's Morsels | Cinnamon Muffins
Mini muffin pans with 1 tablespoon batter in each cup.

The pans go in the oven until the muffins are lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes for mini muffin pans, 15 to 20 minutes for regular muffin pans.

Margaret's Morsels | Cinnamon Muffins

Remove the muffins from the pan and put them on a wire rack.  The mini muffins are delicate so don't dump them out of the pan.  Cool the muffins a minute or two until they can be easily handled.  Remove the muffins individually from the pan -- use a butter knife to loosen the edge and lift up the muffin -- and place on a wire rack.  

While the muffins are warm, put them in the bowl with the cinnamon sugar mixture, coating the muffins on all sides.  The easiest way to do this is with a spoon.  After the muffins are thoroughly coated, put them back on a wire rack.

Margaret's Morsels | Cinnamon Muffins

For a pretty presentation, put the muffins in a basket or on a platter or cake stand.  Serve the muffins with some bacon or fruit for a complete meal.

Moms deserve to be pampered on Mother's Day.  What better way to start the royal treatment than muffins for mom.  If you want to earn more accolades from mom, be sure to clean up the kitchen when you're done making muffins.

Cinnamon Muffins
8 1/2 dozen mini muffins
or 24 regular muffins

1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. yellow or white cake mix (plus ingredients to prepare mix)
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease and flour muffin cups.  

Prepare cake mix according to package directions; stir in 1 tablespoon cinnamon.  Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling regular muffin cups 2/3 full.  Use 1 tablespoon batter for mini muffin cups.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes for mini muffins or 15 to 20 minutes for regular muffins, until lightly browned and toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean.

Remove muffins from pans.  Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Cover muffins in sugar mixture until completely coated.  Cool muffins on a wire rack.

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