The beginning of something great. Chocolate Candy Cane Muffins. Or so I thought. The title picture of these muffins looks fabulous. They didn’t taste fabulous because I missed the salt and baking soda in the ingredient list of the recipe. What a difference salt makes! Without it these were a bit flat tasting. Even the peppermint and chocolate just wasn’t enough to make up for the lack of flavor.
Check out my second try. These had fabulous flavor but not exactly picture perfect. They stuck to the pan and broke apart as I removed them. I dressed them up with wide ribbon for gift-giving but this recipe needs to go back to the drawing board. I think sprinkling on the crushed peppermint candies just AFTER baking would be better.
So I moved on to the snickerdoodle recipe. Snickerdoodle muffins! Yum! Who doesn’t love a snickerdoodle? These turned out amazing! This recipe is a keeper and great for gift giving. By the way, I LOVE my stoneware muffin pan (see it in the background) because it really helps the muffins turn out great by evenly distributing the heat, and it’s a bit deeper than the metal pans I have. The metal pans were probably part of the problem with the second batch of the Chocolate Candy Cane muffins.
I got the recipe from Food Network Magazine and here it is if you want to try these yourself.
Make the cinnamon crumble: Mix 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour and 1 tablespoon cinnamon; mash in 1/2 stick softened unsalted butter.
Make the batter: Mix 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Whisk 3 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 stick melted unsalted butter, 1 cup sour cream (or plain Greek yogurt) and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract; fold into the flour mixture. Mix 1/2 cup of the cinnamon crumble into the batter. Divide among 12 muffin cups lined with paper or foil liners that have been coated with cooking spray. Top each with the remaining cinnamon crumble.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 28 minutes, until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.
I made 4 different flavors of Christmas muffins for gift giving and it was so fun! The giving part was the MOST fun.