Sunday, June 30, 2013

Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Chip Muffins

     I've had a bag of these Cinnamon Chips hanging out in my pantry and thought today was a good day to try them out.  I found a great recipe on the She Knows blog courtesy of Pinterest, of course, for Maple Glazed Apple Cinnamon Chip Muffins.  They turned out really yummy and the cinnamon chips are the perfect addition, along with the fresh diced apples!


Ingredients:

Muffins
1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup milk 
1 1/2 cups diced apples (I used Gala, recipes calls for Granny Smith)
3/4 cup cinnamon chips

Glaze
3 TBsp unsalted butter (melted)
1 cup confectioner's sugar (sifted)
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBsp hot water
1 TBsp pure maple syrup

How to make them:

Muffins

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Lightly grease standard muffin tin or line with paper muffin/cupcake cups.
Spray each cup liner with nonstick cooking spray, will ensure cups peel off easily.
In a medium bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, vegetable oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugars until smooth.
Add eggs, beat until combined.
Stir in baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and vanilla.
Stir in the flour into the butter mixture, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour, making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
Fold in apples and cinnamon chips.
Scoop batter evenly into prepared muffin tins, filling the cups nearly full.
Bake muffins for 15-17 minutes or until they are golden pail and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Glaze

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, confectioner's sugar, vanilla, water, and maple syrup.
Whisk until smooth.
When muffins are cooled slightly, dip the muffin crown into the glaze and allow glaze to harden.
Serve warm and Enjoy!

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