Sugar and spice and everything nice.
These muffins are every bit as delicious as they look. I saw them a couple times posted on Tastespotting, and could not resist any longer. For those of you who know me, you know I love cinnamon. Love might actually be an understatement. I put so much cinnamon in my cereal on a daily basis that I actually said this weekend "I think I am growing immune to this stuff! I have a teaspoon of cinnamon in here and can barely taste it!." That should give you and idea of how much cinnamon I include in my diet. Needless to say these I could wait no longer to try these muffins. They were posted on both Laura Rebecca's Kitchen and Babe in the City - KL. I modified the recipe slightly, but kept the integrity of the original. I used half whole wheat flour and used low-fat yogurt instead of full fat. I thought I would try to make these a little healthier. Feel free to not use the whole wheat flour, but it really does not change the taste much if at all. If it were up to me I would have drastically increased the amount of cinnamon used in the recipe, but I am not the only one eating them so I just added a little to the batter. If you love cinnamon even a quarter as much as I do you will like these muffins.
Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
adapted from Laura Rebecca's Kitchen
2 cups flour (I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole wheat flour)
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F. Line a standard muffin pan with paper cups.
Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix with light strokes until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Do not overmix; batter will not be smooth.
Divide batter among the muffin cups and bake until a toothpick inserted in one or two of the muffins come out clean, 12-15 minutes.
While the muffins are baking, melt 1/2 stick butter and place in a bowl just large enough to hold a muffin. Combine ½ cup of sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon in a small, shallow bowl. As soon as the muffing are done, dip them one at a time in the melted butter and then roll in the sugar mixture. Set on a rack to cool.
Yields 12 standard muffins.