Monday, April 27, 2009

A Craving & The Winners!

This recipe was inspired by a craving for all things cinnamon sugar. I couldn't decide if I wanted to make cinnamon sugar donut muffins, or snickerdoodle muffins, or french breakfast puffs. But then I started to feel guilty about eating such decadent things so early in the day so I decided to adapt my favorite coffee cake recipe from Ina and add my version of cinnamon sugar in two ways.

These were very decadent. I don't know what I was thinking, but I certainly didn't lighten anything up :-) The muffin itself is wonderful , light and moist and best the day they're made. It's a perfect basic muffin to eat plain or with other add-ins like Ina's blueberry coffee cake muffin version I made last year. We had two each (one with sugared tops and the other plain) with breakfast sausage and a tall cuppa. It made a nice leisurely weekend breakfast.

Cinnamon Sugar Coffee Cake Muffins
adapted from Ina
~makes 10 muffins
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) sour cream
  • 1/8 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Filling

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cinnamon Sugar Topping (optional)

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 10 paper liners in muffin pans or spray muffin pans with non stick spray.

In a small bowl combine your brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix and set aside. In another small bowl combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon. Mix and set aside. In a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs 1 at a time, then add the vanilla, sour cream, and milk. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed.

Scoop a tablespoon of the batter into the prepared muffin pans. Evenly spoon the brown sugar mixture into the muffin cups, being sure to keep the sugar in the center of the batter and not touching the sides of the pan. (This will help them release from the pans, but if you use paper liners, it's not much of an issue.)

Spoon the remaining batter over the brown sugar mixture, filling each cup just to the top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the muffins are lightly browned on top and a cake tester comes out clean. Melt the butter in a small dish and set aside.

Allow the muffins to cool a bit before removing them from the pan. Dip the muffin tops in the melted butter and roll them in the cinnamon sugar, or sprinkle them generously with the granulated sugar blend. Enjoy with a cuppa hot coffee.

Dawn, this cinnamon coffee cake sausage muffin, is just for you!

And the winners of the baking liners are...

Congratulations Kathy of Three On Food and Ingrid of 3 B's- Baseball, Baking and Books! I hope you'll share your baking with us. Save a cupcake for me!

Ladies email me with your addresses so I can get these out to you in time for Mother's Day!

Thank you all for participating. I hope you'll come back and visit me even though I don't always have giveaways. For those interested in purchasing the baking liners, they can be found at Hobby Lobby in their party planning aisle.


Coleens Recipes said...

There is something So comforting and satisfying about the taste of cinnamon and sugar. This muffin looks excellent.

Lissaloo said...

Beautiful! They look delicious :)

Sara said...

I totally want to make these. My husband loves snickerdoodles, so I bet he'd love these too.

vanillasugarblog said...

Yeah! LOL! My hubby would be all over that like white on rice! Did you eat it? Did ya like it? Kicking it up a notch is fun!

Monica H said...

Dawn- Yeah I ate it and it was delicious. It need a drizzle of maple syrup though. That would have been awesome. I've always been a fan of sweet and savory. I love bacon with pancake and french toast drowned in syrup and ham and apple waffle sandwiches. YUM!

Kathy said...

Oh, how exciting!!! This is the first giveaway I've ever won!!! Yea!!! Thank you so much! I can't wait to use them!!! It's gonna be a toss-up though because your muffins look wonderful!!! I'll keep you posted...

Thanks again,
Kathy <3

Kristen said...

Love the cupcakes, they look delectable, and I never did comment on the muffin cups ('cause I'm Canadian), but they are the cutest things!

Julie said...

I'm loving the sausage/muffin combo. Maybe you could market it to McDonalds!

Kerstin said...

Wow - they look completely addicting! I love all the cinnamon and sugar on them, what a perfect weekend treat!

Elissa said...

These look delicious! I actually don't mind something a little more decadent in the morning, how else are you supposed to wake up? (:

I love those baking liners, by the way, they're adorable!

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Thanks, Monica! Hope I do them justice!

Oh, what to say about those muffins? I'm at a loss for the proper words. I will definitely be giving those a try. Btw, adding the sausage was a great idea.

The Food Librarian said...

So yummy! These look wonderful. I love cinnamon and sugar!!

Zsofi Anna said...

Mmmmm! You've been up to some tasty, tasty baking while I've been on a bit of a hiatus (I had a FULL MONTH of houseguests!). These look soooo yummy. Stop saying cinnamon and sugar! I want some.

tamilyn said...

those look killer good!
congrats winners!

Mermaid Sews said...

Those look amazing, I wish I had one right now.

Kathy said...

I left an award for you on my blog! Have a great day!!!
Kathy <3

Donna-FFW said...

Monica.. these sound wonderful and look fantastic. Leave it to you to come up with something so scrumptious!

Sophie said...

I'm in heaven! Love how you used the cinnamon-sugar. They kinda brought those yummy crumb donuts to mind! Oh man, I'm already craving things ;). Ha!

unconfidentialcook said...

Love the sausage-stuffed muffin!!! So would everyone in my family!

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