Let the Christmas countdown begin- only 22 more days! I have so much to do and not enough time to get it all done. There’s cookies to bake, holiday treats to create, gifts to wrap, and a 15-page research paper to complete. Wah, wah! I’m knee deep in research and can’t wait to dig myself out. If anyone would like to deliver some donuts to my house, I’d greatly appreciate it.
The one thing I was able to get done was my Christmas decorating. My mom and aunt were nice enough to come to my house and help me deck the halls. The tree is up, the snow babies are in their rightful places, my kitchen tree is glowing with food ornaments (yup, I have a tree in my kitchen), and the nativity set is assembled. It’s darn right festive in my house!
My kitty, Watson, believes the tree to be his own personal jungle. He sleeps under it, runs in circles around it, and drags the tree skirt out from under it. I’m waiting for the day that I come home from work and find him perched in the tree. I even found one of my cupcake ornaments on the ground by the trash can the other day. The cat is out of control! I even tried buying him a new catnip toy in hopes that he would stop playing with my toys, but it just made the situation worse. He gets his catnip high on and gallops around the house like a drunken race horse.
Anyone want a kitty for the holidays?
Today is week 3 in our #MuffinMonday holiday series. An gave us a decadent snickerdoodle muffin recipe to adapt this week. I made it even more decadent by adding cinnamon chips and a gooey glaze. These are the bomb! That’s right, I’m bringing back the phrase “the bomb.”
Just look at them in all of their glazed glory. And that sugary cinnamon coating- drool!
I couldn’t contain myself when they came out of the oven, wafting that enticing cinnamon scent throughout my house. That smell that makes your heart go pitter patter. I gobbled one up as soon as I removed them from the muffin tin. Gulp. Gone!
Cinnamon is the star of the show in this muffin, and I took cinnamon to a new heights by adding gobs of cinnamon chips to the batter. You get double the cinnamon, and who doesn’t love that?
These muffins are one of the lightest muffins I have ever made. They’re like fluffy cinnamon pillows that melt in your mouth.
Wipe the drool from the corner of your mouth.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room-temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ tsp. baking soda
- ¾ tsp. baking powder
- ¾ tsp. cream of tarter
- ¾ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1¼ cups sour cream
- 1¼ cups cinnamon chips
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbs. cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbs. milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 muffin tins.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add butter and 1 cup of sugar. Cream for 3-5 minutes or until fluffy and pale in color. Add the vanilla. Add the eggs one a time, mixing after each addition.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, and nutmeg.
- Add the flour mixture and sour cream alternately to the butter mixture, starting and ending with the flour. Scrape down the bowl as needed. Fold in the cinnamon chips.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into the cinnamon-sugar mixture and roll around to coat completely, making sure not to press your fingers into the batter while you roll. Place the coated muffins into the prepared tins.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pans for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth.
- Drizzle the glaze over the warm muffins with a spoon or a fork.
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