Recipe of the Week: Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce Muffins

At our annual cookie exchange, this past December, the adults and children had a blast, playing, socializing with other moms, and enjoying yummy treats.  In particular, the parents and children, alike, loved munching on cinnamon sugar applesauce muffins!  Made in a mini muffin tin, the applesauce muffins are easy to make, kid-friendly, and perfect for a play date, holiday party, or breakfast treat.  My boys always enjoy dipping the muffins in butter and cinnamon sugar, fresh out of the oven.

You Will Need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • (for the topping): 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
Prep the treat:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 24 count mini muffin pan or line with cupcake liners.  I use Costco’s nonstick spray for everything (comes in a 2-pack).  Melt a stick of butter, in a microwaveable bowl (about 30 seconds in the microwave).  Before mixing the ingredients together, grab a chair or learning tower (we used the one that my brother-in-law constructed!) and invite your little ones to help make this delicious treat.
Making the muffin batter:
In a mixing bowl, add the melted butter and sugar. Then, add in eggs, vanilla and applesauce.   When cracking eggs with a toddler or preschool, I recommend you keeping a hand on the egg, with your little one, at all times!  We like to ‘crack’ the shell together and then, each hold on to a side, slowly pulling the shell apart.  Using a spatula, mix until combined.
Next, add in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon.  Slowly mix these ingredients in, until JUST combined.  Oftentimes, I have to stress the importance of mixing SLOWLY when it comes to the flour step!
Spoon batter into mini muffin pan evenly.  I fill each compartment generously.  The batter is fairly thick, and you can even use the spatula to scoop it into the tin.  Bake for 12- 15 minutes.
When muffins are cooled (about 10 minutes), dip top of each one in melted butter, then, in sugar/ground cinnamon mixture.  I usually prepare the melted butter and bowl of sugar/ground cinnamon, once I have pulled the muffins out of the oven.  Your child can help with creating the sugar and ground cinnamon mixture as well!
The muffins taste best fresh!  I would say that, after a day or two, they will no longer be so delicious and appealing.  I also recommend storing the leftover muffins in an airtight container, on the counter…only for a few days!  Enjoy with good friends, play, and laughter!

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