Saturday, March 26, 2011

Snickerdoodle Muffins



I bookmark and print out a lot of recipes almost daily. There are so many fabulous bloggers and blogs out there that have appealing dishes, that my list is ever growing. Unfortunately, it also means there are not enough hours in the day to make all of these delicious sounding and looking dishes. If there was, I'd be in serious trouble and probably would be spending more time at the gym than in the kitchen anyway. Every once in a while though, I look through my piles of papers or bookmarks to try something new. This week was the perfect opportunity to make some muffins. The kids were on spring break and had been begging me to fix some muffins for breakfast. Looking for something that could be made quickly, I remembered a recipe for Snickerdoodle Muffins which I had printed out a while back from Tasty Kitchen.

I made Snickerdoodle Cupcakes almost a year ago and the entire family loved them, but they are hardly what I call breakfast appropriate. These muffins seemed to fit the bill a little more. Now, don't get me wrong, they are still not healthy, but they are a great occasional treat. The dough comes together quickly, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla are mixed with flour, baking soda, baking powder and cream of tartar. The addition of sour cream and buttermilk are what makes these muffins light as a feather though. The dough is fairly stiff once it is all mixed together and this is were the real fun starts. You drop "blobs" of it (a 3 Tbsp. ice cream scoop works great) into a cinnamon sugar mixture and carefully roll the dough around in it to make sure it is coated on all sides before carefully placing it into a lined muffin tin. Then, another sprinkle of cinnamon sugar is applied on top before being baked.

These muffins bake up beautiful. The top starts to crackle and gets a nice little cinnamon sugar crust. The muffins itself aren't overly sweet, but have a great flavor because of their "bath" in the sugar mixture. The inside of the muffins are incredibly delicate and light, they literally melt in your mouth. Huge hit with the entire family and they are perfect with a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa, which is how my crew decided to enjoy them. This recipe got two thumbs up all the way around, or in the words of my 13 year old "Mom, these muffins are super duper delicious!"


Snickerdoodle Muffins
 ~makes 20 muffins~

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup buttermilk

For the topping:
2/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add half of the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add the sour cream and buttermilk and mix to combine. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix until you have smooth batter, making sure not to overmix.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Use an ice cream scooper (I used a large 3 tablespoon one) and plop a scoop of batter into the bowl with the sugar and cinnamon. Gently roll the batter in the sugar and cinnamon. Place the ball into the muffin liner.

When you have completed all of the muffins, sprinkle the leftover cinnamon sugar onto the tops of all of the muffins.

Bake the muffins at 350 degrees F for about 15-18 minutes or until they are golden on top and just baked through.

Adapted from: Tasty Kitchen

29 comments:

  1. Super duper delicious is good enough for me. These look fabulous Susi! I've had snickerdoodle cookies before but never muffins. And I hear you with the piles of recipes bookmared and printed out. Sigh..... :o)

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  2. I love snickerdoodles, and having them in muffin form is brilliant!! A great on-the-go breakfast w/a Greek yogurt or a light snack/dessert with a piece of fruit. I'm saving this one in my own personal stack of "must try" recipes!

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  3. Ohh Susi, those are make with perfection! Love your photos and recipe too! Will try this soon!

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  4. They look like snickerdoodles sitting inside muffin liners! I will definitely have to find extra time this weekend for these muffins. Thanks Susi!

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  5. Susi, just love these tempting and delicious muffins. They actually look like elegant dessert for Easter, with the pretty lilac lining, and cloth.
    Love the recipe...do want to try this!
    xoxo

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  6. Those muffins are beautiful. I can almost smell them and feel the crunch of that cinnamon sugar crunch on my teeth. I can surely relate to all the recipes you want to try!

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  7. Oh yum! Those are a perfect spring break breakfast. :) I can taste that cinnamon-sugar crunch right now!

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  8. What a wonderful version of the snickerdoodle. I love these.

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  9. Wow, those are amazing. I'm not a big muffin or cupcake fan but I think I'd go through a dozen of those babies without thinking twice.

    I totally agree with you about too many recipes and so little time. I have stacks upon stacks!

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  10. these look fab. I just ADORE cinnamon and would happily bathe in the stuff. I can imagine how divine your kitchen must smell at the moment..

    Mmmmmmm (inhales.....)

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  11. Oh YUM!!! My most favorite cookie that my Grandma makes for me:-) Making it into a muffin sounds amazing!!!
    Take cafe,
    Terra

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  12. I know what you mean about the ever increasing pile!! I started using "pinterest"to digitally bookmark some of my favorites that I will be making soon, but my paper pile keeps growing too.
    LOVE these!! We are not on Spring Break yet, we have one week of school yet, but we are headed to visit some friends in Yosemite... this just might fit the bill!

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  13. It's rare when all 3 of my kids like the same food...this is one muffin I know would be savored by all!

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  14. These look amazing! Snickerdoodles are delicious, but making them into a muffin, even better :)!

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  15. My o my!! Sign me up! My family would go bonkers over this! ♥- Katrina

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  16. These muffins are amazing, and I love cinnamon:)

    I have many folders and piles of recipes, too. I have put a lot of recipes in files in Word, just copy and paste them. that part seems to be working.

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  17. These would have been perfect for using more of that buttermilk in the fridge. Muffins are a perfect beginning for the day.

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  18. I instantly bookmarked this one, it's such a great recipe! Thanks for sharing it, Susi. But like you, I bookmark a lot of recipes. It's possible I will never find a chance to make these, but I will try!

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  19. I saved this post for last in my foodbuzz inbox. Great recipe, gorgeous photos - I will be making these soon. For myself. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. muffins look delicious lovely flavours

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  21. OMG! I love snickerdoodles!! Seeing them in muffin-form is completely making my day :D The photos are great, too!

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  22. I love all the cinnamony goodness of snickerdoodles! And it does sound fun to drop the blobs into the cinnamon. I can imagine how scrumptious they are!

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  23. Susi these muffins look great! I love that you rolled them in cinnamon sugar before baking them. I wouldn't mind having one for breakfast or any other time of day :)

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  24. CUTE! I love those crackly tops and can almost smell them through the screen.

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  25. We love both Snickerdoodles AND muffins, so this combo has to be great! Congrats on being selected one of the Top 9; this is how I found you and now following you. Hope you can stop by my blog too if you can. Keep up the great blog!

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  26. Love your photo! I can't wait to try these muffins. I typically just bookmark recipes to try, but this one is getting printed :)

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  27. There is something about snickerdoodles that make you feel warm and fuzzy! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. These look so good! My husband loves Snickerdoodles, so I'm sure he'll enjoy these. He's been on a Banana Muffin kick for weeks now, and I'm hoping these will take his mind off them! lol

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