One of my favorite books is Heaven to Betsy by Maud Hart Lovelace (I love the whole series, from Betsy-Tacy to Emily of Deep Valley!). I think of that book every time I make muffins, because muffins were the first day of school treat that Anna, the 'hired girl' would make for Betsy and her sisters Julia and Margaret.
Making muffins is easy; it's usually the first thing that beginning bakers attempt. Read all about it in Muffin Science and How to Make Quick Breads. Follow the recipe instructions carefully; some recipes are made the traditional way, by combining the dry ingredients and then stirring in the wet ingredients just until combined; but others are made more like cakes or cupcakes.
You can usually make muffins out of most Quick Bread recipes. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full and bake for 15-25 minutes; start checking the muffins at 15 minutes for doneness.
Make a batch or two of muffins this week to start your day off right. And be sure to read about Betsy Ray too!
These quick and easy little muffins are filled with your favorite flavor(s) of jam. Yum!
Oat Bran Muffins
Make the Oat Bran Muffin Mix and these muffins will take just minutes in the morning. Top each muffin with some nuts or chocolate chips before baking for a special treat. Serve them warm with butter and honey.
Chocolate Chip Muffins
These tender and delicious muffins have the best flavor. There's nothing better than melted chocolate in a soft and sweet quick bread. You could use a combination of semisweet and white chocolate chips, or milk chocolate if you'd like. They're all delicious!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
Hey, I'm always willing to work in a little chocolate at breakfast. These tender and flavorful muffins are filled with oats and chocolate chips. What could be better?
Oh yum, these perfect little muffins are classic. They also freeze beautifully; reheat individual muffins in a microwave for 1-2 minutes on medium.
These beautiful little muffins have ground white chocolate folded into the batter to make them very creamy and smooth. They're beautiful and perfect for Mother's Day or a special brunch.
Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins
Wow - these muffins have the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Make them for breakfast, and remember them for holiday entertaining!
If you like carrot cake, you'll love these little muffins. You can frost them with a cream cheese frosting if you'd like.
Applesauce makes muffins tender and moist and gives them wonderful flavor. These muffins are topped with sanding sugar to make a sweet and crunchy crust.
Cherry Oat Muffins
Oatmeal adds wonderful tenderness and flavor to this simple muffin; you can use tart or sweet cherries as you like!
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Bananas and chocolate combine in a tender muffin batter. They are based on my favorite perfect Banana Bread recipe.
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
This classic recipe produces tender and creamy muffins with a wonderful lemon flavor and the crunch of poppy seeds. Yum.
Make Ahead Bran Muffins
I rely on this recipe when I have a big project; in the mornings it's a no-brainer! Scoop out the batter, bake, and eat with lots of butter.
Cheesy Herb Muffins
If you'd prefer something savory, these little muffins fit the bill. They're tender and flavorful.
Apple Raisin Muffins
These classic muffins are so quick and easy; using applesauce means you don't have to peel and chop all those apples.
Make Ahead Blueberry Almond Muffins
This recipe is very similar to Make Ahead Bran Muffins, but it's a bit more special. The Blueberry Almond cereal adds more flavor and a bit of crunch. And rolling the warm muffins in butter and cinnamon sugar adds the perfect, slightly decadent, finishing touch.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffins
Are these little gems muffins or dessert? If you're eating them for breakfast, they're muffins! Serve them with some ice cream, and they're dessert...