Cinnamon Mini-Muffins

I brought these mini-muffins to the Game of Thrones season 2 premier at my friends house. They were a big hit. I read all the books in the series and gradually hated myself more and more for it. The author is a good suspense builder but not really a good writer or storyteller. I'm a huge book snob and could (and have) spend a great amount of time ranting about badly written but popular books so I will restrain myself to saying; do not read the books. Please. For me. Spend your time reading something better like the King Killer Chronicles.

But I digress. The important thing is these muffins are delicious and super easy and you should make them. I want to make these every Saturday morning because they are the perfect brunch food and because they made my house smell like cinnamon and happiness for the entire weekend. The recipe originally didn't include the filling and put the cinnamon sugar topping on after (which I completely failed to notice when I read the recipe). I like putting it on first because it makes a crisp outer shell. We used to make cinnamon rolls with refrigerator biscuits dipped in butter and then cinnamon sugar which is where I got the idea from. They were so delicious, like these muffins.

Cinnamon Mini-Muffins


1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 tbsps sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and allspice.
2. Combine the egg, milk and butter; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
3. Mix filling ingredients together.
3. Fill greased or paper-lined mini muffin cups half way with batter (about 1 heaping tsp). Sprinkle with filling and top with remaining batter.
4.  Mix 2 tbsps sugar and 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon together. Brush tops of muffins with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. (Alternatively, bake the muffins first without topping then brush the tops of warm muffins with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar).
6. Bake in 400F° oven for 12-14 minutes or until muffins test done. Yield: 2 dozen.
Modified from Taste Of Home

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