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These muffins are oh-so tasty and delicious!  They’re exceptionally moist

because of the apple sauce and really hit the spot as a mid-morning or after-

school snack.  They’re even great without the cream cheese frosting, (less

messy) for when you’re in a hurry and on the run. Dressed up or dressed

down,  these tasty cinnamon muffins are sure to hit the spot.

 

 Apple Spice Muffins

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 large eggs, room temperature

3/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened

1. Preheat oven to 350. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.

2. Whisk  together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. With an electric

mixer on  medium-high speed, cream butter and both sugars until pale and

fluffy.

3. Add  eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down

sides of  the bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low, add applesauce and then

the flour mixture. Beat until just combined.

4. Divide batter evenly among the lined cups, filling each three-quarters full.

5. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched. Transfer

to a wire rack to cool completely before removing. Store in an airtight 

container. Can be frozen for up to 2 months. Makes 12 muffins.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature

1/8 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional)

1. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and confectioners’ sugar

until smooth; beat in vanilla and cinnamon, if using.

2. Top each cupcake with frosting using a knife, spatula or piping bag.

Cupcakes can be dressed up for Halloween using a variety of chocolate,

colored sprinkles, candies, caramel and cookies. Frosted cupcakes can be

refrigerated up to 3 days in an airtight container; bring to room temperature

before serving. 

This recipe can also be found in Southfields Village Voice Magazine, Volume 2, Issue II, September 2011 – November 2011, Page 17.

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