Perfect Gingerbread Muffins




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Perfect Gingerbread Muffins ~  Mmmmmmmm.  That’s all.  Just mmmmmmm.  These lightly spiced streusel muffins are the ultimate fall and holiday breakfast treat!

I fought long and hard with myself this morning about whether or not to make my Pumpkin Streusel Muffins again.  That’s what I felt like.  I love those muffins.  But where would we be if everybody stuck with their favorite muffin and never ventured forth to experiment with new ideas?  We’d all be eating blueberry muffins for the rest of our lives.

This muffin is so good it conjures up that unsettling old conundrum…when does a muffin become a cupcake?  How much sour cream and butter and sugar can you cram put into a muffin and still call it a muffin?  And does a streusel topping automatically qualify it as a muffin?  (That’s what I’m betting on.)

I love the flavor of gingerbread, but not the dry, super spicy taste you get when you finally bite the head off one of those cute little gingerbread men.  It’s such a letdown, I mean it takes all the willpower you can muster to hold back and admire them, and let them sit on their plate and look adorable and festive, and when you finally break down and take a bite all you get is a mouthful of stale crumbles.
Not with these muffins.  These will restore your faith in gingerbread.  They’re light and pleasantly spiced.  The molasses seals the deal.

No more beheading poor unsuspecting cookies just to try and get a taste of that nostalgic gingerbread flavor.  All you have to do is have one of these muffins.

Perfect Gingerbread Muffins
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Perfect Gingerbread Muffins

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 heaping Tbsp molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
    Streusel Topping:
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbsp cold butter, cut in cubes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Make your streusel topping: put everything in a little bowl and bring together with your fingers until the butter is incorporated and it's crumbly,  Set aside.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and the sugar until fluffy.   Beat in the eggs, one at a time.  Mix in the buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt and molasses.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix just enough to combine.  Lumps are good.
  6. Fill 10 of the muffin cups quite full.  Sprinkle (all of!) the streusel topping over the muffins.  If you haven't made a mess of the pan and the counter you haven't added enough.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, a toothpick should come out clean.

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    Hungry Dog
    November 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I think I’ll have to make these this weekend. Buttermilk, sour cream, and yogurt? How could they not be moist and delicious? And ginger anything is my favorite.

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    for the love of a house
    November 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    wow! these sound and look amazing!

    It is so lovely to meet you Sue! I had to look up on a map where you are. We’re always zipping through Portsmouth to get to Maine that I didn’t even know there was anything east of there:O! It looks like a wonderful place to call home.
    I will visit often- I love to cook, but lately have been in a slump. Your blog is beautiful!

    all my best,
    joan

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    Barbara
    November 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Love the title of your post!
    Gingerbread is one of my all time favorite things to eat. What a super idea to make it in muffin form, Sue. And the streusel doesn’t hurt! :)

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    grace
    November 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

    these are most definitely superior muffins, and i can tell that just by looking at them. how? one word: streusel. :)

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    Kim
    November 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I love gingerbread. It looks like a must-try (minus the nuts)

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    yummychunklet
    November 8, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I love the streusel topping! Yum!

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    Victoria
    November 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    mmmm you know me and muffins! mmmmmmm :)

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    Mary
    November 8, 2011 at 2:43 am

    Sue, these look fantastic! I absolutely love the first picture. :)

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    clare
    November 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    These look great! I”ve never seen gingerbread muffins before, I really want to make these.

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    annie
    November 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    mmmmmm…these look so delicious…you had me at gingerbread, but then add a streusel topping…call it whatever you want…this muffin (or cupcake) might be worth 2 workouts in a day. you make them look so pretty with your beautiful photography, I can practically smell the ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg from here!

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    Gerlinde in Dallas
    November 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    These look wonderful.. these might have become cupcakes had you swapped out the streusel for icing.. lots of it! ~.^

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    Rose
    November 7, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Oh, I’ll have to make these too! They look delicious!

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    November 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I love the post title! So funny. The photos are tremendous – and those muffins look delicious! Have a terrific week.