How about a little holiday twist on one of our favorite sweets?
We big-red-puffy-heart LOVE cinnamon-sugar donut muffins. We find it hard not to eat a whole batch when they are hot from the oven. Sometimes we have restraint, other times, not so much. Since we love them so much, I thought they would make a perfect Valentine treat.
It is a simple change. Food coloring!
I added a few drops (2-3 drops per batch) of pink food coloring to make a very light pink batter. The color darkens as it bakes so keep the color light!
Like with every batch, make sure to both butter (cooking spray) and flour the muffin tins. This is basically a requirement. Unless you like decapitated muffins or muffin crumbles. Been there, done that. Not a happy time.
Another secret, another almost requirement – use a small scoop to measure out the muffin batter. It’s faster, it’s easier and having perfect measurement is key to making perfectly sized muffins.
When the batter is all scooped, it’s time for the oven. Another tip – do not over bake. Another lesson learned the hard way. I have adjust the cook tip on the original recipe so you don’t have to suffer through burned muffins. It’s too sad.
Once they are fully, yet not overly baked, run a knife around each muffin to release it and dump them out. Then into the butter bath and cinnamon-sugar sprinkle. Pure flavor love. We added a handful of pink sanding sugar for extra holiday-ness.
I promise your Valentine will love these. There are few people who could resist the pull of these sweet things.
You might as well make yourself a batch while you’re add it. You are a very special Valentine too.