Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bread: Surprise Muffins!

I had a recipe card with these on them. They were meant for Valentine's Day season, but I think that, depending on your surprise and the berries you choose, these are a great Halloween season item as well. Everyone in my house liked these - the kids loved the surprise, although the husband was not as big a fan.

6 Tbsp. butter
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
½ cup milk
14 strawberries, fresh or frozen (defrosted)
Food coloring, optional
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. baking powder
Hershey’s Kisses, Hugs or strawberry jam


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. You can use a wooden spoon, a potato masher or handheld electric mixer. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, and add the milk.
  2. Rinse the strawberries and cut off the green stem. Mash the berries with a potato masher or puree in a blender. Then stir the berries into the butter and milk mixture. TIP: For muffins with a more pink color, add a few drops of red liquid food coloring.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt and baking powder. Stir well. Add the flour mixture to the berry mixture. Use a wooden spoon to stir until all the white disappears.
  4. Line the muffin tin with paper liners. Drop the batter from a tablespoon to fill the cups halfway.
  5. Add a surprise: an unwrapped Kiss, Hug or ½ teaspoon of jam. Then spoon more batter to fill almost to the top.
  6. Bake until the muffins begin to brown and a toothpick inserted near the center (but not in the Kiss) comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove the muffins from the tin and cool. 

Other Details:

  • Makes 12 muffins. 
  • You can make these more Halloween-friendly by using a different berry (perhaps blueberries) and/or using food coloring to your preference.
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