Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cinnamon Nutella muffins

"What's the difference between a cupcake and a muffin?"

That was the question we mused over as we munched on these little pastries. The general consensus was that cupcakes are sweeter than muffins. Also, that cupcakes were more cake-like and muffins were more bread-like (and could be used for savory flavors as well). These muffins though, were quite sweet as they were pretty thoroughly dunked in cinnamon sugar and filled with Nutella.

Whatever the official definition is, these things are pretty tasty AND ridiculously easy to make. It's just a simple muffin batter, with a spoonful of Nutella in the middle, baked up in mini-muffin tins.

They look pretty underwhelming when they first come out of the oven.

BUT then you dip the tops in melted butter and roll it around in cinnamon sugar - and it suddenly comes alive!

And ta-da! You have delicious bites of cinnamon sugar muffins, with the Nutella filling in the middle as a surprise.

Cinnamon Nutella Muffins (makes 24 mini-muffins)
Adapted from Damn Delicious
  • 1½ cup (187 g) of flour
  • ½ cup (100 g) of white sugar
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ~3 Tbsp of Nutella (for filling)
  • 3 Tbsp of unsalted butter
  • Topping = 2 tsp of cinnamon + 1/4 cup white sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt together. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk milk, oil, egg, and vanilla extract together. 
  4. Add wet to dry ingredients and stir until completely smooth and combined. 
  5. Prep a mini-muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray (either works).
  6. Add 1 tsp of batter to each cup. Add a dab (about 1/4 tsp) of Nutella on top of batter. Top off with another 1 tsp of batter. 
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until an inserted fork comes out clean and the sides are lightly browned.
  8. Let cool 5-10 minutes and then dip in melted butter, followed immediately by cinnamon sugar. 
  9. Enjoy!

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