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Gingerbread Muffins
December 12, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

I love gingerbread cookies, but my schedule doesn't always allow time for the rolling, cutting and decorating required. That doesn't mean I can't enjoy the flavor of my favorite cookie. What if I told you that comforting taste, laced with scents of cinnamon, ginger and cloves could be enjoyed in a muffin that comes together in less than 15 minutes?

I started baking muffins using a biscuit-making technique last year, and it's my best kitchen experiment to date. No mixer required, no butter to soften or cream, and it's a one-bowl recipe too! A recipe this easy and delicious makes me wonder why baking gingerbread isn't a year-round event.

Gingerbread Muffins
makes one dozen

2 cups (8.5 ounces) flour
1/2 cup (4 ounces) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon (11 grams) baking powder
1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) sea salt
1 teaspoon (4 grams) ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon (3 grams) ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons (4 grams) ground ginger
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) cold butter, cut into 12 pieces
1/2 cup (112 ml) molasses
1 cup (8 ounces/225 ml) buttermilk
2 teaspoons (10 grams) coarse sugar, for sprinkling tops (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Grease one 12-cup standard size muffin tin or fill with paper liners; set aside.
  2. Add the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices to a deep bowl. Whisk to combine. Add butter and using a pastry blender, or your fingers (my preferred method), blend until it forms a sandy-looking mixture.
  3. Add the buttermilk and molasses to a small bowl and beat with a fork. Pour over the flour mixture and stir, using a fork or wooden spoon, until just mixed and there are no visible traces of flour. Spoon into the prepared muffin tins and sprinkle tops with an even amount of coarse sugar, if desired.
  4. Bake 18 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
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