Muffin Monday: Gingerbread Muffins

Welcome to the third week of the holiday edition of Muffin Monday! This week’s recipe? A simple version of Gingerbread Muffins courtesy of Betty Crocker. It is quick and easy to prepare, the spicy aroma guaranteed to get your sleepyheads up and at ’em even on the coldest, darkest of November mornings.

I happen to love gingerbread and was hoping that there would be a gingerbread muffin in the mix. There’s just something about the dense, sweet, treacle spiced taste of gingerbread that goes hand in hand with the holidays. Baking these muffins made my house smell incredible. I had to really…really try hard not to start belting out Christmas carols. All in good time.

Wanting to really showcase the flavour of gingerbread in these muffins, I ended up adding a plethora of additional spices beyond that which was called for in the recipe: 1 Tbsp ground ginger, ¾ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ground cloves, ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg, and 1/8 tsp ground cardamom. I also added ¼ cup of strong coffee which I find really dials up the flavour of the molasses and spices, similar to the way it does with chocolate. It also helps to keep the muffins nice and moist. As for the topping, I opted to add crystalized ginger and a drizzle of melted white chocolate.

The result? Perfection.

These muffins turned out incredibly moist with a great texture that included the perfect proportion of density vs. fluffiness, and that lovely treacle flavour that always reminds me of the holiday season.

Is there a particular flavour or food item that represents the holidays for you? I would love to hear what gets you to fa la la la la your way into the spirit of the season!

For a copy of the original recipe for Gingerbread Muffins, please visit Baker Street’s site and be sure to check out what the other food bloggers have baked up this week!

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15 comments on “Muffin Monday: Gingerbread Muffins

  1. Baker Street on said:

    White chocolate sounds perfect with these spicy muffins! Your muffins have risen so perfectly.. :)

  2. Yuri - Chef Pandita on said:

    Oh my, these must have been delightful with all those spices…I adore cardamom :) the crystallized ginger is a great idea too. Happy Muffin Monday 😀

  3. Food: Je t'Aimee on said:

    Ahhh, I LOVE all your adjustments that made your muffins moist! I’m so envious! I guess I’m still too new to baking to even anticipate something like that. Mine were a little too dry so I will definitely try things your way next time. And all those extra spices and the crystallized ginger? I’m weak in the knees. Sounds so tasty and Christmasy.

  4. Carrie @ poet in the on said:

    That’s the one part I missed out on in making these–my nose was stuffed up and I didn’t get to enjoy the aroma. I’ll just have to make them again! Love how you dialed it up with the spices and the candied ginger on the top!

  5. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    LOL…I would be lying if I said I wasn’t proud of how nicely my muffins rose An 😉

  6. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Yes the spices definitely added a nice depth to the muffins, and the crystallized ginger really punched up the flavour!

  7. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Thanks Aimee – let’s just say I’ve made a lot of gingerbread over the years so have a few tricks up my sleeves 😉

  8. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Oh you’ll definitely have to makes these again just so you can actually smell the deliciousness as they bake. Feel better soon Carrie!

  9. Bianca SBRantsnRaves on said:

    I need to know the secret that made them so moist! Mine were crunchy on the outside!

  10. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Bianca – I found adding 1/4 cup strong cup helped keep it moist, plus I only had them in the oven for 15 minutes (as opposed to the 20 mins suggested in the recipe). Another trick is to use apple sauce which pairs well with gingerbread and will make them super, SUPER moist 😉 Hope that helps!

  11. elena @3greenonions on said:

    mmmm coffee? what a cool idea. I’m sure it helped with the moistness. I love the white choc drizzle – looks so artsy:)

  12. Let Me Eat Cake on said:

    i bet these were extra fragrant and amazing with all the extra spices! and i too loved the way they made the house smell it was so comforting and festive!

  13. Annapet on said:

    Oooh-La-La! Thanks for sharing the “secret” to moist Gingerbread Muffins! Loved that you added cardamom to the mix!

  14. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Yes Annapet – the coffee definitely helps with moistness as does some apple sauce. Both taste great combined with gingerbread!

  15. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Yes – it was definitely smelling a lot like Christmas when these muffins were baking!

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