Monday, September 27, 2010

Caramel Apple Muffins

These muffins are to die for! Spiced apples, warm, gooey caramel - it's like taking a bite of autumn. Any one who loves caramel apples will love these muffins. These are great served for breakfast or as a midday pick-me-up with a cup of coffee or tea or a glass of cold milk. Substitute Kraft Caramel Bits for the caramels if your grocery store carries them.

Caramel Apple Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons Watkins Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Watkins Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup 2% milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons Watkins Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup chopped peeled tart apple
12 caramels, chopped

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, butter and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apple and caramels.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.

Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake portion comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 12-14 muffins.
Happy apple autumn!
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