I know…many of you make fun of my very long titles. They’re my trademark, what can I say? This weekend was a Crazy in the Kitchen weekend. Do you have those? Are there days you just can’t get yourself out of the kitchen no matter how hard you try or don’t try? Does your kitchen suffer with battle wounds like mine does in every nook and cranny?
That was my weekend and I am afraid I am still cleaning up from it. These glorious muffins you see there were part of the celebration I was having with myself in my kitchen.
Have you ever said, “Oh my gosh!” when biting into a muffin? Or done a little dance? If not, then you must make these beautifully soft, delicate and fluffy cinnamon and allspice muffins. They have a slightly crunchy crumb topping and a punch of cinnamon and brown sugar swirled in.
I haven’t been in the mood to bake lately. I have been in a general slump if I must tell you the truth, but this weekend magically marked the end to my baking, cooking and emotional slump and I am happy to be on the other side.
First, Saturday morning, there were these super easy, absolutely delicious sausage and cheese magic biscuits that I got from Try It You Might Like It months ago. My family tried it, became addicted to it and now it’s a part of a monthly weekend ritual.
Then Saturday afternoon was spent trying to make my own fried herb potato chips from Tyler Florence to go alongside a hefty egg salad sandwich on egg bread. They were earthy, herby and delicious, but way more time consuming than I bargained for.
After destroying my kitchen twice on Saturday, you think I would have been done with that business but no, Easter was the next day and we had a list of things we “needed” to make.
We added these Cinnamon Allspice muffins for our family Easter breakfast, served with scrambled eggs and bacon, some pretty deviled eggs to bring to a party and finally, the piece de resistance, Dorie’s Peanut Butter Blondies that were oooh’d and aaah’d at when bitten into, despite being among a plethora of gorgeous desserts.
I mean really…nothing in the world beats those blondies….except…maybe these, “Oh My Gosh” muffins.
They’re pretty fantastic. I’m so humble, I know. BTW—they started as a Dorie Greenspan muffin, but I definitely fluffed them up a bit and swirled them with cinnamon just because.
Cinnamon Swirl Allspice Crumb Muffins
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours
For the Crumb Topping
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. ground allspice
5 T. cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
For the Cinnamon Swirl
2 T. light brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1 T granulated sugar
For the Muffins
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. salt
1/4 c. packed light brown sugar
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
3/4 c. whole milk
*1/4 c. Canola oil (my addition–made them super moist and fluffy)
1/4 t. pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with muffin liners.
To make the crumb topping: Put the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and whisk together. Add the bits of cold butter and work the butter in with your hands, crumbling the butter and mixture as you work. Once you have small, pea sized crumbles (or a bit smaller), you can stop and set aside.
For the cinnamon swirl: In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon and sugar and mix with a spoon to evenly disperse ingredients. I like to crumble it with my fingers so there are no brown sugar lumps.
For the muffins: In a microwave safe bowl or liquid measuring cup, melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted. Let cool completely. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour through the salt. Stir in the brown sugar, making sure there are no lumps. Once the butter has cooled, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, milk, eggs, oil and vanilla until well combined. Make a well shape in your dry ingredients and pour the liquid mixture into the well. Stir together until just combine. Don’t over mix.
Scoop about 1/3 of a muffin liner of batter into each muffin cup. Sprinkle cinnamon swirl mixture in a line over the batter. See photo above. Then with a butter knife, make an “s” in the batter, dragging the cinnamon back and forth through the batter to form a swirl.
Top the muffin with a big spoonful of the batter so that the muffin liner is 2/3 full. Using your hands drop about one tablespoon or more of the crumb mixture on top of each muffin. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the tops are golden and if you press lightly on top it will be slightly firm. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.
April 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm
I love how holidays give us an excuse to bake 🙂 These muffins look amazing!!
April 25, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Glad you’re over your baking slump as these muffins look delicious! As well as those peanut butter blondies!! Yum! My kitchen too was dirty and cleaned many, many times this holiday weekend and I enjoyed every minute of it!
April 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm
I love when I turn into a mad baker. I have days when I just go crazy, then I wont make anything else for 6 months. Its odd.
I had to laugh when you mentioned doing a little dance when biting into a muffin. I do that whenever I taste something I like. I get made fun of for it all the time. 🙂
April 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Those muffins look super fluffy! Also, i really want to try those yummy looking muffins, too!
April 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Thos muffins look delicious. Crumb topping is the best 🙂
April 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm
I love the shout out Geni! Thanks and I’m glad you like the sausage biscuits.
My problem is I say oh my gosh to too many yummy things. That’s why I needed some quality time with my treadmill tonight. 🙂
April 25, 2011 at 8:44 pm
Girl when I eat something I love I close my eyes, hum a little song I don’t know, and enjoy the moment because it’s usually over with someone calling me for something lol. If I am going to get that feeling eating these cinnamon swirl muffins, then I’m making them :). And I love the Peanut Butter blondies.
April 26, 2011 at 4:13 am
I definitely have those weekends where, honestly, all I feel like I do is head to the kitchen, mess it up, clean it up and then start all over again within minutes. And I love every second of them!
These muffins look fabulous! OMG muffins for sure.
April 26, 2011 at 6:24 am
Kudos to you! You were a busy girl! Everything looks GREAT. I for sure want to try those sausage biscuits. They are right up our alley. We love breakfast. Plus, we like to eat at work. Those biscuits and muffins would be a hit at the office for sure. Peanut butter blondies are very interesting…I love peanut butter! It seems like all I have been posting about is sweets lately, but I have been on a baking kick the last few months. FYI…I am going to try your mint chocolate cupcakes very soon since I have discovered Wal-mart carries their own version of the Girl Scout thin mints AND peanut butters patties. Thanks for sharing all of the yummies! And I had to laugh when you mentioned “do a little dance” because when I eat something that is sooooo yummy I do a little dance in my seat and hum a little tune.
Have a great day!
April 26, 2011 at 7:59 am
Wow, that’s a lot of baking! I’m impressed! 😀 Also, the ‘oh my gosh’ is something I’d say after eating these, I mean, cinnamon and brown sugar? YUM!
April 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm
“Oh My Gosh” these muffins look awesome..they look so light and fluffy. I love the cinnamon in it, and of course the crumb topping. By the way, will try the sausage cheese biscuit…
Hope you have a great week ahead Geni 🙂
April 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm
So many baked goodies? Wow..Almost all my weekends are like that..trying to get out out of the kitchen but failing at it.You must be on a flour & sugar spree with so much baking.
These muffins look awesome and “wow” types.I love crumb topping.
April 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm
Oh my goodness could those muffins look any more fabulous?! Thank you so much for sharing!
April 26, 2011 at 8:19 pm
Yep, gained a few more pounds just now!! That’s what happens when you eye yummy muffins and can’t quit thinking about them! 8-)) The cinnamon swirl is my favorite!!
April 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Wow, these look incredible! That’s my kind of breakfast… What wonderful flavors.
April 27, 2011 at 12:25 am
I know what you are saying, after removing that muffin from the oven and took that first bite and go crazy, I have done that a lot specially me I dont bake that much and if it turned out to be perfect I am mega happy. BTW your muffins looks really good, and I guess I wont just say Oh my Gosh after my first bite I might even have goosebumps 🙂
April 27, 2011 at 9:58 am
My goodness, everything you bake looks marvelous!! I want to sample them all 🙂 Looks like you had a wonderful Easter~
April 27, 2011 at 11:34 am
Both the sweet and the savory look fantastic! You certainly were busy in the kitchen!
April 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm
oh those muffins look PERFECT!
April 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm
oh, and to answer your question – when making the cookies I’ve let the dough sit out for about 15 minutes before putting on the cookie sheet and then the other time didn’t let them sit out beforehand and didn’t notice a difference either way so I think you can do whatever works best!
April 28, 2011 at 7:37 am
I am such a sucker for cinnamon. I seriously live for anything that has some of that goodness in it- these are a must for me.
April 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm
I love your long titles and I always love reading your posts, so don’t change a thing!
These muffins look really good, I can’t wait to try them out!
April 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm
I am afraid to visit here. I always leave with something delicious to make and I just have to make whatever it is and that means the dreaded calories. It is always worth it, though.
Thanks for my new muffin recipe.
April 29, 2011 at 9:37 am
Yum! Can I tell you a secret? I have never actually made my own muffins. Not really sure why. I guess in part because, my husband and I are not huge snackers, especially him. So normally when I bake, half of it goes to waste. But these look like something I could make an exception for!
April 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm
I certainly exclaimed “Oh My Gosh!” when I saw these muffins. I bake muffins almost every weekend to snack on during the week. These will definitely make it into our muffin rotation!