Nov 14 2011

#MuffinMonday: Gingerbread Muffins

We’re starting to gear up for the holidays here at #MuffinMonday, bringing you Gingerbread Muffins this week. The Big Guy was less than thrilled, seeing as he’s not a gingerbread fan, but the rest of us–well, we were pretty excited.

gingerbread muffin

He doesn’t know what he’s missing! Pretty well balanced, they were not too spicy or strong on the molasses. Adding cinnamon chips complemented the batter nicely, bringing this muffin to a level where it could be considered dessert as well. Which is perfect because I love dessert for breakfast.

gingerbread muffins

For the drizzle, I chose to use a bar of white chocolate I purchased at a local chocolate-maker, Fascia’s Chocolates in Waterbury, CT. The original recipe called for white chocolate chips but most of the time, they’re not made with cocoa butter, relying instead upon artificial flavors to create a white chocolate taste, if you can even call it that. They’re not the same and I urge you to select something of real quality instead. You’ll never look back!

gingerbread muffins

Mmmm… delicious! Usually I freeze the extras to make sure we have enough time to eat them before they go bad. No need. They’re almost gone already! I wonder how the others adapted the Gingerbread Muffins to their liking this week? Let’s check with An at Baker Street to find out!

gingerbread muffins

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Gingerbread Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 12
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup unsulphured molasses
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ½ cup cinnamon chips
  • 1½ oz white chocolate, chopped and melted
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or line with paper cups a 12-cup muffin tray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the brown sugar, molasses, milk, olive oil, and egg with a silicone spatula.
  3. Add to it the flour, baking powder, ginger, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and allspice, mixing until just combined.
  4. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, portion out the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Leave in muffin tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Once muffins are cool, put chopped white chocolate in a zip top bag and microwave at 50% power for 30 second increments until melted, squeezing the bag each time to evenly distribute heat.
  9. Snip the corner off the bag and drizzle the white chocolate over the tops of the muffins, allowing to set before serving.

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About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.


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  1. Baker Street

    the sweetness of white chocolate is so perfectly paired with these spicy muffins. Your muffins look gorgeous carrie!

  2. Yuri - Chef Pandita

    You always have fun baking cups for muffin Monday :) mine turned out really dark, maybe Caribbean/local molasses is different from what you can find at US supermarkets? I’m intrigued now :)

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      Was it blackstrap molasses you used? I know there’s a kind that comes out much stronger, so maybe that was the difference? I love cute muffin cups. Have to indulge once in a while, right? :)

  3. Aimee @ Food: Je t'Aimee

    Love that you sought out a local chocolate producer to get that quality… makes for a beautiful drizzle! I’ve never used baking chips, but maybe I was avoiding them for a reason? ;) Mine were definitely more like dessert, too, but it was a nice indulgence!

    Thanks for the background info on baking chips and have a great week!

  4. Stay-At-Home-Chef

    Oh my goodness your muffins look so pretty and festive! I just might have to burst into xmas carol signing! Your drizzle looks so perfect – how did you get it so uniform and smooth? Mine kinda sporadically went every which way ;)

  5. Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves

    I love how festive these look. Nice job :)

  6. elena @3greenonions

    How many times have I told you I love your muffin liners:) well, here’s one more:)
    Loved reading about the baking chips, and I love a good white chocolate.

  7. Let Me Eat Cake

    i love that these really kinda were dessert for breakfast! happy muffin monday!

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