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Top of the muffin to ya!

Top of the muffin to ya!

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Remember how cool and trendy my BLAST sandwich was? Here’s a new trend I’m making up, even though it was accidental. And in a way, a play off an idea in a Seinfeld episode. If you were a Seinfeld fan, do you remember the episode where Elaine only ate the muffin tops? And someone stole her idea and started a ‘Top of the muffin to ya!’ store, which only sold muffin tops? Well, whatever happened to the bottoms, you ask? They tried to give them away to homeless shelters, but the homeless shelters didn’t want the bottoms unless they had the tops, so they had to truck them to the city dump. Anyway, we won’t be wasteful here, we’ll just make the muffin tops.

My original plan was to make apple muffins, but you know me and my previous baking attempts (read baking FAIL). I always misread or miscalculate ingredients, proportions, measurements, etc. Somehow I ended up with a giant clump of batter goop with way too many apple chunks. Oh no, what did I do?! I improvised and crossed my fingers.

The outcome of my disaster was a delicious hybrid of muffin + cookie. I wanted to give my invention a new name.

Like…the muffokie!

No? Ok…I’ll work on it.

Aside from it being a disaster, it actually came out really really well. I ate 3 just to make sure. Give or take 5. Then I hid the rest from Chris so when he got home, there was no evidence of any muffokies in the apartment, and I could eat and enjoy them all to myself. I didn’t want to submit him to that kind of torture of eating my muffokies. He wouldn’t be able to handle that sort of hybridist awesomeness.

Muffokies (makes 24 muffin tops)

printable recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups chopped apples

*whip cream (optional)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 large baking sheets.

2) In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3) In another large bowl, beat butter, white sugar, brown sugar and eggs together until smooth. Add vanilla, cinnamon and apples. Gradually stir in flour mixture until all combined.

4) Using a spoon (or 2), form balls of dough and plop onto baking sheet. Sort of like you are making cookies. Space them apart so they have enough room when they bake up. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin top; if it comes out clean it’s done. Set on wire rack to cool. Serve as is or with whipped cream if you prefer.

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Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

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All the ingredients you need for a disaster.

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Here was my partner in crime. He likes to sit on the chair as I cook. Most of the time, I don’t notice he’s there unless I sit down and hear a loud angry MEEEOOOWWW!

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Here lies my big mistake. I was supposed to use 1 1/2 cups of chopped apples. Somehow, I wanted to double that to 3 cups, and wrote a note to myself previously.

SOMEHOW, I ENDED UP USING 3 LARGE APPLES INSTEAD OF CUPS. Came out to about 4 cups.

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What’d you wake me up for?! To get my revenge on you, I will scribble out cups and write apples. Muhahaha….

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In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

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In another large bowl, beat butter, white sugar, brown sugar and eggs together until smooth.

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Add vanilla, cinnamon and apples. Gradually stir in flour mixture until all combined.

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Grease 2 large baking sheets.

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Using a spoon (or 2), form balls of dough and plop onto baking sheet. Sort of like you are making cookies. Space them apart so they have enough room when they bake up.

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Bake for 15-18 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin top; if it comes out clean it’s done. Set on wire rack to cool.

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Enjoy as is or with whipped cream if you prefer.

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13 thoughts on “Top of the muffin to ya!”

  • Muffin tops… who would have ever thought! They look really yummy by the way,I might try to make some with the 20 pounds of bananas that I have in the kitchen!

  • Oh I am ALL about muffin tops. The ones you eat that is 🙂 I am notorious for taking them off and eating them like cookies.

    This recipe is PERFECT. And we’re going apple picking soon!

  • Chiara – These went like hot cakes last weekend. They were pretty addictive.

    Hummingbird – Thanks!

    Momisodes – Yea, I’m not crazy about the OTHER kind of muffin tops. But these were delicious. Have fun apple picking!

  • Perfect timing! I have several apples I need to use ASAP and I wanted something other than the usual apple cake. These look scrumptious!

    What’s that? Why yes Mr. Caramel… I can drizzle you over the top.

  • Ashlie – Muffies sound soooo much better than whatever I was calling them. I really should rename them…

    April – Apple cake sounds good. I’ve been on this weird kick to make everything portion controlled, even though I eat too many of them to be effective… Oooooh caramel. Yea that can be portion controlled too…

  • I just inhaled one of these and they’re fantabulous. I used half whole wheat/half white flour. When I was dropping them onto the cookie sheet I thought I did something wrong because there are SO many apples (I’m always messing a measurement up), but man they turned out great!

    The next batch is about to come out of the oven and I see caramel in my future….

    Thanks Candy!

  • April – I’m glad you liked them! I kept thinking I did something wrong too. Well, I did, but it turned out well, hehe. Caramel would be sooo good with these. 🙂

  • i came up with this idea about year ago with my friend but we make them very differently and we call the muffokies too! we make the muffins and cookies separately and then put them together with frosting and they come out good. this sounds like a cool recipe.

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