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Simple Sweet Muffins

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Day Nineteen of Twenty Five Days of Christmas.  These are very simple sweet muffins which I love and you will too.  This isn’t one of the gourmet muffins which so many coffee shops sell today.  Simple and Sweet – plus easy to make using ingredients most will have in their pantry.
This is a recipe I have been making almost my whole life and it came from a 1972 Betty Crocker Cookbook, which I still have but has lost it’s cover over the years.  
I remember getting this cookbook for Christmas and I would bet it came from the Sears Christmas Catalog.  I wish I hung onto some of those old catalogs.  How many teenagers ask for a cookbook for Christmas?
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Simple Sweet Muffins


  • 1 egg
  • ½ C milk - whole or 2% is best
  • ¼ C vegetable or corn oil
  • 1 ½ C all purpose flour
  • ½ C sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400.
  2. Line 12 muffin tins with paper baking cups
  3. In medium mixing bowl, beat egg
  4. Stir in milk and oil.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
  6. Stir this dry mixture into the egg mixture, just until moistened.
  7. Do not over mix.
  8. Batter should be lumpy.
  9. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
  10. Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Remove from muffin tin immediately to cool.


For a little added sweetness, sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of sugar over each before baking.
Make ahead the night before
Mix the wet ingredients together and refrigerate.
Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and cover.
Proceed with recipe as above.

Here’s a few variations to add more flavor:

Blueberry:  Fold in 1 cup fresh blueberries or ¾ cup frozen blueberries, which have been thawed and drained.

Cranberry-Orange:  Fold in 1 T grated orange peel and 1 cup cranberries, which have been cut in half.

Jelly Filled:  Fill muffin cup ½ full then drop 1 teaspoon of your favorite jelly in the center, then add enough batter to fill 2/3 full.

Apple:  Stir in 1 cup grated apple into wet ingredients and ½ tsp cinnamon into flour mixture.

Nut Crunch Topping:  Great on apple or plain.  Mix 1/3 cup packed brown sugar, 1/3 cup chopped nuts and ½ teaspoon cinnamon.  These will need to bake approximately 5 minutes longer than plain muffins.

A few more breakfast or brunch ideas.

Semi-homemade Crock Pot Cinnamon Rolls

Fast and Easy 2 Ingredient Biscuits

Buttery Banana Nut Bread

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  1. I cut my teeth on baking with this recipe. My favorite variation was a cinnamon streusel inside and on top. In my edition of the cookbook, my memory is that the basic recipe was called “Popular Muffins” with many variations. It is perfect as just a hint of sweetness. Thank you for sharing this, as Betty Crocker isn’t helpful with scratch recipes on their site.

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