Rudolph the Red-Nosed Muffin Recipe

Gentle Readers, sometimes one must resort to trickery in pushing a vegetable agenda. The Practical Cook is not above such tactics, she calls it “marketing.” There are two important things to remember: Cream Cheese Frosting covers all sins, and antlers sell anything during the holiday season.

One of these pumpkin muffins is not like the other.

One of these pumpkin muffins is not like the other.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Muffin Recipe

These are cakey muffins, not light ones. They are basically canned pumpkin held together by a bit of flour, spiced and sweetened. Adapted from Gourmet. Makes ~ 1 dozen muffins.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 15-oz can solid-pack pumpkin (the plain stuff, not the pie mix)
2 to 3 Tablespoons flax seed meal
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
healthy 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (you know I recommend Trader Joe’s blend for this, don’t skimp)
3/4 cup suagar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put muffin liners in muffin cups.

2. Whisk flours and baking powder together in a small bowl.

3. Whisk pumpkin, flax seed meal, oil, eggs, spice, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture till just combined.

4. Divide batter between muffin cups. Bake until just done (light brown, not shaking in the pan), and a toothpick comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.

5. Cool in pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then de-pan and cool completely. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

6. Decorate with broken pretzel pieces for antlers, a dried cranberry nose, and raisin eyes. (Better still, make this a group project for those eating said muffins.) Consume.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Muffin, Won't You Guide My Snack Tonight?

Rudolph the Red Nosed Muffin, Won't You Guide My Snack Tonight?

They are practically a health food. You can thank me later.

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2 responses to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Muffin Recipe

  1. So cute! these look lovely 😀

    • The Practical Cook

      Thank you! Simple fun for the little ones. (Now if I can find some good ways to offload the pile of candy we just acquired at the parade!)

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