Thursday, November 17, 2011

Apple Almond Streusel Mini Muffins

I made these for a Halloween treat for my office. They disappeared from the kitchen almost immediately. Here we have apple almond streusel mini muffins!

Mini almond apple streusel muffin

The original recipe calls for Amaretto which usually I'm all for, but I didn't have any on hand. Someone must have drank it all...hmm... I've noted the substitution below! Also I suggest increasing the streusel topping, I wish I'd had more, so I've bumped it up in the recipe below. It's hard to have too much crumb topping. :o)

Apple Almond Streusel Mini Muffins
Adapted from ButterYum

For the streusel topping

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon plus a pinch extra ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons sliced or finely chopped almonds
3 tablespoons butter, chilled

For the muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
2 ounces cream cheese
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon almond extract OR 2 tablespoons amaretto (almond liqueur)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup finely chopped apple apples
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Make the streusel topping
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and almonds.
  2. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, fork or by hand until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Place in fridge until ready to use.

Make the muffins
  1.  Preheat to 350F and line muffin pan with paper liners. 
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a second small bowl, combine apples and 1 tablespoon flour and also set aside for later.
  4. In a third small bowl, combine sour cream and milk and set aside for later.
  5. In a large bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter.
  6. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. 
  7. Add almond extract (or Amaretto), vanilla extract, and egg and beat until well blended. 
  8. With the mixer on slow, add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the sour cream mixture, the another 1/3 of the flour flour, then the remaining 1/2 sour cream, and finally the remaining 1/3 flour mixture. 
  9. Stir in apples and spoon into prepared pan.
  10. Go get your streusel topping and sprinkle it generously on top of the unbaked muffins.
  11. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
Office party mini muffins

Streusel topping

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