Cinnamon-Sugar Caramel Muffins

adapted from a recipe from my friend Barbara


1 ½ c. plus 2 T. all-purpose flour
¾ c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
½ t. salt
½ t. freshly grated nutmeg
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. fresh orange zest
½ c. whole milk
 1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 c. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
8 caramels, cut into quarters

For topping:

2 T. melted butter
2 T. sugar & 2 T. cinnamon, mixed together


1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray, or use muffin paper.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon and mix with a whisk. In a separate bowl mix together milk, egg and butter. Once it is combined, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
3. Cut caramels into quarters with a sharp knife, eat one quarter of caramel. Pour batter so it fills 1/3 of the each muffin cup. Add 3 remaining pieces of caramel to each muffin cup – just place them gently on top of the batter. Cover caramel with remaining batter until each cup is 2/3 c. full.
4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned and tops spring back when touched.
5. Allow muffins to cool for 10 minutes. Then brush tops with the melted butter and sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Naptime Notes

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If you are not up for caramel filling you can easily omit the step, though I don’t recommend doing that because it is delicious. Everyone loves a good muffin and these will never fail you, plus they don’t have any nuts or fruits to which some guests can be allergic.

Naptime Stopwatch

Making the batter take less than 10 minutes and then all that is left is baking time. This makes them perfect for whipping up when you get a phone call that someone is coming over in a hour to “stop-in and say hi!” Then break out the tea bags and get ready to entertain!

Naptime Reviews

Everyone in my house loves muffins, toddler included. Thankfully the holidays are a time for celebration, not restraint, so bring ’em on!

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