Nutty Buttery Mini Muffins by Maya Corrigan

Even if you don’t like breakfast muffins, you might like these. They’re sweet enough to serve for dessert. They don’t even have a lot of calories if you limit yourself to one. Good luck with that.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

¾ cup light brown sugar, packed down
½ cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup melted butter
2 beaten eggs

Grease and flour 18-24 mini muffin cups or line them with paper muffin liners. (The cups for small muffins vary in size and that’s why the number of muffins varies.)

Beat the melted butter and eggs together. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, flour, and pecans. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, pour the wet egg and butter mix into the well, and stir just enough to combine everything.

Spoon the mixture into muffin cups. The cups should be 2/3 full. If you have some unused cups in your muffin pan, put a teaspoon of water in the empty cups.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. They’re done when a toothpick inserted into them comes out clean. Cool them on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.

Yield: 18-24


Val Deniston certainly has her plate full running a café, dabbling with recipes, and helping her grandfather prepare for the town’s upcoming tri-centennial celebration, but she’s grown fond of her new life in the Chesapeake Bay town of Bayport. . .

So when Val is asked to reclaim her old position as a cookbook publicist in New York City, she puts off her decision in order to help her grandfather perfect his chocolate fondue for the weekend festivity’s dessert cook-off. But after the opening ceremonies, Val finds a houseguest strangled to death in her grandfather’s backyard. She suspects a classic case of mistaken identity, especially when another guest nearly bids her life a fondue farewell. Now it’s up to Val to keep the killer from making another stab at murder . . .

Includes 6 five-ingredient recipes!

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