So if you look for store savings like me you will have picked up a few muffin mixes in your life! Many are around $1 or less, but just don’t taste as great as homemade muffins or the more pricey boxed mixes! Take a look at This Easy Way to Jazz Up a Store-bought Muffin Mix!
I used a package of Martha White Blueberry Muffin Mix in this recipe, but really you can use about anything. These are just 98¢!
For the basic recipe of 6 muffins, the package called for 1/2 cup of milk. That was it. No eggs or anything else. If you’re a seasoned cook you will know that if you add ingredients to the recipe containing fats you will have a more spongy and less crumbly end result. For muffins, this is what I was going for to achieve that made from scratch taste!
I googled how to make muffins better and got results all over the board. LOL. Some were not as reliable as others. I didn’t want to change the flavor of my mix so just replaced the milk with half & half, in the exact same amount. As with any substitutions, be VERY careful not to change the ratios of wet and dry ingredients too much from the original recipe, or you will have a disaster. Baking ratios are very specific, and I didn’t want my muffins to be ruined.
Due to the small size of the recipe mix I didn’t want to overload with too many wet ingredients. 🙂 My muffins turned out smaller and more spongy using the half & half, but were a perfect texture and great size for kiddos!
The only other thing I added was 1/4 cup of applesauce. This is my secret trick for just about any mix, guys!! Applesauce is pretty great since it doesn’t change the flavor. It also adds tons of moisture, even more than butter or sour cream. Note: a little apple sauce goes a long way, so for a recipe for only 6 muffins or so, I would stick with a very small amount of applesauce. I like to add 1/2 cup to cake mixes. 🙂
The last thing I did is dip the muffins in (melted) unsalted butter and just coated in a mix of cinnamon and sugar. I always keep a mason jar of prepared cinnamon + sugar in my cabinet. My mix is 3/4 cup of white sugar to 2 T. Cinnamon. I like Simply Organic Spices. Snag a coupon over here!
Just coat the tops in butter and dip in the cinnamon/sugar mix. Super easy. This can be done for any fruit muffin. OR, drizzle a cream cheese icing glaze over the tops if that’s what you prefer! Use your imagination!
Thanks for reading! ~ Princess R.
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- One store bought blueberry muffin mix (any brand)
- ½ cup half & half
- Cinnamon and sugar mix (I use a pre-mixed blend)
- ⅓ cup butter or margarine
- Prepare muffin mix as directed on package, replacing milk with exact amount of half & half. Mix until blended. Bake as directed on package.
- Remove from muffin tin when done, and let cook 3-5 minutes or until cool to touch.
- Melt butter in separate bowl.
- Pour cinnamon/sugar mix into separate bowl
- Dip tops of muffins into butter and then coat with cinnamon/sugar.
- Serve while warm.