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Easy Way to Jazz Up a Store-bought Muffin Mix!

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Have a Store Bought Muffin Mix? See these easy tips to jazz it up for a delicious homemade breakfast!

Easy Way to Jazz Up Store Bought Muffin Mix

Muffin Mix- Made Better!

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!

I do like to have these on hand for busy days, or if I have company at the house and there are a few kids coming over. How is it that kids arrive and are instantly hungry? LOL. I just love it. It's always so fun to surprise them with a batch of cookies or muffins.  Muffins may go over better with mom- they aren't quite as full of sugar of course.

 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¢ at my store.

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!

Gather Ingredients to Add to Your Muffin Mix

For the Blueberry Muffin Mix, I added half and half, unsalted butter, unsweetened apple sauce, and my own mix of cinnamon and granulated sugar (exact ratios shown below).

Substituting Ingredients- Be Careful! 

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 I was careful not to switch out too many ingredients.

  • One major change was to replace the milk with half & half, in the exact same amount.  
  • I also melted butter to dip the cooked muffins in. You can dip muffins in butter so toppings will stick, after baking.
  • Add cinnamon and sugar to tops for extra flavor.

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.

Optional- Add Apple Sauce:

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!

My last hack to Jazz Up Muffin Mixes is to add apple sauce. This is my secret trick for just about any mix, guys!! Unsweetened Apple Sauce will not change the flavor of most baked goods. It also adds a great deal of moisture–   even more than butter.  

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, less than 1/4 cup.

I like to add 1/2 cup to cake mixes. 🙂

Jazz Up Your Muffin Mix with Toppings!

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.  

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!

Here are some fun topping ideas:

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Yield: 6

Easy Way to Jazz Up a Muffin Mix!

Easy Way to Jazz Up a Muffin Mix!

Makes any muffin mix great.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • One store bought blueberry muffin mix, any brand
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • Cinnamon and sugar mix, I use a pre-mixed blend
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine


  1. Prepare muffin mix as directed on package, replacing milk with exact amount of half & half. Mix until blended. Bake as directed on package.
  2. Remove from muffin tin when done, and let cook 3-5 minutes or until cool to touch.
  3. Melt butter in separate bowl.
  4. Pour cinnamon/sugar mix into separate bowl
  5. Dip tops of muffins into butter and then coat with cinnamon/sugar.
  6. Serve while warm.

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  1. Applesauce makes baked goods moist. When my son was about 6 months, my body was slowing down milk production. I found a recipe for lactation cookies. I played around with the recipe, later adding applesauce & peanut butter. They were AMAZING. My neighbors son is 5 months younger than mine, & I would give her some cookies as well, & she LOVED them!

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