The most amazing Christmas Muffin Recipe
-perfect for kids
This amazing Christmas Muffin recipe is a fantastic replacement for mince pies. I wasn’t big on mince pies when I was growing up. It might have something to do with the fact I thought there was some kind of meat in them! I know disgusting right ha
It was actually after I got married my mother in law managed to convince me try one and I’ve been hooked ever since. I make my own mince pies at Christmas time with the kids, but after a few years of them I wanted something else. My children aren’t keen on the mincemeat in the pies so we make them for Santa (hubby and I devour them. Shh!)
However, my kids LOVE these mincemeat muffins or Christmas Muffins. They are light, full of flavour and So tasty. Christmas in a muffin!!
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Here’s what you need to make 12 of the most amazing Christmas Muffins.-Seriously!
12 hole muffin tray
12 muffin cases/liners
10oz self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
2oz dried cranberries
1/2 tsp salt
3oz caster sugar
1 large egg
7 floz Milk
3 floz vegetable oil
12oz jar of mincemeat( or make your own)
Zest of 1 large clementine
200g icing sugar.
1 tablespoon water
12 glacé cherries
So what to do…
- Preheat oven to 190°c, and insert 12 muffin cases into a muffin tin. Great job for little ones. I like to use dark brown muffin cases so the finished muffin looks like an iced Christmas pudding but use whatever you have.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. If you don’t have a sieve, just get the kids to whisk the dry flour as this does the same job adding air and it removes lumps.
- Add the dried cranberries to the flour and mix through as this stops the berries sinking to the bottom. We always sing at this point.. the spoon in the bowl goes round and round… ( think wheels on the bus tune)
- In a jug, beat the egg and add the milk, oil, and mincemeat and mix well.
- Now add the wet mix to the dry bowl gradually as you stir it together. Don’t overmix it though.
- Spoon the thick dark mix into the muffin tins. (My kids find this easier with 2 spoons. One to push the mix off the other) fill the muffin cases 3/4 full. Make sure they are all the same so the cook evenly.
Mixing done now bake!
Bake in your preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned. Use a metal skewer to test the muffins are cooked (push it into the muffin and pull it out. If the skewer is clean the muffins are cooked, if not pop them back in the over for a few more minutes)
Let your muffins cool completely, then ice with plain icing sugar and water to make a really thick icing. Top with a glacé cherry to complete the Christmas Pudding look.
So what do you think?
These Christmas Muffins are a wonderful alternative for kids if they aren’t keen on Christmas Pudding.
I also make these for our school Christmas Fayre and they always sell out!
Why don’t you try this recipe with your ‘Little muffins’.
Let me know how you get on and what your little ones think. I’m off to put my feet up and sample one now. In the interest of product research you understand.we’re making more of these as gifts for our neighbours so i need to make sure they taste good!!
Why not try some of our other Christmas activities like making a Christmas Candle Decoration? Or if you need some last minute gift inspiration why not have a look at my crafty gifts for kids post and see if you get any inspiration there!
Have a wonderful Christmas season !