My mom had a cupboard in the kitchen containing a few old cookbooks that she rarely used. As a child, I used to enjoy perusing them and looking at the baked treats. Some of the cookbooks were so old, they had black and white photos or even just drawings of the food. The ones with drawings interested me because they depicted smiling children enjoying the treats.
When I started learning to bake, I found a recipe for French Breakfast Puffs in one of those old books. The title sounded so fancy, but they were really just simple muffins dunked in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. I have no idea what the name of the cookbook was or what happened to it, but the delicious muffin recipe stuck around for a while. I’ve tweaked the recipe so many times over the years, and most recently, I added pumpkin to it. These Pumpkin Cinnamon Mini Muffins are one of the best versions I’ve created. The inside texture of the muffins is soft and moist and it contrasts nicely with the slight crunch you get from the cinnamon sugar on the outside. They look so cute too, like little pumpkins, and they definitely make children smile!
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Mini Muffins
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour a 24-serving *mini muffin pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
In a large bowl, beat sugar, oil, egg and pumpkin purée until smooth.
Stir in flour mixture just until combined. A few lumps are okay. Batter will be thick.
Transfer batter to prepared pan, about a scant 2 tablespoons of batter in each muffin cup.
Bake until toothpick inserted into muffins comes out clean, about 11-13 minutes. Do not over bake! Be diligent, since over baking can happen very quickly with mini muffins.
Let muffins cool in pan for 5 minutes. Turn muffins out onto a cooling rack.
Combine sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
Dunk warm muffins in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar.