Cinnamon-Apple-Butterscotch Muffins

This is my last post of 2009. 2010, here I come! 2009 flew by fast, didn't it? It was an interesting, happy, sad, and exciting year. I wonder how I will feel when I look back at it years from now. So what happened to me in 2009?

- I was on Food Network's Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

- I bought my first KitchenAid Mixer.

- I competed in the Top Chef-Quaker Oats Quickfire challenge.

- I was a judge at the Great American Pie Show in Branson, Missouri, and met Al Roker!

- I went fishing for the first time!

- I went to Las Vegas with Eric!

- I lost someone who I loved dearly.

- I had a grand-old time at the fair.

- I went to New York City with my mom!

- I ate Levain Cookies. Mmm.

- I went to Fresno, California for the POM Blogger Harvest Tour.

- I had a blast on Halloween with Guy Fieri.

... and a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas with my friends and family.

What does 2010 hold?? Flying cars? Will we finally be able to live on the moon?
Will Rosie O'Donnell settle down with her new gal pal? Only time will tell....

How has YOUR year gone? Heck, how has your decade gone? You know where I was in 2000? I was in eighth grade. Miserable, except in art class. And I think I wore Abercrombie and Doc Martens and listened to Sugar Ray.

I wish I had some sort of new year's treat for you, but unfortunately I'm making the treats and drinks today, so I'll have to post the recipes later on. These are Cinnamon-Apple-Butterscotch Muffins, and they're very tasty. They have applesauce, apple, butterscotch chips, toasted pecans and oats in them. I know that's a lot of ingredients for a muffin, but the flavors meld really well together. Perfect for fall and winter. Perfect for New Year's Day breakfast!

Have a happy and safe new year, everyone! See you in the year 2010. Peace be with you.

Cinnamon-Apple-Butterscotch Muffins

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butterscotch chips
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup applesauce
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk
3/4 cup finely chopped apples
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 12 Texas-sized muffin cups with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; whisk in oats and butterscotch chips until combined. In a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and brown sugar until creamy, about 1 minute; beat in applesauce, eggs and vanilla until combined, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until combined - about 1-2 minutes. Stir in apple and pecans until combined.

Divide batter into muffin cups. I pressed dried apples into the surface, but that's optional, of course - and then I drizzled them with maple syrup and sprinkled the muffin tops with cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown, and a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, before running a knife around outside edges and removing muffins onto wire racks to cool.

Makes 12 big muffins


  1. so cool that you were on ultimate recipe showdown! you've had a pretty remarkable year, hope 2010 will be a great one!

  2. 2010 is full of possibilities. Have a safe and foodie-filled New Year Emily. All the best.

  3. Wow, Em that is quite a year to reflect upon. I just know 2010 and beyond holds incredible things for you. I can just look at the growth in your blog and your pictures -- you're so photogenic. I truly believe someday I'll be watching Food Network and there you'll be and I'll say 'Hey,I *know* her!'
    Happy New Year!

  4. Emily, It looks like you have had a blast this year and you deserve it. Your blog is one of my favorites and I'm looking forward to all your new recipes in the coming year! Have a wonderful New Year!

  5. These look like they'd be delish for breakfast or a snack--or heck, anytime!! :-) Apple and butterscotch is always a good pair. Happy New Year!!

  6. These look marvelous and I love the flavor combination. I'll have to try them. I made your cashew toffee stuff last night for my New Year's party and tried it this morning. It almost became my breakfast, but I knew if I ate it that I'd be hungry by ten and I wouldn't be able to work because all I'd be thinking about is the toffee sitting at home. Happy New Year!

  7. Wow, that is quite a year you've had! When do you go back to NYC?

    That cracked me up when you said,"Will Rosie O...." You're too funny!

    Happy New Year, Emily!

  8. As usual, another recipe that sounds delicious! You really did have a big year didn't you?! Happy New Year's!

  9. Great muffins. I think it's a great combination of flavors.

    In 2000 I got engaged, turned 30, and spent a lot of times doing stuff like wedding planning and house-buying and generally was pretty boring for anyone who wasn't me. My decade definitely had more interesting years.

  10. You are so talented and adorable that I know your year ahead will be even more wonderful than 2009. Happy New Year.

  11. You've had a busy year, Emily, and it's been fun to experience it along with you. Visiting your blog is always a very sweet treat.

    I hope the coming year brings all of us good health, happiness and peace. Best wishes to you.

  12. This recipe sounds like a real winner. I'll be baking them for the New Year. Thanks for a great year of recipes and stories. Keep up the good work! Your blog is the best.

  13. Looks like you had a busy 2009! Your muffins looks really good.

    Happy New Year!

  14. Awesome muffins - love the big slices of apples on top! Happy New Year!!

  15. The fact that you were in 8th grade in 2000 makes me think I should not be blog friends with you. I had just graduated from law school and moved to Chicago with my then-boyfriend/now-husband.

  16. yep, you've had quite a year! congratulations on all you've achieved, and here's hoping 2010 is even better!
    great muffins, by the way--they just so happen to contain many of my favorite ingredients. :)

  17. oh eating these on new year s day will surely start a good year. delicious. Happy new year

  18. Bookmarked these! What a fun year for you. I hope 2010 is a great one too!

  19. Emily - Truly what a year you had. Very exciting, heart breaking I'm sure and thrilling all wrapped up in a twelve month package. You are an amazing person and I know great things lie ahead for you in the new year to come. So - ring it in big tonight and I'm wishing you much joy in 2010.
    All my best to you x deb
    p.s. I wish I had met Al!!!

  20. In 2000 I think I listened to Sugar Ray too. And I wore Doc Martins. Boy, what a difference 10 years will make. And Sugar Ray? Never again. Good luck in 2010!

  21. Yes, yes the recipe looks great & all, but I am groovin' (yes I'm groovin') to KC & the Sunshine Band. :))

  22. What a great year for you Emily! I hope 2010 is EVEN better. These muffins are right up my and butterscotch = yum! Happy New Year.

  23. These sound great! I am not usually a fan of apple muffins - but with the butterscotch - I am there! Hope you have a fantastic New Year Emily, full of even more opportunities than this year!

  24. cinna+apple+buttascotch= THREE OF MY FAV THINGS!

  25. What a year of accomplishments for you! Here is to a great new year 2010 together!

  26. You had an awesome year in 2009, if I may say so. Tons of traveling and good times! I really think you have a FN star making, so keep at it :)

    Was Sugar Ray back in 2000? I was a senior I think... I just remember skipping a lot of school, shopping at Old Navy... and... oh wow, Creed :)

  27. What a year Emily! I wish I could have see your Top Chef-Quaker Oats Quickfire Challenge.

    I think 2010 is going to be a year of opportunities for you, and I can't wait to follow you on all your adventures!

  28. what a year it has been!! hope 2010 is even better ;) now off to make some of these muffins...

  29. Wow, you accomplished a lot in 2009! I'm sure your new year is going to be great because you are a go getter...
    Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy new year!
    p.s. and peace also be with you ;)

  30. Making home made applesauce so that I can make your latest tantalizing recipe...perfect for the first day of school after a wonderful winter break. Thank you for such a yummy recipe.

  31. 2009 was a blast - here's to 2010

    Happy new year

  32. What an amazing year girl! wow! You should be so proud of all your amazing accomplishments. Plus you never cease to amaze me with your beautiful food. These muffins sound heavenly!! Take care!

  33. Thanks everyone!

    Anj, you're so sweet.

    Your blog is one of my faves, Debbie. :)

    Haha, Erin. I'm glad you liked it!

    Katrina, probably early summer.

    Amy, don't say that!

    Doll-Mama, definitely! Never again.