December 4, 2012

"Gourmet" Muffins from a $0.50 Mix

I am a bit embarrassed to confess this, but there are moments when I 
feel like I just don't have time to even cream butter and sugar together....

The pace of this season in my life feels a little frantic, so making an array
of home-baked good feels like an unreachable goal, but my kids love
sweets and treats.

The other night, I looked in my fridge and saw half of a bag of cranberries
left over and I remembered that I had one of those $0.50 blueberry muffin mixes.

Now, on their own, the muffin mixes can be gross, but with a few "extra" ingredients, I realized that I can make "gourmet" muffins!

Take 1 package of your dry muffin mix....

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk (this was an original ingredient from the package)
1 egg
1/3-1/2 cup flour
1/2 bag of cranberries
sugar for sprinking

I just mixed in all the extras but the cranberries.  Add enough flour to
make a thick, almost paste-like consistency.

Add in the cranberries and spoon into muffin papers.

I then like to sprinkle about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of sugar over the top of the muffins.

Bake at 425 degrees about 15-18 minutes, just until the tops are brown.

You'll end up with "homemade" muffins in no time.......and no creaming involved!!

Do you have any creative "shortcuts"??

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