Friday, February 19, 2010

Day #22: Children's Party Muffins

Today, my son and I chose to make the Children's Party Muffins from the 100 Muffins Cookbook. We chose to decorate them with Wilton Cookies & Cream Sprinkles and Chocolate Non-Parelis. No, we do not have a children's party to attend, but we are going to have a party for "no reason" here at home because, why not have a party?? We will also be sharing these with my friends at our Joy Day celebration tomorrow while making mosaics.

You can be as creative as you like with these, adding any type of candy, color of sprinkle, or decoration of your choice. The only rule is to have fun and be sure and lick the spoon :-)!

Have a JOY-Filled Weekend with the ones you Love Deeply!

"Now you've got my feet on the life path,
all radiant from the shining of your face.
Ever since you took my hand,
I'm on the right way."

Psalm 16:11 (The Message)

Children's Party Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
Heaping ½ cup superfine sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
6 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract (1 used 1/2 tsp almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
a variety of small candies or sprinkles to decorate

For the Frosting:
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
5-6 teaspoons hot water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with 12muffin pan liners. Sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the sugar. Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl, then beat in the milk, vanilla/almond extracts, and oil. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined; do not overmix. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until well risen, golden brown, and firm to the touch. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

When the muffins are cold, make the frosting. Sift the confectioners sugar into a bow. Add the hot water and stir until the mixture is smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Spoon the frosting on top of each muffin, then add the decoration of your choice. Let set for about 30 minutes before serving.

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