It’s 8:30pm and I feel like I could fall asleep right here in my living room with Beyonce playing and my pink, not-christmas, tree lit up. My apartment smells like maple syrup from some granola I made for work-time snacking. You see, I’m tired. I think it has to do a little bit with getting used to a new job, a little bit to do with the fact that I woke up early today for no reason, and maybe a lot because I let my thoughts wear me out!
Hi, my name is Megan and I’m an over-thinker. It turns out the answer is to buy some new sweatpants, bake mini muffins, listen to Andre 3000, and call my dad for some solid get-your-head-back-on-straight chit-chat.
So, if you find yourself in an over thinking spiral, I’d suggest muffining. These petite muffins bake up perfectly rounded! (Except for the one that sunk, which I ate, for science.) So they’re the opposite of stressful-ness. AND they’re delicious. You can swirl them with an orange icing if you’d prefer. It’d be tasty either way!
P.S. Don’t be scurred. That photo up there may look like a muffin army, but I swear these guys have only the best intentions to make your morning or afternoon or evening better.
Mandarin Mini Muffins (makes about 30 minis)
Recipe adapted from Cupcakes!
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/4 t salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 – 2 t mandarin orange zest
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk*
- 1 t fresh mandrin orange juice
- 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips, melted
* OR place 1 1/2 t lemon juice in a 1/2 cup measuring cup and fill to the top with milk. Allow to sit for 2 minutes. Use in place of buttermilk.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 30-ish mini muffin tin cups with paper liners.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, rub the zest and sugar together until it resembles wet sand. Using an electric mixer on a medium speed, beat the butter into the zesty sugar until smoothly blended and lightened in color, about 1 minute. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until each is blended and batter looks creamy. Mix in the vanilla and orange zest.
- On a low speed, add half of the flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate it. Mix in the buttermilk to blend it. Mix in the remaining flour mixture until it is just incorporated and batter looks smooth. Stir in orange juice.
- Fill each paper liner using a cookie scoop until a little over half-way full. Bake for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center and comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool completely before drizzling with milk chocolate. Enjoy!
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