Blissful Buttermilk Spice Muffins

buttermilk spice muffinCupcakes are, of course, the darling of the baked goods world right now. Pancakes are a brunch staple, no matter what. But sometimes, you're craving nothing more than a simple, sweet, warm, and cozy muffin. That was me last week when I realized I wanted to bake up a batch of seriously amazing muffins, but I didn't have a pan or the ingredients in the house at the time. So, I went on a "muffin mission" -- no joke -- and got those items, so from that point on, I'd have no problem baking up a batch when a craving strikes.

Muffins are pretty much perfect to me in that there are so many ways you can mix 'em up and try different combos. (I get bored easily!) While the last batch I did was chock-full of blueberries, the next is going to be a wee bit more decadent. I'm thinking one that's reminiscent of coffee cake! Something like these Buttermilk Spice Muffins ... Hungry yet? Don't worry, I gotcha covered.


Buttermilk Spice Muffins from


  • 1/2 cup butter, (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup white, whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup (plus 1 tablespoon) well-shaken buttermilk

For topping:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a muffin tin (or line with paper cups). In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until well mixed.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Then mix in the buttermilk. Add the final amount of the flour mixture, beating just until combined. The batter may still be a bit lumpy. Prepare sugar nut topping.
  3. In a small food processor or blender, whiz together the topping ingredients. Pulse until nuts are very finely ground and ingredients are well-blended.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Sprinkle the top with a rounded tablespoon of the sugar nut topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean. Cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes, and then carefully lift out to a cooling rack.


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