Oatmeal Muffins

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This is the time of year where nearly every blog has Superbowl recipes plastered over its front page, boasting cheesy dips, sliders, and two-bite treats that probably taste as awesome as they look. Regretfully, we aren’t planning on making any game day appetizers until Sunday, but we can assure you that those recipes will be up in plenty of time for next year! And who says baked egg rolls and spinach dip can’t be eaten on a random day anyway? (In case you were wondering, those two things, plus our favorite guacamole, are what we plan to make while we avoid watching the game itself.)

Anyway, time to talk about today’s post- oatmeal muffins! Our mom used to make this delicious coffee cake when we were little with a cornflake crumble topping and a cake base that had wheat germ in it. It sounds weird, but we assure you that it’s an awesome cake. These muffins have a very similar flavor to that cake, thanks to the ground oats in the base and the crumbly oat topping. We love dessert for breakfast as much as the next person (see here, here, and here) but sometimes, especially during the cold winter months, it’s nice to have something that is filling, delicious, but doesn’t feel like eating a cupcake (not that that’s really a bad thing…)! These muffins ended up being exactly that. They have the right amount of sweetness, hearty flavor, and one muffin leaves you full until lunch. Thank you, Cook’s Illustrated- you are great!

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Oatmeal Muffins

Makes 12

Recipe via Cook’s Illustrated Magazine January/February 2012 Issue

Ingredients

Topping:
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (1 1/2-oz)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (1 2/3-oz)
1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped (we didn’t have any one hand, but they are assuredly a great addition)
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar (2 1/3-oz)
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Muffin Base:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (6-oz)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (8 3/4-oz)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/3 cups packed light brown sugar (9 1/3-oz)
1 3/4 cups milk
2 large eggs, beaten

Directions

For the topping:

Combine oats, flour, pecans, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in medium bowl. Drizzle melted butter over mixture and stir to thoroughly combine; set aside.

For the muffins:

Grease and flour 12-cup muffin tin. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add oats and cook, stirring frequently, until oats turn golden brown and smell of cooking popcorn, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer oats to food processor and process into fine meal, about 30 seconds. Add flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda to oats and pulse until combined, about 3 pulses.

Stir 6 tablespoons melted butter and sugar together in large bowl until smooth. Add milk and eggs and whisk until smooth. Using whisk, gently fold half of oat mixture into wet ingredients, tapping whisk against side of bowl to release clumps. Add remaining oat mixture and continue to fold with whisk until no streaks of flour remain. Set aside batter for 20 minutes to thicken. Meanwhile, adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375°F.

Using ice cream scoop or large spoon, divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups (about 1/2 cup batter per cup; cups will be filled to rim). Evenly sprinkle topping over muffins (about 2 tablespoons per muffin). Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 18 to 25 minutes, rotating muffin tin halfway through baking.

Let muffins cool in muffin tin on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove muffins from muffin tin and serve or let cool completely before serving.

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