These are my son's favorites. He calls them "surprise muffins" because I pipe raspberry preserves into their centers. He likes them so much that sometimes I bake them in jumbo muffin tins, adding more preserves than I do for the regular size.
-Sue Santulli, Sea Girt, New Jersey
These moist, spicy muffins boast as much flavor as color. They go great with soups and salads, says Agnes Ward of Stratford, Ontario. Substitute a can of chopped green chilies for the jalapenos for less heat.
Whenever I can carve out even a little free time, I love to bake. And after almost endless experimenting, I have to say that these muffins are my all-around favorites. They’re easy to make, and the orange peel—a lovely addition to the raisins, nuts and poppy seeds—just says spring to me. —Ruth Bolduc, Conway, New Hampshire
Looking for a way to dazzle Easter brunch guests? A dozen of these tempting gems should do the trick. The coconut-macadamia nut struesel is the perfect complement to the muffin's fresh lime flavor. —Teresa Grissom, Zionsville, Indiana
Our home economists liked these fruit-and-nut muffins from Marianne Clarke of Crystal Lake, Illinois so much, they modified the recipe to layer the dry ingredients in a jar. TIP: Print the directions for preparing the muffins and spiced butter on a holiday postcard and attach to the jar with a festive ribbon.
I created this recipe by trial and error. I've only had one outstanding bran muffin at a restaurant, and wanted to come up with a awesome one to make myself. These are moist, healthy, not too sweet and so tasty! Full of grains and fruits.—Nancy, Rens, Prescott, Arizona