This recipe has been in my family since 1943, so these muffins have been enjoyed during the holidays for many years. The “surprise” is a dollop of cranberry sauce in the center. We like to eat them warm, fresh from the oven.
These muffins feature pears, which are a great source of vitamin C, and seasonal spices such as cinnamon and allspice. Grated orange peel rounds out the holiday touch in these feel-good treats from Kay Tanberg of Duluth, Minnesota.
From Greenbush, Michigan, Anita Kay Brown shares these moist, sweet muffins with a decadent taste. She writes, “Over the years, I’ve altered the recipe to reduce sugar and fat. Even after the changes, they’re always a hit!”
I can remember my Grandma Wheeler making these delicious muffins—we'd eat them nice and warm, fresh from the oven! She was a "pinch of this" and "handful of that" kind of cook, so getting the ingredient amounts correct for the recipe was a challenge. Now it's a family treasure! —Darlis A. Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin
Chopped pecans add pleasant crunch to these hearty muffins with rich banana flavor. Says Marjorie Mott from Galatia, Illinois, “These muffins are low in cholesterol, but you’d never know it. My husband and I love them.”
“I found this recipe on a paper market bag years ago,” writes Norma Saunders of Los Angeles, California. “I've made it more times than I can count, and my family and friends really enjoy it. It has a great tangy flavor and is so easy to make.”