"I adapted a recipe from a small Texas cafe to come up with these moist, spicy corn bread muffins," recalls Marion Lowery of Medford, Oregon. "They're wonderful alone or with butter and a bit of ham for a midday sandwich."
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.
When she was a teenager, Patricia VanWyk of Newton, Iowa adapted this recipe from a cookbook. "Since we didn't have the caraway seeds called for in the original recipe, I substituted poppy seeds," she explains. "We liked the savory cheese-topped muffins so well I still make them this way."
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
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.
Chopped green onions and three types of cheese perk up these suppertime specialties. The large light-textured muffins have a golden look and savory flavor that's ideal with any entree.
-Valerie Collier, Charleston, South Carolina
Because my family loves muffins, I'm always on the lookout for new variations. When I tried these nutritional muffins the first time, they were really a hit and became a favorite addition to our big family meals.