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
To perk up your mornings or snack times, Mina Dyck suggests you try her moist munchablemuffins. "Apples and raisins lend natural sweetness to whole grain flavor," she notes from Boissevain, Manitoba. "These muffins impressed judges enough to earn a prize in a healthy recipe contest I entered.
Loaded with pizza flavor, these moist muffins are served at Andrea McGee's home regularly. "They're great for lunch but also make good appetizers when baked in mini muffin cups," suggests the Port Alsworth, Alaska reader. "Try adding chopped mushrooms or green pepper to the batter."
In Muncie, Indiana, Samantha Callahan jazzes up pound cake mix with some canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to create these sweet muffins. "They're so good, even picky eaters cannot seem to get enough," notes the substitute teacher's aide. "They're also delicious without frosting or nuts."
I modified this recipe from a heart-smart cookbook, and my husband loved it," writes Jennifer Wertz from Council Bluffs, Iowa. "The muffins make great on-the-go breakfasts or afterwork snacks, so I bake a batch each week...often replacing cranberries with blueberries."
Featuring three types of peppers and a hint of basil, these tender muffins are perfect with chicken. I trimmed down the original recipe to make them low in fat and cholesterol. -Karen Shipp of San Antonio, Texas