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Merry Christmas Muffins

 Merry Christmas Muffins
These moist, fruity muffins are packed with hearty ingredients and spread with a creamy orange-flavored frosting. Served with coffee, they're a favorite with Christmas guests.
16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried mixed fruit
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Chopped candied cherries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl,
  • beat eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until

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Merry Christmas Muffins (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • moistened. Fold in carrots, apple, coconut, fruit and raisins. Fill
  • paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 30
  • minutes or until muffins test done. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from
  • pan to a wire rack to cool completely. For frosting, combine butter,
  • cream cheese, sugar, juice and vanilla in a bowl; beat until smooth
  • and creamy. Spread over muffins. Sprinkle with cherries. Yield: 16
  • muffins.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 406 calories, 20 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 294 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.