For fun, I give my friends this recipe along with a do-it-yourself muffin kit. It includes oven-ready batter in a decorative jar and a few finished muffins to nibble as a sample.
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup molasses
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and molasses; mix well. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating just until blended. Fill greased muffin cups half full.
- Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 140 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
Originally published as Ginger Muffins in Country Woman Christmas 1998