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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. —Ada Kirkland, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 muffins

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 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried mixed fruit
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon 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 moistened. Fold in carrots, apple, coconut, fruit and raisins. Fill 16 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.

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