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Strawberry Muffins with Cinnamon-Honey Spread

I sometimes makes these moist, fruity muffins a day early to cut down on last-minute preparation. They get a special touch from a quick-to-fix cinnamon-honey spread.—Phyllis Carlson, Gardner, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen (3/4 cup spread)


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups frozen sweetened strawberries, thawed, undrained
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans, optional
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, mix strawberries, oil, eggs and food coloring if desired; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in pecans if desired.
  • Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until muffins test done.
  • Meanwhile, combine spread ingredients in a small bowl; beat until blended. Serve with the muffins. Store spread in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 237 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • PrplMonky5
    May 27, 2017

    My husband LOVED these and I found them to be quite tasty myself! I think I may have overstirred them just a tad, as they were a bit thicker than I expected. I too did 1/2 C oil, 1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce. I used fresh strawberries and because I wanted a lot of them, I cut them into smaller chunks before measuring out 2C, ensuring that there will be quite a lot of strawberry. I think they baked real well and had a nice crust on the top full of a cinnamon flavor. My husband liked the spread, but to me it just tasted like a lot of sugar. I might bypass that next time, or make a much smaller batch of it. Overall, these were DELICIOUS and I can't wait to make them again.

  • dawnrosanne
    Jun 29, 2016

    These were average! They didn't taste "strawberry" enough to me.

  • tmfentress
    Feb 10, 2014

    Made these this weekend and they were a huge hit. Very moist and flavorful. Will make these again.

  • Jurisrachel
    Aug 21, 2013

    I went a little healthier:-no oil-only one egg-1 1/2 cups chunky cinnamon applesauce-1/4 cup lowfat milk-2/3 cup nonfat plain yogurt-unsweetened frozen fruit instead (and try mixed berries too)-1/4 less sugar (adding a smidge more flour)-no food coloring - just use the liquid from the thawed fruit and a little less milk-and try "white wheat" instead of white flour (fewer total carbs, with more fiber, and more protein)Yum!

  • BCMomma3
    Jul 12, 2013

    Loved this recipe! I made a couple of modifications, used 1/2 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup ripe, mashed banana. Also used fresh strawberries and a few leftover blueberries. Wonderful!

  • Jurisrachel
    Jul 11, 2013

    Very tasty. I used one commenter's half-oil, half-applesauce suggestion. But I'd not noticed the yield - yikes!

  • seebs1977
    Mar 9, 2013

    Very easy to whip up a batch--my four kids loved them!! I love it when I have a whim, I can go to and find nearly anything to make with the ingredients I happen to have on hand! Thank you!

  • DeepSorrow
    Jun 7, 2012

    Very tasty, and easy to make. Quite a sweet treat.

  • kmohning
    May 24, 2012

    Oh my goodness, so delicious! These muffins are so light and perfectly sweet with the spread on top. The only change I made was to replace half of the oil with applesauce, and I got 2 dozen regular sized heavenly muffins :)

  • caparmenter
    May 14, 2011

    Excellent way to use the extra strawberries in our strawberry patch. The cinnamon-honey spread is delicious!! It would be even better with 1/2 cream cheese and 1/2 butter because cream cheese icing is my favorite thing!