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Tender Brown Sugar Muffins

"This is one of my favorite muffin recipes because it goes with anything," says Marian Smith of Sandy, Utah. The sweet treats have a crusty top and tender cake-like interior, so they're good for breakfast or as a snack.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture just until combined. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400° for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 238 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • coupondp
    Nov 29, 2015

    I made these today but subbed room temperature butter for the shortening. I also warmed the milk slightly before adding to the butter mixture to keep the butter soft. I filled the muffin cups half way, then swirled in some left over cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. I filled the rest of the way, added some more cranberry sauce to the top and sprinkled with chopped pecans. Fantastic!

  • bwilkin
    Feb 4, 2014

    This is one of my favorite muffin recipes. It is quick and easy to prepare using ingredients I always have on hand. Very moist, great flavor. Definitely a keeper.

  • BaliHai70
    Sep 15, 2013

    I've been making this recipe for years..ever since I first saw it in TOH..It's foolproof and goes with everything!

  • ChefV
    Nov 4, 2012

    Tried this recipe today and was very disappointed. It was probably my changes to the recipe in an effort to cut the calories. Instead of the shortening I used 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce and 1/4c. butter; 1/4 c. brown sugar and 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract. It had no flavor and was tough. I used paper cupcake holders and they wouldn't come off the muffin. I may give the recipe one more try using the original ingredients listed and hope for a better ending.

  • merricrocker
    May 28, 2012

    I've had a recipe similar to this one for 40 years. However THIS recipe with only a few different tweeks is MUCH better! I've made it twice and my bunch just loves them! So glad I decided to judge a new recipe next to my old standby. The family verdict went with the new version! Yum!!

  • dedaniel37
    May 14, 2009

    I tried these because I had more brown sugar than granulated. Glad I did! They're wonderfully wonderful. I'm going to share, thanks!