Upside-Down Turtle Muffins
Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
We really liked the chocolate part of the muffin, but did not care for the caramel candies. They were very chewy inside the muffin. You would be eating at light cake muffin and all of a sudden hit a hard chewy candy in the center. We would make them again for the muffin part, but replace the caramel candy, with another softer candy or cream filling inside.
I prepared these muffins for the first time. I did adjust the recipe by using 1/4 cup butter instead of 3 Tbsp. butter. I also just used regular caramels to top these muffins & I didn't use pecan halves. I did place the inverted muffins back in oven to soften, then I spread the softened caramels over the top of the muffins like a glaze! I sifted the flour, baking soda and salt-I kept those ingredients the same! I soured 1/3 cup milk with 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar & used the 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips,1/3 cup packed brown sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract & the 1 slightly beaten egg. I also used Rolo candies for the muffin filling, since I didn't have the Riesen's caramels available! I also supplemented with miniature Snicker candy bars! I admit I'd sampled 3 of these muffins and they're more like upside-down cupcakes! They were good! I will prepare these again, but I just might keep the muffins upright and use cupcake liners for the muffin pans, rather than grease the pans! I admit that I feel greasing muffin pans takes a knack in preparing the pans and I had greased and floured these foil-type muffin pans! I filled the pans LESS than 3/4 full and got 10 muffins! Two of the muffins broke which I inverted them-the others stayed intact.This was a very clever idea, though, to think up this recipe! It's also possible that I might JUSTexperiment with a 375o F. oven! It is true that a 400o F. oven did bake the muffins in order to melt the candy and I used a 10 minute baking time, rather than 12 to 14 minutes so that they wouldn't overbake! For me, the 10 minute baking time WAS a help! delowenstein