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How to make it

  • Combine ingredients and break up any lumps.
  • To make 24 regular-sized muffins:.
  • Preheat oven to 400°. Coat muffin tins with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat 3 to 4 eggs.
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla.
  • 2 cups water.
  • UP TO 1 cup oil or butter.
  • Stir in 5-1/2 cups muffin mix and any additional ingredients (listed below) just until moistened. The batter should be lumpy.
  • Fill muffin tins full.
  • Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until muffins are golden brown.
  • Applesauce muffins: 1 cup applesauce omit oil.
  • Apple muffins: 3 cups raw grated carrots 1 teaspoons gr. cloves 1 cup nuts or raisins sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture before baking.
  • Apricot muffins: 1 cup chopped dried apricots.
  • Banana muffins: 2 mashed bananas 1 cup walnuts (optional).
  • Blueberry muffins: 2 cups fresh or frozen rinsed blueberries.
  • Bran-molasses muffins: Use only 3 cups of muffin mix. Stir in: 4 cups bran cereal 1/2 cup molasses 1 cup raisins.
  • Butterscotch muffins: 2 (12 oz.) bags butterscotch chips 1 cup chopped nuts.
  • Carrot muffins: 2 cups grated carrots 1 cup raisins 1-1/2 teaspoons allspice.
  • Cashew muffins: 2 cups unsalted coarsely chopped cashews.
  • Cherry muffins: 2 cups fresh or dried pitted cherries.
  • Chocolate chip-fudge muffins: 1-1/2 cups cocoa 1/2 cup sugar 3 cups mini chocolate chips.
  • Coconut muffins: 3 cups toasted flaked coconut (reserve some to sprinkle on the top).
  • Cranberry-orange muffins: 2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries 1 cup nuts 1/2 cup orange juice 2 Tb. orange peel.
  • Currant muffins: 1-1/2 cups currants 1 cup chopped nuts.
  • Date nut muffins: 1 cup chopped dates 1 cup chopped nuts.
  • Eggnog muffins: 4 teaspoons rum extract 2 cups eggnog (omit water from recipe) before baking, top with mixture of: 2 Tb. sugar 1 teaspoons nutmeg 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon.
  • Fig muffins: 2 cups dried chopped figs 1 cup chopped walnuts.
  • Fruit muffins: 2 cups dried diced fruit.
  • Garden fresh muffins: 1 cup grated carrots 1 cup grated zucchini 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves.
  • Gingerbread muffins: 2 Tb. ground ginger 1/2 cup molasses 2 cups raisins.
  • Granola muffins: reduce muffin mix to 4 cups and add: 1-1/2 cups granola. Top with additional granola before baking.
  • Grape nuts muffins: reduce muffin mix to 4 cups and add: 2-1/2 cups grape nuts and 1 teaspoons allspice.
  • Hazelnut muffins: 2 teaspoons ground cardamom 2 cups chopped hazelnuts.
  • Incredible Cream Cheese muffins: combine: 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs. Drop this mix by Tb. onto top of muffins before baking.
  • Jam muffins: 1-1/2 cups jam or preserves (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, cherry) 1 cup chopped nuts (optional).
  • Kisses and hugs muffins: 1-1/2 cups cocoa 1/2 cup sugar after filling muffin tins 3/4 full, drop one Hershey’s kiss into the center of each muffin, pushing down slightly until kiss is covered. Ice cooled muffins with confectioners sugar and water glaze.
  • Lemon muffins: omit 1 cup water and replace with 1 cup lemon juice use 4 eggs, 1/2 cup chopped nuts.
  • Lemon-poppy seed: 2 packages (3.4 oz each) instant lemon pudding mix 2 Tb. poppy seeds use 4 eggs omit 1 cup water and replace with 1 cup lemon juice.
  • Mandarin muffins: 2 (8-1.4 oz) cans crushed pineapple (undrained) reduce water to 1 cup 1-1/2 cups shredded carrots.
  • Maple muffins: 6 Tb. maple syrup, reduce water to 1-1/2 cups.
  • Marmalade muffins: 1-1/2 cups orange marmalade, 1 cup chopped nuts (opt), 1 cup orange juice (omit 1 cup of the water).
  • Mincemeat muffins: 1-1/2 cups mincemeat.
  • Nutty muffins: 3 cups peanut butter chips 1/2 cup chopped peanuts.
  • Oatmeal muffins: reduce muffin mix to 4 cups and add 1 cup oats; use 4 eggs and up to 2 cups raisins or grated apples.
  • Orange muffins: 2 cups sour cream,1 cup nuts or coconut (opt), 2 cans (11 oz. each) mandarin oranges, drain; use 4 eggs.
  • Peach muffins: 2 cups fresh or one large can (drained) chopped peaches.
  • Pear muffins: 2 cups fresh or one large can (drained) chopped pears.
  • Peanut-butter banana muffins: 1 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup chopped peanuts 3 mashed bananas.
  • Peanut-butter & jelly muffins: 1 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup chopped peanuts; drop 1 Tb. jam into each muffin before baking.
  • Pecan muffins: 2 cups chopped toasted pecans, 1 teaspoons maple extract.
  • Pineapple muffins: 1 teaspoons ground cloves, 1 large can crushed pineapple, drained 1 jar (7 oz. or about 1 cup) macadamia nuts, chopped.
  • Pineapple carrot raisin muffins: 1 cup each: grated carrots, crushed pineapple, drained and raisins 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional).
  • Prune muffins: 1 to 2 cups chopped prunes 1/3 cup poppy seeds.
  • Pumpkin muffins: 2 cups or 1 can solid pack pumpkin 1 Tb. pumpkin pie spice 1/2 cup each chopped nuts and raisins.
  • Raspberry muffins: 2 cups fresh or frozen whole, unsweetened raspberries.
  • Rum raisin muffins: 3 teaspoons rum extract or 3 tablespoons rum before baking, top with mix of: 2 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg.
  • Sesame seed muffins: 1 cup toasted sesame seeds before baking, top with mix of: 1/2 cup nuts 4 Tb. brown sugar 4 Tb. sesame seeds 2 Tb. flour 1/2 teaspoons each cinnamon/nutmeg.
  • Sour cream muffins: omit one cup of the water and add: 1 cup sour cream 2 cups nuts 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel (opt.).
  • Strawberry muffins: 2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped.
  • Sweet potato muffins: 1 Tb. allspice 4 Tb. dry orange peel 2 cans (10 oz each) sweet potatoes, mashed, well drained (about 2-1/2 cups).
  • Tropical treat muffins: 1 cup dried mango or papaya, chopped 1 cup chopped banana chips or 2 fresh mashed,
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped 1/2 cup coconut 1/2 cup sour cream 2 teaspoons lemon peel, grated.
  • Vanilla muffins: 2 packages vanilla chips.
  • Walnut muffins 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts.
  • Wheat germ muffins: 2-2/3 cup wheat germ use 4 eggs 1/2 cup extra water before baking, top muffins with mix of: 1/2 cup wheat germ 2 Tb. sugar.
  • Yogurt muffins: reduce water to 1-1/2 cups and add: 2 cartons (8 oz each) yogurt -- plain or flavored.
  • Zucchini muffins: 2 cups grated zucchini 2 Tb. cinnamon 1 cup chopped nuts (optional).
  • Plum muffins: 2 cups fresh or canned plums; chopped.

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    " It was excellent "
    emeraldnymph ate it and said...
    Thank you for this recipe. I love it and the muffins turn out perfect ever time. My child is very happy with the results too.
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  • stormaj 1 year ago
    Recipe states....3 teaspoons ground nutmeg (I reduce nutmeg to 2 Tbsp.)......Should it read 3 tablespoons in ingredients or should your reduced amount be 2 teaspoons?
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  • countrygoalie 2 years ago
    We drink raw milk in our household, so I would prefer to omit the powdered pasteurized milk - and I found this link for conversion of dry milk in recipes to liquid milk, for those who are also interested: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_conversion_for_dry_milk_to_liquid_milk - so I need to figure out how much powdered milk ends up in each "serving" of the mix, so I can know how much liquid milk to add instead. :D
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  • fanoel 3 years ago
    Just love this recipe have used and used it for our muffins we make in the shop, so economical and so many variety's to try out, much nicer than the bought muffin mix too!
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    " It was good "
    hungryjohn ate it and said...
    Made these with Orange Flavored Cranberries from Trader Joe's because that's what I had that looked like it would be good. Came out just a little dry, probably because they were a bit overcooked. Nothing in my oven is ever ready in the minimum time listed in a recipe, so I didn't check until after 18 minutes and they were already a little too dark. Will be more careful next time and I'm eager to try other variations.
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    " It was excellent "
    Mavy ate it and said...
    totaly loved this recipe. but realy need to know how to substitute dry milk powder with fresh milk! please HELP!
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  • otterpond 4 years ago
    This is fantastic. I love that you took the time to share this basic mix with us. It so very useful. Thanks so much.
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  • carmenperez 5 years ago
    saving this one
    i learn so much ty
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  • peretz 5 years ago
    When I first looked at the quantities I thought it would take months to get through so much mix. Then I looked at the variations list... I'm off to buy a great big jar to put my 25 cups' worth of mix into! Thanks - I can't wait to try some of these out.
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    " It was excellent "
    nakedchef ate it and said...
    sounds perfect, thanks, I'll try it this weekend
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    " It was excellent "
    tuilelaith ate it and said...
    This is the most perfect recipe for those of us who like to experment. The Grands are going to love it. Thank you for this great post!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    tuilelaith ate it and said...
    This is the most perfect recipe for those of us who like to experment. The Grands are going to love it. Thank you for this great post!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    cholena ate it and said...
    use 1/2 the Q
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  • wendyonly 6 years ago
    Thanks for sharing this nice recipe!
    May i ask a question? It can make 24 muffins,how about if i wanna make 12? (cos i only have a small oven) Thank you^^
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    " It was excellent "
    tuilelaith ate it and said...
    This sounds perfect. I love to make muffins. What a find this recipe is! Thank You
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  • inmaculada 6 years ago
    Oh, how I appreciate your post!!! It is so generous sharing this with us, and with so many options for different muffins... I really love this recipe since it is so handy and reliable. Thanks, thanks, thanks.
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  • suzalleogram 6 years ago
    Thank you for posting this- what a gal!
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  • tcvillegas 6 years ago
    Wowowee!!! Can't wait to enjoy a freshly baked muffin (thanks to your recipe!) and a nice cup of tea....
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  • beckabr 6 years ago
    looks really good-thanks!
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  • michelle73 6 years ago
    What a fantastic selection of muffins to choose from! And what a great post! Would it be possible to add fresh milk instead of dry to this? I never have dry milk on hand.
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