Pumpkin Muffin Tops

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Are you one of those people that only eats the top of a muffin? Or ever wish you could just have one big muffin top instead? Me too! I love this time of year and I can’t really say that enough so I apologize if I sound like a broken record. With Spring and Summer time I tend to lose my interest in heavy foods so that by the time Autumn comes, I’m all for recipes like this. Maybe I indulge a bit too much at times but I figure I go the other half of the year recovering, haha!

Okay to the point! For all you pumpkin lovers out there and all the yummy spices that go hand-in-hand with pumpkin, you’re gonna love these. They come out so tender, not too sweet leaving room for the sweet icing. And afterwards you’ll probably not like me anymore because from that moment forward you’ll only want to eat muffin tops. I’ll admit to having one for breakfast in the morning but when they’re around I just can’t help it. Enough of my babble! Enjoy and let me know how they turn out for you.

INGREDIENTS

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom (optional)
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, with a whisk combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, salt and set it aside.

In another large bowl or standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Then mix the pumpkin puree, egg and vanilla extract in with it. Grab your bowl of dry ingredients and pour a third of it into the mixture until it’s fairly incorporated. Do this two more times until all of the dry ingredients are mixed together with the wet creating a dough.

Place the cookie dough using a tablespoon and slightly flatten each one. Bake the muffin tops at 350 F degrees for 20 minutes or until the edges are golden orange. Let them cool completely before drizzling the glaze on top.

THE GLAZE

2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk (or more if too thick and dry)
1 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients together and whisk together thoroughly. Add more milk as needed until you get a consistency that is like honey.