Applesauce Muffins recipe with cinnamon, raisins and nuts or frost with Butter Cream Cheese Frosting for cupcakes.
This is a personal recipe given to my husband in 1969 by Mrs. Cordelia Kelly, Greensboro, NC. She hosted a cooking show, "What's Cooking Today" on WFMY - Channel 2.
The original recipe was title Apple Cupcakes and did not include a frosting recipe.
Because these moist, yummy cupcakes were not frosted but looked and tasted like muffins, I called them muffins.
Later, I add a delicious frosting calling them cupcakes.
Sift together flour, sugar, salt, soda, baking powder, and spices twice into a mixing bowl.
Add eggs, applesauce, shortening, water, and vanilla extract.
Mix on low speed for 1 minute.
Scrape down sides and beat on medium speed for about 1 minute until well blended and lumps are gone.
Fold in raisins and nuts.
Line muffin pans with cupcake liners.
Fill cups 3/4 full.
Bake in preheated oven 400F. 18-20 minutes or until muffins test done.
Remove from oven.
Let set 5 minutes and remove from pan leaving the liners intact.
TIP: Applesauce is now available flavored with cinnamon. You may use the new flavored version and eliminate the the above cinnamon ingredient or add if for a spicier taste.
Serve hot out of the oven or cool them on a rack before serving.
Frosting may be added to the tops to serve them as Applesauce Cupcakes.
These muffins make a lovely addition to your breakfast or brunch table.
They also make a delicious dessert to your lunch boxes.
Makes 12-15 medium size muffins or cupcakes.
Mix all together in mixing bowl on high speed until light and creamy.
Frost cooled muffins to serve as cupcakes.