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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: CINNAMON SUGAR PULL APART MUFFINS!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

CINNAMON SUGAR PULL APART MUFFINS!!

   This recipe comes from www.wndyseewendydo.com .  Nothing like the smell of cinnamon baking in the oven!








Ahhhh, cinnamon sugar!! The perfect combination of spicy sweet. Doesn't it just scream childhood memories? I am pretty sure everyone was treated with a cinnamon sugar something when they were a kid. For me, it was cinnamon sugar toast. My mom used to slather lightly toasted bread with lots of salty butter and then top it with a heaping amount of cinnamon sugar. The spice mixture just perked me up and made me smile! It still does today!!








Don't be intimated by this recipe. It is quick, easy and super delicious. What is my secret weapon, you ask? Store-bought bread dough! Have you ever used this stuff? I love it!! Use it to make a loaf of tasty french bread, roll it out to make a thick pizza crust OR pull apart muffins!! YEAH BABY!!












CINNAMON SUGAR PULL APART MUFFINS


Makes 6 muffins

Ingredients

  • Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread dough
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a small skillet, brown butter over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes. You know the butter is browned when it turns a light caramel color and smells slightly nutty. ((Be careful not to burn the butter!)) Once browned, set the butter aside to cool.
  3. Remove bread dough from tube and place on a cutting board. Starting in the middle, divide the dough with a small slit. The divide again and again until you have 31 slits. Using a very sharp knife, slice the dough. You should end up with 32 slices. Flatten each slice with you hands or a rolling pin and place on a sheet of parchment or wax paper.
  4. In a bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. To assemble the muffins, brush each dough slice with the brown butter. Then sprinkle with the entire sugar mixture. (Yes, ALL of the cinnamon sugar!) Stack the dough slice on top of each other. (some stacks will have five slices and some will have six.) Using a sharp knife, slice the stacks down the middle.
  6. Place two of the sliced stacks, side by side, cut side down into a greased muffin tin. Repeat with the rest of the stacks.
  7. **This step is very important!!** Before you put the muffin tin in the oven place it on a larger, rimmed baking sheet. This will catch any butter/sugar overflow and avoid a very smokey oven.
  8. Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove. Enjoy!!

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