Tuck a couple of praline pumpkin spice mini muffins in a lunch box or take to work for a sweet treat mid-morning.
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Good things come in small packages. I love mini muffins, individual desserts, and other small foods. These praline pumpkin spice mini muffins make a great grab and go breakfast or mid-day snack. They easily pack into a lunch box for a treat too.
I used the praline pecans from Millican Pecan Company. I was worried I may not have enough for my recipe because my youngest son and I were snacking on them. They are THAT good and they bring a unique sweetness to these mini muffins. Not too sweet, though. You could use plain pecans but the praline version add a great flavor.
This recipe makes 3 dozen mini muffins. A trick I learned from my Mom is to sprinkle a little bit of sugar on the top before baking. It adds a touch of sweetness and a bit of a crunch. This time I made a cinnamon sugar for the topping for another layer of flavor.
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup pumpkin
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup praline pecans, coarsly chopped, divided (I used pralilne pecans from Millican Pecan)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray 36 mini muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray or line with mini paper baking cups. Mix topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice.
- In bowl of electric mixer, beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Add pumpkin, eggs, orange juice and vanilla. Beat until well blended. (Mixture may appear curdled.) Add to flour mixture, along with ¾ cup chopped praline pecans and stir just until moistened. Spoon evenly into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove from muffin pan and serve warm or at room temperature.
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