Wednesday 7 December 2016

Donal Skehan's Merry Gingerbread Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Donal Skehan

Published 13/12/2015 | 02:30

Donal Skehan's gingerbread muffins
Donal Skehan's gingerbread muffins

Spread some Christmas cheer with these fragrant gingerbread creations — fun for all ages!

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Gingerbread Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Christmas and gingerbread go hand in hand, so every year I make at least one batch of crisp gingerbread cookies to share with friends and family. The combination of Christmas spices works well in plenty of other baking recipes as well and that's certainly the case with these Christmas muffins, topped with mini gingerbread men.

Makes 8-12 Muffins

You will need

100g of butter, melted

200ml of buttermilk

Zest of 1 lemon

2 large free range eggs

100g of caster sugar

50g of dark brown sugar

250g of self-raising flour

1 tsp of ground ginger

1 tsp of ground cinnamon

For the frosting:

200g of cream cheese

450g of icing sugar

1 tsp of cinnamon

Method

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line a muffin tray with paper cases. In a bowl, whisk together the butter, buttermilk, lemon zest and set aside.

In a standalone mixer, beat the eggs with the sugars until light and fluffy. Add in the butter mixture and whisk until combined. Gently fold in the flour and spices until just combined. Be sure not to over mix the batter. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases and place in the oven to cook for 15-20 minutes until brown on top. Remove from the oven and place on a wire wrack to cool.

While the muffins are baking, beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and cinnamon until smooth and combined. When the muffins are cool, with a knife spread the frosting on the top. Place a mini gingerbread man on top and they are ready to serve.

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