I decided that the list wouldn’t be complete without an orange creamsicle muffin.
I played around with my basic muffin recipe a bit and came up with what I think is a pretty amazing orange creamsicle version. I usually limit myself to one muffin on Muffin Monday but these were so good I ate two (O.K., it was really three but not all at the same time!)
I used a combination of orange extract and juice from orange juice concentrate. I made a version with fresh orange juice but the orange flavor just wasn’t strong enough. The extract and OJ concentrate had better flavor. I did use fresh OJ and orange rind in the glaze I put on top. To give it that creamsicle taste I put in a cup of white chocolate chips. The perfect combination.
Orange just says spring to me. These muffins would be the perfect addition to any Easter breakfast or brunch.
Orange Creamsicle Muffins
1/4 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 C flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C orange juice (from OJ concentrate)
1 C white chocolate chips
1/4 C fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 C powdered sugar
2 tsp orange zest
In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs and extracts.
Combine dry ingredients and add to butter mixture alternating with OJ. Gently fold in white chocolate chips.
Spray muffin tin or line with paper liners. Fill 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Cool.
Combine all 3 ingredients and stir until smooth and desired consistency. Drizzle over muffin while still slightly warm.