September 9, 2012

Pioneer Woman's Good Morning Muffins

When I saw Pioneer Woman making these muffins on T.V., I was immediately drawn to the recipe.  I LOVE all things orange and I LOVE muffins.  Especially muffins with a crunchy topping.  

They had mixed reviews on Food Network.  Most of which said they weren't sweet enough and they didn't have any orange flavor.  So, I added extra sugar and I added Orange Bakery Emulsion!  Problem solved.

They turned out light and fluffy with a light orange flavor.  I made half with the wheat germ on top and half without, just incase we didn't like it and honestly, I couldn't even tell it was on there (flavorwise), but I am glad I added it, because it made me feel like I was eating something healthy.  These tasted best the day they were made, but still tasted good the 2nd day.  I would try and finish them off before the 3rd day.
Good Morning Muffins 
4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 Tbl. baking powder
4 Tbl. unsalted butter, cold
1/4 c. shortening
1 1/2 - 2 c. sweet orange marmalade
1 c. orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 - 1 1/2 tsp. orange bakery emulsion (or orange extract)
3 eggs

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbl. melted butter
wheat germ, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a standard-size muffin tin with paper liners and lightly spray with cooking spray.  Combine the flour, sugar and baking powder.  Add the butter and shortening and cut into dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, combine the orange marmalade, orange juice, vanilla, orange extract and eggs; whisk very well.  Add wet ingredients to dry and stir gently just until combined. Try to use no more than 10 large strokes, batter will be lumpy.  Fill lined muffin tins 2/3 full with batter.  Make the topping:  combine sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Add melted butter and stir until well combined.  Top batter with a heaping 1 teaspoon of mixture.  Sprinkle a 1/2 teaspoon of wheat germ over each as well.  Bake for 17-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Jenn's Notes: I was so glad that I decided to add orange bakery emulsion, because even with it, they came out with only a light orange flavor.  I loved the slightly crunchy topping and recommend adding the wheat germ if you have it.  If not, I don't think I would buy a jar of it just for these.  I cut the recipe in half and ended up with 15 muffins.  I did add 2 eggs to half the batch, because my eggs seemed really small and I used just under 1 cup of orange marmalade.  Mine were perfect at 18 minutes and they turned out light and fluffy and I would make them again.           


  1. I love bakery emulsions. They kick up the flavor!

  2. These look delicious--where would I purchase orange emulsion?

    1. I saw it at Hobby Lobby today or I got mine at Orson Gygi. -Jenn

  3. D-licious!Thanks so much for sharing. I saw this at the six sisters' stuff strut your stuff party. I invite you to link up this post at my link party:

    See you there!

  4. Yum! These muffins look amazing! I'll give them a try as soon as I find some orange emulsion. Will put it on my Hobby Lobby list. Have a great week!

  5. I love muffins in the morning, and these look amazing! Don't know if I would buy the emulsion. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  6. These look so yummy! Pinned for future baking. Saw your link on Sew Many Ways.

  7. Don't you love when you can read reviews from others then adjust your recipe to make it better? These sound fantastic but I'll have to see what I have in the cabinet to substitute for the wheat germ, just not something I have stocked in my cabinets!

  8. These look and sounds super delicious
    I would looooooooove to eat one or two anytime of day :)

  9. What a great way to wake up in the morning! We'd love for you to link up to our party!

  10. These look so good and your comments are helpful. I hope I can persuade you to come share on my Blog Fest: