I love making up my own recipes, and I particularly love when they turn out exactly as I'd hoped on the first try! These gingerbread muffins have a pronounced ginger flavor, enhanced by a mix of spices and molasses. They're delicious right out of the oven and even better with the vanilla glaze.
½ c butter ½ tsp salt
¾ c molasses 1tsp baking powder
½ c milk ½ tsp baking soda
1 egg ½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp freshly grated ginger ¼ tsp ground allspice
½ c brown sugar ½ tsp ground cloves
2 ½ c flour
1 c powdered sugar
2 T milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400°F. Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Add molasses, stirring until the two are completely combined. Add milk and egg. Mix in grated ginger, then add in brown sugar. Stir until the mixture is completely smooth and uniform.
Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid ingredients, stirring just until you can no longer see flour. Spoon the batter into 12 greased or lined muffin cups.
Bake 18-21 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack. Eat them warm as is, or let them cool for 30 minutes before glazing.
To make the glaze, combine the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl. Whisk together until completely smooth. If the glaze is too thick to drizzle, add milk to thin. If it is too thin, add powdered sugar. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the muffins. The glaze will harden in about 30 minutes.