Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us.
Since my son is now old enough to understand and celebrate every holiday, I decided to step it up and do something special. For our celebration (which will actually take place several days prior to the 14th so you can have a chance to recreate the fun) we will need a few recipes, some crafts, and boy approved valentines! This requires a lot of recipe testing before the big day!
First up, some delicious muffins! I am well aware that most of you have most likely made the New Year’s resolution to skimp on the sweets, but I think making one exception for February 14th may be in order. These muffins are amazing! There is an amazing sugar crust exterior with a soft and sweet raspberry center. Top that with a little melted butter and you have one great way to start your day!
- 2 C. white whole wheat flour, divided
- ¾ C. sugar, divided
- 2t. baking powder
- ¼ t. salt
- ½ C. butter, melted
- ¾ C. buttermilk
- 1 egg
- ¼ t. vanilla extract
- 1½ C. raspberries
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Set it aside.
- Whisk 1-3/4 cups of the flour, ½ cup of sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in the butter until well combined. In a medium measuring cup stir the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Slowly add to your dry ingredients.
- Toss the berries in the remaining flour and fold into your batter. Divide evenly into your muffin pan, sprinkle with remaining sugar, and bake 15-17 minutes.
Recipe slightly adapted from Real Simple
Technically these could be good all year long. I just like to imagine that all things red and pink are made for Valentine’s Day. If fresh berries aren’t available, just stop by the freezer section and pick up a bag of frozen.
Speaking of frozen, these freeze well. Just pack them up in a large Ziploc, and when you are ready to enjoy, place them into the microwave and heat for 30 seconds.