It’s disgustingly hot outside and I have no energy to ramble, so I’ll keep this short:

MAKE THESE MUFFINS.

Yes, I was sweating buckets in the kitchen while I was making these. Yes, it was worth it.

Cashew Butterscotch Muffins (47 of 750)

Adapted from  750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury
Makes 32 muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granualted sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup lightly salted roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugars, egg, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Whisk in yogurt and milk until fully combined.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in cashews and toffee bits.
  5. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are firm at the center and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool.

These muffins are crazy addicting. They’re moist and tender with a great combination of salty/sweet. Cashews aren’t a crunchy nut, per se, so they don’t really add much of a textural element, but they’re deliciously buttery with a faint hit of salt. The toffee is the best part of these muffins – while baking, the pieces melt and caramelize in the most delicious way.

I know it’s July, and when it’s 90+ degrees outside with a heat advisory, I’m sure the last thing you want to do is bake, but trust me, these are worth it. I bet they’d be amazing with some caramel ice cream, like a muffin sundae. And with that, muffins have officially toppled over the edge from breakfast food to dessert.

Now that’s what I’m talking about

Cashew butterscotch muffins

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