Snickerdoodle Muffins

Our long weekend has been a busy one. On Friday we dodged the rain and took a little trip to the Heiligenberg (meaning Holy Mountain or Mountain of Saints) which is a mountain on the other side of the Neckar river in our city of Heidelberg and part of the Odenwald (thought to translate as Forest of Sagas or Stories. An ode being a type of lyrical verse which in German plural is Oden. Wald meaning forest) low mountain range. I like the name, The Holy Mountain in The Forest of Sagas. Ok, enough Etymology geekery.

Up on the mountain is the ruins of the Klosterkirche Saint Michael, which is a monastery built in 863AD inside the ramparts of an earlier building, a Celtic fortress built in the 5th century BC.

Further down is the Thingstätte, which is an Amphitheater built during the Blut und Boden (Blood and Soil) movement attributed to Nazi Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. These sites were built in a natural setting, incorporating the natural elements of the area along with some historical or mystical significance. There were several of them built throughout Germany during the Nazi era and people would gather to hear presentations and propaganda. I could go on about it, it’s so interesting, but I’ll spare you. It’s a beautifully designed place, the acoustics are amazing!

The rest of the weekend was mostly spent avoiding the rain, we hung out together indoors and I did some building and some baking. Lots of playing with Mikey and unfortunately grilling indoors on Memorial day with my stove top grill pan. Not quite the same, but we didn’t want to risk the weather outside.

I also got to try out my new, homemade reflector for taking food photos. I’m in love with this silly piece of foil and cardboard!

These were fabulous, snickerdoodles are my husband’s favourite cookie. We all enjoyed the muffins! Here’s the recipe!

Snickerdoodle Muffins
Modified from Valerie’s recipe at Une Gamine dans la Cuisine, recipe originally from Peabody. Makes 12 muffins.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter or line a standard sized muffin tin. Remember to butter the top of the pan too so that the muffin tops don’t stick!

In a large bowl, whisk together 3/4 tsp baking soda, 3/4 tsp baking powder, 3/4 tsp cream of tarter, 3/4 tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp salt, 2 cups all purpose flour and 1/4 cup wholegrain flour. Set aside.

With an electric mixer, beat 2 softened sticks unsalted butter and 1 cup sugar together until creamy. Beat in 2 tsp vanilla extract. Add 2 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
On low speed, add the flour mixture and 1 1/4 cups creme fraiche alternately to the egg-butter mixture. Start and end with the flour, scraping the bowl down as you go.

In a shallow bowl, mix 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon and 1 cup sugar together.
Using an ice-cream scoop (or about 1/4 cup) scoop out the batter and roll each muffin through the sugar and cinnamon. The batter may be difficult to work with at first. Use 2 spoons to toss it around until the sugar/cinnamon mixture brings it together.

Place each muffin into the prepared tin and bake for about 19-22 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from oven and let them sit for about 5 minutes before taking them out of the tin. Cool on a wire rack.

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  2. Your life seems so amazing! Color me jealous!

    Later tonight, I’m making your Chocolate Raspberry Biscotti, but with blackberries. :) I’ll let you know how they turn out for me.

    Have a great night!

    • Please do let me know how they turn out! I’ll have to try it with blackberries once ours are ready over here!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom

    These look awesome! I haven’t had a lot of luck with muffins. I may have to try making them again. Stopping from SITS!

    • I normally have a little trouble getting my muffins to rise properly, these turned out just fine though!

  4. It sounds like a great outing and your muffins look wonderful. I can never – read that almost never – get enough cinnamon and love snickerdoodles. Using the same ingredients to make muffins is a fabulous idea. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary
    .-= Mary´s last blog ..Caramelized Onion, Blue Cheese and Walnut Pizza =-.

    • Cinnamon is the best! I have to restrain myself from just eating the cinnamon sugar when making these :)

  5. These love amazing! Thanks for sharing. My husband loves snickerdoodles so we will have to try them!!!

  6. Yummmy! Those look wonderful. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try them.

    I came her via Get Your Craft On. Hope you will visit me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.
    .-= Pittypat Paperie´s last blog ..Desk Set Tutorial =-.

  7. These muffins look painfully delicious, and I shall be attempting to make them some time, I’m sure!

    Thanks for sharing photos of your adventures with us; you’re a very gifted photographer and I’m glad you’re allowing some of us to see other parts of the world!

    -Christina (saw you on SITS)
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Sunday Studies (yes, on a Tuesday) =-.

  8. These look awesome! Snickerdoodles are my hubby’s fave, so I will have to try my hand at these.

    Stopping by from SITS and glad that I did. Now I’m following you! Great blog.
    .-= citymouse´s last blog ..tunes i like tuesday =-.

    • thank you!

      Looking at what I wrote and some of the previous comments, looks like Snickerdoodles are quite popular with the husbands!

  9. Wow – these look amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe. And I love your photographs – just beautiful.
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..Pastrami Wraps =-.

  10. Wow, girl! Those pictures are fantastic the B&W adds more mystery to them. I bet it’s beautiful there. And you always takes awesome looking food photos.

  11. Fantastic photographs! And wow, those muffins sound amazing! I’m definitely going to give those a try. Thanks for sharing them.

  12. These sound and look delicious. I think your right, the cinnamon does make all the difference. I’ll look forward in making these. :)
    That place where you went looks and sounds like a very interesting place to visit. Your photography is amazing. I’m glad you had a nice weekend.
    Thank you so much for the recipe.

  13. Amy

    These sound and look delicious. I think your right, the cinnamon does make all the difference. I’ll look forward in making these. :)
    That place where you went looks and sounds like a very interesting place to visit. Your photography is amazing. I’m glad you had a nice weekend.
    Thank you so much for the recipe.

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