Walnut-Filled Muffins

  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Servings: 12
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Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups walnuts (about 6 oz.), toasted
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 recipe Frosting

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with bake cups or lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In food processor finely grind nuts with 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cinnamon. Add 1 tablespoon orange juice; process until combined. Using a rounded teaspoon, shape some nut mixture into 12 balls; set aside remaining.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoons salt; set aside. beat butter with mixer 30 seconds; beat in 2/3 cup sugar. Beat in egg, orange juice, and milk on low until combined. Gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Spoon half of batter into cups; top with walnut balls, pressing in lightly. Top with remaining batter. Bake about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remover and cool on rack. Spread frosting; top with reserved nut mixture.