Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ruth's Applesauce Muffins

With apple season here, I have been making a few apple recipes. I made applesauce a few nights ago. Although you can use homemade applesauce in this recipe, jarred or canned turns out just as well.
This recipe comes from Ruth, a lady that my mom and I used to work with, oh probably 25 years or more ago. She would bake these muffins in the morning and bring them to work. They wouldn't last long... so delicious! She was nice enough to share her recipe so many years ago, and it has been a family favorite ever since. I hope that you enjoy them as much as we have.
Ruth's Applesauce Muffins
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 lrg. eggs
1 cup applesauce
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
cream together the sugar and shortening. Add eggs and mix, then the applesauce. Mix well. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking soda. Barely blend in sifted ingredients. Spoon into greased or paper lined muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 tsp. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. milk
In medium bowl, mix sugar and butter. Add vanilla. Gradually add milk until desired consistency; mix until smooth. For thinner consistency, add additional milk.