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Crystallized Ginger Spice Mini Muffins

Crystallized Ginger Spice Mini Muffins are warm, tender and delicious with a nice amount of sweetness and spice. They’re the perfect size for sharing!

Top horizontal view of 4 mini muffins

How can anyone be as muffin crazy as me? There isn’t anything I don’t think I’d stuff into a muffin,  These Crystallized Ginger Spice Mini Muffins are my newest obsession and being mini in size guarantee that I can have more!!!!!

Central head on view of a mini ginger spice muffin with more muffins behind

I’ve been obsessing about crystallized ginger too. No, I don’t know why I just get on a kick sometimes.

I was originally planning on trying a chocolate muffin with crystallized ginger or citrus of some kind but once the spice idea flittered through my little brain I had to give it a try.

After I got some crystallized ginger I bit into a piece and couldn’t believe how hot it was. I thought what have I done? It’s not something that I would just want to sit around munching on.

Sugar dusted mini muffins on a wood cutting board

I’d already decided that I wanted to make mini muffins. They’re great because you can have just one (yeah right) or two (getting warmer) and it’s still less than a whole muffin.

I was concerned that if anyone bit into a muffin and got a big ole piece of ginger that it wouldn’t be a pleasant experience.

Wrong! The ginger became much milder once it was baked and being paired with the spices was a match made in culinary heaven.

Wooden bowl filled with muffins

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A few items we used to make Crystallized Ginger Muffins

  • Mini Muffin Pans – This pan has 48 cups which makes baking these mini muffins a breeze.
  • Muffin papers – I buy this brand now for all my muffin baking. They’re of great quality.
Muffin cut in half

These beauties are dusted with powdered sugar. Here are a few more options:

  • Leave them plain
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top before baking
  • Top with ground nuts before baking
  • Drizzle with a glaze once baked and cooled
  • Top with additional diced ginger after baking
  • Add oats to the top prior to baking

We baked these into mini muffins which makes the perfect snack. You can definitely bake them into standard-sized muffins too.

These muffins are perfect for any time but are especially perfect when entertaining because everyone can help themselves. I’ll definitely be making these muffins regularly!

If you’re as muffin crazy as I am, here are a few more that we LOVE!

Have you ever eaten crystallized ginger? If not, I challenge you to try it. If you have, how is your favorite way to enjoy it? I’m looking for inspiration here!

close up of a ginger spice muffin with slices of ginger next to it
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5 from 6 votes

Crystallized Ginger Spice Mini Muffins

Crystallized Ginger Spice Mini Muffins are warm, tender and delicious with a nice amount of sweetness and spice. They’re the perfect size for sharing!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 48 muffins
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted, melted
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans chopped
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk any is fine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup crystallized ginger finely diced
  • powdered sugar optional for dusting

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.  Grease or line 48 mini muffin cups with liner papers. 
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • In a separate large bowl add melted butter, vegetable oil, sugar, brown sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla.  Blend well.  Add eggs one at a time and blend until combined.  
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.  Mix until just combined.  Add crystallized ginger and pecans. Blend until combined
  • Spoon batter into muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake for 14-16 minutes, turning pans halfway through baking.  Remove muffins from pans and dust with powdered sugar.
  • Store muffins in an air-tight container once they’ve cooled completely.  Can be frozen.

Nutrition

Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 37mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 0.3mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Kristen

Sunday 20th of December 2020

I used a regular muffin tin and got 12 full sized muffins. Baked at 350 for 20-25 minutes and they were perfect. Thanks so much for a great recipe!

Julie Menghini

Sunday 20th of December 2020

Thank you for commenting Kristen! So glad you enjoyed them!

Smiling Notes

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

Wow! these look absolutely fabulous, Julie!! I just want to grab one through my screen :)

Julie Menghini

Saturday 29th of December 2018

Thank you so much! You're so sweet and it's great to see you again.

Debra C.

Monday 10th of December 2018

Ummm.... do you deliver? My these look good! I've been doing a ton of baking and I will definitely add these to the list! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Thank you so much, Debra! The way you entertain I'm sure your spread is amazing!

Sandra

Monday 10th of December 2018

These muffins are wonderful for a gathering during the holiday season. Nice and tender and the flavor of crystallized ginger is delicious. So glad you chose these flavors instead of the chocolate!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Thank you, Sandra! They are perfect for the holidays and as much as I love chocolate these muffins worked perfectly with the spice flavors.

debi at Life Currents

Saturday 8th of December 2018

Oh these sound lovely and flavorful. Like a great way to wake up in the morning!

Julie Menghini

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Thank you Debi!