Apricot-Vanilla Bean Muffins

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Tangy apricot muffins with sweet marzipan on top.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
12 muffins


  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 (7 inch) vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk

  • 1 cup finely chopped dried apricots

  • 3 tablespoons coarse sugar

  • 2 ounces marzipan (almond paste)

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line cups with paper liners.

  2. Beat 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until mixture is light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla seeds. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl.

  3. Sift 3 cups flour, baking power, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk to the batter, mixing just until blended. Fold in apricots.

  4. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle each muffin with about 1/4 teaspoon coarse sugar.

  5. Blend together marzipan, 1 tablespoon flour, and 1 tablespoon butter. Top each muffin with a dab of the mixture.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

347 Calories
11g Fat
58g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 347
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 232mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 105mg 8%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 226mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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