Rating: 4.45 stars
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

Muffins as tasty as butter tarts without the calories. Rum or butterscotch flavorings make tasty variations.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
12 muffins
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place raisins, sugar, butter, slightly beaten eggs, milk, and vanilla in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is hot, slightly thickened, and just beginning to bubble. Cool slightly, uncovered, in the refrigerator.

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  • Stir flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in centre, and pour in warm raisin mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in nuts until evenly mixed. Spoon batter into greased muffin cups.

  • Bake in center of oven at 350 degrees F (190 degrees C) until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from oven, and immediately pour about 1 teaspoon syrup over each muffin. Cool muffins in pan for 10 minutes, then remove to a rack. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

296 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 45.2g; fat 12.1g; cholesterol 52.1mg; sodium 259mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (26)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/24/2003
These muffins are fabulous! My whole family loved them and they have become part of my regular muffin baking. Very easy and yes they really so taste like butter tarts. I have made them with and without the nuts. Try them you won't be disappointed. Read More
(10)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2010
Meh these were ok. Read More
(3)
31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2003
These muffins are fabulous! My whole family loved them and they have become part of my regular muffin baking. Very easy and yes they really so taste like butter tarts. I have made them with and without the nuts. Try them you won't be disappointed. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2010
Thanks HeleJean - Great Muffins! I just made these this morning for an art class my sister gives up here in the canyon. I followed the recipe step-by-step making only those adjustments I normally do for baking at our 8 000-foot elevation. Oh and I did use paper liners in the muffin pan rather than grease it. Everything went very well. The batter was very light and fluffy and there was just enough of it to fill the cups to the top. They puffed up slightly during baking but did not for a mushroom-type top. I don't think they really need the corn syrup on top but though it makes things a tad sticky it was good. I might try maple syrup instead sometime in the future. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2006
Very tasty and easy! They really do taste like butter tarts and they work fine without the nuts or raisins. You don't need nearly that much corn syrup on the top. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/02/2004
it was okay too many raisins everywhere and the corn styrup just ran off the top of the muffins. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2010
Meh these were ok. Read More
(3)
Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2010
I had all the ingredients on hand so I thought I'd check these muffins out. I may have cooked the raisin mixture too long or maybe I didn't cool it in the fridge long enough. In any event my muffins didn't look anything like the picture here. When I added the mixture to the flour mixture the batter was awfully thick. No problem I used a soup spoon and put the muffin mixture in the pan. Baked them for the suggested time and although they don't look like the writer's pic they tasted pretty darn good! I'll definitely make them again but will watch how long I heat the raisin mixture on the stove. Read More
(3)
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2002
I PUT IN A REVIEW EARLIER TODAY THEN TOOK THE MUFFINS TO A CHURCH MEETING AND THEY RECEIVED RAVE REVIEWS. REQUESTS FOR A REPEAT AND WOULD I GIVE THE RECIPE TO ONE GAL. I WOULD CALL THAT A GREAT SUCCESS. THANKS HELENA I UNDER-RATED THEM EARLIER SO PLEASE ACCEPT THIS REVISED REVIEW Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2006
I forgot to add the syrup when I made these and they still came out moist and delish! Thank you for a wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
Very easy recipe!! The texture is incredibly soft and I love how the raisins give this natural sweetness to the flavour. and oh I didn't use corn syrup and walnuts. but still it turns out great! Read More
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