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Maureen’s Anything-Goes Muffins

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  • Author: Maureen Haddock
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1214 muffins 1x


I have baked these muffins, frequently, since 1964. Every batch tastes different because half a cup of almost anything can be added to the batter. I have added raisins, cherries, dates, nuts, coconut, apricots, and homemade mincemeat – not all at once, of course.


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Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients: 

  • 1 egg beaten, until foamy
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted shortening
  • 1/2 cup of anything, because anything goes. See below for ideas.


  • Maraschino cherries and walnuts, chopped together, make a tasty muffin. Feel free to use up the last few raisins, dates, dried apricots, or cranberries in your pantry, because anything goes.
  • Half a cup of homemade mincemeat is also delicious (see Prairies North magazine, Winter Issue, 2019.)


Preheat oven to 400°F


Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, but don’t overmix.

Fill 12 greased muffin tins to 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes at 400°F.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Breads & Muffins
  • Method: Bake

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