Coffee Cake Muffins with Salted Maple Glaze

Today marks thirty years for Grant and me. Hard to believe.
The best thing about being married thirty years?
Let me think about it.
The worst thing? I think I have to say- gift ideas. For a man. For thirty years! Seriously.
Ok, now I'm ready. The best thing is still being "in love". This is a little inside joke...
Grant likes to say we are still "in love".
I correct him and say-"I think you mean - we love each other."
Whatever. Hopefully this isn't making you gag. Being a food blog and all.

I know you want to see a pic of what 30 years looks like. Do you think we are starting to look like each other? 
You know how that happens to couples who have been married a long time? 
If you block out my hair, I think we kind of look alike. hmmm. 

If I was at home, I'd make these wonderful muffins for my sweetie.
Not together on our thirty year anniversary???
Nope.  I'm on a baseball road trip.
Because everyone wants to be in AZ in late June. Watching their kid play baseball in 108 degree heat at 2 pm. Eating at bad chain restaurants. Making sure the kid doesn't o.d. on Mountain Dew. Or get heat stroke. Or pull the fire alarm in the hotel. Grant had to head back home after four days. So here I am, texting him updates, with my free hand (the one that isn't holding up the umbrella, which is shielding me from the sun) while trying to pay attention to details like- what happened last at bat? Where was the ball hit? What inning is it? Top or bottom?  How many outs? Who is pitching?
Oh my.
I was getting another bottle of water. I have no idea.
Glad he's still in love with me.

Coffee Cake Muffins with Salted Maple Glaze
adapted from Martha
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Streusel ingredients:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon melted butter

Muffin ingredients:
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt, room temperature
1/2 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze ingredients
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons maple flavoring
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a small mixing bowl, use a fork to mix together streusel ingredients.  Add the chopped pecans and melted butter. Mix until all ingredients are combined. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together the oil, eggs, sour cream or yogurt, applesauce and vanilla. Add sugar a little at a time until sugar is dissolved. You may use beaters or mix by hand. 
Add the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Fold the dry ingredients into the wet and stir till evenly moistened. Do not over-mix.
Scoop batter into each lined muffin tin. Fill the muffin cups evenly.
Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of streusel on the top of each muffin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool while making glaze.
Place powdered sugar, milk, maple flavoring and melted butter into small bowl. Whisk together. Add salt and mix well. Spoon the glaze into a small plastic bag.
Work the frosting into the corner of the bag and snip off a small corner with scissors. Gently squeeze and drizzle the frosting in a zig-zag pattern across the top of the muffins.

- I lightened up this muffin recipe by substituting yogurt and applesauce for sour cream. Also subbed in oil for 1/2 cup butter. 
-If you aren't a maple fan, you may use vanilla extract. 
-If you want to make large bakery style muffins, use 6-8 custard cups and line with cupcake liners. Fill to the top with batter, and follow remaining directions. Place the custard cups on a cookie sheet and bake. 


  1. These look delish. Congrats on 30 years. It continues to get even better. Good luck with the heat...yikes.

  2. This is a funny post Si!. Congratulations on 30 years. Those muffins look delicious. Stay hydrated.

  3. You know the old saying...it could be worse! I'm in Seattle and it's 52 degrees, raining, and my kids still have 1 day of school left!! What day is it...oh yeah its June 26th! Love your blog, thanks for the great recipes I have made many of them. These muffins look divine!

  4. These look fantastic! I will make them for my 31st anniversary next month (looks like I have a year up on you). I kinda think you look alike,
    but I'm sure you could say the same about me and my husband too.
    He finishes my sentences, and I made him his favorite meal today on my birthday.
    Is that still loving each other, or being in love???

  5. Congratulations! 30 years of coming up with gifts for a man? Whew. That's almost too much for my brain to handle. I haven't commented in a while but of course this recipe looks as delicious as the rest of them. I might have to throw these in the breakfast routine :) Good luck surviving AZ!

  6. I think it's great that your husband says he's still in love with you after thirty years. I know I'm glad when my husband says that to me. (And we like each other, too.)

  7. Cheers for 30 years!! I could gobble up a dozen of those muffins! We're coming up on 25 and these muffins would be the perfect gift for my guy!

  8. Gosh they look great! I am a coffee dependent type and this is just my cup of tea!

  9. No wonder you bake such delicious cupcakes because you STILL have a secret ingredient. Congratulations and keep lovin'!

  10. Congrats! Our 30th is coming up in jan, wow where does the time go? I made these muffins for lake powell and they were amazing! I substituted fesh ground wheat flour, delicious. Thanks for sharing. They freeze well also.

  11. oh baby. these are so divine! we snarfed them up in seconds. the salty sweet glaze is just so dynamic and yummy! i could eat them all day, and one of these days i just might. thank you! ps- i didn't have pecans, so i used oats (in the topping), and it worked great. i was also short on maple flavoring, so i used half maple/half almond extract.

  12. First of all, that has to be one of the most beautiful muffins I've ever seen. Wow. And WOW again, did you get married when you were like five years old? I'm glad I found your blog--I'll be looking around some more because it looks like you've got lots and lots of yummy things posted. :)


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