Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting #recipe #doughnut #food

Are you getting tired of all my “Brown Butter” everything recipes lately???

If you just said yes, we can’t be friends anymore.

Just kidding. I totally still love you. Even my friend Kristen doesn’t like Nutella and we somehow make it work.

Last year I made these Strawberry Shortcake Doughnut Muffins for a Fourth of July party, and they were a MASSIVE hit with our neighbors. Even now, over a year later, everyone is STILL talking about them and asks for them every time we have neighbor nights.

This time, I decided to make them even MORE brown buttery fabulous, with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting.

They’re pretty much the most amazing thing I’ve ever had in my entire life.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting #recipe #doughnut #food

Doughnut Muffins combine the best of two treats.

First, they’re sweet, melt-in-your-mouth, and pillowy like a doughnut.

Second, they have an addictive muffin-top texture on the outside, but doughnut muffins are way better, because they’re dunked in brown butter and rolled in cinnamon-sugar so that texture is ALL over the muffin, not just on top.

Then they’re topped with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting to send them completely over. the. top.

Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting. You need to try it at least once in your life.

Let’s make these babies.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Here’s all you’ll need for the muffins: Butter, baking powder, eggs, flour, milk, and sugar. Please pretend like you also see cinnamon in this picture. Thank you for understanding.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Add 1.5 sticks of softened butter and 3/4 cup sugar to a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium-high speed for 3-5 minutes.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Until pillowy light and fluffy.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Add two eggs, one at a time, and beat until just mixed in.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Meanwhile, sift together 3 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. You can also just whisk them together if you don’t feel like breaking out the sifter.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Next we’re going to alternate mixing in the milk with the dry ingredients. Start by adding a fourth of the flour mixture (a little less than a cup) to the bowl and mix on low speed until just combined.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Then pour in a third of the milk and stir again, just until combined. Continue alternating mixing in the dry and wet ingredients, ending with the dry.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Mix until well combined and smooth, but be careful not to overmix.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Since we’re not using liners for these muffins, be sure to spray the pan generously with cooking spray so they don’t stick. Scoop about 1.5 tablespoons of batter into each mini muffin tin. A medium cookie scoop works perfectly for this. Bake at 350 for 14-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Now we’re going to send these bad boys over the top. When these perfect little muffins come out of the oven, they’re dunked in brown butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar for a delicious sugary crust. They’re ridiculous. Start by melting the butter over medium heat. Once it’s melted it will start to bubble. Whisk occasionally.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

When the butter starts to foam, like this, start whisking constantly and whisk for 1-2 mins, until it turns brown and you see brown flecks on the bottom of the pan.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

When it looks like this, immediately remove from heat and pour into a bowl for dunking.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

In a separate bowl, stir together one cup of sugar and one tablespoon of ground cinnamon.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

When the muffins are just cool enough to handle, remove them from the tin…

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

And dunk them in the brown butter, coating on all sides. Thank you Kevin for hand-modeling here. I think he has a real career at this!

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Finally, roll around to coat in cinnamon sugar.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

Seriously!! That sugary, crunchy crust paired with the pillowy, soft muffin is absolute perfection. Now, you could totally stop here and have a perfectly delicious dessert.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting #recipe #doughnut #food

But you know we’re not gonna stop, right? I made a simple, brown butter buttercream frosting (recipe below) and piped it right on top.

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting #recipe #doughnut #food

So much brown butter goodness in one tiny little treat!! These are ultra decadent and super dangerous, so get them out of your house ASAP or get ready to act super-shady while shoving them into your mouth and hiding in a corner, swatting at anyone who tries to come near and steal your Brown Butter Delights.

Enjoy!!

Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Doughnut Muffins with Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting


Doughnut Muffins

12 tablespoons (1.5 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups (13.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a mini-muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Beat the butter and sugar for 5 minutes until soft, fluffy and lighter in color. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just mixed in. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir a fourth of the dry ingredients into the batter. Then stir in a third of the milk mixture. Continue mixing in the remaining dry and wet ingredients alternately, ending with the dry. Mix until well combined and batter is smooth, but be careful not to overmix. Fill muffin tins with 1.5 tablespoons of batter (about 3/4ths full). Bake at 350 for 14-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Crust

12 tablespoons (1.5 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Melt the butter until it starts to bubble and then foam. When it starts to foam, whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until it turns brown and you see brown flecks at the bottom of the pan. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a bowl for dipping. Combine the sugar and cinnamon. When the muffins are just cool enough to handle, remove from the tin and dip them on all sides into the melted butter then roll in the cinnamon sugar.

Brown Butter Buttercream Frosting

6 tablespoons butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Tahitian vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk

Melt the butter until it starts to bubble and then foam. When it starts to foam, whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until it turns brown and you see brown flecks at the bottom of the pan. Immediately remove from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Let cool to room temperature. Place the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. If necessary, add milk, one tablespoon at a time, beating for 1-2 minutes after each addition until desired consistency is reached. Pipe onto muffins.

Makes 18-20 mini muffins.

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August 25, 2014

Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

So excited to share this delicious, simple Shrimp Scampi Pasta with you today. It’s got shrimp, bacon, garlic, a hint of lemon, fresh herbs, and soft angel hair pasta swimming in a creamy, buttery scampi sauce. This pasta is packed with flavor and super impressive, but simple to make. We made this for our neighbors last week and they couldn’t stop raving about it. The shrimp and bacon are cooked perfectly in this recipe, making it one of my favorite recipes to serve to guests.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Here’s all you’ll need: angel hair pasta, lemon juice, garlic, blackening seasoning, crushed red pepper, parsley, shrimp, bacon, chicken broth, petite diced tomatoes, and scampi sauce.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

First, start your pasta water to boil in large pot.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

While that’s heating up, roughly chop some parsley. A sharp knife is a life-saver here!

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Now grab some thick cut bacon.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

About a hunk of eight slices will do.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

And chop them into bite-sizes pieces. You could also just use kitchen shears to cut them directly into the pan, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Once your water starts to boil, add one tablespoon of salt.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

And 8 ounces (about 1/2 box) of angel hair pasta to the boiling water. Cook for about 4-5 minutes according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Next add the bacon to a large, 12-inch skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Stir to arrange  in a mostly even layer.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

The bacon’s going to cook for about 7-10 minutes, so meanwhile we’ll prep the shrimp. You’ll need one pound of fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

I seasoned it with two tablespoons of  blackening seasoning. I highly recommend this seasoning, but you could also use cajun or creole seasoning.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Gently stir to evenly coat the shrimp.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

After about 7-10 minutes, your bacon should be browned and almost done.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

At this point, drain off most of the excess fat.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

And return to the stove.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Add the shrimp and cook over medium to medium-high heat for one minute.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Add the drained tomatoes, 3.4 cup chicken broth, 2-3 cloves minced garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until shrimp just starts to turn opaque.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Finally we’ll add the scampi sauce. I use this Publix brand scampi sauce found in the seafood section (refrigerated).

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

But if you don’t have a Publix near you, you can use this McCormick Scampi Sauce. It’s on the same aisle as the ketchup and BBQ sauce, near the cocktail sauce. Just be sure to shake it really, really well before using.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Add 1/2 cup scampi sauce, one tablespoon lemon juice, and stir to combine. Finally, gently stir in the drained pasta.

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

Top with fresh chopped parsley and serve!

Shrimp Scampi Pasta with Bacon. Simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but so, so good!! We loved this one!! #recipe #dinner #pasta

We love this simple, fresh pasta. The leftovers are even better the next day!! Hope you love this one as much as we do!! :)

Shrimp Scampi Pasta

1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
8 slices thick-cut bacon
8 oz angel hair pasta
1 pound fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
2 tablespoons blackening seasoning
1 cup petite diced tomatoes, drained
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
2-3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1/2 cup scampi sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Prep

  • Put water on to boil for pasta.
  • Chop parsley.
  • Cut bacon into bite-size pieces.

Directions

1. Cook bacon in a large, 12-inch skillet over medium to medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until almost done, about 7-10 minutes. Drain off excess fat. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

2. Evenly coat shrimp with blackening seasonings and add to bacon. Cook one minute. Stir in tomatoes, broth, garlic, and pepper flakes. Cook for 2-3 minutse, or just until shrimp turn opaque.

3. Stir in scampi sauce and lemon juice. Gently stir in drained pasta. Top with parsley and serve.

Makes 4-5 servings.

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