For as long as I can remember, I've been a muffin fan. I love that you don't have to share a muffin. I love that you can eat all of the bottom first, and save the top (the best part) for last. I love the built-in portion control.
On the holiday table, mini muffins provide just a few bites of sweetness. And nobody has to share.
My family loves these apple raisin walnut spice muffins (top photo), which can be made ahead, though you'll have to hide them to make sure they last until the holiday meal. Almost anything with apple has a place on my Thanksgiving table. I serve these instead of bread, as part of the main course, but you could save them for dessert, too.
A few years ago, I served Irish soda bread muffins on Thanksgiving for the first time. I added golden raisins to the savory dough, for just a touch of sweet, and I served the muffins warm with butter.
The aroma of cinnamon defines the winter holidays -- well, that, and chocolate -- so you might consider adding these cinnamon buttermilk muffins to your menu. Make them in a mini muffin pan to serve for Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin finds its way onto the holiday table in many ways. Instead of pumpkin pie, why not try these pumpkin-pecan mini muffins? As with most muffins, they are a nice treat served right along with the turkey and side dishes, and they're especially fun for kids.
Have you ever made white corn muffins? I love sweet yellow corn muffins for breakfast, but these Rhode Island white corn and green chile corn muffins, with cheese, are definitely savory and just perfect for dinner alongside turkey and green vegetables.
Don't forget dessert! In amongst the pies, it's nice to have a smaller treat like these chocolate chocolate-chip mini muffins. The kids will love them.
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