Thursday, December 22, 2005

Mini Cinnamon and Sugar Muffins

A few weeks ago I bought cute mini muffin tins decorated with snowmen and was dying to use them. So I found a recipe in my Martha Stewart Living 2003 Annual Recipes book for Mini Cinnamon and Sugar Muffins. They were extremely simple to make and took maybe a total of fifteen to twenty minutes to make. I was also able to save a lot of the leftover cinnamon and sugar mixture for the snickerdoodles I'm going to make.

At first I was disappointed by the muffins because they looked pretty plain but I was very pleased once I tried one. They're suprisingly moist and flavorful. I didn't have buttermilk which the recipe called for so I just substituted the 1/2 cup of buttermilk with 1/2 cup of lactaid milk (which I use when making baked goods for myself) and 3/4 T. lemon juice. Then I put it in the microwave for a few seconds because I was told that it works better when slightly warmed. Apparently this worked perfectly because the "buttermilk" really made the recipe work.

I have a question for all of you food bloggers out there. I would love to share this recipe with you but I'm not sure about copyright laws. Am I allowed to post a recipe from a book (especially since I pretty much followed the recipe exactly)? If so, is there anything special I should do when posting the recipe?



Rorie said...

Sounds tasty! I love cinnamon-y baked goods - especially muffins.
Don't quoe me on this, but I think as long as you credit or acknowledge the source of a recipe you're OK - or even include a link if its an online source - but I've mostly just observed the former.
I'm really enjoying your blog - have a swell holiday season!

kitchenmage said...

Tasty looking little bites there. :-)

As for recipes, I'd list ingredients and then use your own words to describe the process. Several blogs have long versions of copyight laws as they apply to recipes (bakerina i think, and accidental hedonist) if you care to search a bit.

lisaSD said...

Hi Kady--These look good--cinnamon has recently become very interesting to me (go figure) and buttermilk does always add a nice tang and moisture.

As for printing recipes, I usually feel fine doing it as long as I provide a credit and a link, but I was making a LOT of Cook's Illustrated recipes and putting them on my site and I started feeling kinda guilty about that, as they don't take advertising and they charge money to access their online recipes. But with sites like food network that give their recipes away for free, I'd hope it's not a problem...