The holiday season is finally here and nothing says Christmas quite like gingerbread! This fun twist on the classic takes hard, boring gingerbread and turns it into a delightful breakfast (or dessert) staple that you’ll come back to again and again. I am talking about gingerbread muffins with vanilla bean glaze. Yes.
Your house will smell amazing while you are baking these muffins, trust me on this one! These gingerbread muffins are fragrant from the warm holiday spices and have that traditional dark brown color from a rich dose of molasses. And they pair perfectly with the vanilla bean glaze. Plus, they are ridiculously light and airy. I dare you to try to just eat one!
In addition to being light and fluffy, these muffins are a breeze to assemble. Just 10 minutes of prep time. Easy, peasy!
In fact, I might even recommend switching out Santa’s cookies and milk for one or two of these muffins. They are so fun and sure to please everyone in the family!
This fun twist on the classic takes hard, boring gingerbread and turns it into a delightful gingerbread muffins with vanilla bean glaze. Pure magic!
- 2 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup dark molasses
- 1 cup cold water
Vanilla Bean Glaze:
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a standard muffin tin with muffin cups, then coat with nonstick baking spray.
- Combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl, then whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Place butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, then beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, beating after each addition, then add molasses. Scrape down the sides as needed and beat until well mixed.
- Carefully add half of the dry ingredients to the bowl, then combine slowly. Add remaining dry ingredients, scrape down the sides, and beat until thoroughly mixed. With the mixer on low, add the cold water. Continue to beat for 2 minutes, or until mixture is very smooth.
- Divide batter evenly between muffin cups, about 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- While muffins are cooling, make vanilla bean glaze. Combine confectioner’s sugar, vanilla bean powder, and milk in a small bowl. Whisk, adding a little more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until you reach your desired consistency. Drizzle glaze on top of muffins.
- If you don’t have molasses, you can substitute with 2 tablespoons of honey.