Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins–Part 1

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Not every new recipe is a winner right off the bat. Some muffins are dry, some cookies are too crisp, and some main dishes just aren’t amazing.

I saw this recipe from Mom on Timeout the other day while googling around for muffin recipes (as you do, right?). We are a peanut butter loving family and jelly seemed like a great thing to add to muffins in lieu of chocolate chips. I had all the stuff on hand, so I whipped up a batch with the help of my son.

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They sure did look delicious and they smelled even better once they came out of the oven. Jelly is delicous–but warm jelly? yes, please. We each grabbed one as soon as they were cool enough to eat.

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In the end, they were just ok. The jelly ends up centralized in a single bite or two on the top of the muffin. This left the peanut butter only section a little dry and sad compared to the amazingness of the jelly-soaked top. I have some ideas to improve these muffins–swirling the jelly throughout the entire muffin batter, subbing brown sugar for white to add some more moisture…. The upside of a peanut butter and jelly muffin is so promising that its worth it to work on.

I’ll be making another batch of these soon and post an updated recipe!

Do you usually work with a recipe that doesn’t turn out as tasty as you had hoped? Or do you abandon it and find a new one? I love seeing the process of adjustment so if you have gone through this, share your secrets with me!

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