I had no clue what my son was handing me that morning, I looked at the sheet of paper confused and surprised. He knew how to use the printer at barley three years old, this was my intelligent son Patryk who figured everything out all on his own. Not only did he navigate on the computer better than myself, he used the printer without hesitation and ran over to me jumping happily telling me we were going to make these muffins. This apple sauce muffin recipe is adapted from Nick Jr.’s web site where my son loved to play. He did not really care for food much so this was the perfect set up to get him to try something new to eat. He loved making them more than anything and I hold on to those dear memories as tightly as possible. It was a special memory for me. In those moments where I was cooking with my son we didn’t think about what doctors visits we would have that week or what level of pain he was feeling that day. I was just a mom, he was just my son and we were simply making muffins. These muffins are simple just like this memory….simple and perfect!
My son Maxwell on the other hand….I can not keep food out of his mouth! The joy and excitement on his face before mealtime is quite funny. It seems as though each meal time is his birthday or a holiday. Sometimes even to snap him out of a tantrum I’ll say “I think its snack time” and sure enough he jumps up from whatever screaming fit and runs to his highchair giggling in excitement! I know I will not always be able to use this tactic, but for now it helps. Years later making these muffins with my son Maxwell fills me with joy. I will continue to use this recipe as a gate way to tell beautiful stories of Maxwell’s brother Patryk. Now holding on tightly to these new memories of just my son and myself cooking, sharing memories of someone we love!
I encourage you to pick a recipe and make it a family special! Give it a special name or make it at certain times of the year. This is a very easy way to show love and build memories with your little special ones, hopefully they will share these memories one day when they have special little ones of their own. Time disappears so quickly but memories last a lifetime!
My favorite way to enjoy these Apple Cinnamon Muffins is to slice it in half and spread fresh whipped butter on each side!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup finely chopped granny smith apple
- ½ cup melted butter
- Preheat over to 375F
- Grease or use 12 cupcake liners
- Peel and finely chop 1 cup green apple (about 1 small apple)
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in small bowl
- In medium sized bowl add egg, applesauce, melted butter, chopped apple and mix
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until just blended
- Pour even amount into the cupcake pan
- Optional: Sprinkle a small amount of sugar on top of each prepared muffin before baking
- Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
- Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool 5 minutes
- Makes 12-14 muffins