Plain as Vanilla {Recipe: Vanilla Vanilla Muffins}

Vanilla Vanilla Muffins from Dine & DishDo you ever feel like your life has gone a bit vanilla?

I mean, I love vanilla, don’t get me wrong, but especially after a long winter I feel like things have been vanilla for far too long. I’m ready to add some spice!

I recently signed up for my first Stitch Fix to hopefully spice up my wardrobe some.

I hired a babysitter so my husband and I could go out, just the two of us, this Friday night. I need to get a babysitter on a regular rotation… we don’t get out nearly enough!

I signed up for an online typography class over at Nicole’s Classes to spice up my skills and learn something new.

I bought one of those BodyMedia Link arm band things (as seen on The Biggest Loser) to give my workouts a bit of a lift! So far, I love it!

I also made Vanilla Vanilla Muffins… just to prove that vanilla isn’t always bad. But, it doesn’t hurt to throw in a little spice every now and then!

Vanilla Vanilla Muffins


Vanilla Vanilla Muffins
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A doubled up vanilla spiked muffin proves that vanilla doesn't have to be boring!
Serves: 12 muffins
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and egg. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well. Finally, add the milk, vanilla bean paste and melted butter. Mix until completely blended and dry ingredients are incorporated with the wet.
  3. Spoon into greased or paper lined muffin pans, filling ⅔ full.
  4. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over muffin tops.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


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  1. says

    These look perfect! I have to admit I might smear a spoonful of nutella ont he top ; ) OK I can’t wait to hear what you think of Stitch Fix…I am a fashion nightmare?

  2. says

    Oh, I can’t wait to make this recipe! I like chocolate, but I much prefer vanilla cake. And to have in muffin form? Even better!!

  3. says

    What a gorgeous sentiment. I love all the things you’re doing to reset your life. I feel like I’m falling so far behind and can’t catch up. Perhaps it’s more about just stopping where we are and starting something different.

    • Kristen says

      Hi Jean!
      Vanilla Paste is awesome but you can also use an equal amount of pure vanilla extract!

  4. Jenn N. says

    My boys LOVE the French Vanilla muffins at Wegmans and I thought, hey I can make these. I stumbled across this recipe and gave it a try over the weekend and the boys had them for breakfast this morning. They’re total winners and say I can make them anytime. And they’re easy to make. The only differences were that I used a jumbo muffin pan getting 6 muffins from the batter and topped them with powdered sugar vs. cinnamon sugar. I like that I can make 6 jumbo muffins for a fraction of the cost of store bakery ones. And I KNOW exactly what I’m putting in them. THANK YOU so much for sharing this recipe :)


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