Monday, November 16, 2015

Amaretto Apple Streusel Cupcakes

Ingredients for 12 servings

¼ cup butter, softened
¼ cup (2 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
¼ cup 2% reduced-fat milk
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
½ teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup finely chopped Gala apple
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)

For the streusel:

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, chilled
2 tablespoons sliced almonds

For the glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar
4 teaspoons 2% reduced-fat milk $


Preheat oven to 350°.

Place muffin cup liners in 12 muffin cups; coat with cooking spray.

Weigh or lightly spoon 6.75 ounces (about 1 ½ cups) flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 6.75 ounces flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine granulated sugar, cream cheese, and ¼ cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add amaretto, vanilla, and egg to sugar mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Combine sour cream and ¼ cup milk in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until well blended. Combine apple and 1 tablespoon flour in a small bowl; toss well.

Add flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until blended. Fold in apple mixture. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

To prepare the streusel, combine 2 tablespoons flour, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal; stir in almonds. Sprinkle streusel evenly over cupcakes. Bake at 350° for 27 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 15 minutes on a wire rack, and remove the cupcakes from pan.

To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons milk in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle glaze over cupcakes. 

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