honey-butter muffins + grampa's gourmet honey giveaway


Unbeknownst to you, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen, incorporating honey instead of white sugar into some recent recipes. Baking with honey appeals to me because it has a lower glycemic index than sugar and isn’t heavily processed. When I read a Cooking Light article about raw, varietal honey (unpasteurized and unfiltered) from Grampa’s Gourmet Honey, I couldn’t wait to try it. All the varieties I tasted are exceptional straight from the jar (especially the award-winning black Tamarisk Honey), so developing a recipe with the honey was a natural next step.

Not only do these honey-butter muffins feature both ingredients, I also made a quick honey-butter glaze to brush over the batter before baking. Gloriously golden muffins emerge from the oven, perfumed with honey and vanilla. Though there’s no cornmeal to be found in this recipe, these muffins remind me of cake-like cornbread. Devour warm, with a pat of butter and a nice drizzle of honey.

To encourage you to bake with honey, I’m giving away two jars of Grampa’s Gourmet Honey to one of you – the golden Colorado Clover Honey is sweet with floral notes, a perfect substitute for sugar (I recommend using it in these muffins). The second jar is White Honey, a smooth and creamy honey with a nutty flavor, perfect to slather on a warm muffin or piece of toast. Giveaway details are below the recipe!

Honey-Butter Muffins
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup honey
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp honey

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; coat baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, egg, honey, butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Divide batter evenly among baking cups (each baking cup will be 2/3 full). Combine butter and honey in a small bowl and heat in the microwave until melted, about 30 seconds. Use a pastry brush to brush glaze over batter. Bake for 13 to 14 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to serve warm or cool completely. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 12 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)
Calories – 140
Carbs – 23

Giveaway Details:
The winner will receive:
Two varietals of honey – Colorado Clover Honey & White Honey

To Enter:
Subscribe to Tutti Dolci via email or RSS and leave a comment telling me your favorite honey variety.

Extra entries: Do one or all of the following, and leave separate comments for each:
1. Become a fan of Tutti Dolci on Facebook.
2. Become a fan of Grampa’s Gourmet Honey on Facebook.
3. Follow @Tutti_Dolci on Twitter.
4. Follow @GrampasHoney on Twitter.

Good luck! Entries/comments accepted until Sunday, August 19 at 5:00 pm PST. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. US residents only.

Disclosure: Grampa’s Gourmet Honey generously provided me with honey for recipe development & this giveaway. I was not compensated in any way and was not obligated to write or recommend the honey. All opinions are my own.

  1. I’ve been trying to incorporate more honey in place of sugar too! It’s such a wonderful substitution. And these muffins are absolutely heavenly. That honey butter glaze is absolutely sinful!

    As for the giveaway, I’m already subscribed via rss (of course!) and my favorite variety of honey is, well I guess, the plain old traditional one. I haven’t tried anything else! 🙂

  2. I am craving muffins oddly enough, I am so going to try these! I use organic sugar cane, no white sugar in my house.
    I already follow you on twitter, facebook, and rss! 🙂
    I would use the traditional honey.

  3. I follow you on twitter 🙂 And I LOVE this recipe! There was a guy who sold several varietals of raw honey at our market in Milan… Pretty sure my favourite one was the “agrumi” (citrus, surprise, surprise!)

  4. What a wonderful giveaway, Laura! I LIKE Tutti Dolci on FB!
    I don’t know if you know that if you add a teaspoon of honey to vinaigrette, it helps bind the oil & vinegar together so it doesn’t separate.

  5. I already subscribe via rss & I’d have to say that clover is my favorite variety, but only because I’m not well versed in the different varieties. Bobby Flay’s recipes are great and he uses honey in many of them. He’s always adding just a dash of it & he’s got me doing that, too! Now you’ll be getting me to add it to my baked goods 🙂

  6. Your recipe sounds great and the cupcakes look yummy! Not fair though, I am out of the loop. 🙂 Even if I can’t join the giveaway, my favorite honey are acacia and chestnut. We always use honey at home especially for the kids because they are healthier to use. Good luck on your giveaway!

  7. I love baking with honey and like to try all the different flavors- will go to check out Grandpa’s Honey (love the name) 😉
    Your muffins look beautiful and I think the recipe sounds like a keeper to me!

  8. My favorite honey is black locust. It is very difficult to find. My second favorite is acacia. I love putting honey in tea!

  9. Love honey but never know which variety to buy so I usually buy local hooney – I think it’s clover???
    I was already a subscriber via email.

  10. I just started getting into honey and have tasted some amazing varieties. There is nothing better than a piece of challah bread slathered with honey!

    I follow you on Facebook!

  11. I just subscribed to your your RSS feed, YAY! My favorite honey is this local honey. They make a whipped honey that is flavored with cinnamon and there is one with chocolate….HOLY CATS YUM! They other honey I love has red pepper flakes, so it is a sweet and spicy all in one:-) I have been wanting to avoid sugar in my sweet treats, I need to cut out sugar. I have a sugar/candy addiction I am working on:-) Your muffins sound fantastic, were they really moist? Hugs, Terra

  12. I use quite a bit of honey in my recipes, both sweet and savoury but I won’t oblige you to send the two jars of honey all the way to New Zealand if I were to win so leave me out of the draw. Lovely photos, by the way.

  13. Already an email subscriber. I love Clover Honey, but I’ve never tried White Honey, so I’m eager to try that–thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I follow you by email.
    I’m a fan of regular honey because that’s what I have had; would like to try your give-away varieties.

  15. My daughter is a fan of honey and slathers her toast with dollops of sweet amber goodness every chance she gets! She would be pleased if I baked with honey more often. I great reminder that baking offers such a wide range of sweet options!

  16. i’ve become something of a honey “nut” over the past couple of years – trying different types of honey in everything from herbal teas to muffins & cakes
    to fruit recipes (especially ones with cheese). honey is the first thing i look for at farm stands and in food stores. this recipe looks wonderful – can’t wait to try it!

  17. just “liked” tutti dolce on facebook! and my favorite honey so far (and i’ve tried a lot) is braswell’s wild berry honey. looking forward to trying grandpa’s gourmet…

  18. Oh, that white honey looks divine! I have been using creamed honey more and more, and I wonder if it is similar? I must try these muffins, just beautiful!

  19. I can’t wait to try these muffins! This is the perfect morning muffin with my cup of coffee! I would definitely love trying the White Honey but they both sound absolutely wonderful!

  20. I am now a fan of yours on FB. I thought I already was. Also I forgot to mention in my last comment I already receive your updates via RSS. 🙂

  21. I have to say I love all kinds of honey–I’m never without it at home but I’ve not made a bigger effort to replace sugar for it in my baking. I really like that its low GI factor; I didn’t know that!

    I’m a subscriber and a fan of yours on FB and Twitter! Great giveaway!

  22. I love how simple these muffins are. I actually have been looking for good honey and now I saw your recommended brand. Nice! To answer your question… I only use honey for mostly savory dishes to replace sugar or to create more mild sweet flavor. I have a long way to try baking with honey, but maybe it’s nice to start baking with honey since I don’t have a long baking history anyway. 😀 I’ve been subscribed!

  23. Though I love baking with honey, I’ve never actually totally replaced it for the sugar in the recipe! These muffins look gorgeous and I love that little tip about brushing a glaze over the muffins before baking! Wonderful! : )

  24. I really like to bake with honey. Your muffins look so good and I’d love some for breakfast tomorrow morning:)

  25. I’m sad I missed the giveaway, because you really sold me on the honeys, but I still have to tell you that those muffins look and sound so perfect! I feel like I can understand what you mean about them being a little like cornbread, and the combination of honey and butter is totally mouthwatering. YUM!

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