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Winter Muffins – A Recipe

A photograph of yummy Winter muffins (which include chocolate and mIncemeat) on a pretty floral plate, lying on a green, yellow and brown checked blanket - winter muffins_Mrs H's favourite things

Today was miserable. Mr H went back to work after a wonderful Christmas break and I woke up with a migraine. I was definitely feeling the January blues.

I decided that baking some yummy winter muffins would be the perfect way to cheer myself up. Plus, Little Miss H loves baking and eating the results of her endeavours from the kitchen.

These muffins are perfect to make with children. They contain oil instead of butter. So you don’t need to cream any butter and sugar together. Easy peasy. And oh so tasty!

They are also a great way to use up all that mincemeat that is leftover from your home-made Christmas mince pies.

Winter muffins recipe

Preparation time: 10 to 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 12 muffins or 24 mini-muffins


200g/ 7oz of self-raising flour, sifted

100g/ 3 1/2oz of golden caster sugar

100ml/ 3 1/2fl.oz of sunflower oil

75ml/ 2 1/2fl.oz of whole milk

1 large free-range egg

150g/ 5oz of good quality dark or milk chocolate, chopped

1tsp of vanilla essence

2 heaped tbsp of mincemeat


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/ 170°C for a fan oven or 375°F/gas mark 5.
  2. Either put 12 muffin cases inside a muffin tray or 24 mini-muffin cases inside a mini-muffin tray.
  3. Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl and make a well in the centre.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, oil and vanilla essence.
  5. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the well in your flour. Stir gently until combined.
  6. Add the chopped chocolate and the mincemeat. Stir gently again.
  7. Divide the mixture among the muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and risen.
  8. Remove the muffins onto a wire rack and eat warm.

Winter muffins (which include chocolate and mincemeat) on a pretty floral plate lying on a green, yellow and brown checked blanket with the title "winter muffins" - Mrs H's favourite things
These muffins are ideal to eat whilst drinking a big cup of tea or hot chocolate, snuggling on the sofa in a warm blanket and watching your favourite movie. The perfect treat to help beat the January blues.






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    January 17, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    I love muffins and I’m really enjoying trying different combinations however I really don’t like mine meat so it would just be chocolate for me hehe! Amelia loves it when we do muffins with oil in as it is so much easier for her to join in like you said! X

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    Everything Mummy
    January 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    ooo these look so so good! I love a good cake me and its still cold outside so a winer muffin is what I need!! xxxx

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    Emma | The Mini Mes and Me
    January 10, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Mm mm mmm! These look a little bit tasty. I think I need to bake some muffins now too x

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    January 9, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Oh Mrs H they look amazing 🙂 Wow! You clever lady. Perfect for all this rain! Wish I lived closer to pop by and try one xx

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      Mrs H
      January 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      I wished you lived nearer too honey. Little Miss H and I would love it if you and the twins could come over for a play date and a cuppa (with muffins, of course). These are yummy! And so easy to bake. Little Miss H loved making them with me. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Zoe Alicia
    January 9, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Sounds like a lovely recipe for these cold months. I really would love to get into doing more baking this year xx

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      Mrs H
      January 9, 2016 at 8:26 pm

      It is the perfect recipe for winter. And the mincemeat is really subtle so you don’t feel like you are tucking in to yet another mince pie. I love baking. But always feel guilty afterwards because then I have to eat the cakes or biscuits. It is a hardship! Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Mrs H
    January 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Thank you for your comment. I will have to join Bake of the Week. I plan to share a lot more baking recipes on my blog. So it would be nice to join in with a little baking community. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Life as Mum
    January 8, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Oh my! They look incredibly tasty! I haven’t had a muffin for a good few months. Never have I tried baking muffins either! I should try it.

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      They are so incredibly yummy and they are really easy to bake. You should try them. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    January 8, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Oh these muffins look absolutely delicious! You are making me very hungry! I agree! It is the worst feeling when your partner goes back to work after the holidays, migraines are not that great either. I can definitely relate x

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Migraines are the worst. Sadly, it is still hanging around. Grrrr! But these chocolatey and yummy muffins did help a little. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Ickle Pickle
    January 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Oh these look so delicious – I have never seen this type of muffin – bet they’d be lovely with a cup of coffee! Kaz x

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      I am sure they would be great with a cup of coffee. These muffins are yummy. The mincemeat makes them really light and moist. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    January 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    I am not a big fan of mincemeat but the rest of the muffins sound yummy! Love using oil! x

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      Using the oil makes these muffins so easy to make. And if you leave the mincemeat out then you just have yummy chocolate muffins. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    January 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    These muffins look delicious will have to give them a go. I like the idea of using oil instead of butter and sugar.

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for your comment. They are delicious. And the oil makes them so simple to make. And the perfect recipe to bake with children. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    January 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Mmm these sound so, so, so delicious!!! Perfect for these cold winter days. I love baking and my favourite thing to make is muffins. I really want to try these out today. xx #love2blog

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      You should definitely try these out. They are yummy and the perfect comfort food for when the weather is miserable. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Vikki Holness
    January 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Oh don’t even get me started on the weather, it has been cold, wet and miserable for days on end now but these Winter muffins sound like the perfect pick-me-up! Will definitely be giving these a whirl! xxx

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      Mrs H
      January 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      They are the perfect pick me up. Especially when the weather is as miserable as it is at the moment. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    January 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Oh these look so welcoming and tasty – Just perfect for a windy horrid day like today. Feel Free to join in with Bake of the Week with them – we would love for you to join the gang x

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