California Sunshine Muffins

Posted: May 12

Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

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Star-studded Hollywood, cliff-lined beaches, redwood-filled forests–the Golden State is a wondrous dreamland, so it's no surprise the sunny-day inspired California Sunshine Muffins follow suit. Buttery, creamy batter is mixed together with juicy pineapple, sweet coconut, and nutty pecans and baked to perfection into the fluffiest, golden-brown morning treat. Every bite of California Sunshine Muffins will leave your tastebuds starstruck and your day filled with sunbeams!


• 1/4 cup butter, softened • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 large egg, room temperature • 1 cup sour cream • 1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple, crushed and drained • 1/2 cup coconut, sweetened and shredded • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 2

Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line it with paper muffin cups.

Step 3

In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

Step 4

Beat the egg, sour cream, and rum extract into the butter mixture.

Step 5

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 6

Stir the dry mixture into the creamed mixture, until it is moistened.

Step 7

Fold the pineapple, coconut, and pecans into the batter.

Step 8

Fill the 12 prepared muffin cups with the batter, about 2/3 full each.

Step 9

Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean about 22-25 minutes.

Step 10

Cool the muffins for 5 minutes before transferring them from the pan to a wire rack.

Step 11

Once they are thoroughly cooled, serve.

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