Welcome to the first post of my Favorite Food Bloggers Series!
My good friend Aimee is the brains behind one of my fave blogs, See Aimee Cook. Aimee is originally from Texas but recently relocated to Charlotte for her job, which is being a children’s minister at a local church. I’m very privileged to know Aimee in real life; we actually go way back to college, where we met senior year. We instantly became close friends and have stayed in touch through all of life’s twists and turns. We were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings, and we try to visit each other when our crazy schedules allow. Aimee lives with her awesome hubby Jason (who I’m also privileged to know in real life) and their three adorable dogs, all of whom are rescues.
Aimee is (of course!) a most terrific cook. She subscribes to many cooking magazines and is an avid food blog reader (I’ve actually discovered a lot of my own favorite food bloggers through reading her blog). Since she has a very demanding day job to which she is highly dedicated, she often looks for meals that are quick and easy, but that do not skimp on flavor and good ingredients. Her blog is definitely a go-to for a quick but amazing weeknight meal.
Aimee is one of the dearest friends you’ll ever hope to find; I have so many fond memories of laughing late into the night during college, and helping each other with stressful wedding plans. She has such a huge heart and super fun personality that shines through on every blog post she writes. And of course her food is so fun and delicious. She is partial to restaurant remakes and loves ethnic food, especially Indian. True to her roots, she also makes a lot of Tex-Mex and American southern food too. Though she cooks mostly from scratch, Aimee carries on an awesomely unapologetic love affair with Velveeta cheese.
Although she claims to be more of a cook than a baker, Aimee does bake occasionally and all of it is drool-worthy. These muffins she featured awhile back immediately caught my attention, and let me tell you, they are amazing. How could they not be? I mean, it’s muffins meets glazed donuts! I refuse to admit how many I ate. Definitely check out her wonderful site!
Source: See Aimee Cook
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons hot water
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat together butter, vegetable oil, and sugars till smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time. With the mixer on low speed, add the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and vanilla until just combined. Stir the flour into the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with the flour and making sure everything is thoroughly combined.
Spoon batter into cups, filling the cups, and smooth the tops. Bake until the muffin tops are a pale golden and springy to the touch, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating halfway through baking time. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack and cool 10 minutes before glazing.
To make the glaze, in a medium bowl mix together the melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and water. Whisk until smooth.
When muffins have cooled slightly, dip the muffin crown into the glaze and allow the glaze to harden. Once hardened, dip a second time and allow to harden.