Top of the Muffin to You! I love to eat the top of the muffin – I think it is the best part. We all know from watching Seinfeld, nobody wants the stumps. Not even the homeless! This recipe avoids having to hire “a cleaner” to dispose of the stumps.
I thought using cookie dough as the base of the muffins was a great idea. These took a little bit of time to put together, but it was worth it. We both really liked these little muffin tops. They were soft and had a nice hint of lemon. I may add some coarse sugar on top next time for some crunch. These would be great for a brunch with a mimosa (or two) or just as a soft blueberry cookie.
Blueberry Muffin Tops
1 roll (16.5 oz) refrigerated sugar cookies
1 ¼ cups flour
¼ cup sugar
2 Tbsp butter
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
3 oz cream cheese, softened
⅓ cup milk
2 to 3 Tbsp grated lemon peel
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 ¼ cups fresh or frozen (thawed) blueberries
Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. In small bowl, mix ¼ cup of the flour, sugar and butter with fork until crumbly; set aside to use for topping. In another small bowl, mix remaining 1 cup flour, baking powder and baking soda; set aside.
In medium bowl, beat dough and cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until blended. On low speed, beat in egg, milk, lemon peel and lemon juice until well blended. Stir in flour mixture just until combined (do not overmix; mixture will be a thick batter). Carefully fold in blueberries. (If using thawed berries, rinse and pat dry with paper towel before adding.)
Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls 1 to 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets, using rubber spatula to scrape batter from tablespoon. Bake 3 minutes; remove from oven. Sprinkle each muffin top with about 1 teaspoon crumb topping; immediately return to oven.
Bake 16 to 20 minutes longer or just until edges begin to brown. Cool on cookie sheets 2 to 3 minutes before removing to cooling racks. Serve warm or cool.