"Dressed-up" Carrot Cake Muffins

A pun on my mystery ingredient – Apple Poppyseed dressing.  I was out of oil, but I had a bottle of Girard’s dressing, and feeling creative, as well as desperate, I substituted the Apple Poppyseed dressing for the oil, and voila!  An incredibly delicious, moist, and sensory delight!  Even before I popped then into the oven, they smelled wonderful – autumnal, shall we say.  To kick up my cream cheese icing, I added a 2 teaspoons of the dressing and WOW, the flavor defies description – just delicious! 

“Dressed-up” Carrot Cake Muffins Printable recipe
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream (not low-fat or fat-free)
1/2 cup Girard’s Apple Poppyseed dressing

2 large eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups grated carrot
1 cup pecans, toasted & finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg (if you can, freshly grated, if not, ground is ok)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
In a small bowl, combine flours and baking soda, set aside.
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, salad dressing, eggs, brown sugar, carrots, pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Beat together until well-mixed.
Stir in the flour mixture.
Portion batter into cupcake liners – I made 20.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until a tester inserted comes out clean.
Allow to cool before frosting.

Apple Poppyseed Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons Girard’s Apple Poppyseed Dressing
1 teaspoon half & half
2 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, butter, dressing, and half & half together until light and fluffy.
Add powdered sugar, and mix until creamy.
Spread on cooled muffins.


5 thoughts on “"Dressed-up" Carrot Cake Muffins

  1. These look great… Always love a good muffin recipe. And I'm so glad to see that other people found ways to use the dressing they got.

    I used the peach mimosa to make frosting for some ginger cupcakes. The recipe is up on my site.

    Great visiting here! Will certainly be returning soon!


  2. hi Louanne
    great job using the girard's dressings!! The apple poppyseed was a wonderful choice for the muffin and the topping! Thanks so much for the mention too!! I have linked your page on my new posting!
    have a great weekend

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