Dr. Seuss' Purple Popcorn Muffins

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins

Our school is involved in Read Across America program that is held annually to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. Room A5A created a new muffin in honor of this event. It's a simple recipe that uses grape jam, a children's favorite.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sift flour, measure and sift with baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Add milk, popped corn, eggs and melted butter.
  3. When batter is mixed, stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  4. Spoon half of the batter into 12 greased muffin cups.
  5. Spoon jam into the center of each muffin cup.
  6. Spoon remaining batter over jam.
  7. Swirl a little jam through the top of each muffin.
  8. the well-oiled muffin tins should be 2/3 full.
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven (435 F) for 20- 25 minutes.
  10. Makes 12 regular size muffins.


Most Helpful

This went over very well at my house. I skipped twirling the jelly (I used red-raspberry)through the top. Everyone wished I had not been lazy as they would have enjoyed more of the jam! It made 16 muffins for me.

Trisha W April 30, 2005

I was a little worried about these, I admit, but they're really good! I made a couple minor changes- I substituted blueberry preserves for the grape jam, whole wheat pastry flour for the white (I always do this), canola oil for the butter and substituted buttermilk for the milk/lemon juice. All in all, it worked well- next time I would use a more strongly-flavored jam; the blueberries are rather mild, but I think pretty much any other jam or preserves would do with the exception of maybe apricot. I halved the recipe because I had a sneaking suspicion that the recipe is for 12 jumbo muffins, not 12 standard-sized. I got 12 regular-sized muffins, so I guess I was right! I really enjoy the tender chewiness that the popcorn gives these- I couldn't get my pieces to grind terribly small, but they sort of melt into the muffins anyway. I think you could knock down the salt a bit too- I only used 1/2 of what is called for and they were plenty salty- I think that the popcorn tastes a bit naturally salty. Anyhow, all in all this was a nice, unusual recipe- I liked the popcorn in the muffins more than I thought I might! Thanks for posting, Room A5A, I look forward to trying your other variations of the "popcorn muffin!"

Roosie July 25, 2004

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