Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
- 1 1⁄3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1⁄2 cup pistachios, finely chopped
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon rum extract
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1⁄2 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Prepare the muffin tins by greasing them well.
- Combine the dry ingredients including the zest and finely chopped pistachios in a large bowl.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer with the paddle attachment. Beat the eggs, one at a time, into the creamed mixture until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and rum extracts.
- Starting with about 1/4 of the dry mixture, alternately add part of the dry ingredients and the milk, briefly mixing after each addition. Do not over-mix the batter.
- Scoop the batter into the prepared tins. Sprinkle the tops with the coarsely chopped pistachios.
- Place the muffins in the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 375 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes or until the muffins test done.
- After the muffins have cooled for five minutes, remove them from the tins to cool on a wire rack.
- Baker’s Note: It’s the finely chopped pistachios that give the muffin a green hue. We used a nut chopper to chop ours finely. You can also chop them in a food processor.
These were outstanding! We like all natural, all the way so the beige-light green color was A-OK. They were nice and light with a soft crumb. I did not use the cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, or rum extract. In place, I used double the vanilla and 1/2 tsp of almond extract. I sprinkled a bit of course sugar with the fine ground nuts on the top. Both my son and husband said they were the best pistachio muffins they have ever had. That is saying something because they both love pistachio muffins from elsewhere.
my four year old and i decided to make cupcakes and since i had pistachios and most ingredients, we went for it. didn't have nutmeg or rum extract so compensated with more cinnamon and vanilla. easy to mix. hardest part was opening cashews but chopped them in a small processor after removing brown casing to reveal green nut. coloring was greenish beige? .. with green nut tops. we ate them so fast that i forget exactly hehe. they were are best muffins yet. didn't use a muffin tin .. baked in foil/paper cups. everyone in our fan loved them thanks!
This is an okay recipe. It's a little wet, taste is okay. I think a sour cream base with some baking soda would also help the spring. It took closer to 20 minutes to be done.