The holidays are here and baking is the perfect way to spend some quality time with the family. So, Food Network Champion Chef Maeve gave us some holiday baking tips and here is her “Home for the Holidays Muffins”recipe:

Home for the Holidays Muffins

Courtesy of Chef Maeve

PREP TIME: 20 minutes

COOK TIME: 20-22 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes


1/2 cup granulated sugar

12oz salted Finlandia Imported Butter

4 eggs

2 Cups all-purpose flour

1 Cup sour cream

1 Cup buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup diced apples

1/4 cup diced pears

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 cup crushed candied pecans for topping


  • Mix salted Finlandia Imported Butter and sugar until combined
  • Add in baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Add one egg at a time until all four have been added
  • Add sour cream and buttermilk
  • Slowly add flour
  • Add apples and pears in three or four rotations- do not over mix, as it will cause your fruit to break up

Assembly Directions:

  • Scoop using a small ice cream scooper or a large spoon into muffin liners
  • Top each scoop with candied pecans
  • Place in the oven for 22 minutes at 350 degrees