When my son started Kindergarten last year, I had these little gems waiting on him as an after school snack when he got home on the first day.
The first day of school can be somewhat exhausting and overwhelming for kiddos coming off of summer vacation, so I think it’s nice to have a special snack waiting after school to say good job today and welcome home! Besides, with a cute, sweet muffin in front of him or her, I’d be willing to bet that your little student is going to be much more inclined to open up and chat about how that first day went. And there’s nothing to say that you don’t get to enjoy a muffin of your own during said chat!
I actually adapted this recipe from a Martha Stewart cupcake recipe. Cupcakes seem a little decadent as after school treats, so I cut back the sugar and adjusted some ingredients to come up with moist, fluffy muffins instead. Hopefully Martha won’t mind.
In lieu of frosting, I went an alternate route resulting in muffins that are reminiscent of thumbprint cookies. Using a small melon baller, I scooped a little divot out of the top of each muffin and filled the resulting holes with my boys’ favorite peanut butter accompaniments…either strawberry jam or grape jelly. I think raspberry jam would be delightful in these muffins as well, but any flavor jam, jelly, or preserves would work…go with your personal preference. It just occurred to me that you could even use Nutella instead of jelly! Sorry…Nutella and I have a thing.
In addition to making a great after school snack on the first day or any day, these muffins could also comprise a special breakfast or welcomed lunchbox treat (assuming peanut products aren’t banned at your child’s school for allergy reasons…make sure first!). And I hope it goes without saying that these aren’t just for kids. Anyone who appreciates a good PB&J will adore these tasty morsels.
Adapted from Martha Stewart.
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