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from "U.S.A. Cookbook" by Sheila Lukins

Rich sour cream anchors the flavor, and my favorite apple pie spices give these beauties a winter holiday feel. Do not overwork the muffin batter or you will have a tough muffin; stir until the dry ingredients are just incorporated into the wet ingredients.

Makes 10 muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
10 pecan halves

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1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease 10 regular muffin cups or line them with paper liners.
2. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg in a bowl. Stir well and set aside.
3. In another bowl, beat the egg and the sugar together until well combined. Stir n the melted butter, sour cream, vanilla, and applesauce.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid, and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Stir in the chopped pecans.
5. Fill the muffin cups three-quarters full with batter. Top each muffin with a pecan half. Bake in the center of the oven until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the oven until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out just clean, 20 minutes.
6. Cool the muffins in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Then un-mold them onto a rack to cool completely.

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 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  Breakstone's Sour Cream - $2.19/ea
  Spice Select Pure Vanilla Extract - $4.69/ea
 2fl oz
  Santa Cruz Organic Apple Sauce - $3.99/ea
  FreshDirect Pecans, Container - $6.99/ea
  Breakstone's All-Natural Unsalted Butter - $3.19/ea
 2ct, 4oz ea
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  Gold Medal All Purpose Enriched Bleached Pre-Sifted Flour - $2.29/ea
  Davis Double Acting Baking Powder - $3.19/ea
  Arm & Hammer Baking Soda - $1.19/ea
  Hain Pure Foods Sea Salt - $2.99/ea
  Spice Supreme Ground Cinnamon - $1.19/ea
  FreshDirect Ground Allspice
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  FreshDirect Ground Cloves
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  Spice Supreme Ground Nutmeg - $1.99/ea
  Alderfer Eggs Grade A Large Organic Eggs
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  Domino Granulated White Sugar - $2.49/ea
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