2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup chilled shortening
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Spray (or butter) a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Cut in the chilled shortening using a pastry cutter or fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the mashed bananas and milk and stir together with a fork just until the dough comes together.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 8 times, adding a little bit of flour if the dough is still sticky.
Roll dough into teaspoon-size balls.
In a small bowl, stir together the granulated sugar and cinnamon. In a separate small bowl, melt the 1/2 cup of butter.
Roll dough balls in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon-sugar. Place 4-6 dough balls in each muffin cup.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until done and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes.
Gently remove muffins from pan by running a knife around the edges and allow to cool completely before icing.
When cool, make the icing by whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Drizzle over muffins using a fork.
Makes 12 monkey muffins.