Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
pinch of ginger
pinch of cardamom
15 ounce can pumpkin puree
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
10 tablespoons cool unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs

3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a standard 12 cup muffin pan.

Whisk together dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk pumpkin, buttermilk, and vanilla in a small bowl.

Cut butter into tablespoons and beat until smooth. Add brown sugar and cream until light and fluffy, about five minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended, scraping down the bowl as needed.

On low speed, alternate adding flour and pumpkin, beginning and ending with flour in 3 batches, until just combined. With a spatula, give the batter a couple of good folds to ensure all of the flour and pumpkin is incorporated.

Divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake 28-32 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.*

Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. Melt butter and brush over warm muffins. Roll muffins in cinnamon sugar. Store in airtight container up to 1 day.

*To freeze, cool muffins completely, then freeze up to 3 months. Reheat about 10 minutes in 350* oven, then brush with butter and roll in cinnamon sugar.

adapted from Everyday Food, November 2010
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