Walnut-Filled Muffins

These sweet muffins are filled with an orange-flavored cinnamon and walnut mixture that will add a bright spot to your brunch table.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 ⅔ cup walnuts (about 6 oz.), toasted

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • cup butter, softened

  • cup sugar

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup orange juice

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 1 Frosting


  • cup softened butter

  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with bake cups or lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In food processor finely grind nuts with 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cinnamon. Add 1 tablespoon orange juice; process until combined. Using a rounded teaspoon, shape some nut mixture into 12 balls; set aside remaining.

  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoons salt; set aside. beat butter with mixer 30 seconds; beat in 2/3 cup sugar. Beat in egg, orange juice, and milk on low until combined. Gradually add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Spoon half of batter into cups; top with walnut balls, pressing in lightly. Top with remaining batter. Bake about 20 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remover and cool on rack. Spread frosting; top with reserved nut mixture. Makes 12 muffins.


  1. In bowl beat butter, whipping cream, and orange peel with mixer on low speed until just combined. Add powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Makes about 1 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

391 Calories
22g Fat
46g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 391
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 132mg 3%
Folate, total 56.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.