Servings: Serves 12
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons Vermont maple syrup *
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400°. Place paper liners in 12 muffin cups.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Using an electric mixer, cream butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well.

In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream and maple syrup.

On low speed, add 1/2 dry ingredients to butter-sugar mixture. Pour in 1/3 sour cream mixture. Add remaining dry ingredients in 2 batches, alternating with sour cream mixture. Beat until just blended.

In a small bowl, stir together walnuts, cinnamon and remaining 1 teaspoon sugar.

Pour batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle top of each muffin with walnut mixture. Bake until muffins are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Place tins on wire rack to cool about 5 minutes. Remove from tins and serve warm.

* Dark amber maple syrup is preferred (available online at