Best recipe ever. Literally!

So I experienced time standing still. I made muffins (but not just any muffins), put them in the oven for 10 minutes, and BAM! The world stopped rotating on its axis. Thankfully, after a near eternity of sitting on my kitchen floor staring into the oven window while drooling…the buzzer finally went off.

Slightly dramatic, but not a far stretch from my morning’s reality.

You see, I saw said muffins on Jessica’s blog yesterday and immediately sent the recipe to myself like I do with so many bloggie recipes each day. Because I’m worthless at the end of my work week and it takes everything in my power to keep my eyelids open on my 32-mile trek home, I knew I had no intention of swinging by the grocery store yesterday. But then this morning, lightening, thunder, rain and all, there I was jet skiing out to the grocery store for figs and buttermilk in order to make said muffins.

P.S. You can ask anyone who knows me — I hate rain. Not like oh-I-wish-I-hadn’t-just-stepped-in-that-puddle-oh-well hate, but rather I’m-not-leaving the-house-if-its-drizzling hate. But there I was, hoodie hood up and sweatpants rolled, running from the grocery store with my muffin makings in hand.

Once home, I whipped those babies up! And then the waiting game I already whined about began.

Ends up, I can’t follow directions. I forgot to add the olive oil. HOWEVER, the muffins were still THE BEST THING I’VE EVER MADE! Literally. No lie.

Immediately after savoring one and talking myself out of eating the remaining 11 at that very second, I let Jessica know that I loved them. I love when people love the recipes I love, so I sent a little love her way (I just used the word “love” 4 times in one sentence, ha!). And then I sat down to write this dramatic post simply because you truly NEED to know that these are a MUST MAKE! Not a “yumm, I need to make those muffins!” comment…but ACTION! ASAP! You’ll thank me later for my persistence in this matter, I assure you.

[looks can be deceiving..don’t judge a recipe on my photo!]

Goat Cheese and Honey-Stuffed Fig Muffins slightly adapted from How Sweet It Is

3/4 cup (6 ounces) soft goat cheese
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (I omitted…on accident)
1 1/4 cups chopped dried figs
3 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar


Preheat oven to 425º F.

Combine goat cheese, honey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and and lemon zest until thoroughly mixed.

Combine dry ingredients in one bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs, then add brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in buttermilk.

Add wet ingredients to dry. Don’t over mix. Fold in figs.

Grease muffin tins or use liners. Fill each muffin tin halfway. Top with a teaspoon of the goat cheese mixture. Add more batter on top. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Yield: 12 large muffins

Nutrition Information (per muffin): 234 calories; 4.5 g. fat; 47 mg. cholesterol; 155 mg. sodium; 43.3 g. carbohydrate; 3.7 g. fiber; 5.1 g. protein

And then I realized that in my Tootsie Roll Lady post, I forgot to ask for good luck vibes on my 1/2 marathon tomorrow morning!!!! That is, if it’s not rained out. 🙁 *fingers crossed* For all 2 of you who probably watch the news (I certainly don’t), the Tulsa area has been getting pummeled with tornados and insane thunderstorms. I don’t know that I’ll ever enjoy the spring in tornado alley! But for now, just hoping the race is on for tomorrow! 😀

Question: Do you like goat cheese? What’s your favorite variety of cheese?

Lots of Goat Cheese and Honey-Stuffed Fig Muffin love,

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  1. May 14, 2010 / 11:46 am

    oh my these do look amazing!!! gonna print out the recipe 🙂
    happy friday!

  2. May 14, 2010 / 11:54 am

    OMG….the best thing you have ever had??? I can see why. Think I need to bake up a big ol’ batch of these babies. have a great weekend, xo.

  3. May 14, 2010 / 12:41 pm

    That looks delicious. And if you say it’s the best recipe ever then I’m definitely going to have to try and make them. I can’t wait to try! I’m going to have to buy goat cheese. 😉

  4. May 14, 2010 / 1:15 pm

    Good luck vibes to yo on your 1/2 Marathon tomorrow! I am sure you will rock it!

  5. May 14, 2010 / 2:38 pm

    Haha I love this blog title –these look really good! I love goat cheese but my favorite it probably mozzarella or fontina.

  6. May 14, 2010 / 2:48 pm

    Good luck on your half marathon tomorrow!! I am about three weeks away from mine. GULP! You will do great. 🙂

    I am kind of scared of goat cheese… I may make these with cream cheese!

  7. May 14, 2010 / 2:50 pm

    Gosh those muffins just look so gorgeous!! 🙂

    GOOD LUCK on your 1/2 marathon!! 🙂 You’ll do so great!!

  8. May 14, 2010 / 3:03 pm

    Okay, you are making me want to make another one of her recipes right away. Those do look amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever had goat cheese though. That is the only thing holding me back because I don’t know if I like the taste. LOL

    And GOOD LUCK! I hope it isn’t rained out for you. I’m sure you will do awesome.

  9. May 14, 2010 / 3:06 pm

    Good luck on your half marathon!! I hope your training pays off :-). I also hope I can run one some day!

  10. May 14, 2010 / 3:32 pm

    I am the same way – bookmarking recipes all the time and never finding the ambition to make them, or maybe I do 3 months later. And then every so often I find something that MUST be made the very next day! I have this one saved too. I just have a very special goat cheese in particular that I need to get my hands on. Trust me, it’s gonna be good!

  11. May 14, 2010 / 3:55 pm

    These sound awesome, especially with the goat cheese filling! I’m a huge goat cheese fan. I shall be bookmarking this recipe as well! Thank you to you and Jessica.

  12. May 14, 2010 / 4:02 pm

    Oooh, yes, I saw these on Jessica’s blog and was VERY interested in them!!! I’m glad they’re as good as they looked and sounded!! Yum!

  13. May 14, 2010 / 6:12 pm

    I am so glad you liked these muffins. Jessica had me drooling with these too. Our goat cheese here is totally different from the US kind of goat cheese, so I don’t know if I could make these. We have goat cheese, but it is the soft kind, and not pasteurized. Yes, I eat it anyway. Everyone else is doing it, so why can’t I. Well as far as I know it is not pasteurized. I actually just ate some. You have probably seen it on my blog. Now I want these darn muffins though.

  14. May 14, 2010 / 8:04 pm

    I saw this on Jessica’s blog too and immediatly marked it! So glad they get a good review from you 🙂

  15. May 14, 2010 / 9:58 pm

    oh these do look good love the cheese in the middle

  16. May 14, 2010 / 11:05 pm

    Like I said, I would have loved to have those over my Mickie D’s. Although I had just come home from the bar at 2am, so I may not have enjoyed them as much as I should have – and I would have eaten all 12! 🙂

    I LOVE cheese – not all kinds, but most I would say. I LOVE getting the cheese tray instead of dessert (sometimes). Right now in my fridge I think I have Feta, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Haloumi, Velveeta and American slices. My next steak will be a filet with bleu crumbles melted on top. Don’t know when I will be eating said steak, but when I do it will be glorious.

    Have a really great race day! I hope it is not raining (or drizzling) to dampen your spirits.

  17. May 15, 2010 / 7:41 am

    i have never had goat cheese before? does it taste like feta? the muffins sound really good though!

  18. May 15, 2010 / 1:06 pm

    I hope your half went well, and was rain-free!

    I have never had anything with figs! Well, okay – fig newtons. 🙂 And I recently had goat cheese for the first time at a restaurant – it always scared me a little bit? But WOW. It *might* be my favorite cheese now. And that’s saying a lot!

  19. May 15, 2010 / 4:58 pm

    OMG those might be the best looking muffins I have seen in the blog world!

  20. May 15, 2010 / 6:28 pm

    Wow, those muffins look amazing! I only ever make regular flavors of muffins – like blueberry, cranberry. Never would have thought of making muffins with goat cheese, honey, and figs. I don’t think I’ve ever had goat cheese, though! My favorite types of cheese are cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Will have to try goat cheese one of these days!

  21. May 15, 2010 / 6:42 pm

    I love goat cheese – these sound fabulous! Good luck on your race!!!

  22. May 15, 2010 / 6:44 pm

    I just polished off the last of my muffin, time to make new ones and they’ll have to be these!

  23. May 15, 2010 / 9:56 pm

    oooh!! MUST make these!!! goat cheese is my love, love, love!

  24. May 16, 2010 / 12:02 am

    They look good. Sorry been busy and didn’t read in time to wish you luck on your HM 🙁 Hope it went well. I’m off to read it now.

  25. May 16, 2010 / 9:11 am

    I rarely make muffins–not sure why, but I should make a point for these!! I can taste em’ already 🙂

  26. May 16, 2010 / 2:26 pm

    I love goat cheese, and when someone says something is the best thing they ever made I feel like I need to make it! I can’t wait to give these muffins a try!

    • Nicole
      May 16, 2010 / 2:37 pm

      I’m making your crab-stuffed shells tonight. It’s our anniversary dinner 🙂 I cannot wait!

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