Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl 
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 45 Mins
Yield
Makes 1 1/2 dozen

We know, serving streusel-topped muffins with hard sauce is gilding the lily, but hey, it's Christmas morning after all.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Process first 6 ingredients in a food processor 1 minute or until ginger is finely chopped.

Step 2

Beat butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Gradually add both sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Step 3

Stir together hot coffee and molasses in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with coffee mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition.

Step 4

Place baking cups in 2 (12-cup) muffin pans, and lightly grease; spoon batter into cups, filling two-thirds full. Sprinkle with Spiced Streusel.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes). Top with Spiced Hard Sauce.

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