Makes 12 muffins

Karen Johnson McWilliams was away at graduate school when she got engaged, so her mother threw a wedding shower back home in Joplin, Montana, without her. Friends brought special family recipes, which mom mailed to the bride and groom. This recipe remains one of Karen's favorites.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large bowl with a mixer, beat butter and sugar until very well mixed and no lumps remain. Add milk, yogurt, egg, and vanilla; beat just until blended. Add flour, soda, and pecans; stir until mixture is evenly moistened.

Step 2

Spoon batter equally into 12 buttered or paper-lined muffin cups (2 1/2 to 2 3/4 in. wide).

Step 3

Bake in a 425° regular or convection oven until muffins just begin to pull from pan sides and spring back in the center when lightly pressed, about 15 minutes.

Step 4

Cool muffins in pan about 5 minutes, then invert onto a rack and turn rounded side up. Serve hot, warm, or cool. If making up to 1 day ahead, wrap cool muffins airtight and store at room temperature; freeze to store longer. To reheat, seal in foil and bake in a 350° regular or convection oven about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Nutritional analysis per muffin.

Ratings & Reviews

pahatem's Review

January 03, 2010
My kids love this recipe. They have given up the store-bought, unhealthy muffins in favor of these. Hallelujah! I have to admit to adding chocolate chips.

dawnk777's Review

December 09, 2009
There are yummy muffins. We added blueberries, too, but I think a different time, they would be tasty with apples added, instead. I loved how big they are, and how moist they are. Will definitely make again. We ate them last night with chili.

PaprikaPink's Review

November 26, 2009
I've been making these muffins regularly since I first saw the recipe in Sunset in 2001. They are a family favorite. Great for breakfast and to take in lunches. Easy to put together, ingredients nearly always on hand, and delicious. That they are healthful doesn't hurt either. That I usually add chocolate chips has probably contributed to their overall popularity over the years.