My thumb is not green. Not even a little bit. In fact, my thumb has red gel nail polish from before Christmas that NEEDS TO BE REMOVED. Anyway, no green thumb... I murder plants. It always seems like such a good idea... ooo, I'll plant an herb garden or, ooo, I'll buy and care for this basil plant, or ooo, how hard can it be to grow tomatoes. And then weeks or months go by and I remember things that grow need water. Fail. However, in Southern California, it's pretty impossible to screw up a lemon tree. We have a Dwarf Meyer Lemon Tree in our backyard, and apparently it's thriving with or without my help...
So I picked some, and yes my Christmas tree is still up. SOMEONE COME AND TAKE IT DOWN.
I decided to make muffins - a somewhat healthier alternative to lemon bars or cookies. I think? I suppose when you dredge each muffin in a lemony, sugary glaze all "health" is thrown out the window. Once again, sorry if you've made resolutions (but these are worth it).
Meyer Lemon Muffins with Lemon Glaze
(Makes 12 muffins)
Slightly adapted from Let Them Eat Cake
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 T lemon zest
3/4 cup greek yogurt
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 (or more) T lemon juice
2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with a mixer until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until well incorporated. Add greek yogurt and mix until just combined. In a smaller bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined, do not over-mix (this will result in a dense muffin). Place in muffin tins lined with paper (or greased). Bake for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden on top.
While baking, whisk together ingredients for glaze. It will be slightly thick, which is ok because it will melt slightly over your warm muffins. Once baked, let muffins cool for a few minutes before spooning glaze over. Serve warm or at room temp.