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Doctoring cinnamon muffin mix

I'm not usually a cake or muffin mix person, but I have an event to cook for and we have been sick - so I'm looking for a bit easier.
I'm making cinnamon streusel muffin mix from Betty Crocker. It is decent, but I'd like to doctor it. Maybe adding sour cream? Buttermilk instead of water? An extra egg?
Any ideas?

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  1. all of the above and really amp up the cinnamon

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    1. re: iL Divo

      Will subbing buttermilk affect the acidity and therefore the rise?

      1. re: DebinD

        it will (only in my opinion) help. love the buttermilk tanginess. and adding buttermilk , well, let me stop. how much buttermilk would you add? because after all it's thick and heavy so if sour cream and/or buttermilk are added to a muffin mix it will add a bit of density but the rise will still be there. and BTW fresh baking soda/powder is real important.
        OT: I make a brownie that is stupid good- also no recipe but always gets raves AND in it goes sour cream cream cheese and buttermilk.
        do let us know the outcome.

        1. re: iL Divo

          OP is using a Betty Crocker mix, so the leavening is included.

          1. re: greygarious

            I've been in school all week so my mind is a bit fried and frazzled............I foe'got :(

          2. re: iL Divo

            Thanks. I think I will add buttermilk, sour cream and an extra egg with a dash of nutmeg.

              1. re: DebinD

                ah..... the nutmeg, that'll make 'em extra nice.........

        2. Chopped apple, or chopped canned peaches, or dried fruit, and nuts. Or applesauce instead of water.

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          1. re: greygarious

            .....or 7up or Ginger Ale (Vernors)

          2. I like dense, hearty muffins so those mixes are usually too cake-like for me. I would add something whole grain, like whole wheat flour, wheat germ, 7-grain or 10-grain cereal, or crushed breakfast cereal. Replace the water with applesauce and milk or buttermilk.

            1. buttermilk and sour cream are great.
              Blueberries
              ginger
              nutmeg
              nuts

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              1. re: monavano

                I think I will add sour cream, an extra egg, sub buttermilk for the water and add an extra 1/2 tsp nutmeg.

              2. You could add a dash of vanilla and/or almond extract to the batter. Chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds would be a nice addition to the streusel.

                1. Out of habit any box mix that says add water I always add whole milk. However adding extra spices or even nuts would be great to change things a but.

                  1. The Betty Crocker website gives some recipes using their muffin mixes. You might get some ideas from there. http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/p...