Sugared Mango Love Muffins Recipe

There are few things in life as beautiful as a ginormous, glorious sugar topped muffin. You can tell when a muffin is going to be an experience. It has a look about it that is inviting. Have you ever eaten a tiny biscuit-like muffin only to ask yourself why you wasted the calories? I have. I have also learned that to make a great (not good but great) muffin which will not leave its audience in regret, you must require a few things from your recipe.

  1. It must be tasty. If not, why bother?
  2. It must not be the perfect texture… not too soggy, spongy or dry.
  3. It must be ginormous or if it’s a mini muffin it must at least appear ginormous.
  4. It must have a glorious heaping amount of streusel or another fun to drool over topper.

Easy as that, right? Nope! A muffin requires love to make. Love requires patience, care and attention to details. A love muffin isn’t the kind of girl you can just take out once and then ditch. She is worth every bit of effort required of you. She is an investment.

That said, let’s get started!

To make the fruit for this muffin, we are making a mango preserves which will be very flavorful. Another benefit is that the pieces of mangos will not become soggy as they might if you just dropped them into your muffin dough.

Mango Preserves

  • 1 ripe fresh mango
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Peel mango, chop into medium size pieces and add to saucepan. Using a potato masher, press mango into even smaller little pieces.  

Mix in sugar and lemon juice. Allow preserves to boil for almost 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then allow to cook on low heat for another 10 minutes.

When done, you will have this lovely mango jelly. We could stop there since this would be delicious in danish or on toast but today we are focusing on the glorious muffin so savor this moment as long as you like & then when you’re ready, feel free to scroll down for more goodness.  

Mango Love Muffins

  • 1 1/2 sticks (or 3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 recipe Mango Preserves

Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla.

Mix in salt, egg, lemon juice, and milk.

Add flour and baking powder. Combine just until all ingredients are mixed together. With a spoon, stir in mango preserves.


Here are the streusel ingredients:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 egg

Place all streusel ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until crumbly and pieces are the size of peas.

Use a large muffin tin and make six muffins or use a regular muffin tin and make a dozen muffins. Spray with nonstick baking spray or use muffin liners.

Top each muffin with a generous portion of streusel.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until fork comes out clean.

You know the muffin… the special one. She is so sweet, tasty and buttery that you aren’t even sure if you need butter. This is her. Her name is Love Muffin. I’ll leave you two alone so you can get to know one another better.

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