Pear-Bear Muffins

Kids will love these breakfast bears. A spice cake mix baked in a muffin tin turns into a bear when you add pear ears and a chocolate chip nose. They make great snacks too.

Pear-Bear Muffins
Yield: about 24 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 18 1/4 ounce package spice cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 - 3 pears, cored and cut into 48 slices
  • Almond slices
  • Semisweet chocolate chips, regular and mini

Make It

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with baking wrappers. In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, the water, orange juice, eggs and oil until smooth. Spoon batter into prepared cups until they're about 3/4 full.

2. Trim a half inch from the pointed end of each pear slice. Insert the trimmed, flat ends of 2 slices into each muffin cup, leaving the tops of the pears exposed. Pretending the muffin is a clock, insert them at about 11:00 and 1:00.

3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffin tops spring back when you touch them. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan; remove muffins and place them on wire racks. While they're slightly warm, add almond slivers and chocolate chips to create the bear's face.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 135, Fat, total (g): 5, chol. (mg): 16, sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 21, Monounsaturated fat (g): 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g): 1, Trans fatty acid (g): 1, fiber (g): 1, sugar (g): 12, pro. (g): 2, vit. A (IU): 49, vit. C (mg): 2, Thiamin (mg): , Riboflavin (mg): , Niacin (mg): , Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg): , Folate (µg): 16, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg): , sodium (mg): 147, Potassium (mg): 48, calcium (mg): 50, iron (mg): 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.