Gold and Pearl Encrusted Berry Muffins

Sometimes the difference between boring jeans and a t-shirt and looking fancy is a strand of pearls.  The same goes for breakfast.  A little pearl sugar (available at specialty grocery stores in the baking aisle) and a few gold stars (by Wilton, available at specialty grocery stores and party supply stores) go a long way to dressing up breakfast.  
These are the kind of muffins that are ready for a party.  Or for a Monday morning.  
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 (or so) cup washed and dried mixed berries
1 tablespoon pearl sugar
edible gold stars
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Blend together flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer combine all other ingredients – except blueberries.  When wet ingredients are well combined add in flour mixture.  Stir until just combined – do not over beat!
Stir in berries gently and scoop batter into prepared muffin tins.  Sprinkle pearl sugar and gold stars evenly over the top of each muffin.  Bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and let sit a few minutes before serving.

Happy Monday!


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