Maple Sugar Ragamuffins & Giveaway Winner!


I’m going to be honest with you. I always knew a Ragamuffin was a cat breed. I also knew when I was in high school and showed up with what some would describe as “pajama like” clothing my friends would tell me I look like a ragamuffin BUT never did I expect to see this word in the name of a recipe. So when I did I knew I had to make them. How could I miss an opportunity to make something that not only sounded great but had such a fun name!

The texture of the ragamuffins is more of a biscuit than a traditional cinnamon bun. It is VERY sweet so while I was going to make a maple glaze for the top it did not need it at all! It is sweet and mapley (is that even a word?) enough with out it 🙂 I found maple sugar at my grocery store but found it to be quite expensive. It was anywhere from $6.99 to $9.99 for 6 ounces of the stuff. So I did what any normal human being does. I looked on Amazon and lo and behold they had some! Free shipping and all:) Now I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all this maple sugar but I did find a lot of great recipes on epicurious that included this sweet maple treat so I will be sure to give them a try!

What was it like to make them? Easy.  I’m a big fan of easy.  We have been friends for a LONG time.  My favorite part about our friendship is that we never get mad at each other 🙂  The most complicated part of this recipe is the tight rolling of the dough.  I obviously did not get it tight enough, because as you will notice in the pictures, the ends started to fall flat against the pan. Oh well.   It still tasted great so in the end I guess that is all that matter 🙂

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Now does everyone want to know who won????? I used to pick a winner and the lucky winner was number 6….that means girlichef won! Just send me an email with your address and I will pass it along to the great people at My Blog Spark. Congratulations!!! 🙂

Maple Sugar Ragamuffins:

For dough
2 C. all-purpose flour
1 T. granulated maple sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter – cut into small pieces
3/4 C. whole milk

For filling
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter – well softened
1 cup granulated maple sugar (6 ounces)

Make dough:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large (17- by 14-inch) baking sheet with parchment.

Whisk together flour, maple sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Blend in butter with a pastry blender or your fingertips until most of mixture resembles coarse meal with some small (roughly pea-size) butter lumps. Add milk and stir with a fork until a shaggy dough forms. Gently knead dough 8 to 10 times with floured hands on a lightly floured surface.

Roll out and fill dough:
Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin into a 13- by 11-inch rectangle. Spread softened butter evenly over dough and sprinkle all over with maple sugar, pressing firmly to help adhere. Beginning with one long side, roll up dough snugly, jelly-roll style. Cut roll crosswise into 12 slices with a sharp knife. Arrange slices, cut sides down, 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Gather any maple sugar from work surface and sprinkle on top of rolls. Bake until rolls are puffed and golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool until warm, about 15 minutes.

Source: Gourmet from Epicurious


In case you were wondering this is not a Maple Sugar Ragamuffin. Also take note of my fine photoshop skills 🙂



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27 Responses to “Maple Sugar Ragamuffins & Giveaway Winner!”

  1. #
    jenn — November 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    They look like little cinnamon rolls. ;-D I don’t think I’ve had a ragamuffin before. Definitely something I’d have for breakfast. Heck I’d even snack on them during the day. hehe…

    Congrats to Girlichef!

  2. #
    donna — November 9, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Congrats to Girlichef, she’s a sweeite.

    These cookies/ragamuffins look fantastic, perfect for my diet;) and I love the name.

  3. #
    Natasha - 5 Star Foodie — November 10, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Your ragamuffins sound so good with maple sugar! Congrats to girlichef!

  4. #
    Emily — November 10, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I love the ragamuffin name! How fun and cute! And these look delicious.

  5. #
    Cakelaw — November 10, 2009 at 1:30 am

    These ragamuffins look delicious! Just as cute as the cat.

  6. #
    Gin — November 10, 2009 at 6:56 am

    That girlichef is so darn lucky. Anybody that gets one of those delectable delicious muffins should definitely count themselves as LUCKY! I will take one please. I will have to head to Jungle Jims to search out maple sugar YUMMY!!

  7. #
    natalia — November 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Ciao !I love the looks of these ragamuffins ! The cat is beautiful too !!!

  8. #
    Debbie — November 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I thought they were cinnamon rolls! They look delish….congrats to the winner!

  9. #
    Reeni — November 10, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    These look scrumptious with the maple sugar! I love the name! And I want a Ragamuffin! Those are one of my favorite kitties!

  10. #
    girlichef — November 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Yippeeeeee!! That’s so cool, thanks Brandy…and, LOL!!! I’ll email you in a minute. And YUM!!! These sound amazing. Maple sugar. Oh, that made me salivate just saying it!! I’m saving it in hopes that I will not be too lazy to make some 🙂

  11. #
    Faith — November 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Congrats to the winner! I’ve never heard of Ragamuffins, but I’m a huge fan of cinnamon buns! (Oh yes, we go way back.) I love the maple in this recipe, it’s great for some seasonal flair!

  12. #
    mrssnell — November 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Congrats to girlichef~

    My gosh, I’ll have to take a deep breath and just dive in to making these yummy looking little buggers, because they won’t even make it off the baking sheet at my house. LOL It’s amazing, the speed with which anything sweet disappears here.

    Kitty looks positively smug in this photo. heh. 😉

  13. #
    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 10, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I’ve never had ragamuffins before, but I want some NOW!

  14. #
    Heavenly Housewife — November 11, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Wow, you are ALMOST as talented with the photoshop as I am daaaaaaahling. Those muffins looked positively awesome! I’m drooling.

  15. #
    Blond Duck — November 11, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I need to make these for the name alone.

  16. #
    Kelly@EvilShenanigans — November 11, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Oh, those look so yummy! I don’t have maple sugar, but I bet some vanilla sugar would also work!

  17. #
    Jen — November 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Yummy, I love mapley (real word or not)! Congratulations to the winner!

  18. #
    MaryBeth — November 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    OMG…these sound so good, a maple cooking would be delish!!!

  19. #
    Dorothy — November 11, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Oh those look so good! Pretty much anything that looks like a cinnamon roll is good, even if it is more like a biscuit 🙂 As for ragamuffin cats–I’ve always loved the breed name! I’d get one just so I can tell everybody what kind of cat I have. Is that crazy?

    • Dorothy replied: — November 11th, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

      Oh and great Photoshop job. I almost didn’t notice 😉

  20. #
    Velva — November 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Your ragamuffins look quite delicious! I think I would like the texture of this cross between a biscuit and a cinnamon bun. I bet a good cup of coffee with these treats would be perfect.

  21. #
    Blond Duck — November 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Isadora says she’ll visit the little one if she can have a ragamuffin.

  22. #
    doggybloggy — November 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    hulo? girlichef always wins – these things are rigged! what did she win anyway – How come I didnt know about a giveaway?

  23. #
    CakeSpy — November 13, 2009 at 12:31 am

    These look so amazing! They remind me of something my mom would call “rolie polies” — also looked like little cinnamon rolls and were completely yum.

  24. #
    grace — November 19, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    maple sugar runs a close second to cinnamon sugar in my book. you’ve made some alluring and delicious-looking treats here, and that’s that!


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