We are going to get to these delicious Butter Pecan Muffins but first I want to tell you about when I was a little girl and what it even has to do with Butter Pecan Muffins. I don’t know about you, but we didn’t have CD’s or even cassette tapes. This will come as no surprise to all of you but my nine year old simply can’t comprehend it.
I imagine he envisions us sitting on the front porch with a washboard and set of spoons as our only means of music. But my sister and I shared a record player in our room and Mama kept us well supplied with Disney albums (I still break into Disco Duck from time to time). Around the time I was six years old or so, I saved up my money and broke out of Disney to purchase my first two records. The first record I ever bought was “Mountain Music” by the group Alabama.
We have always been HUGE Alabama fans. As a girl, we had Alabama t shirts, Alabama records, and each one of us had a photograph of the band autographed by every single member thanks to my dad working security at one of their concerts (he was a Huntsville police officer at the time). Beyond the appeal of truly unique music, they were good old boys who still managed to remain “one of us” despite fame. Everyone has always loved them.
Jeff Cook served as vocals, lead guitar, and fiddle for that group. You know that roaring fiddle which widens eyes on Mountain Music ? Yup, that’s him.
Yesterday, I was explaining all of this to my son, whom I just mentioned had a violin recital last week. I pulled up this video on Youtube to show him the band performing Mountain Music. As the song neared the big fiddle part, I told Brady “Watch this…”. His eyes got “Big as dollars” as my grandmother would say and he just stared, open mouthed at the screen. When Jeff finished the big fiddle part Brady said “WHOA, can YOU play it like that?”
God love that boy, he places WAY too much stock on those two years of violin lessons I had over two decades ago! But, I can still play “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on just about any toy piano!
~puffs up with pride~
He and his wife, Lisa, sat down with Mama and, as most Southerners do, they got to talking about food. He went over this Butter Pecan Muffin recipe with her, saying that it was what he made for all of his neighbors at Christmastime each year and that everyone raved about them, but no one could ever place the secret ingredient! As he gave her the recipe, Mama texted it to me on my phone with the message “Call me”. I called her right away and sent my husband out for that secret ingredient that very night so I could make these the next day!
This recipe comes from a person who received a praise which carries much more weight than the Grammy’s or other awards.
- 1 box butter pecan cake mix
- vegetable oil
- butterscotch schnapps
- chopped pecans
- Prepare cake mix according to package directions, substituting butterscotch schnapps for the water in the recipe.
- Add in 1 cup chopped pecans.
- Bake in greased muffin tins at 350 for twenty to twenty five minutes, or until done.
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HI, Christy! I came across this post after doing a search for “lamb,” and it was one I had not read before and I just wanted to let you know how much I smile when I read the things you share! So many similarities in upbringing and your sweet gracious, down-home spirit just make my soul sing! We claimed Alabama, too, (the Bowery connection and Mark’s mom living/working in Florence when he joined the band), and they were my first real concert. Had the t-shirt and albums, too! And I learned to make shrimp scampi from Jeff Cook, as he was on Florence Henderson’s cooking show on the Nashville Network, and I sat there with a pad and pen and scrambled to write down every ingredient and detail. I still have that scrap of paper in my recipe box. Okay, enough chattering for today. Thanks so much for sharing “relatable” yourself with us. Your recipes, posts, and uplifting messages really help me/us make it through the day with more brightness! Now, off to find a recipe for lamp chops so I can figure out what to do with these things my husband loves and brought home…………… 😀
I was thinking that since we here in SOCAL are deprived and can’t buy Butter Pecan Cake mix; maybe it would work with a Butter recipe cake mix with added pecans (can’t have too many pecans). I looked on line for some way to get the mix, but I’m not paying $5.72 shipping to have a $1.39 cake mix sent to me. I just can’t do it. Love the Schnapps in this, thanks for the recipe, I’ll be trying this soon.
Better late than never-whee!!! Have just made these “dangerously delightful” treats as an early Valentine’s day goodie for my dear hubby (he just loves it when I cook with booze *big smile*. I took a cup of raisins and soaked them in that schnapps,( so they just got plump and plastered,) and I think those drunk raisins added fun to the batter!
while I did make a dozen regular size muffins, I made Minimuffins with the remaining batter—oh my! Bite size boozeylove.
Am thoroughly enjoying your book, your stories, and all your delicious recipes.
Thanks from a North Alabamian (Muscle Shoals) now transplanted up North in Pennsylvania. Big hugs to ya!
Great post thank you (why i cant subscribe to your feed ? i keep getting an error)Thanks
You know, I have had that very thing happen to my coffee with BOTH Drambuie and Kahlua, in my younger years. I do believe that some things just naturally defy the laws of physics.
that was the first album i saved up to buy all on my own, too!
it was a very big deal to walk all through SEARS (can you believe it?!) to the record section and pick out my own grown-up “LP” album with my own money! i still have it to this day, and it is well worn.
thanks for the tasty recipe, and the memories. and butterscotch schnappes is an autumn standby, and sinfully good! try in hot cocoa, too.
MyNew30 – WOW peanut butter icing on these? OH MY!!! I’m so glad you got to try that recipe, its a very special one to me!!
Bill- OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh how did you like the chicken? 3:30, lol! I’ve been there at 4:30 before and it was pretty sparse then, too! I don’t know whether to call you an early riser or late nighter!