Mini Date Nut Carrot Muffin Sandwiches with Cream Cheese Center Frosting
- Nonstick vegetable cooking spray
- 1 package (16.6 ounces) date muffin mix
- 1 cup wheat bran
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 egg
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 3/4 cup pitted dates, chopped (dates may be available already chopped)
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- Cream Cheese Center Frosting:
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 3 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- 1 cup carrot shavings
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Spray 12 muffin tins with nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, stir muffin mix, bran, milk, and egg until just blended. Fold in carrots, dates, and confectioners' sugar. Be careful not to over-mix; the batter should be lumpy. Divide batter equally among the muffin tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before frosting.
Slice muffins in half, spread with the cream cheese frosting, and then sandwich together. Serve warm or at room temperature.