Guys, these muffins…there is so much to say about these muffins. Not only are they one of the most delicious pastries your taste buds will ever experience, they also have nostalgic value to me – which will obviously bring about a more delicious muffin for you!

Santa Barbara is a really special place to me. Bobby and I got engaged on a Santa Barbara trip in 2011. We drove in for Valentine’s Day weekend, checked into a quaint hotel on the beach, and walked to Butterfly Beach to watch the sunset. Then my husband made the best decision of his life (at least, in my opinion) – he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I cried, laughed, and then called everyone I knew.


On Saturday night we went to The Palace Grill, which serves both traditional and unique New Orleans-inspired cuisine. There is always a line, but the wait is eased by live jazz music. We sipped hurricanes, checked out the seafood on the menu, and basked in the glory of being engaged.

Then a heavenly tray appeared, containing a variety of mini-muffins. Each one was special and unique. First, there was jalapeño cheddar corn, followed by a delicious banana walnut. They kept getting better and better. The next one was my absolute favorite and the inspiration for this post: orange-apricot muffins. They were served warm, with homemade butter. Thanks to the fantastic generosity of The Palace Grill in the form of cookbook, I can now share the recipe with you.

Orange-Apricot Muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 T flour
  • 1 1/4 cups
  • 1/2 T baking powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/3 cup margarine, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine first 3 ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate smaller bowl combine remaining ingredients.
  4. Combine dry and moist ingredients together. Mix well.
  5. Spoon into greased or buttered muffin tins.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool slightly before removing from muffin tins.