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The other day I was at the grocery store.  Nothing fancy (there still isn’t even Whole Foods or a Trader Joe’s in my area, if you can believe that!), just my regular grocery store (picking up the bread that I mentioned in this post, actually).  When I saw them looking up at me.

What were they?, you ask.  Muffins.  But these muffins looked to die for.  They were big and golden, and stuffed with so much cheddar they looked like the muffin fairies that made them (like the Keebler cookie elves, you know?  ;) ) started with nothing but cheese and added in just the teensiest bit of batter.  And I knew I needed to try my hand at making muffins like that.

I did a couple things differently.  They used orange cheddar and I used white (a very sharp New York State white), and I added the faintest bit of rosemary for flavor and aroma (thyme would be a lovely substitute).  The muffins were incredible, but despite the fact that I used a full eight ounces of cheese, I feel like they didn’t have even close to the amount of cheddar as those beautiful muffins at the grocery store.  I think I would have to use three or four times as much cheese as I did to get the same results…and oh wow, is that a lot of cheese!  For now, I’m very happy with these. 

Of course, good muffins, like anything else, start with quality ingredients.  Eggs are pretty important, since their freshness can really affect the quality of a dish.  I recently received a coupon for Land O Lakes® eggs, which I used in this recipe…and wow, are they good!

And in order to really enjoy the fresh flavor of these eggs I made breakfast:  a sunny-side up egg served with a white cheddar muffin and homemade applesauce. 

Here’s a little bit about their eggs from their website:  “Land O Lakes® Eggs really are extraordinary.  They are produced by hens fed a premium, all vegetable, whole-grain diet, rich in corn and soy protein — with no animal fat or animal by-products.  It’s the kind of commitment to simplicity you don’t see everywhere.  And it produces eggs with a taste so pure and delicious, they could only come from Land O’Lakes.”

For the chance to try Land O Lakes® eggs for yourself (and also to win a $50 VISA gift card and an All-Clad Omelet Skillet!), see below for information on how to enter my giveaway!

White Cheddar Muffins

Yields 10 muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 large eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup canola oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

8 oz sharp white cheddar, shredded

Preheat oven to 400F; butter and flour a muffin tray (or line it with paper liners).

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl.  Whisk together the eggs, milk, and oil in a large bowl.  Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet, being careful not to over-mix, then fold in the rosemary and cheddar.

Fill each muffin well about 2/3 to  3/4 full of batter; bake until light golden on the sides and top, and a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean, about 14 to 16 minutes.  Cool the muffins in the tray for 10 minutes, then remove from the tray and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

For the giveaway, Land O Lakes® is generously providing a prize pack to one lucky winner valued at over $150, including following items: 

  • $50 VISA gift card
  • All-Clad Omelet Skillet
  • Full-value coupon for any variety of LAND O LAKES® Eggs 

To participate in this giveaway, you can do any of the following (please leave a separate comment for each, so I can count them as separate entries): 

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite way to use eggs; if you don’t eat eggs, tell me what your favorite kind of muffin is.
  2. Tweet the following message:  To win a prize pack valued at $150+, including a $50 Visa giftcard, check out @AnEdibleMosaic! #giveaways Please RT
  3. Link to this giveaway on your Facebook page.
  4. Link to this giveaway on your blog. 

This giveaway ends Tuesday, November 8th at 9PM EST; after that the winner will be randomly selected and notified by email.  Good luck to all! 

Disclaimer:  I received a coupon for a free pack of eggs from Land O Lakes®, and they are also providing the prize pack for this giveaway.  As always, opinions stated are my own.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I like poached eggs on split english muffins smothered with hollandaise sauce.

  2. scrambled eggs with hash browns thanks

  3. Elisabeth says:

    I like to have good ol’ scrambled eggs with cheese in them!

  4. I am not much of an egg eater but they are great in baking. My favorite muffins to bake would have to be blueberry or banana bread.

  5. Liz Wittrock says:

    I like scrambled eggs…mostly because I can’t make anything else, but my husband is starting to help me with that! :)

  6. I absolutely love any kind of breakfast egg. I also have been really into poached eggs on spinach salads lately :)

  7. A.R. Cruz says:

    My favorite way to eat eggs is in an omelet with cheese! Great giveaway — thanks!

  8. Your white cheddar muffins sound delicious, Faith. I love the addition of Rosemary and subbing of whit cheddar.

    I like to pan fry an egg over easy with a bit of soy sauce and top it over some kind of noodle soup or rice. Nothing better than a runny egg. Thanks for the opportunity, Faith.

  9. I like my eggs in an omelet with feta cheese and grilled onions…and even better would be prepared by someone else.

  10. Rae Henderson says:

    I love to use eggs in baking, like quick breads and desserts.

  11. Hard Boiled eggs, I eat them everyday to help keep the doctor away!

  12. Jeana O'donnell-Murphy says:

    Love to make egg mcmuffins, have omlettes, or use eggs for homemade cookies and etc

  13. Hard-boiled eggs, bacon, romain lettuce, shredded cheddar, and homemade dressing. Best. Salad. Ever.

  14. Deanna G. says:

    My favorite is good old scrambled eggs! :)

  15. sleepyheadedmom says:

    I’m not the major egg eater in the house but I do love to eat them sunny side up along with my sausage gravy and biscuits.

  16. When I eat eggs they are in an omelette with sauteed mushrooms, scallions and spinach.

  17. That’s very cheesy. I love it. Whenever I eat cheese muffins outside, I find they are not cheesy enough. Now I can make them myself with loads of cheese….mmmm. Thanks very much for sharing, Faith. Hope you have a great day. Mary

  18. Your muffins look soo good!

    My favorite way to cook eggs is in a black forest ham quiche. Second fave: fritatta with Spanish chorizo and rosemary.

    Thanks for all your great recipes–this is my first time commenting, but I really enjoy your blog :)

  19. Cori Viles says:

    I love my eggs poached, with a runny yoke, over a veggie fritter. With sliced tomatoes on the side it’s the perfect meal!

  20. I LOVE eggs! I like them in any way, shape or form but my absolute favorite is over medium. I want the white to be solid but the yoke to still be runny. This is hard to get just perfect but when they are they are the best!

  21. my favorite way to use eggs would be in yummy huevos rancheros, but I like them just about any ol’ way…

  22. Oh my, those cheddar muffins look delicious and light. I have some good white cheddar in the frig that would love to be made into these!

    Wonderful giveaway, Faith! My favorite way to use eggs for breakfast is poached on a piece of toasted whole wheat bread (with just a little butter on it).

  23. These muffins must taste wonderful, the perfect accompaniment to a delicious egg breakfast.

    Great giveaway! I have many favorite recipes in which I use eggs, but today my favorite is my popover apple pancake that I just made. I am addicted to it:)

  24. Sara Barbara says:

    Eggs are one of my most favorite foods. I love to eat them most any way, and use them in baking daily, but my favorite way to eat them is probably in a good egg salad sandwich.

  25. Wow, I bet these are so fabulous when still warm from the oven. I can imagine them with a big bowl of soup or a hearty stew. Yum!

  26. Love those plump amd scrumptious muffins…and the pictures are just awesome!

  27. I like Scrambled eggs

  28. Your muffins look wonderfully delicious Faith! I bet they’re better than the store’s! I eat an egg for breakfast almost every single day with a soft yolk on Ezekiel bread. If I don’t have it my day just doesn’t feel right!

  29. My favourite way to eat eggs is soft-boiled on toast. I love my eggs runny! I also like French toast. Or pancakes and syrup dipped in the runny yolk of an over-easy egg.

  30. Your photos look amazing but your muffins look heavenly. I wish I could reach into the monitor and take one out. YUM!

  31. That works for me! Cheese makes everything better in my opinion. Those muffins look amazing and you officially have me craving eggs now. I’ve actually got about 3 dozen hanging out in my fridge as we speak (yes I’m a eggaholic)

  32. I love eggs! And out of pure laziness, the most common way I eat them is hard boiled, as a snack or in a salad. My favorite egg recipes would have to be quiches though. I love quiche.

  33. Poached is by far my favorite way to eat eggs. Preferably on hash.
    Then a really well made omelette that I have to make myself because where I live they think an omelette is a flat scrambled egg with seasonings.

  34. Heather H. says:

    I love an egg and cheddar sourdough bread sandwich.

  35. You have just made my day: white cheddar + bread = my heaven. I can’t wait to try them!

    I am not an intuitive cook, so I get my inspiration from other recipes. Usually my modifications are ways that I can make the recipe faster or easier. I modify because I’m lazy, not because I’m good at sensing what would be tasty in a dish.

  36. Inspiration is truly everywhere! Honestly, I have trouble keeping track of all my recipe ideas, since just about everything spurs new ones. Savory muffins are a great concept. (No need to enter me in the contest, though)

  37. My favorite way to use eggs is to scramble them! My daughter loves eggs and will only eat them for breakfast.

  38. Those muffins look amazing!

    I am LOVING breakfast sandwiches lately…so I’m going with my egg on my sandwich in the morning :) Great giveaway, Faith!

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  41. My favorite way to use eggs is quiche, then cookies!

  42. Oh, do these look scrumptious! My fave way to use eggs? I love deviled/stuffed eggs!

  43. I love using eggs to make french toast. Best breakfast ever!

  44. I use eggs every morning in an egg, turkey sausage, and cheese sandwich! mmmm

  45. Nothing beats an omlet but I also enjoy what we call Egg in a Basket – an egg cooked in bread which has had a hole cut in the middle.

  46. Andrea D. says:

    I like a good egg bake with a variety of ingredients. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  47. I’ve never tried white cheddar! I wonder if I can get those eggs here.

  48. I’ve really been enamored with savory breakfast baked goods lately, but these take that enamoration (totally a word) to a whole new level! All that cheddar…how could these be anything but amazing!

    I love eggs in many ways…but I gotta say, my favorite is in ice cream! :P

  49. Rebecca Shockley says:

    Omelets, cheesy!

  50. I have to be honest..I’ve never really been a huge fan of eggs. I usually just stick to basic scrambled eggs..mayyybe an omelet. But I’ve recently discovered poached eggs..and now I’m obsessed! Especially with a good hollandaise :)

  51. I like scrambled eggs
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  52. Andrea Ada says:

    I love using them for eggy oats or what I call whey protein omelettes/pancakes.

  53. I love them scrambled with extra cheese
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  54. i love scrambled eggs nice and plain with salsa!

  55. Angel Food Cake…mmmmmm.

  56. I love a simple scrambled egg with a piece of bread. And these muffins would more than do the trick! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a beautiful Wednesday full of laughter and love.

  57. quiche, pannekuekens, custard, baked in a muffin pan and drizzled with brown butter and balsamic vinegar, fried and served on a bed of spinach..i could go on and on

  58. These muffins look amazing! Today I received 6 blocks of cheese…I know what I want me to make :)

    Such a great giveaway too. My favorite way to eat eggs are fried. Actually, fried in bacon grease. I don’t eat it like that very often but when I do it’s heaven :)

  59. I use eggs for breakfast every day. The best way? Over biscuits and quite possibly these cheese muffins when I try them out!

  60. Jessie C. says:

    I like scrambled eggs
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  61. my favorite way to use eggs is in my momma’s secret recipe for yellow cake! it calls for a ton of eggs, so i have to make sure i keep them in stock!

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  63. favorite way to use eggs or at least the way i use them most frequently is a necessary ingredient in baking. and quiche is another favorite way to use for them.

  64. Jennifer Marie says:

    I love fried egg sandwiches!

  65. Just this morning I had decided to make cheesy scones with lovely sharp cheddar I have in my fridge. :-) Must be something in the air inspiring us, eh? :-) My favorite way to use eggs? Well, at the moment I’m getting about a dozen a day from my chickens, so I’ve been using them up making curried eggs and quiche. :-)

  66. amy pugmire says:

    we love to make omelets. I love scrambled eggs too

  67. I love to use eggs in a breakfast casserole. I mix them with cheese and pour them over cooked sausage and potatoes. So good!

  68. The muffins look extraordinary! As far as eggs, I love a good omelet. The mexican place close to me has the best omelets ever!

  69. my favorite way is a burrito.. with eggs, cheese and ham yum!

  70. Those muffins look so good! I have a huge weakness for breads and muffins! My favorite are blueberry muffins but I bet these would be a close 2nd! Thanks for the opportunity to win the giveaway!

  71. Mmm, delicious looking muffins. I have a recipe for some muffins with an incredible amount of cheese and they’re really amazing :D
    I loooooove eggs and eat them all different ways. I’ve really been loving hard boiled eggs lately, but my all time favorite way to eat them is soft boiled with toast for dipping or at least easy over so that the whites are completely cooked and the yolks are runny :D

  72. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love omelettes with ham and cheese!

  73. I love eating sunny side up eggs with toast and sometimes when I have a little more time I get a glass and cut a round circle in my bread, butter it, put it in the pan and then I put the egg inside the hole. (I think it’s called birds nest?). Love it. By the way the muffins look divine. I’ll have to try them and I’ll need to start following you…great recipes.

  74. My favorite way to eat eggs is over easy with melted cheese on top…and toast to dip in the yolk. By the way, these muffins look delicious.

  75. Most of our eggs are used in baked goods. These muffins would be a great example indeed ;o)

    Hubby looks forward to the weekend so that he can make me his favourite frittata…how lucky am I ;o))

    Great giveaway Faith.
    Good luck everyone.

    Ciao for now,

  76. I love an omelette with some cheese and bacon.

  77. I also linked this giveaway on FB (but secretly hope it doesn’t get TOO much attention). :)

  78. I will not eat them, Sam I Am. But throw one in a cookie or a muffin and I’m in. I think I’ll try these muffins and they will be my new fav. Thanks!!

  79. Dorothy Miller says:

    I love scrambled eggs with melted cheese and ketchup!

  80. A cheese filled muffin? This is pure brilliance. Love it! And white cheddar was a very solid choice. Favorite way to eat eggs? Scrambled with tons of ketchup :)

  81. Andrea Masterson says:

    My favorite way to use eggs is to make a quiche- specifically an asparagus and leek quiche that is my husband’s favorite dish. It works for breakfast or dinner and never lasts very long!

  82. A favorite? I love a soft-poached egg,with pinch of salt on buttered toast–there’s something so simple and pure and perfect about eating an egg this way.

    although, I’d like that same poached egg with those gorgeous white cheddar muffins, too!

  83. Eggs…goodness, I go through about 18 a week (two teenagers)..baking, cooking, you name it, but my favorite I would say is fried over a bagel…yum.
    I attached it to my facebook. :)
    I don’t have a twitter act (sorry!)
    Can’t wait to try the cheddar muffins!

  84. I keep my eggs so simple….and just scramble them. But my second favorite is to hard boil them and make egg salad :)

  85. I love to use eggs in all baked goods– whipping them into sugar for cookies or dropping them into the mixer for buttery yeast doughs– but making lemon curd has to be the “funnest” way to use them. Curd is delicious and it stays LOOKING like eggs, as the yolk gives it that nice deep yellow color. Plus, if your recipe doesn’t use the whites, you can make some meringue kisses afterwards.

  86. Yum, those look simply amazing! I wish I could bite into one of those right now!

  87. I like egg salad sandwich

  88. i think my most favorite way is the hot spring egg, boiled until the white is done but the yolk is nice and thick, lovely ontop of chicken fried steak

  89. Aside from baking (I love cakes and cakes love eggs), I’d probably go with frittata. Yum!

  90. Janice Cooper says:

    I love eggs. I love scrambled eggs with cheese and I also love a hard boiled egg.

  91. i like a scrambled egg burrito with lots and lots of cheese. incidentally, i can’t stand orange cheddar cheese, but i love white cheddar, and these muffins look extraordinary!

  92. Jessica E. says:

    entry #2 – just tweeted the link and started following you (I’m @janefan)

  93. Jessica E. says:

    Fried over hard on an english muffin with a slice of cheese!

  94. Isabelle Simard says:

    Shared on facebook
    And thank you for this givaway :)

  95. Isabelle Simard says:

    just tweeted ;) isa_dragon

  96. Isabelle Simard says:

    I’m just doing pancakes with eggs in it yummmmmy :)

  97. Lovely Muffins…….
    SO fluffy and scrumptious….
    I love spicy scramble eggs with them …Yummm…

  98. These cheddar muffins sound fabulous! Bet they’d be a great side to chilli…

    Just in case this contest is open to Canadian’s, my fave way to eat eggs is poached and served over toast. YUM!

  99. Not sure about Land o’ Lakes, but the other day at the grocery store I counted three types of eggs claiming to be “cage-free.” Not laid by cage free chickens, but cage-free eggs. And I have to wonder why anyone would cage up their eggs? They are a strange not-quite-round shape, so I can see leaving them in a bowl so they won’t roll away, but otherwise why imprison them?

    Egg prices are up a skosh, maybe because of market pressures or maybe just because winter is approaching and chickens lay fewer eggs. But still, even at $2 a dozen, they are a steal. Three and a half bucks for organic and well-fed chickens, and you’re still talking around fifty cents a serving. You just can’t beat that. I’m a numbers guy, and I realize when it comes to math, most folks like to keep it as simple as possible. And if there’s a $1.50 dozen sitting next to a $3 dozen, it’s easy to justify grabbing the cheaper twelve-pack. But if you compare the more expensive dozen to a serving of chicken or beef, it looks like a steal.

    We make frittatas about twice a month. Makes for a great dinner with left-overs for lunch the next day. But I love them in something unexpected, like a poached egg over a salad or softly fried egg on a quesadilla.


  100. First I’ve gotta tell you, these muffins look outstanding! Rosemary + cheddar in muffins is genius. For real.

    Secondly, i’ve been loving scrambled eggs lately. Nothing fancy, just a touch of sea salt and a lotta pepper and I’m happy. Great giveaway!

  101. Aubreylaine says:

    i love scrambled eggs!
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  102. Mmmm.. yummy savory muffins! I love eggs for breakfast lunch and dinner! I love eggs on breakfast pizza’s too much :D

  103. Scrambled eggs are my boyfriend’s absolutely favorite breakfast food. I usually soften up some onions in butter first. Then I mix the eggs together with some cheese, salt, pepper, and heavy whipping cream before adding it to the onions. They are amazing!

  104. amy marantino says:

    i like scrambled eggs with peppers

  105. What a great giveaway! I love eggs in eggs benedict, or on an everyday basis, in egg salad sandwiches. (And don’t even get me started on muffins. I love every muffin I’ve ever eaten!)

  106. I love eggs over easy served with toast!

  107. I always keep around eggs for baking of course, but I recently had great success making my first frittata – so easy and looks impressive and beautiful! I’ve been using omega-3 eggs for the health benefits – worth the extra cost!

  108. Sarah H.P. says:

    My favourite way to use eggs is in a good old-fashioned breakfast. I love scrambled eggs with toast and use a ton of eggs while baking too!

  109. I love eggs! They are my go to dinner when I either don’t know what else to eat or I don’t have anything else to eat. They are so easy and delicious and there are so many different ways to use them. Picking a favorite is hard, but I do love soft scrambled eggs on toast with a slice of swiss cheese, so tasty! Omelets are good too!

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  111. I shared on FB with my username Mary Happymommy–

  112. Heavenly Housewife says:

    I tweeted the giveaway (I’m listed under HeavenlyH)

  113. I love scrambled eggs! I even have them for dinner at least once a week.

  114. Heavenly Housewife says:

    My favourite way to use eggs is as dinner. I eat eggs for dinner a lot, especially when I’m on my own. My favourite thing is fluffy scrambled eggs with a slice of cheese on toasted bagel. It makes me feel so happy :D… seriously!
    *kisses* HH

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