Makes 12 muffins

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

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½ teaspoon salt

1 cup milk

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Grease 12 muffin pan cups (with standard cups of 2 ½-by-1 ¼ inches). Heat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Measure the 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, ½ cup sugar, baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt into a large bowl; stir together with a wire whisk. Put the milk, ½ cup) butter, melted butter, egg and vanilla into a separate bowl; beat ingredients together with a fork just until combined. Add liquids all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until flour is moistened; batter will be lumpy.

3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin-pan cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Immediately remove muffins from pan. Serve muffins warm or cool on a wire rack to serve later.

From the 125th anniversary edition of “The Good Housekeeping Cookbook.”