Monday, November 11, 2013

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

A week ago we attended the baby blessing of my sweet nephew, Hudson. Afterwards we were treated to a luncheon at Spenser and Stormy's home. There was lots of yummy things to eat, but I especially loved the muffin/cupcakes. Stormy's sis-in-law, Tara, had done the cooking so I had to get the recipe from her. She has a great blog where you can get recipes, tutorials, and great ideas ( but I believe this recipe is one she found floating in the lovely land of Pinterest.

Here's what you need. Just 3 things really! 
1 spice cake mix (yellow cake mix if you can't get spice)
1 can of pumpkin
1 cup chocolate chips
*pumpkin pie spice (not necessary but I added a few shakes, and if you use yellow cake I would definitely use it)

I, of course, had 3 extra helpers. Luckily, this is pretty simple so they could help dump things in without making a ginormous mess.

After dumping the cake mix and pumpkin in I used my hand mixer to fully incorporate it all before folding the chocolate chips in. It is a fairly thick and sticky mixture.

While the oven finished preheating at 350 degrees the boys lined 2 regular sized muffin tins (24 muffins total).

The muffins are so thick and will come out of the oven looking exactly like they do when you spooned the wet mixture into the paper cups. If you don't like this textured appearance wet a spoon and smooth the tops.

Once the oven is heated set your timer and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

I personally did not smooth out my muffin tops for 3 reasons: 1) part of the reason this recipe is awesome is because it's so simple, why make it hard?  2) I honestly don't have the patience and 3) neither did my teething baby.

In the end it didn't matter what they looked like, it was all about how they tasted and trust me, they were gooood! Just ask my boys!

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