February 23, 2012

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins {a.k.a. 'Puffins'}



I absolutely love, love, love these Chocolate Chip 'Puffins!' (pumpkin + muffins = 'puffins' ... Clever, huh?).  I know I'm posting a pumpkin recipe a bit out of season, but I just couldn't wait until next fall to share these scrumptious muffins with you.  So if you have some 100% pure pumpkin squirreled away in your pantry (like me), or some pumpkin puree in your freezer, dig it on out and give these 'puffins' a try.

I got this recipe from a friend of mine (Jenny, whose hands play the starring role in my Salted Chocolate Cake Pops post).  She made these for an event we had at our school, and I was in complete love after just one bite.  There's just something amazing that happens when the pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and chocolate flavors collide.  It's absolutely heavenly.  I asked for the recipe ... of course!! ... and Jenny was more than happy to oblige.

Onto my "30 for 2012 Project" list the 'puffins' went.  And here they are!

These can be made either as full-sized muffins, or mini muffins like I did here.  Aren't mini muffins, with their little two-bite size, just perfect little nibbles?  For portion-control-challenged me, they are indeed just perfect.

Go ahead - dig out your pumpkin, whip these up, and savor that unexpectedly delicious flavor combo of pumpkin and chocolate.  You'll be so glad you did - even if it isn't 'pumpkin season.'



Chocolate Chip 'Puffins'
Source:  A Friend
Ingredients
1 c. sugar
1 2/3 c. flour
1 T. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 c. 100% pumpkin
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped pecans


Directions
1.  Combine dry ingredients - sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt - in a large bowl; stir with a whisk.

2.  Combine wet ingredients - eggs, melted butter, and pumpkin - in a smaller bowl; whisk together.  Add wet ingredients to dry; stir until just combined.  Gently stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

3.  Spoon batter into greased muffin cups.  Bake at 350 degrees.

4.  For full-sized muffins, bake for 20-25 minutes until center springs back when touched.  Makes about 12 muffins.

For mini muffins, bake for about 15 minutes.  Makes approximately 40 mini muffins. 

Enjoy!



This post is linked with Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday Link Party hosted by Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons, Foodie Friday hosted by Rattlebridge Farm, Friday Favorites hosted by Simply Sweet Home, Inspiration Friday hosted by At the Picket Fence, Weekend Bloggy Reading hosted by Serenity Now, Sweets for a Saturday hosted by Sweet as Sugar Cookies, Strut Your Stuff Saturday hosted by Six Sisters' Stuff, Sweet Indulgences Sunday hosted by A Well-Seasoned Life, Think Pink Sundays hosted by Flamingo Toes, Sundae Scoop hosted by I {heart} Naptime, A Themed Baker's Sunday hosted by Cupcake Apothecary, Mangia Monday hosted by Shine Your Light, Savvy HomeMade Monday hosted by Home Savvy A to Z, Recipe Party Time hosted by The Sweet Spot, Crazy Sweet Tuesday hosted by Crazy for Crust, Tuesday Talent Show hosted by Chef in Training, These Chicks Cooked hosted by This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain, Mrs. Fox's Sweet Party hosted by Mrs. Fox's Sweet, It's a Keeper Thursday hosted by It's a Keeper, Share Your Creations hosted by Kristen's Creations, Creative Juice hosted by Momnivore's Dilemma.

17 comments:

  1. Pumpkin is never out of season, and neither are these muffins. YUM!

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  2. Very delicious looking.
    I just love pumpkins

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    1. Me, too, Winnie. And pumpkin and chocolate together is just soooooooo good!

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  3. Yes, I just found a can of pumpkin today and wondered what to do with it. Thanks!

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  4. I have been craving pumpkin so bad lately! These are my favorite pumpkin muffins!

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  5. I love anything pumpkin! I like to make it any time of year too, don't know why it has to be seasonal, especially when there is canned pumpkin!

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  6. Stopping by from the Pink Sundays Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  7. This looks like a great recipe! I would love for you to link it up to my Recipe Party at The Sweet Spot.

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  8. oh I must try these, I love pumpkin and chocolate. And Puffins is adorable.

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    1. Sue, pumpkin and chocolate is such a great combination, isn't it? Yum!

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  9. These muffins look so good! Thanks for sharing! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back! -The Sisters

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  10. I've never used pumpkin in sweet recipe, time to try ! I just cut my last pumpkin a few days ago and we'd enough soups. My children'll love you !

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  11. My 5 year old grandson will love these. They are pinned--I will bake them in the morning. I'm you newest follower.

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    1. Oh, I really do hope your grandson enjoys these! Let me know how they go!!

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  12. So glad you enjoyed these! We sure do too. I stock up on pumpkin since I love making these year round! Thank you for posting it!!!

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  13. these sound delightful as we enter into fall! happy day to you!

    ♥ http://www.northerncottage.net

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