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
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
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, melted
1 c. 100% pumpkin
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. chopped pecans
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.