Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I had a really good Valentine's Day - I hope you did too. My valentine and I decided we wanted to do the opposite of what everyone else was doing. That means no stuffed animals, no flowers, no cards, no steak and lobster dinner, no chick flicks... you know what I mean.

We had a scheme involving fireworks and booze, but that didn't work out.
Too bad. We still had a very nice evening that we planned mutually, which is how it should be.

I really like my valentine... especially since he came through with Russel Stover's chocolates for me.
I don't like to see him troubled.

I saw him troubled last week as we sought after pumpkin cake mix from store-to-store. He was craving some pumpkin muffins. Apparently he makes pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips out of this cake mix. It must be a seasonal item available in the fall, because we couldn't find it.

I don't buy a lot of cake mix, so I had no idea you couldn't buy pumpkin cake mix anytime of the year. I know most of the baking involving pumpkin is done in the fall, around October and November, but aren't we restricting ourselves a bit? Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient for baking, and as long as it's cool/cold out, it should be allowed. I think pumpkin baking should be allowed from September to May. That's my new rule.

At least Starbucks agrees with me; I think they sell pumpkin loaf year-round. I always peek into their glass case to see what they're selling. I can never bring myself to buy anything because I feel sick after spending four dollars on coffee.

You don't need pumpkin cake mix to make pumpkin muffins. Muffins are so easy to make, why not make them from scratch using real pumpkin? I developed this recipe the other night, and I think they were good. They were scrumptious hot out of the oven - so very moist, and the melty chocolate chips made them extra delicious. I wasn't a believer in pumpkin and chocolate together, but I think I've crossed over.

This post doesn't fit in with Presidents' Day at all... why didn't I bake cherry pie or something? Do you think Lincoln and Washington liked pumpkin muffins?

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin purée
1 cup milk
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 18 muffin cups with liners.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs, pumpkin, milk and brown sugar until well combined. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet, until just combined; whisk in chocolate chips.

Divide batter into muffin cups. Bake for 23-28 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges and cake springs back when center is touched.

Makes 18 muffins

33 comments:

  1. You must be careful not to spoil too much!!! After these muffins he won't be looking for anymore cake mixes!

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  2. Lovely photos and sweet story. I'm filling up here.....!

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  3. yummmmmm... I hate that pumpkin is thought of as autumn only, so I love you for posting this recipe!

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  4. These are gorgeous. They sound delicious. Homemade muffins are the best. It amazes me how you come up with such great stuff!

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  5. Fireworks and booze? Now I would love to hear about that story. Nice moist looking muffins!

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  6. Pumpkins and chocolate, two ingredients that should never go out of style. I agree with the previous comment, I think he'll probably never go back to cake mixes again :P.

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  7. Beautiful pictures, and the recipe sounds amazing!

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  8. Thank goodness you couldn't find the mix!!! It MUST be love for you to have been willing to make pumpkin cake from a mix.

    Those look good!

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  9. I love pumpkin ANY time of year -- add chocolate chips and it's even better!! I bet those muffins are divine. Glad you had such a wonderful Valentine's Day :)

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  10. Agreed. Pumpkins should be an accepted ingredient for at least half the year, fall through winter.
    These look delicious! A friend of mine passed on a recipe for pumpkin dark chocolate chip cookies a few years ago...made me a believer in the combo of pumpkin and choco too. ;-)

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  11. I love making new things with pumpkin. These look good and I just made something with pumpkin too!

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  12. These look great. I've never tasted pumpkin and chocolate together before, but I'd bet it's a great combination. And good on you for making it from scratch!

    I can't say what either President liked, but I'm pretty sure Washington had a sweet tooth...

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  13. I hope that certain someone knows how lucky he is:D

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  14. Nice, you teach that boy about cooking from scratch! :)

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  15. Chocolate+Pumpkin = Goodness. I almost bought caned pumpkin yesterday...was thinking abut a bread pudding.

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  16. Mmm. Serious spoilage going on here.

    I'm a sucker for pumpkin anything. It tastes great, it's good for you, and who can beat it with chocolate chips??

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  17. Oh Em! It's been ages since I've been here!! Don't worry- I'm scolding myself.

    I have a feeling Eric won't be looking for cake mix anymore....

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  18. So glad that you and The Boy had a nice V-Day!! And hooray for those muffins :-)

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  19. Pumpkin muffins sound good to me anytime. As far as spending so much at Starbucks, I used to do the same thing, always buying a cafe mocha. I still LOVE cafe mocha's and have discovered fantastic ones at McDonald's. They started selling them here about a year ago and they are just as good if not even better than Starbucks. They are also only $1.99!!! Try them if they are in your area and let me know what you think!

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  20. theselook so good. surely you ll be making these often , they re far better than cake mix :) I have to try chocolate and pumpkin, sounds good

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  21. I love baking with pumpkin - such a great way to add a nutritional boost! I just made a batch of pumpkin scones this morning, and have a bunch of pumpkin left over... perhaps I will give your muffins a try!

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  22. Pumpkin is good anytime of the year! The muffins look marvelous! Glad you had a nice V-day!

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  23. I love pumpkin, it is so moist and cuts down on all the fat.

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  24. I think chocolate goes with everything. The muffins look fabulous.

    My family eats pumpkin year round. As a matter of fact, I just had pumpkin pie yesterday!

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  25. i'm glad you and the valentine had a good holiday! nick and i are pretty low key on valentines - we got takeout and watched movies. i think it's kinda the best way to go.

    glad you broke him of his box cake mix habit, too :)

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  26. I think pumpkin should be an all-year affair, too! I'm so glad you posted this: it redeems the pumpkin chocolate-chip loaf that I bought from Great Harvest Bread Co. the other day. The loaf part was great, but there were only chocolate chips on top! When you say chocolate chip to me, you better mean it! Luckily, I can just make your recipe for myself now!

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  27. pumpkin is definitely year-round :) and love your idea for v-day!

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  28. i've never understood why some people and groups reserve pumpkin only for the fall months. ridiculous. great muffins, and i'm glad you had a lovely valentine's day. :)

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  29. Sounds delicious! So glad that you added some chocolate in there!

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  30. Love the pumpkin/chocolate mix! Beautiful blog!

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