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Spicy Somethin’ Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate MuffinsLast month, for kid’s cooking class, we tried and make Pumpkin muffins, after reading a really cute Halloween book called Somethin’ Pumpkin, by Scott Allen and illustrated by Jimmy Pickering.

Somethin' pumpkinThe book is a very funny romp on all the different uses pumpkins can have during the spooky month of October, waiting for Halloween… from a boat for Black cats to prevent getting wet, to Bongos for skeletons to play with. It’s written in verse, and suitable for small children. Even my 6 year-old had fun with it, but I think my 1 year-old enjoyed it best.

Back to the muffins. Our first attempt during class was not a success; the muffins came out a little gooey and undercooked. However, as I really don’t like dropping the ball on a recipe, I decided to tackle this again and adjust proportions. So, after making pumpkin pancakes for breakfast Sunday, I used the rest of the pumpkin puree for my second attempt with the muffins. This time, the result was absolutely delicious! These Spicy Pumpkin Chocolate muffins melted in our mouths with the not-so-sweet but delicious dark chocolate chips hidden inside. Yum! I had to have another one before bed… then another one for snack mid-morning today… Like with gingerbread, the funny thing was discovering that the muffin tasted even better today, as the flavors and spices had had time to blend and mellow out.

Even though October and Halloween pumpkins are done, I think this is just the perfect fall recipe, and will fill your house with the spice smells of Thanksgiving.

Spicy Pumpkin Chocolate Muffins
Yields 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup 3/4 flour
  2. 2 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp ginger
  6. 1 tsp nutmeg
  7. pinch ground cloves
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 3/4 of a 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  10. 3/4 c. brown sugar
  11. 1/3 canola oil
  12. 2 extra-large eggs
  13. 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
  14. 1/2 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
Special equipment
  1. Muffin tray and 12 muffin liners
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven at 375ยบ F with the rack in the middle rung.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt, and mix well.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and canola oil until well mixed. Add the two eggs and mix just until they get incorporated. Add the heavy whipping cream, and mix until you have an homogeneous mixture.
  4. Pour the dry ingredients over the liquid mix, then fold in using a spatula until it is all incorporated.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and mix well.
  6. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin liners. Your muffin tins will be almost full.
  7. Set in the middle of the oven, and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the middle of a muffin.
  8. Let cool down in a wire rack, then serve on their own or with a dollop of whipped cream.
Notes
  1. If you don't like too much spice, you can just adjust the amounts to your taste, or use pumpkin spice instead of the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.
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About Erika

Worked in film and TV for several years before having my two wonderful children. Now I try to bring that creative input into my home to raise my kids. Hope you enjoy following this journey!
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10 Comments

  1. I love that you do cooking classes! I wish we had those when I was growing up.

    Kudos for you on not giving up on the pumpkin muffins! High five!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Anna

    • It’s been a fun way to get my daughter involved in the cooking and interested in food!! And about not giving up, in my single days I actually went through 5 different recipes and tries to get the perfect biscuit for strawberry short cakes and also molten chocolate cakes…

  2. Another great idea for using up pumpkins, glad you never gave up

  3. What a lovely idea to combine reading with baking! Love your muffins – and I agree that just because Halloween has gone, we shouldn’t stop using pumpkin in baking. Thanks so much for joining in with #FoodieFriday x

    • Thanks, Helen! I’ve been doing the reading-cooking series for some months now. The muffins were amazingly good! Hope you try and make them too ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I’ve only cooked savoury with pumpkin before, and I looked for a suitabl sweet recipe, but they were all a bit blah – this is definitely not blah, it looks a great way to use the pmpkin innards!

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this recipe. I’m visiting from the Kid Lit Blog Hop and leaving with my mouth watering! ๐Ÿ™‚

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