Saturday, March 10, 2012

Weekend Cooking-March 10, 2012: Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip "Muffins."

Welcome to this week's Weekend Cooking post. Weekend Cooking is held by Beth Fish Reads and serves as a place for bloggers to talk about anything food related.

Today I'm sharing a super easy recipe. Last fall when I was working at a high school, I was in charge of the student government class for about 8 weeks. We held a bake sale to help our canned food drive, and these muffins were brought in by a student. I demanded the recipe and was in a bit of disbelief when he told me what was in them.

Anyway, they are really delicious and so simple.

Here is what you need to get started:


1 box of yellow cake mix
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin (you can use pureed fresh pumpkin as well)
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

That's it! Insane, right?

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, add the cake mix and the can of pumpkin:


It takes a little while to stir together. For awhile, it will just look like this and you'll be thinking, "how does this combine?":


Just keep stirring. I also kind of "squish" the pumpkin down so that it spreads and collects the cake mix. Add in 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips and mix those in as well. It'll eventually come together and look like this:


Line a cupcake pan or muffin tin with liners, and drop the batter in by the tablespoon full until they are about 2/3 full. The batter is really thick, so clean fingers are helpful:


Pop them into the over for about 15 minutes. They are done when they are firm on top and slightly golden. Matt and I have decided that slightly under-baking them is the way to go, but you do want to make sure they are set and firm.


And that's it! The recipe usually makes about 18 of these muffin-cakes. They're really easy and the pumpkin flavor isn't overpowering (very subtle), so even pumpkin haters will like them! And while you might not think that they are moist because of the ingredients, these are just so good!


Next week I'm going to share the Berry Cobbler I made, so look forward to that! ;)

18 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks fantastic! I love pumpkin breads of any sort, and with chocolate, it's just fantastic!

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  2. I generally like pumpkin anything. These look really good and the addition of chocolate chips? Excellent idea.

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  3. I just can't fathom how these three ingredients can actually make muffins!! Definitely have to try these :)

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  4. OMG I NEED TO TRY THOSE.

    I really hate to bake (I'm mostly intimidated by it) so finding some easy recipes to try to get myself started is a good thing. :)

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  5. This is intriguing...and good for a quick after school snack for the kids. So, I will for sure give these a whirl. Good thing you demanded the recipe from that kid - LOL!

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  6. I'm cooking impaired, but this doesn't seem too hard. Then again, my idea of cooking is slapping a sandwich together, so you never know. I'll give them a try! :)

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  7. Oh yea! I have made these before and they are delish! Here is my recipe for St. Pat's Day, Irish Boxty

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  8. I think my sons could make this- they love pumpkin cookies, so this would be great fo rthem.

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  9. I am one of those 'pumpkin haters' but eagerly await the berry cobbler!

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  10. Mmmmmm. Must try these. Couldn't be any easier. Thanks!

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  11. Yum. I need to buy some pumpkin now!

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  12. This went straight to bookmarks and I went to my cupboard with sweets. #drool time :)

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  13. Those muffins are perfect and very healthy too.

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  14. Oh yum, one can never have too many good muffin recipes at hand. Bookmarking :)

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  15. This is how I make pumpkin brownies. I just swap out the cake mix for brownie mix. The pumpkin is not as subtle in those but still awesome. Now I want pumpkin chip muffins.

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  16. I almost wish I could get canned pumpkin. These look both easy and delicious!

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  17. Pumpkin and chocolate -- you can't go wrong there! I love easy recipes, and these sound great. I have a few cans of pumpkin that need using, too . . .

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  18. I love pumpkin anything anytime of the year! Yum!

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