I will start out my saying I am no fan of pumpkin anything. I don't like pumpkin pie but I had never tried pumpkin muffins before. I think it may be a texture thing with the pie though as these were absolutely delicious! I am also not a fan of nuts in anything but a Snickers bar. Again...texture. I think it messes up fudge, cookies and brownies. Why mess with chocolate perfection? I was not terrible excited to make these muffins as I did not think I was going to like them. I was also not sure my kids would like them. I did think Bobby would like them though so I soldiered on and made them.
It think it helped that everyones status updates on Facebook the day I made these had something to do with baking Pumpkin something.
Since I don't like nuts I decided to make half a batch with chocolate chips and the other half with walnuts. Oh yeah, the recipes called for golden raisins too. Since Little Man is the only raisin eater in the house I left them out. I figured he wouldn't miss them and if I put them in I would be stuck with 6 muffins with raisins.
Here are my two batter halves. Little Man surprised me by asking for a beater. He took a few licks and handed it back. The boy is not a batter eater.
This right here kind of made me want to gag. The words congealed and coagulated also make me a little urpy..... the pumpkin is what made me think them. Although, it was just the indentations. The pumpkin smelled good and came out of the can quite nicely. I have half a can left to make another batch of muffins with.
These smelled delicious when they were baking and my Little Guy kept coming in and asking when they would be done. Finally the time came to test them. They were a hit...with everyone in our house! I liked these a lot..well the chocolate chip ones anyway! Little Man ate both kinds without a word of complaint. My daughter is like me with the nuts. She only tried the chocolate chip ones but her comment was "Mommy! These are better than cake!!!"
My husband also liked these a lot. He really likes nuts in his baked goods so i guess I should make some with them a little more often for his sake.
So, this was a good one that will be making its way into our regular fall cookbook!
For the recipe you can check out Sounding my Barbaric Gulp by Kelly or you can purchase the book Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. Thanks Kelly for picking such a delicious recipe!