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Not Your Typical Pumpkin Muffins

October 11, 2011

Being as fall is in full-swing and pumpkins are surrounding us, I decided to break out the mixer and baking utensils for pumpkin muffins. But these are not your ordinary muffins (hence the title of this post). They are Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

The recipe comes from Meg at Whatever (recipe is in the link). I like the idea of adding chocolate chips — it’s not the typical pumpkin pastry that’s everywhere. And wow, are they good!

If you don’t want to attempt them from scratch – or are in a pinch for a potluck dish – try using the Trader Joe’s pumpkin muffin/bread mix.  Simply follow the recipe on the box and modify by adding chocolate chips and icing. Either way, Happy Baking!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin

The pre-baked batter

Baked Pumpkin Muffins

49 Comments leave one →
  1. October 11, 2011 1:50 am

    yummy yummy


  2. October 11, 2011 4:30 am

    Wow those look delicious!

  3. October 11, 2011 4:55 am

    They sound scrumptious. Your description and photos makes my mouth water. Yum! 🙂

    • October 13, 2011 10:21 pm

      Thanks. I wish I could send them through the computer to you.

  4. Wendi permalink
    October 11, 2011 5:34 am

    Love chocolate chips in pumpkin bread/muffins! This is the recipe I use, if you ever want to try something different –

    The only changes I make are to use yogurt instead of pudding (something this recipe doesn’t show that was in the Cooking Light magazine article about it is that you’re supposed to use one of those snack size pudding cups, which I never buy) and I add flax seed meal just for another nutritional punch. You can make muffins with it, you just have to modify the baking time.

    • October 13, 2011 10:22 pm

      Just checked out that recipe and it looks delicious. Thanks for passing it along. I’m sure it’s great because you’re an awesome baker.

  5. Lena permalink
    October 11, 2011 6:04 am

    I love anything and everything pumpkin, this looks so good! MY only problem will be not eating them all!

    • October 13, 2011 10:22 pm

      That’s why you take them in to work! Thanks, Lena.

  6. October 11, 2011 6:49 am

    Great. I was salivating the second I saw the picture! And now you’ve jumpstarted my “winter weight” gain. 🙂 Candy on Halloween, overeating on Thanksgiving, cookies on Christmas, chocolate on Valentine’s Day, and circling back to candy for Easter.

    Well, how can I complain?

    • October 13, 2011 10:22 pm

      This is the best time of year to eat! I say, splurge and deal with it later.

  7. October 11, 2011 7:05 am

    It’s the icing melting over the side that really does me in!

    • October 13, 2011 10:23 pm

      Me too, Caryn. You know, I’ve never been able to get the consistency quite right until this try. I love the melting affect.

  8. October 11, 2011 7:09 am

    I think you need to become a food photographer. Your mouthwatering photos with each post are beautiful!

    • October 13, 2011 10:24 pm

      Thanks, Susan. I’d love to be a food photographer. My feeling is if you can’t taste the food with your mouth and smell it, you have to be able to taste it with your eyes.

  9. October 11, 2011 8:36 am

    wow..i was thinking of trying something with pumpkins and then saw this recipe:) Will definitely try it out..I once tried your latkes and they were really good too !!. And yes, you do take really great photos:)

    • October 13, 2011 10:24 pm

      Thank you so much! Let me know how they turn out. And I’m so glad you tried my latkes last year. It’s almost latke time again!

  10. October 11, 2011 9:07 am

    I am not really a pumpkin-flavored ‘anything’ fan… BUT if your’e going to add chocolate chips, I could very easily change my mind. They DO look delicious. Thanks for sharing (and I LOVED the progression of pumpkin patch visits you shared a few posts ago. Gorgeous photography as usual)!

    • October 13, 2011 10:25 pm

      Thanks, Melissa. Wait until you see the final pumpkins! Post coming next week. And you know, pumpkin on its own isn’t my favorite either. But this recipe is great.

  11. October 11, 2011 11:10 am

    I love the combination of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread and chocolate chips. I’ve been using a mix that you can get at Costco that also has nuts, and then adding the chips. But will have to try this one for sure!

    • October 13, 2011 10:26 pm

      I do like that Costco mix too. Something about adding the chocolate chips makes it even better. I think you do that with banana bread too, right?

  12. October 11, 2011 12:00 pm

    Looks fabulous!

  13. October 11, 2011 12:44 pm

    They sounds fantastic, look fantastic and can’t wait to taste one 🙂

    • October 13, 2011 10:26 pm

      Thanks, Claire. If you try it, let me know what you think.

  14. October 11, 2011 2:45 pm

    Pumpkin and chocolate is great combination. Usually make this in pancake form 🙂

    • October 13, 2011 10:27 pm

      That’s a great idea. I bought the pumpkin pancake mix from TJ the other day. I may add chocolate to that too. Thanks for the tip.

  15. October 11, 2011 3:32 pm

    Okay those look delicious!

  16. October 11, 2011 3:48 pm

    Great idea! I think I’ll use Joe’s mix, though. Gotta love that Joe!

    • October 13, 2011 10:29 pm

      I do love Joe’s. I bought the mix too. You can never have too much pumpkin carbs!

  17. October 11, 2011 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the recipe Leah, I’m all over this one! I like to purchase a pumpkin, cut in two and take the seeds from the middle out, then bake on two baking trays with foil on top of the pumpkin halves until done. (Bake around 350 degrees) Simply cool and mash and then place in two cup freezer bags and freeze. When you need it you simply thaw, drain off any liquid and use. It’s tons cheaper and nicer fresh.

    • October 13, 2011 10:30 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth. and thanks for the info on cooking the pumpkin. I really want to attempt doing this for the first time. Especially since I have a boatload of pumpkins that need to be used. And I agree — love that it’s fresh and inexpensive.

  18. October 11, 2011 8:27 pm

    Leah – these look delicious! I like chocolate with pumpkin….they’re friends! Your photos are beautiful and thank you so much for sharing! Happy Sukkot!

    • October 13, 2011 10:30 pm

      Thanks, Ann. And thanks for the nice words about Sukkot.

  19. October 11, 2011 9:20 pm

    YUMMY! I am not a baker (as noted earlier, too many rules to follow) but these look doable if not down right tasty. My on complaint are the missing pictures of your sous chef! 🙂

    • October 13, 2011 10:31 pm

      Ah, thanks, Brenda. Sous chef didn’t help with this one actually. But she’ll be back soon with some other fall desserts 🙂

  20. October 12, 2011 1:20 pm

    Oh my. These look sooooo good.

    • October 13, 2011 10:31 pm

      Thanks! If I could, I’d send one to you.

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  22. October 12, 2011 11:21 pm

    Ooooh, Leah, these look so tasty! I haven’t tried the pumpkin/chocolate thing yet, but I can imagine the flavors going so well together. And that white drizzle on top made me think how amazing cream cheese frosting goes with pumpkin cake. Yummy! I’m happy that Ann introduced us on Twitter, I have a feeling I’ll be a regular reader here… 🙂

    • October 13, 2011 10:32 pm

      Okay, now I want to make them again with cream cheese frosting! That sounds amazing. I may do that with another batch using the TJ mix I bought. And yes, so happy Ann introduced us too! Your site is terrific.

  23. October 16, 2011 4:46 am

    Another use for my hoarded pumpkin – and you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

  24. October 17, 2011 5:26 pm

    These look moist and yummy. I obviously also like the chocolate chips in pumpkin baked goods too. 😀 I did a butter pecan pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting after the cookies. May have to give these muffins a go too. Or punk out and take the shortcut with the TJ Pumpkin mix you speak of. My neighbor mentioned TJs also has peeled winter squash available. I do so hate peeling acorn squash…I might pay for someone else to do it. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Cheers to pumpkin goodness from the oven!

  25. Mary permalink
    November 6, 2012 8:48 am

    Your opinion, please. The regular TJ’s Pumpkin Bread mix is moist, but falls apart upon slicing. What can I do? Would adding the chocolate chips help? I’m going to try adding an extra egg and cut the oil and water. I await your reply. Thank you.


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