The other evening as I was visiting blogs I came across a post from Pam of For the Love of Cooking for pumpkin muffins. Her recipe was inspired by Maria of Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins. I immediately bookmarked the recipe knowing I wanted to make something similar. Yesterday, when I got up at my normal 5 AM-and yes, I know some of you know I am awake sooner at times, but normal is 5 :o) - I decided to make a pumpkin muffin myself.
There is something special about pumpkin. I don't know what it is so I can't tell you what. However, I can tell you that pumpkin pie is Justin's favorite pie and that Christopher loves pumpkin cheesecake. Grumpy loves both and I love everything pumpkin! I have never forgotten the Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple Praline topping that my former mother-in-law made one year for Thanksgiving. Actually, I am going to try to replicate that recipe this year!
I had a pumpkin muffin recipe I had marked in a Fall Baking magazine I bought last year (from Betty Crocker) so I went to this recipe to make this morning. I followed suit with Pam & Maria and used cinnamon chips (went with mini) and didn't put chopped pecans that the recipe called for in. The muffins smelled heavenly and I was not disappointed in the least when I broke into the muffin. It was awesome! I'm definitely keeping this recipe around for my future use!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
- ½ cup mini cinnamon chips
- Decorator sugar crystals
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray or line with paper liners.
- In large bowl mix dry ingredients (flour through salt). Toss in cranberries and cinnamon chips.
- In another bowl mix pumpkin, oil and eggs. Mix dry ingredients into wet until just moistened. Divide batter into 12 muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes (I had to go the full 25 minutes).