Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Gift-Giving

Before I moved to Michigan and became a real, bill-paying adult, I didn’t care at all about the weather.  I mean not at all!  It is what is is.  Since the Snowpocalypse of 2013-2014 and then being pregnant this summer, I have decide the weather actually means quite a lot to me.  Which is why I have religiously been checking weather.com every day to see when it will turn cold.

Which happens to be this week.  And I don’t know about you, but the first sign of cooler weather means busting out the fall recipes.  Which of course means…PUMPKIN!!!!!! Pumpkin everything, here we come!

This brings me to the one of the sweetest gifts I’ve ever gotten: a cookbook.

This is no ordinary cookbook.  A few Christmases ago, my two sisters and I opened similar-looking packages.  Usually, that’s a pretty fair indicator we are all getting variations of the same thing.  This used to trouble me a great deal as a child, but one of the perks of growing up means that matching things get way cooler, such as the Alex and Ani bracelets we got last Christmas (definitely check these beautiful charm bracelets out they’re awesome).

But this time, the packages revealed something which has become very precious to me: a family cookbook.  My mom had spent hours and hours finding our favorite recipes, as well as those from our grandmothers and aunts, to put in a “Weiland Family Cookbook.”  All the things I remember loving as a kid, from cheesy potatoes to Weiland Family Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies (those have yet to make an appearance on here…) were all lovingly typed out and categorized into one book.

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From the depths of this amazing treasure, I am bringing you one of my all-time fall favorites: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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Hands down, my mom makes the best pumpkin chocolate chip muffins in the ENTIRE world.  They are somehow so soft and gooey yet filling and delicious.  I have made them not once but twice this week alone (yes, I know it’s only Wednesday).  The shocking thing to me is it takes me less than ten minutes to assemble these heavenly muffins and get them in the oven.  Plus 18 minutes on the dot of baking means you can have insanely wonderful pumpkiny goodness in your mouth in under half an hour. So strap on your seatbelts and prepare to be blown away.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Recipe makes 12 delicious muffins

Ingredients

1/2 can of pumpkin

1 egg

1/4 cup of melted butter

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp of cinnamon (you can add 1 tsp if you love cinnamon)

2 tsp of baking powder

1 1/2 cups AP flour

1 cup (approx.) of chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)

Instructions

1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F

2. Combine all the dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer

3. In a separate bowl, combine the pumpkin, butter, egg, and milk and stir to combine

4. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined

5. Pour in cup of chocolate chips (I never measure…) and hand mix with a whisk (I find this keeps the muffins from being over-beaten)

6. Using a cookie scoop, drop two scoops of muffin batter into a prepared muffin tray

7. Bake for 18 minutes.  The muffins may feel a bit soft when you take them out, but take them out anyway let them cool in the pan on the stove.

8. Consume immediately!!!

 

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