Oct 18, 2010

Holiday Baking (Carole)

Two weeks ago, when we asked you for your best gift ideas for the holidays, many of you mentioned baking.  That is music to a frugal wife's ears!  All you have to do is find a good recipe, buy your supplies in bulk and heat up the oven.  It's just about that easy.  And think of all the money you'll save on scented candles during the holidays, since your house will already smell like a pumpkin pie is in the oven -- because it is!

Here is one of my favorite holiday recipes that only costs a couple of dollars to make.  From October until New Year's, I make a batch 2 -3 times per week.  These really are that good.  It's adapted from the pumpkin bread recipe in the Williams-Sonoma Muffin cookbook.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins   

1 1/2  cups sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 large eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup chocolate chips

I just mix everything together, fill 12 pre-greased (or sprayed) muffin tins and bake at 350 for 15 - 18 minutes.

I've heard that it's been another bad year for the pumpkin crop, so if you are planning to buy canned pumpkin, you probably ought to pick them up soon.  Just to be on the safe side.


tootie said...

This sounds so good! I'm going to make it this weekend!

Packrat said...

May I come to your house for a couple of these? No one else in my family likes pumpkin anything - except pie.

Actually, thank you for the recipe. I'm going to try these. I'll put them in the freezer, so I can have one when I want. :)

PS: the word verification is "cookate". very appropriate.

Chelsea said...

Sounds tasty. Tom's not a big chocolate chip with pumpkin fan. Guess I'll have to eat them all!

Unknown said...

I came home to Chris, the girls and a dozen muffins. What a treat! Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

glanini said...

I made these tonight and all I can say is... AMAZING!!!l This was such an easy recipe, I can definitely see why you make it a couple times a week. Thanks for sharing and I enjoy reading your blog!