With fall in full swing, I must admit that we just devoured our third batch of these babies in almost as many weeks. Little morsels of complete and utter bliss, no October can be complete without them. They are moist and delicious, melting delightfully in your seasonally eager mouth, and unlike many other pumpkin-everything concoctions that we Americans are slammed with from all angles this time of year, these are not too sweet, with just the perfect amount of chocolate chips to fill your pumpkin-loving soul with unadulterated autumnal joy.
My dear friend, Melissa Phillips, emailed me this recipe many years ago, just to wish me a happy day. She’s sweet like that, knowing that the surest way to warm someone’s heart is through the sharing of delicious homemade treats. And oh my word the happiness! One bite and you will be forever hooked!
In fact, I am so hooked that I always keep a couple of cans of pumpkin in my pantry so I can whip up a batch whenever the craving hits, and believe you me, that is perhaps a bit more often than I’d care to admit. But soups and stews are a mainstay in my home during fall and winter, and it’s always nice to have the ingredients for these, as well as some of my other favorite quick breads, close at hand. And seriously? With a list of ingredients as basic as this? You could probably be enjoying a batch of pumpkin bliss in no less than 45 quick little minutes from right this very second!
- 4 eggs
- 1½ to 2 cups sugar, depending on your tastes
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
- 3 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 24-30 paper liners in muffin tins.
- In a large bowl, mix eggs, sugar, and vegetable oil thoroughly. Add pumpkin and stir to combine.
- Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Add chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed throughout the batter.
- Fill muffin cups ¾ full and bake for 20 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
And you know, muffins like these, and quick breads in general, are really one-bowl-wonders that elevate a meal from good to great. Spun from basic ingredients and a little bit of time, they are a labor of love that can only come from the bottom of your pumpkin-loving heart.
In fact, I’m reaching for one of those labors of love as we speak, a perfect accompaniment to the rainy day outside and my favorite spiced chai tea.