Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Heavenly Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Muffins

It sounds like bragging, but it's true. These velvety cakes not only use a whole can of pumpkin (no annoying half-cup), but they're silky-soft due to the addition of sour cream (I use vegan) and the Tipsy Crumpet's favorite mystery ingredient, RUM. Showers of dark chocolate chips send the mid-afternoon snacker into the stratosphere of ecstasy.


makes 6 large or 12-14 medium muffins



1 stick butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup oat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
dash salt
a few hearty shakes of cinnamon
a flurry of freshly grated nutmeg 
a cautious tap of allspice
1 can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sour cream (or a few healthy tablespoons, if you don't like measuring)
1 long pour of rum
as many chocolate chips as you can handle--I really like Whole Foods' dark chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350.

Did you let your stick of butter soften for a few hours? No? Microwave it for about 30 seconds.

Did you remove the wrapper first? I hope you did. Use it to grease your muffin tins.

Cream the butter and sugars together. 

Beat in eggs.

Stir in vanilla. Whisk the ingredients until they are relatively smooth.

Sift in flours, baking powder, and baking soda. Include the salt and spices. 

Add the pumpkin and sour cream. Mix gently. If your batter is a little dry, good. Add the rum.

Pour in as many chocolate chips as seems reasonable.

Spoon the batter into the tins. Bake for 18-20 minutes if you're using medium tins, and 22-25 minutes if you're using big tins. (Note: my oven runs hot and tends to bake quickly, so use your discretion. Basically, when they smell done, they're probably done. An inserted knife will be mostly clean, with a few fluffy orange crumbs.)


  • As always, I like to use half whole-grain flour, and oat flour is healthy without making the muffins taste too virtuous for their own good. It does, though, add to their density (or their destiny, as the case may be).
  • You can play around with spices, adding as much or as little as you want. Why not go wild and incorporate some clove? Ginger might also be tasty.
  • Speaking of which, candied ginger instead of chocolate chips would be divine.
  • I like Tofutti sour cream. Unlike other vegan products, it really tastes like what it is replacing and is just fine for this kind of application (as well as being a great topping for quesadillas, soups, etc.)
  • You can use all white sugar, too. I just like the earthiness of brown.




5 stars. 5 is the maximum number of stars.

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