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Day 24: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I almost forgot to post today, yikes! My friend Kaitlyn had given me three of her favorite pumpkin recipes so here is the third installment. The previous two were Pumpkin Cheesecakes and Pumpkin Squares.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


1.5 cups of all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade works – I’ve used both)
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 – 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips


In a large bowl add the sugar, pumpkin, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat well to combine. In a smaller bowl stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin spice. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir just until moistened. Mix in chocolate chips. Spoon into greased muffin tins, filling 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Yields 1 dozen.


Day 23: Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

My friends Rachel and Leslie allowed me to post this recipe with rave reviews of how good these cookies are. Rachel told me that Leslie made them and brought them to work a couple of years ago and everyone loved them. Leslie added that this recipe makes A LOT of cookies and they are best served using a hallow pumpkin as a bowl. Thank you to both Rachel and Leslie for this recipe and the lovely “artistic” picture by Rachel! I can’t wait to make these!

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Ingredients for the Cookies:
– 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
– 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
– 1 1/4 teaspoons ginger
– 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
– 3/4 cup butter, softened
– 2 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
– 2 eggs
– 1 1/2 cups (14 ounces) canned pumpkin
– 3/4 cup evaporated milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Ingredients for Icing:
– 4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
– 10 tablespoons butter
– 1/4 cup plues 1 tablespoon evaporated milk
– 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1) Make cookies: preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together first 7 ingredients, set aside
2) blend butter and brown sugar, using electric mixer. Mix on medium speed, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, pumpkin, milk and vanilla. Add flour mixture, mix until combined
3) scoop batter onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake, rotating half way through, for 12 minutes.
1) melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Immediately add butter to confectioners sugar.
2) Add evaporated milk, and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
3) Spread icing onto cookies!

Day 22: Pumpkin Crunch

This was a totally spur of the moment baked good today. I didn’t have any intentions of baking today and especially with a mid-term tomorrow I thought I would post something someone else made. But I  saw this recipe posted on Facebook and I couldn’t resist. The recipe looked so simple and I had all of the ingredients so why not? The result was delicious, kind of like a pumpkin pie in a pan with a yummy crunchy topping.

I think when I first looked at this recipe I questioned whether it would work or not, just spreading the cake mix and butter on top made me skeptical. But boy did it work!!

crunch 2 crunch

Day 21: Pumpkin Pudding

I haven’t tried this recipe yet but I’m putting it here because I really want to. I love pudding and this recipe looked simple enough since you don’t even have to cook it. As soon as I buy pudding mix I’m going to try this!

Pumpkin Pudding

1 sm. pkg of FF/SF Jello vanilla instant pudding
1/2 can of the canned pumkin (NOT pie filling)
1 3/4 c. Skimmed milk
1/2 tsp pumkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)

Mix it all up together until smooth, refrigerate (or eat immediately)

Day 20: Pumpkin Pancakes!!!

I woke up this morning to the sweet smell of pumpkin pancakes and bacon! Mom said this was her contribution to 31 Days of Pumpkin. She found this recipe on the internet this morning. I know there are many other recipes for this online but we liked this one since there were plenty of spices in the mix. The more spices the more the pumpkin flavor is brought out and it made these pancakes delicious!

Day 19: Pumpkin Squares

Here’s another recipe from my friend Kaitlyn! She made these pumpkin squares last year at school and they were delicious! They are kind of like a cake/muffin/bread thing. Basically these make a great afternoon snack or dessert! Plus there is frosting on these….need I say more?


Pumpkin Squares

4 eggs, beaten

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup butter

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups confectioners’ sugar


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and oil until well blended. Add the flour,  baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until smooth, then spread the batter in an ungreased 10 x 15 inch baking pan (or for a fluffier version, a 9 x 13 inch pan). Bake 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool. For the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Spread the frosting over the cake. Makes about 2 dozen pieces.

Day 18: Pumpkin Monkey Bread

My monkey bread cupcakes over the summer were a huge hit, so why not Pumpkin monkey bread? They smell amazing and I can’t wait to share this at work! I used the recipe below and although it is a bit harder to make than normal monkey bread (the grocery store doesn’t make refrigerated pumpkin biscuits) it’s definitely worth the effort.



HELP! While I’ve been thoroughly enjoying keeping up with 31 days of Pumpkin I need some help. My first and most important job is being a student and with a big mid-term coming up I won’t be able to bake for a couple of days. But I want to keep 31 days of Pumpkin going. So I’m asking if you have any favorite pumpkin recipes that you’d like to share please post it in a comment or email me at so I can post it as one of the 31 days. Pick your favorite pumpkin recipe and then tell me why it’s your favorite. Thanks!!