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Soooo..... Thanksgiving is really next week? You aren't kidding me? I know any moment I'm going to wake up and it will still be October. Pinch me... please!
No? Well, I suppose it's time to face reality. And that reality is that I'm way behind on just about everything!
If you are feeling like me, be sure to check out the VDBC Annual Holiday Gift Giving Guide for quick and easy gift ideas. It's so huge, we had to do it in two parts!
If you are going ahead with this "Thanksgiving is next week" concept, I might as well help out with a little recipe and a little free sample. Who doesn't love free samples? Oh, and there's going to be another BOGO deal in the mix, too.
First, I'd like to share with you the easiest and most delicious muffin recipe you'll ever taste, make, or lick the bowl from. It's No-Measure Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. It took longer to type that name thank it does to make them. Seriously easy and hilariously delicious. I'm also sharing my secret muffin baking methods. I guess they won't be secret anymore. But it's too good to keep to myself.
You may have seen as similar recipe floating around the pinterest-sphere. That recipe insists that just the cake mix and pumpkin will make great muffins. I'm sure they'll be fine, but I think the eggs are my secret ingredient for getting fluffier muffins. I wouldn't make them without the eggs but you certainly can try.
And as for the chocolate chip addition... welll, duh! What doesn't taste better with chocolate chips? Okay, maybe a few things wouldn't but just go with me here. They totally enhance the muffin experience, so put them in.
FYI, you can also substitute other cake flavors. Spice is my favorite, though.
No-Measure Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 can Pumpkin
1/2 bag of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Combine the first three ingredients in your mixer and beat. Stir in chocolate chips.
Fill muffin tins and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° F and bake for 15-20 minutes longer.
Remove from muffin tins and cool on a wire rack.
Jan's Tips for Big Muffins
You know you want big muffins with a high dome, right? But every time you make muffins they come out looking like measly little cupcakes, barely risen out of the pan. Here's my secrets for getting the highest, fluffiest dome on a muffin.
1. Fill your muffin cups almost full (not 2/3 like some recipes will tell you). This will require that you have a fairly thick batter. If your muffin batter has a cake batter like consistency, add some more flour until it's more like brownie batter.
2. Fill any empty muffin cups with water. The recipe above will make about 14 standard sized muffins. If you only have 1 muffin tin that makes a dozen muffins, don't fill all the cups the first time around. Leave a few empty and fill the empty ones with water. A nice humid oven is good for muffins.
3. Bake the first 10 minutes on a higher temperature. Then lower down to the regular temperature for the rest of the baking time. Why does this work? I have no idea, it just does, so I go with it.
Seriously, just look at the size of the dome on that muffin!
Now, what's a delicious muffin without a pretty wrapper? I couple of weeks ago I tried making Pumpkin-Apple muffins using some pretty autumn patterned cupcake papers. Wow, what a mistake that was! The muffins stuck to the wrappers like undeserved fame on a Kardashian. Won't make that mistake again! For Thanksgiving, how about cutting out some "post-baking" decorative Cupcake Wrappers!
This one is from my Cupcake Wrappers - Thanksgiving set. So easy and so pretty! Just pup the muffin inside and you've got instant eye candy.
Before I give away a little free sample, I want to let you know that if you buy the whole set of Thanksgiving Cupcake Wrappers from the Sam & Hailey Designs store this weekend, you'll get my Thanksgiving Placecards set absolutely free! More fun and easy Thanksgiving decorations for free? Why yes, thank you! I'll have seconds! Remember to get the deal, you'll need to put both of those products in your cart at the same time. Don't make me have to track you down to give you your free file!
Okay, on to your free sample! Gobble up this Pilgrim Hat and Leaf Cupcake Wrapper right now!
This design will be up until Monday. Get it while it's hot! Click to wrap up your favorite file type:
Sorry! This download has expired! Look for this design and plenty of others in the Sam & Hailey Designs store!
Don't forget about that BOGO deal! Only good through Monday!
Time to get crafty, people!