Happy First Day of Fall! Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Raisin Muffins :-)

   I love fall!  In Florida, fall weather hits around, well, approximately December, I’d say.  And so we create our own cool, falling-leaves season around here.  Every first-day-of-fall for the past goodness knows how many years, I’ve made pumpkin chocolate chip muffins from an old small-town cookbook recipe which uses canned pumpkin as the main ingredient.  My dear husband brought home canned pumpkin pie puree, and so this year, I improvised!  I used this recipe and tweaked it a bit . . .

From Libby’s recipes online, here’s their Crumble-Top Pumpkin Muffins.

  • 4 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 1 cup raisins, (optional)
  • 2/3 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (30 oz.) LIBBY’S® Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • Streusel topping (recipe follows)
Directions

PREHEAT oven to 400° F. Paper-line or grease 24 muffin cups.

COMBINE baking mix, raisins, oats, sugar and cinnamon in large bowl. Combine pumpkin pie mix and eggs in medium bowl; mix well. Stir into oat mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. Sprinkle with Streusel Topping.

BAKE for 14 to 16 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans to wire rack; cool slightly. Serve warm.

FOR STREUSEL TOPPING:
COMBINE
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon in small bowl. Cut in 2 tablespoons butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly.

    I used 1/2 a cup of raisins and added a cup of chocolate chips.  Hey, everything improves with chocolate, right?  I love to mix my muffins, put the batter into the pans and put the pans in the fridge overnight.  In the morning all I have to do is heat the oven (take the muffins out of the fridge to come to room temp) and then pop them in!  And if you set up your coffeemaker so you have push-button-ready coffee, you’ll feel like a lady of leisure.

   As the official first day of fall, it will also be the day I pull out all my fall decor–pumpkins, spice-colored linens, silk leaves of gold and orange and russet . . . ahhh!  I’m very anxious this year, because I just had my husband paint *one* of the dining room walls a gorgeous red, plus I found a huge mirror to hang over the buffet and we got that up on the same wall earlier tonight.  I can’t wait to see it all with the fall additions; it’s going to be gorgeous!  I’ll try to get a picture up soon.  Of course, I’ll have to light an Autumn Wreath jar from Yankee Candle to top it all off.  Caramel Apple Spiced Cider from Starbucks, anyone?  Perfection!

 . . . Maybe after I crank the air conditioner up a bit. 

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