Baking Season is HERE!!!

My family LOVES to try new recipes and bake and bake and bake. So when Fall comes around we don’t even refer to the season as “Fall.” To us, it’s “Baking Season.” The time where it’s okay to put off your homework if you’re baking something delicious… or when you come home from practice and smell something yummy on your street and you just know it’s coming from your house. THAT’S Baking Season. So, in honor of Baking Season, I have chosen a recipe that we can all try together. Whether it fails and burns in your oven or comes out perfectly with a beautiful golden brown top, we’re all in this together. Even if you are baking alone, make the best of it. Put some fun music on, dance around the kitchen, or just make a mess. Good luck!!

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Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Cooking spray

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

15-ounce can pumpkin (not pie filling)

1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup melted light butter or margarine

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels/chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat three 12-cup mini muffin tins with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the brown sugar and eggs until blended. Beat in the pumpkin, yogurt, melted butter and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Add the flour mixture and beat until just blended (don’t overbeat). Fold in the chocolate morsels.

Spoon the batter into 36 mini muffin cups.

Bake 10 minutes, until a wooden pick comes out clean.

Cool muffins, in pans, on a wire racks. Devour.

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SOOOO?? How’d you do? Did your muffins turn into charcoal briquettes or did they melt in your mouth and make you feel bubbly inside? Either way, I hope that you enjoyed trying something new and stepping away from the usual throw-in-the-microwave, frozen, precooked breakfast sandwich. Also, I hope you learn to find the joy in baking and in creating something that is truly your own.

Remember: Whether it be a success or a failure in the eyes of the world, if you believe in it, it will always be a masterpiece.

-R 🙂

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