I love baking this time of year. I don't know why, but as soon as October hits, all I want to do is revel in the flavors of fall. Pumpkin, warm spices, ... it's different than Christmas even. Not so much winter comfort foods, but warm, spicy, ... fallish.
So I've been experimenting the past couple of weeks, with both old and new recipes. My tummy is loving it, but my waistline is quickly expanding. Isn't that so true?
In case you're in the same mood I am, here are some fantastic fall recipes:
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
(adapted from Pioneer Woman)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
2 t vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
12 ounces chocolate chips or chunks
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
Mix together flour, pie spice, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined Beat in pumpkin puree (mixture looks a bit curdled). Reduce speed and mix in dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until edges pull away from the pan and toothpick comes out clean.
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