Secret Baker – Pumpkin-Gingerbread Muffins with Mini Chocolate Chips

by Jessica on October 13, 2010

Ever wanted to taste that oatmeal cookie you saw on a foodie’s blog? How about a chocolate cupcake from one of those ever-popular cupcake sites? Well, where there’s a will, there’s a way…

I’m the newest blogger to become a Secret Baker. A few of my fellow TWD bakers came up with the idea last year to surprise other bakers with some sweet treats via the mail. And what a fab idea it is!

Since this month’s theme is Fall, I chose these lovely muffins that include spices and ingredients that remind me of this beautiful season… and I just can’t wait for my lucky recipient to open these up this week!

Pumpkin-Gingerbread Muffins

Pumpkin-Gingerbread Muffins with Mini Chocolate Chips
Adapted from: Whole Foods

1 c all-purpose flour
1 c whole-wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c Splenda for Baking
1 c mini chocolate chips
1/2 c canola oil
2 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 c canned pumpkin purée

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray and flour the pan using canola or olive oil cooking spray. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, sugar and chocolate chips. In another mixing bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin, then add to flour mixture and stir to combine.

Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until done when tested with a toothpick. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then continue to cool on wire racks.


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sara October 13, 2010 at 9:15 am

Yum! These look wonderful. I love seeing everyone’s pumpkin recipes now that’s it is October. 🙂


2 blackbookkitchendiaries October 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm

this looks so good. i love the addiction of mini chocolate chips in here. it adds a lovely touch! thanks for sharing.


3 vincent October 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm


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4 Margaret October 14, 2010 at 8:44 pm

So glad you joined us with SB. Wish I was your recipient because these look great. But since you put the recipe I can try my own. Thanks.


5 Alisa October 15, 2010 at 8:02 am

I just love discovering new recipes for pumpkins :)I saw your blog from the foodie blog roll and I like what you have here.if you won’t mind I’d love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget at the end of this post and it’s all set, Thanks!


6 mckay October 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

oh my goodness!!!! cannot wait to try these out. 🙂


7 Eliana October 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Hmm – they look absolutely perfect Jessica. I’d have a hard time trying just one.


8 Tracey October 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I’m so glad you’ve joined in the SB fun! I would have been thrilled to receive these 🙂


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