Friday, October 29, 2010

mini pumpkin muffin bites

i am not sure where i got this recipe, but it must be off the net. i have it jotted down on a piece of paper and stuck among a pile of recipe print outs and rip outs stuffed into my kitchen cabinet. you know, open the door and a downpour of paper showers on your head or open the door with one hand, as the other holds the papers, stacked cook books back! got one of those yourself?

anyway, i guess you could call these pumpkin muffin bites or something like it. i was calling them doughnuts, but they are not, really. i baked them in my mini muffin tin, not my doughnut pan. oh wait,  i don't have a doughnut pan like this one. it is on my wish list, a girl can dream can't she? oh, dreams do come true. i got the microplane and a whirly pop to prove it. anyway....

these little babies turned out great. they are quick, easy and taste yummy. my entire family liked them, but caroline loved them. they are that good. i do think next time i might up the spices a tad. i would like a bit more of a bite myself. here is the recipe that i used and feel free to call them whatever you like, pumpkin holes, pumpkin balls, pumpkin rug balls, pumpkin porch balls, etc....

mini pumpkin muffin bites

preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray two mini muffin tins

sift together the following:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
heavy pinch of cloves
heavy pinch of ginger

in another bowl whisk the following:
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
3/4 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1/2 cup buttermilk

Mix the dry into the wet ingredients. fill you tins just to the top. bake for about 10 minutes or so. you can check with a cake tester, toothpick or your finger. let cool a few minutes.

now melt a three or four tablespoons of butter in a bowl.  in another bowl mix sugar and cinnamon together to your taste. i go heavy on the cinnamon myself. dip the tops of the bites into the butter, then into the sugar mixture. you are done. easy. enjoy.
ps-these were fab-u-lous with a hot cup of coffee. oh yum.

EDIT-i just thought i would take a second to explain the suggested names of pumpkin rug balls and pumpkin porch balls to you, so you would not think that i was too nuts. years ago my sister in law's late mother made a batch of meatballs for her large family. it was a holiday gathering, so lots of folks. she dropped the entire pan on the carpeted floor, picked them up, washed them and fed the crowd. every year after, her kids requested her famous "rugballs". she is my hero.

the porch balls, well actually, it was basically the same thing, but on my front porch and different sister in law. they were dang tasty.  enjoy.
Week 5 Twelve Weeks of Christmas: 


Lisa said...

These look fabulous. I love the color and, since they're pumpkin, I know I'd enjoy the taste too.

Kayte said...

I like the name Pumpkin Bites just fine...they look great. Thinking these are a happening thing here Thanksgiving weekend, yes indeed. Thanks for the recipe. Who knew they made a doughnut pan???? Wow.

April said...


Love the stories, btw!

Pam said...

I want a doughnut pan too : ). I laughed out loud at the rug ball story, we have a family dish called spaghetti on a rag, so I can totally relate! These look so yummy!

Megan said...

I have to make these! They do look that good! Loved the story about the rug balls and porch balls.

Manu said...

I love the color!
Look delicious!

Lee Ann said...

These sound like little bites of melt in your mouth heaven!

PS I LOVE your occupation... hilarious! I feel the same way!

Marcellina said...

I love the golden colour of these! Thanks for the recipe! They sound great whatever the name!

Sue said...

These look delicious and easy to pop into my mouth:) Love the cinnamon-sugar on top! Thanks for the explanation of terms- very funny:)

Megan said...

I love all things with pumpkin, perhaps I'll get a chance to make these this weekend. I think Pumpkin Doughnuts is a good name for them.

Avril said...

First of all I just LOVE anything pumpkin....secondly I just LOVE anything mini!

Wishing you a wonderful Halloween Weekend!
~avril :-)

Martha (MM) said...

Another great one for the 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies for this week!