Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins

by Kathy Strahs on October 4, 2010 · 19 comments

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One night about three years ago my husband and I were out to dinner with some good friends of ours, Tony and Karin. It randomly came up in conversation, over pasta and chianti, that Tony really loved foods containing pumpkin. I had never heard of such a thing. Of course I loved pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but beyond that pumpkin was not a significant part of my culinary repertoire.

Boy, was I missing out.

Pumpkin, for me, isn’t just for pie anymore. The bright orange purée seems to make all kinds of baked goods extra moist and tender (like, say, this Pumpkin Spice Cake I made last year). I especially love the cinnamon, clove and nutmeg flavors that we often pair with it. Those flavors also happen to taste really great with chocolate which is why I loved these Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins.

This is another recipe passed along to me by our fabulous babysitter, Stephanie (you might remember the Cookies and Cream Cheesecake recipe she previously gave me – yum!). It’s been about twenty years since she clipped it, but she’s pretty sure that it originated on a can of pumpkin purée. Regardless, I wanted to be sure to share it with you as we ring in pumpkin season!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Muffins

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Sandie {A Bloggable Life} October 4, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Kathy, these muffins look fabulous—so tempting! I love how you attributed the recipe too. More often than not, the best recipes’ origins are the hardest to pin down!
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Kathy October 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Thanks, Sandie! Yes, I’m a big believer in giving proper credit. 🙂


Mary October 4, 2010 at 1:10 PM

These sound (and look!) divine! These have been bookmarked 🙂

Thanks! Great site 🙂

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls
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Pam @ Best cookware October 4, 2010 at 7:43 PM

I am like you finding out versatility of pumpkin lately and I am loving it. Recently with food blogs and a few friends have showed me a way to make sweet and savory dishes with pumpkin. This is going to be on my to-make list! It is yummy and creative!
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Sharlene October 5, 2010 at 4:00 AM

I love pumpkin and how “fall” it makes everyone feel. It just tastes like home to me. I’ll definitely try these out!


Maria October 5, 2010 at 7:21 AM

I love the big chocolate chunks! Great fall muffin!


megan @ whatmegansmaking October 5, 2010 at 7:36 AM

These look incredible! perfectly cute muffins. I can’t wait to try them 🙂
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Kelley October 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Kathy, with fall here (at least in Seattle) I find myself thrilled with the new bounty of ingredients to choose from. We are having butternut squash soup and pumpkin filled ravioli’s tonight. The soup is homemade, but I’m sad to report I haven’t got the guts to make my own ravioli’s. Maybe you have found a fool-proof recipe for us to try? I’m looking forward to more fall harvest ideas from your blog!



Whitney October 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM

These look delish, Kathy! I’m going to have to try and make ’em!
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Lisa October 5, 2010 at 10:52 PM

These sound like a wonderful breakfast for those cold, fall mornings. Just the thing to help me get up and go.
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Laurel October 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Hi Kathy! Pumpkin treats are one of my favorite things about the fall season. Adeline and I made these this morning and they are delicious. Thanks for the recipe!


Kathy October 6, 2010 at 2:48 PM

So glad you girls liked them! You too inspired me to bake with my little missy this afternoon too. 🙂


Sara October 11, 2010 at 6:59 PM

All the pumpkin recipes sound good to me, but I have an especially soft spot for cheesecake. It’s the craving that never goes away…


Silvia October 14, 2010 at 1:32 AM

I really have to thank you for this great recipe, my whole family was totally smitten, and it was a great idea too because here in Italy nobody bakes with pumpkin, so I surprised everybody!


Marcella December 4, 2010 at 11:56 PM

I have had this recipe bookmarked ever since you first posted it and I FINALLY baked these today. THEY ARE AMAZING! Seriously, so moist and yummy and perfect. Thank you!



Julie November 6, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I just made these using whole wheat pastry flour, fresh pumpkin puree, and mini chocolate chips and they were so moist and delicious!


Kathy Strahs November 6, 2011 at 4:29 PM



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