I wish I could somehow bottle up what my house smells like after making these and share them with you.
I’ve had this recipe saved on my phone for a year. I’d planned on baking them last Halloween and never got around to it for some reason. I’m not sure why because it’s a pretty great recipe.
Simple, huh? I decided it was time to try this baby out. I did make a few variations of it. First, 3 cups of sugar was just too much for me to take. So instead of 3 cups of sugar I did 2 cups of sugar and 1/2 a cup of a Splenda mix.
I normally don’t change recipes before I try them out at least once–how are you going to know what to change, right? But with baking I can usually figure out additions easily. I used to bake A LOT as a big ol’ chubby girl living alone. Even if a baked goodie was a failure I’d still eat it…
I mixed all the dry ingredients together in my mixer and then added the eggs, oil, water, pumpkin, etc. Back in the day when I did a ton of baking I did everything by hand. If a recipe called for the batter to be hand whipped for 5 minutes I did it. Having a mixer is such a different experience. It takes all the work out of it, honestly. All I do is measure. 😛
I used the small measuring cup to scoop the batter into the Halloween cupcake cups and then popped them in the oven. While they were baking I perused the comments on the recipe website. Lots of people said it was too sweet, that they reduced the amount of sugar in the muffins (glad I did!).
“This made such a large batch of mix. I made cake instead and frosted it with cream cheese frosting. Amazing!!!!”
“I modified quite a bit: Used buttermilk in place of water (plus 1/2 tsp. baking powder), 2 cups agave nectar instead of sugar (added to wet ingredients), and folded in crystallized ginger, golden and dark raisins, and dried cranberries (total about 1 1/4 cups).”
“I cut the sugar down to 1 1/2 cups and used a bit of brandy in place of the water. FAB!”
Add chopped walnuts or pecans.
Add dried cranberries.
Add chocolate chips.
I realized after I made the batter that this recipe makes an insane amount of muffins! Apparently over 30? Had I known that beforehand I would have made a half batch. So instead of just making 30 muffins, I made about 18 and then put the rest of the batter into a loaf pan.
QUESTION: Do you have a Halloween tradition? What’s your favorite Halloween treat?