Monday, October 7, 2013

pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins with toffee streusel


One of my favorite easy Fall bakes is pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins.

I think that most bakers (and even non-bakers) bake pumpkin muffins in the Fall.




A few years ago, I spent the better part of a Fall season, creating (what I feel is) the perfect basic pumpkin muffin recipe.




They're moist and rich with Fall spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice . . . and the best part is that the recipe calls for 1 full can of pumpkin. 

Although I like this recipe with just chunks of chocolate . . . I thought it would be fun to create an absolutely deeeelicious pumpkin muffin by adding toffee bits (along with the chocolate) to the batter, as well as the streusel.




The toffee bits give this (already yummy) muffin a warm, buttery finish.

And the topping . . . well, who doesn't love streusel!?! Add toffee bits to the streusel too . . . and you have a bakery worthy muffin!




I baked them in large muffin tins, so that they would resemble the ones seen at big, popular bakeries. And I'm so glad that I did! One muffin was so satisfying, that it made it easier to share the others with friends and neighbors (smile).

These muffins make the perfect addition to a Fall-inspired brunch.

         



Ingredients
3 ½ cups flour,  sifted
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup water
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
3/4 cup toffee bits
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions
Combine oil, sugar, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, and water in a large bowl.  Mix until well combined
Sift together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice; add to wet mixture and stir until well combined. Do not over mix.
Fold chocolate chips and toffee bits into batter.
Pour into prepared greased pans.
Sprinkle desired amount of streusel on top of batter.
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon (more, if desired) of toffee bits over streusel.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45-50 minutes for large loafs, 20-25 minutes for mini loafs, and 15-18 minutes for muffins, and 12 minutes for mini muffins.
Allow to cool 10 minutes;  remove and let cool on rack.


Streusel Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
DIRECTIONS
In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. 
Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in the butter until fine crumbs form.
Using hands, squeeze together most of the mixture to form large clumps. 


a simple pictorial . . .




Top with streusel and toffee bits, and then bake.
 

ENJOY!





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50 comments:

  1. Awesome looking pumpkins! My name is Katie and I host Fall Into the Holidays, open Saturdays! I'd love to have you link up!
    http://redcrowgreencrow.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/fall-into-the-holidays-3/

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  2. Oh these look sooooooooooooooooooooo good. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Hi Marty!
      Thanks for coming by!
      And yes, they're quite delicious ;0)
      Have a great week,
      Suzanne

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  3. That Streusel topping looks to die for and I love the way the chocolate chips remain whole through the baking process! A must Fall recipe for sure! Thank You so much Suzanne for sharing it at the Fluster Buster party! Have a great week, Lizy your party co host

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    1. Hi Lizy!
      Thanks so much for coming by!
      This muffin is a keeper :0) I hope you give it a try soon.
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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  4. LOVE that streusel topping!

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  5. These look wonderful, I love streusel topping on my muffins! Will be pinning, thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday! ~ MamaGing.com

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    1. Hi Jill!
      Thanks for coming by!
      Streusel topped muffins are my favorite too!
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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  6. These sound wonderful and that toffee streusel sounds AMAZING!!!! What a great idea!!!!

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    1. Hi Maria,
      So happy you came by!
      The toffee is great addition . . . They're so good :0)
      Hope you get to try them soon.
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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  7. These look delicious! We are having company this weekend and I am definitely making these!

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    1. Hi Stephanie!
      Oh, your guests will love them!
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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  8. Oh you had me with streusel topping! YUM, YUM, YUM! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Pinned.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann!
      Thanks for the smile :0)
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  9. Yumm...this look so tasty. I am pinning it.

    Ellya

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  10. Chocolate, Toffee and Pumpkin! Wow. Great combo and they look scrumptious. Our weekly Super Saturday Link Party is live. We would love to have you join us with any of your great ideas. It would make us so happy to have you on board. http://www.madefrompinterest.net/2013/10/super-saturday-link-party-14/

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  11. These sound awesome. Great pictures too. I'm making these. Thanks for linking to What'd You Do This Weekend.

    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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    1. Hi Linda!
      So happy you came by! You'll love these muffins!
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Madonna!
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  13. This look so tasty. Love the toffee streusel topping.
    Ellya

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  14. This looks amazing! Featuring tomorrow :) XO

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    1. Hi Kristin,
      So happy you came by . . . and so happy that you're featuring my pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins! I just made them again for a Fall-inspired brunch that we hosted over the weekend. They are so delicious!
      Have a beautiful week,
      Suzanne

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  15. Hi Suzanne! Stopping by from What'd You do this weekend, and had to come check out your muffins. They look scrumptious! Will need to try soon. Have pinned!

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  16. These looks delicious, I like your base recipe too. I'm such a pumpkin junkie come fall. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Now that's a winning combination, they look YUMMY! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  18. These sound awesome! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday, I appreciate you sharing,
    Kathy

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  19. I love chocolate pumpkin cookies, but never thought of combining them in a muffin. Loving this. Stopping by from Best of the Weekend.

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  20. Yum, must try, thanks for sharing!

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  21. How fabulously WONDERFUL these look and I am sure TASTE!!!! You are amazing and thank you so much for always dropping by and gracing our party with your creative goodness!!! Hugs...

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  22. These look so tasty. The streusel on top looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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  23. I love this - looks great with the streusel! YUM! I think I'm going to make this today! Julia

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    1. Hi Julia!
      You're going to love them :0)
      Have a great weekend!
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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  24. I'm pinning this right now! My husband would go crazy over these!!

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  25. How could anything be better than a. Combination of chocolate, pumpkin and toffe. My mouth waters just thinking of it!

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  26. Yummy!!! Thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking party!

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  27. These muffins look amazing!! Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays!

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  28. ::stomach growling::: oh wow! Looks so good!

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  29. These look delicious! YUM!

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  30. Wow, these muffins look amazing! And what a wonderful blog you have. Can't wait to discover more! ... Featuring you at the party tomorrow morning!

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  31. This looks so delicious!
    Great idea with the toffee and strusel.
    Saw this at Thursday favorite things party.

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  32. The streusel topping sounds absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites!

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  33. Another delicious looking recipe, Suzanne! Pinned. :)

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  34. These look so delicious especially with the streusel topping! Stopping over from "Share Your Creativity". Thank you for sharing! Have a great week :)

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  35. Oh wow, these look amazing. I am putting these on my to bake list for the week. Delish!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  36. These had my drooling! I will feature tomorrow at HSH!
    Sherry

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  37. What perfect looking muffins, yum! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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