2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Alright, fess up all you pumpkin junkies. I see you everywhere drinking your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes and  swirling your Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer and eating your Pumpkin Pie ice cream. We are only 9 days into the month of September and you’re  already in full swing.

If only seeing a pumpkin meant that the weather automatically got cooler!

Now, I think one of the smartest inventions was pumpkin in a can. Gone are the days of needing to cut open a pumpkin and scrape all of the insides to create a puree for recipes.

Your can of pumpkin is one of only TWO ingredients that you’ll need to make these Pumpkin Muffins!

I also wanted to mention, for you healthy folks like myself, there are only about 140 calories per muffin! Because you’re not adding a lot of extra calories with oil and eggs, these are actually pretty healthy!

The other ingredient is cake mix. Can you say cheap? I think I paid a total of $2.25 for these muffins. My kinda treat, cheap and sweet.

It takes a whirl in the mixer or about 50 strokes by hand to whip the muffin batter up.

Put your muffins in the oven!

These are probably some of the fluffiest most light and airy muffins that I make.

And heavens, if you crack one open when it’s still warm and slather it with butter, you will be in heaven y’all.

Pumpkin heaven…

Pumpkin or cinnamon cream cheese would be so incredible with these I’m sure. I enjoyed warming them up with butter and sprinkling a little cinnamon on them!

Though you don’t exactly need much instruction because these are so dang easy, here’s the recipe.

2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Snack
2 simple ingredients come together to make the ultimate fall snack- Pumpkin Muffins.
  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 (standard) Can Pumpkin Puree
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Grease a couple muffin pans.
  3. Mix cake mix and pumpkin puree together.
  4. Fill muffin cup about 2/3 the way full. (Should make about 15 regular size muffins)
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool and eat!
Serving size: 1 Calories: 140

These would be super tasty with the addition of 1/2 cup chocolate chips!

Recipe courtesy of Melissa at This Girl’s Life Blog.

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Sugar-Crusted Blueberry Muffins

I’ve always been a fan of blueberry muffins. You’d never know it. I can probably count on 1 hand the times that I’ve ever made them from scratch. The box mixes just make life  so much easier don’t they? Sure, but do they give as much satisfaction as saying that you “made them from scratch”? Sometimes it really just doesn’t matter though. You’re tired, the kids are hungry, you just want a muffin!  A very sweet friend of mine mentioned how much she loved Perkin’s muffins the other day. There’s one in my hometown where we visit often, but there aren’t any around here.

Apparently their Mammoth Blueberry Muffins are to die for.

My sweet friend seemed like she needed a little pick me up, so I decided to check around for a copy cat recipe of their famous muffins and whip some up. To my dismay, none of them really seemed to sound like they actually mimicked Perkin’s muffins. I decided to shy away from getting them just like Perkin’s and come up with my own kinda muffins.

These turned out so absolutely fantastic! I really love when that happens. The stress of trial and error is surpassed with success. And boy were these a success. The breading part of these muffins is almost cakey thanks to a secret ingredient (which is not so secret anymore), sour cream. Not exactly something you’d expect to pair with blueberries, but tasty all the same. They boast a gooey blueberry jam filling and that’s in addition to the blueberries themselves, dispersed among the batter. What could top these better than a coating of sugar that has baked into a crust on top of the blueberry goodness?

A smear of butter while they are still warm, maybe.

Oh and I forgot to mention that these are in fact, mammoth. The batter only made 6 of a huge pan of muffins. So you’ll either have to make a second batch or prepare to share.

Sugar-Crusted Blueberry Muffins
Recipe Type: Breakfast, Dessert
Author: Pennywise Cook
  • For the Muffins
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • For the Filling
  • 1/4 c blueberries
  • 1/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • For the Topping
  • 1/4 Tsp Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine all muffin ingredients except blueberries in a bowl and mix well. Stir in1 c. blueberries.
  3. Meanwhile, microwave 1/4 c. blueberries with cornsstarch and sugar for 20 seconds at 50% power. Remove, much and stir and then continue microwaving for increments of 20 seconds until thicken and jam-like.
  4. Pour muffin batter in large, 6-ct muffin pan and create small wells in each.
  5. Using a piping bag or ziploc bag, fill each muffin’s well with filling.
  6. Sprinkle each with 1/4 tsp sugar.
  7. Bake for 22 minutes or until tops are golden brown.

Note- if you use smaller muffin tins, you may need to adjust your cooking times down.

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Marshmallow Glazed Oatmeal Muffins

It’s Friday the 13th! Who is up for a Jason marathon? Not me, but the thought sounded fun anyways. 🙂

I always have good intentions, don’t you? It’s funny how things can sometimes work out completely different than you really intend them to. For instance, some days I plan my entire day around cleaning the house. The perfect example of a good intention. And then some unforeseen, crazy, busyness takes over and the dishes pile up while the laundry remains unfolded. But I take comfort in knowing that I really did plan on making my house spotless…. That is, until I can’t see my floor because it’s covered in toys.

My first intention for this recipe today was to make homemade oatmeal cream pies. And then my second intention was to make oatmeal cream pie cupcakes. They eventually turned into more of a muffin and instead of the everyday marshmallow cream filling, I decided to glaze them. Though they ended up completely different than what I had intended, I must say that they are fabulous just the same!

It might just be impossible to dislike oatmeal muffins. Even those who don’t like oatmeal usually like oatmeal muffins. And if they don’t then they are really missing out my friends. They are dense (the muffins, not the people who dislike them) and yet still so cakey and muffiny. You like those words there don’t you?

Believe it or not, these are actually not that bad calorie-wise. I did what I could to create them with low calorie ingredients, including the glaze. So you won’t have to feel too bad for inhaling a few. The glaze firms up a bit and starts to get back to it’s marshmallow form after they have sat for a bit. My Addie kept laughing because she would get a marshmallow mustache after taking bites.

Just perfect for breakfast or perhaps a brunch, they do have a certain oatmeal cream pie-esqe taste to them. They definitely satisfy my sweet tooth and yet are so filling that I don’t need anything else for breakfast. Except for MILK. You will need milk for sure.

So how do you think my intentions turned out?

Question of the day: Can you count how many times I used any variation of the word intention in this post?

Marshmallow Glazed Oatmeal Muffins
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Author: Pennywise Cook
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 13 mins
Total time: 23 mins
Serves: 11
This muffin recipe intended to mimic oatmeal cream pies takes the famous snack to a whole new level.
  • For the Oatmeal Muffins
  • 6 tbsp butter (I use Blue Bonnet Light)
  • 1/4 c. Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c. Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Egg Whites
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Oats (Quick Cooking)
  • For the Marshmallow Glaze
  • 2 c. Marshmallows (big or little)
  • 2 Tbsp Skim Milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c. Powdered Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, sugars, and applesauce. Add in egg whites and vanilla.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Slowly add to sugar mixture and beat until combined.
  3. Stir in the oats. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop equal amounts into greased muffin tin.
  4. Bake 13 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, in a saucepan place the butter, skim milk and marshmallows and cook over medium heat stirring constantly. Once the marshmallows are completely melted and smooth, stir in the powdered sugar.
  6. Remove muffins from oven and place on cooling rack with wax paper underneath. Carefully glaze each muffin and allow to cool.

This recipe will make about 11 muffins, maybe 12 if you make your batter go further.

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