PUMPKIN SNICKERDOODLE MUFFINS


Ahhh My friends, are you ready to get your great pumpkin on? Today begins the beloved Pumpkin Palooza 2.0. Today and for the next two Tuesdays, I will feature some of my own delicious pumpkin concoctions. Yum  



Over at The Blended Blog, I am featuring all my recipes from last year's Pumpkin Palooza. Three unique and Fabulous recipes for the Fall at all my fellow pumpkin lovers delight. My dear friend Amanda, who's posting a little Pumpkin Palooza of her own today, even hosts a Pumpkin Palooza Fall Party every year!!! Makes me want to fly right down to North Carolina and see my lil sis!!

So, first up we have The Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins! Let me tell you how this recipe came about. During my early 4-H years, one of the categories I was always entered in was Foods. Imagine that? Anyway, during year two, the request of food had to be a muffin. My mom and I found a recipe for these amazing Yam muffins and they were a blue ribbon winner! Enter in a few years later in six grade when I knew I had to do something to soften the stern Home-Ec teacher. The first thing tackled in that class with Baking so I decided to bring her some of my delicious Yam muffins. She loved them, requested the recipe for the whole class and from that day on, I was one of her pets! LOL!



Another favorite thing to bake growing up was snickerdoodles, my mom made the best! So as I was I was reminiscing about these two things, the Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins were born! All I did was substitute pumpkin for the canned Yams in the recipe. Wa-La!

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Muffins
INGREDIENTS 
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar + 1 Tbsp. 
2 tsp. Baking powder 
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 egg

DIRECTIONS 
Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease the bottoms of a 12 medium muffin pan. In a small bowl, mix the 1 Tbsp sugar and a 1/2 tsp of the cinnamon, set aside. In a liquid measuring cup break the egg and add enough milk to equal a half cup, then add the vanilla, stir well. Pour into a medium mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Mix until the flour is just moistened. The batter should be lumpy. Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full and sprinkle each with a 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Immediately remove from the pan.






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RATE THE PUMPKIN SPICE TREATS


Oh how you know I'm getting my pumpkin on BIG TIME! From the girl who despises pumpkin pie, my blood runs orange with pumpkin spice everything else! What started with a latte has morphed into a whole merchandise season. Truth be told, I've been making my beloved pumpkin products for over 15 years. My first pumpkin baked good was my 


 Deliciously pumpkin-y!

Being able to buy pumpkin spice flavored products is a newer novelty growing with each year. I have complied a Pumpkin Spice Product Review of several popular products and where I bought them in my neck of the woods, although most are offered at many different stores..after all, it is MEGA PUMPKIN MARKETING!!
I will be rating these on a scale of 
one pumpkin to 5 pumpkins



~Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte 
4 Pumpkins. This is creamy and delicious and combines two of my favorite flavors: Pumpkin and chai! It warms your insides on the chilly Fall Day. Only thing that would make it five out of five stars was if it has less sugar. Target Purchase.


~Thomas Pumpkin Spice English Muffins
5 Pumpkins. These dense and chewy English Muffins have just the right amount of cinnamon and pumpkin to take them to the Fall "wow these are good" level. I like them with either a smudge of butter/cinnamon and sugar or this wonderful stuff......Meijer Purchase.

~Clearbrook Farms Pumpkin Fruit Butter
5 Pumpkins. I first found this at HomeGoods and find it most frequently at TJ Maxx. Clearbrook does have a website but it is cheaper at the retailers as no shipping. It is delicious on the English Muffins. Just the right amount of sweetness. 


~Peppridge Farms Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
4 Pumpkins. The chunks of white choclate are what makes this. I don't really take cheesecake flare but the pumpkin cookie is not overpowering and very soft. Meijer Purchase. 

~Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnuts
5 Pumpkins. I have to say, the ultimate favorite pumpkin doughnut of all time! Perfect flavor, great glazed topping, warmed in micro for 10 seconds...heaven, pure pumpkin heaven!! Keep in mind, I buy these at the grocery store, not KK. If I could give them 10 out of five stars I would and I guess I can so 10 outta five!
so ok, here is 5 more for a 10!!! At Meijer and Kroger.


~Coffee Mate Pumpkin Spice Natural Bliss Coffee Creamer
4 Pumpkins. This is the creamiest creamer I have found and I love the Bliss line as nothing artificial  no GMO's and all natural ingredients. Meijer purchase.

~Noosa Pumpkin Yogurt
5 Pumpkins. I used to buy the bigger tubs of this amazing yogurt but I would want to eat the whole thing and it is a little higher in Fat content if you eat too much but the lil mini cups in a 4 pack! Perfect and packs such a protein punch, it is worth it!! So creamy and like a pumpkin dessert with a little tang! I find these 4 packs at Target.

~Chobani Greek Yogurt Flip...Pumpkin Harvest Crisp 
3 Pumpkins. Mmm just ok, I would say. I love additions in my yogurt but the Chobani brand itself is not my favorite in the greek yogurt amily. My favorite were the little pecan pieces but this is higher in calories with the add in's. Another Target purchase.


~Voortman Pumpkin Spice Wafers 
4 Pumpkins. Umm weirdest place to get pumpkin spice cookies but we found these at Menards and at a great price. I Like these kinds of wafer cookies, not love, but only if they are very fresh, no good when they start going stale. Perfect ratio of pumpkin spice cream and wafer. Tae about utter disappointment. iw sos excited to ge these a couple years ago and they are jus not that good.Too articiafial of a pumpkin flair and there is one spice in there that is just overpowering. 


~Pumpkin Spice Cherrios
2 Pumpkins. Talk about utter disappointment. I was so excited to get these a couple years ago and they are just not that good. Too articiafial of a pumpkin flavor and there is one spice in there that is just overpowering. Target Purchase.


~Special K Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cereal
5 Pumpkins. Now, here is a  cereal I can get behind! I always love Special K cereals and to me, this is the BEST one yet. Perfect crisp flakes and nuggets of pumpkin goodness, mixed with milk..yum and heck, I have had this for supper a couple nights. Target purchase.


~Werther's Original Pumpkin Spice Soft Caramels
5 Pumpkins. Kids, I am so in love with this mix of soft, sweet caramel with a little pumpkin and you have a partaaay going on. I like to eat a honey crisp apple with some of these for a pumpkin caramel apple Fall treat. This are perfect!! I found these at Target. 


~Nestle Toll House Pumpkin Spice Morsels
2 Pumpkins. Dang, another disappointment. Now, right outta the bag, these are like gross, spit out artificial yucky. But I will say they are better in baked goods, but I think I'll stick to other chips for Fall and just add pumpkin puree. These just weren't baking worthy enough. Meijer purchase.

I have tried many other pumpkin products but these were the ones I wanted to review. With so many more out there, I get excited each fall season to try something different. So of all these, winner of the BEST PUMPKIN TREAT goes to the Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Doughnuts. ALL THE PUMPKINS!!!!!

I know some of you despise pumpkin, including my BFF, but for those of you that love it, I'd LOVE to hear what some of your favorite pumpkin products are!

SO this brings me to.....GUESS WHAT IS BACK TOMORROW??? PUMPKIN PALOOZA 2.0!!!!



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