The Perfect Finish: Mini Pumpkin Muffins

In light of Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, this little recipe has been brought to you with the classic food coma in mind. As the later months start to roll in, we here at Tech and Burgers are more than aware of the delicious meals we’re expected to divulge in for most of the hibernating seasons. (We accept the challenge.)

However, we are also aware that these beloved meals (which may or may not include a lot of stuffing) are sometimes so delicious that we hardly make room for dessert. Have you ever been in charge of the dessert, only to slave over it all day and end up brining most of it home? It may have been absolutely delicious, but the main meal stole most of the show.

Want to avoid this? Try out our favorite mini muffins, featuring pumpkin. (What else?)

Here’s what you’ll need:

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1 packaged cake mix, dry (we suggest carrot)

2 cups fresh pumpkin puree

1 egg white

1 cup Skor bits

 

Cream cheese frosting Ingredients:

1/4 cup margarine

2 oz. low-fat cream cheese

½ tablespoon vanilla extract

1½ cups powdered sugar

 

Muffin Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Mix cake mix, egg white and pumpkin
  3. Once well mixed, stir in the Skor bits
  4. Spray a mini muffin pan and use a spoon to place small balls of the batter into eat cup
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool before frosting.109cropped muffins - Copy

 

Make sure to let the muffins cool so that they don’t fall apart when you apply the icing.

 

Frosting Directions:

  1. In a mixer, combine cream cheese and margarine until smooth
  2. Add in vanilla extract.
  3. For the powdered sugar, taste as you add. Ensure it’s only as sweet as you prefer.

 

This little recipe is a hit for larger groups; when people are stuffed from their meals, something small like these miniature muffins are a great way to incorporate a sweet night cap without overdoing it. If you’re not a big fan of Skor bits, you can always substitute butterscotch chips or chocolate chips!

If you’re looking for something a little healthier, omit the cream cheese frosting and instead use a dollop of light whipped cream. You can also omit the Skor bits entirely, but if you’re serving kids as well then making a small batch for them may be a good idea.109parchment paper muffin liners - Copy

The Wrapping

Have a little extra time on your hands? Ensure that your baking is appreciated by individually wrapping your mini muffins! This is super easy, and decorating the treats adds a beautiful touch to any holiday-themed party décor.

What you’ll need:

Scissors

Brown parchment paper

Twine or string

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Directions:

  1. Cut your parchment paper into square shapes
  2. Cut twine or string into 20 cm pieces
  3. Place your mini muffins in the center of each square
  4. Begin to pull the parchment paper up around the muffin, overlapping as necessary
  5. Use the twine to hold the paper together and tie a bow

 

The muffins may have been easy to make, but you know they’re delicious! So add that extra little detail that your table mates won’t be able to resist. The parchment paper will keep in any grease, so they’re perfect to take home as well. Here’s to this meal being remembered for your guests telling you “that mini muffin hit the spot!”

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