Take comfort in a muffin…

I live in the land of Starbucks. I visit one often. I don’t think they are corporate scum like some people do. They provide me with yummy pumpkin latte’s and baked goods. So gladly throw me on the corporate sell out list. Plus I have several friends who work for Starbucks and are happily employed, so they can’t be that evil.

This time of year the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin comes out. If you don’t think about the calories it is a yummy treat. ;) Though while others eat them, I find my self starring off into space thinking what other kinds of muffins could I do this with the cream cheese center concept. A carrot cake type muffin would go nice of course with a cream cheese filling, as would a spice muffin. But me being the lover of all things hot chocolate and our area having hot chocolate weather, I decided to focus on those flavors.

I originally was going to go with a Candy Cane Hot Chocolate but some people are refusing to do holiday stuff yet until American Thanksgiving and so I am putting that on hold. I personally make my own, or if I am going powdered, I am a Stephen’s Hot Chocolate girl.

These turned out pretty darn good. A little too good says the extra pound being carried around in my thighs. I think next time I might use a little more marshmallow cream. It didn’t have that much marshmallow flavor. But I didn’t really know what the marshmallow cream was going to do since this was a bit of an experiment. But since I know who it reacts in the oven, I might throw in more next time.

Don’t be confused by the pictures, these aren’t baked in cups. They are just regular muffins. I just happen to have a cup that the muffin fit perfectly into. Oh, and that cup is from Starbucks. ;)



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  1. Waw!!!! Your muffin looks absolutely georgous!! MMMMMMMMMMM,….all the way!

  2. well HELLO! haven’t been by in a while….and miss you!

    I agree w/Katrina – calling them muffins makes it soooo much easier justifying eating them for breakfast! ;-)

  3. I adore Starbucks. Unfortunately, living in MA means being surrounded by Dunkin’ Donuts. Ick. But it’s okay… there’s one in Target, thankfully.

    These sound amazing. And they make me want hot chocolate now. :)

  4. OMG, you’re killing me. love that combo!

    I love Starbucks. Hmmm how about a Caramel Macchiato Cupcake?? If anyone can do it, you can.

  5. you.are.a.genius.

  6. Just made these without the filling since I didn’t have any of the ingredients. Also substituted the buttermilk with greek yogurt since that’s what I had. I also ended up with 18 muffins instead of 16 even without the filling.

    The muffins are a bit plain without the filling but they came out really fluffy with a lightly crisp top. I’m thinking they’ll be nice with a bit of whipped cream on top.

  7. Just made these and they came out great.
    How do you recommend storing them?


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