When I was little, my mom would take my brothers and me to Harry's Farmers Market (which is Whole Foods Market now), and when we had been particularly good she would get us a treat. There were these muffins, pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips in them. They were our favorite. Mom would halve them and heat them up in the microwave for our dessert and again at breakfast.
A few years ago, I'm not sure how many exactly, Mom played around with some ingredients to recreate those muffins (we just don't make muffins out of them, but you totally could!). It was a success and now we have a greatly requested family recipe. Shhhh, don't tell my mom, but I'm going to share it with you.
1 box of Spice Cake Mix
1 Can of Pumpkin
1 Bag of Chocolate Chips
1/2 - 1 cup Pecan pieces (optional)
Serves about 20 - 30 depends on how you cut them and has roughly 150 calories per square.
What you need to do:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2: Cover your cookie sheet completely with aluminum foil. I have to use 2 pieces to make sure the sides are covered and lightly spray it with a non-stick cooking spray. Preferably butter flavored.
Step 3: In a large bowl, mix together the Pumpkin and the cake mix until even. Sometimes I find I need to add a little bit of water if it seems too dry.
Step 5: Pour mix onto cookie sheet and spread evenly.
Step 6: Bake for about 20 mins or until firm. They will be more of a brownie-like consistency than a cake-like one.
Step 7: Cut into squares (I usually do 5 across and 6 wide) and eat 2 pieces before your husband gets home. Then shamefully confess this to him when he asks what you did today.
This dessert is perfect for the Holiday Season, or when you're just craving something Pumpkin.