It’s pretty easy to pick out the main dishes for your Thanksgiving meal. Most people choose traditional entrees such as turkey, chicken, or ham and then follow up with some tasty and classic Thanksgiving sides like sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, and corn on the cob.

Choosing which Thanksgiving desserts to serve can be a little more difficult. Most people like to have a variety of different desserts on their table. It’s nice to have a few classics such as pecan or pumpkin pie and spiced apples, but it’s also nice to add some new treats.

Muffins are a fun dessert to make, serve, and eat. There are endless recipes for muffins, and it’s really hard to go wrong with them. If you want to serve muffins as a dessert and tie in some traditional holiday flavors, this pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe is sure to hit the spot.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins on a plate next to mini pumpkins
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins mashes up two great muffin flavors into one.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins Serving Ideas

One of the reasons muffins are such a great idea for holiday meals is because there are a lot of different ways you can serve them. Flavor matters, but plating is just as important. If you don’t feel the need to get fancy with your table, you can just toss these muffins on a plate or in a basket and let everyone help themselves. If you like to take the time to decorate and make the table look perfect, here are a couple of presentation ideas.

Stack Them

Pull out your favorite holiday platter, and start assembling a muffin tower. The number of muffins you decide to make will play a role in how the presentation looks. Start with a circle of muffins on the bottom and then stack a few less on top. Repeat until you have a tower of muffins that gets smaller at the top. It’s best to assemble this muffin tower on the table, so you don’t have to attempt to move it once it’s stacked.

Muffin Wreath

You will need a round platter for this presentation idea. It’s easy to do; just arrange your muffins in a circle. Add a few different rows to create the look of a full wreath. You can even embellish the wreath by adding some falls leaves made from fondant.

Ingredient Substitutions

These pumpkin chip muffins are tasty, but they may not be what everyone at your dinner table has in mind for dessert. You can easily switch up the recipe by substituting some ingredients. You can remove the chocolate chips and add cranberries or nuts in place of them. You can also just add more ingredients to the muffins with the chocolate chips to give the muffins more flavor and texture.

If any of your guests have diabetes or need to watch their sugar intake, you can also substitute the sugar for an artificial sweetener. You can also substitute the canned pumpkin for fresh pumpkin if you choose. Just make sure your measurements equal out for anything you decide to replace in this recipe.

If you love pumpkin and chocolate, you are sure to love these
pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. While they make an excellent dessert for Thanksgiving dinner, they can also be served for breakfast the next morning or as a late-night snack. They are so easy to make and tasty that you will find yourself making them more often than you expect.

When you make these, and you want even more pumpkin dessert deliciousness, be sure to check out our pumpkin molasses muffins and our pumpkin crescent rolls.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • Author: MomsWhoThink
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x

Description

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins take two amazing flavors and combine them to make a decadent chocolaty pumpkin treat. These are a sweet muffin which makes them perfect for mixing up the bread basket or the morning pastry platter. Moist, richly spiced and bursting with pumpkin flavor, these may take the place of plain pumpkin muffins at your table.


Ingredients

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  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease two 12 cup muffin pans, or line with paper baking cups.
  2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl; mix in the sugar, pumpkin and oil.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Blend into the egg and pumpkin mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips. Transfer to the muffin pans.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pans, and cool on a wire rack.
  • Prep Time: 7
  • Cook Time: 17