Chocolate Butterscotch Pumpkin Muffins Recipe and being imperfect

I had big dreams for this recipe. It was going to be made from scratch, never allowed to watch TV, sent to all of the best schools and encouraged to run for student council president. I set aside money for personal sports coaches, SAT prep, and voice lessons. I wanted it to go Ivy League.

It had to be epic, you see, since I’m not a Room Mom. So when those who are Room Moms asked the other parents to send in pumpkin or apple treats to kindergarten this week for their autumn unit, I was all, “I’ll do it! Me! Me! I’m a pumpkin junkie and I also need blog post fodder!”

But then Frat Boy the Younger’s ears were graced by the presence of infection. I got behind on work and started feeling a little sluggish myself.

On his way to complain to the management about the hour long wait to be seen at the doctor’s office. Don’t they know he needs to home for the 90 billionth screening of “Toy Story 3″ at home?

So I decided to go by new favorite mantra: “Who cares?”

easy chocolate butterscotch pumpkin muffins

So they’ll only go to a state school. Who cares?

I was inspired by this post by Kelly, and even though I know Heather would cringe if she knew I were doing it, I decided to use cake mix.

Butterscotch chips

Butterscotch chips, you are a tasty temptress.

Three ingredients: Yellow or chocolate cake mix (I made batches of both.), a 15 ounce can of pumpkin, and a bag of butterscotch chips. (There isn’t a whole bag of chips in the yellow batch because I ate half some of them for supper last night. Yeah, Weight Watchers is not going well right now.)

Anyway, dump the cake mix, the pumpkin and butterscotch chips in a bowl, mix them and then fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20ish minutes. Send them to school and tell everyone that at least the pumpkin was organic and came in a can with a BPA-free liner. Pat self on back. Vacillate between relief and sadness that all butterscotch chips have left the premises.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Muffins via

Not to be racist, but the chocolate ones are so much smarter than the yellow ones.





9 Comments on "Chocolate Butterscotch Pumpkin Muffins Recipe and being imperfect"

  1. Kelly @foodiefresh October 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm · Reply

    You crack me up. Thank God I used most of the chips in my recipe so only about a quarter of the bag ended up on my ass. ;)

    Take it easy on yourself, girl. Most moms only “look” like they have it together in my long experience of judging others. If my mom made those for me, I would have thought she was the best.

    • Tricia October 18, 2012 at 2:26 pm · Reply

      Thanks for the inspiration and the kind words. And I’ll be very honest about what is very obvious. I’m a hot mess. But I can bake the crap out of some muffins.

  2. Jenn October 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm · Reply

    You really are quite witty, and I do love having witty friends. It makes me feel way cooler than I really am. And I’m sure your state-school muffins will be gobbled up as thought they were collar-popping ivy leaguers.

    • Tricia October 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Jenn. You aren’t so bad yourself. And really, who among us is cool? I mean, besides myself, of course.

      And they really are delicious. I don’t like all of the junk that’s in them, but sometimes we have to fudge a little bit to get things done.

  3. Nichole October 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm · Reply

    You make me laugh, lady.

    (I’ve been paying for Weight Watchers for four months now, and I have lost 0 pounds. I don’t think I’m getting my money’s worth.)

    • Tricia October 19, 2012 at 10:25 am · Reply

      Thanks, Nichole. I don’t even want to weigh in. I don’t want to cry.

  4. Single Mom in the South October 19, 2012 at 5:52 am · Reply

    I’m totally using pumpkin in the spice cake mix I’m using to make cake balls for my sister’s baby shower this weekend…perhaps the ‘muffins” will be next!

    • Tricia October 19, 2012 at 10:25 am · Reply

      Um. YUM! Totally using that next time.

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