The Great Pumpkin

Like Linus, I too, love the Great Pumpkin. By great pumpkin, I mean I like eating pumpkin in almost everything I eat from September until December. With Halloween around the corner, I thought I would share some secret family pumpkin recipes.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread
(Makes 2 loaves)

1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
16 oz. can pumpkin
3 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves
6 oz. bag chocolate chips


  1. Combine wet ingredients.
  2. Combine dry ingredients.
  3. Add dry to wet ingredients & mix well.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into two greased loaf pans (this recipe made enough for one regular size loaf and the two mini loaves in the picture above).
  6. Bake at 325 for approximately 1 hour, 10 minutes.

So Easy Pumpkin Muffins
1 box of cake mix (I find spice cake mix or vanilla to have the best flavor)
1 can of 15 ounces of pumpkin (not pie mix)


  1. Simply mix the cake mix and pumpkin with electric mixer until well combined.
  2. Spoon into lined muffin tin about 2/3 full. The batter is thick, so I usually smooth it out at the top.
  3. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes until the center comes out clean.

I hope you enjoy our family pumpkin recipes while you are getting ready for your Halloween festivities!

—Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

1 Response to “The Great Pumpkin”

  1. 1 Anonymous October 24, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I love the great pumpkin too! Thanks for getting us excited for the pumpkin season, Kim! Looks Yummy! Deanna

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