Kitchen Concoctions: And the count down begins!!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

And the count down begins!!!

Raise your hand if you can't believe Christmas is only 12 days away (my hand is so high in the air it is touching the ceiling)! Where does the time go?!? Who else still has some all of their Christmas shopping to? And who is still trying to decided what treats to make to bring to friends and what dishes to bring to some up coming Christmas parties (my hand is in the air again).

Well I thought it would be fun to have a Kitchen Concoctions count down to Christmas! Some of my other favorite blogs have been doing a 12 days of Christmas of different sorts, Christy did 12 days of Christmas cookies and Mel has been having a sugar rush over at her blog with assorted treats. But I wanted to do a true count down to Christmas/12 Days of Christmas. But since a lot of blogs are featuring a ton of sweets right now I decided I wanted to do something different. I originally had one idea floating around in my head but then I was looking through some cookbooks to feature as the CBOM for December and it hit me. I wanted to do 12 days of breakfast/brunch recipes! Since for me besides the big Christmas dinner Christmas morning breakfast is the most important meal of this special day. In fact since I love breakfast foods so much I might have to declare this my favorite meal! Since December 13th is the 1st day in the 12 days of Christmas I am sharing the first recipe today. So over the next 12 days expect me to share a breakfast/bruch recipe everyday right up to Christmas! I know what you are thinking, that I don't have the best tract record with blogging daily but please have faith in me and wish me luck in this little challenge I have set for myself. AND not only am I guaranteeing at least one breakfast/brunch recipe every day for the next 12 days, but several days I have multiple posts planned to share because I have several giveaways and other fun things planned. So check back daily, in fact check back multiple times a day! It will be a fun (and for me exhausting, lol!) next 12 days!

The first breakfast recipe I have for you today is pumpkin muffins with streusel topping (what is it with my obsession with streusel topping lately). I know for most of you pumpkin recipes are a October/November only thing. But I like to enjoy them during the fall AND winter months (and honestly I did make these awhile back but never got around to blogging about them). But these muffins would be great for Christmas morning because they are so easy to make and can be made several days in advance for an even easier and delicious Christmas morning breakfast. There are several recipes out there to make muffins from a box cake mix but this is my version. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Streusel Topping
by Heather of Kitchen Concoctions
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 18-20 minutes Makes approximately 16-18 minutes

Pumpkin muffin:
1 box (18.25 oz) butter pecan or spice cake mix
1-15 oz. can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup apple cider

Streusel topping:
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine the muffin ingredients: the dry cake mix, the pumpkin puree and the apple cider in a bowl and mix until well combined.

In a separate bowl, using a fork or pastry blender, mix the streusel topping ingredients until they become coarse and crumbly.

Scoop batter into lined muffins pan and fill 3/4 of the way full. Top with prepared streusel topping.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 18-20 minutes.

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