Pumpkin is a fairly new food for me. I actually discovered that I didn't hate pumpkin a few years ago at Thanksgiving. My family went to Amelia Island for the holiday and we ate at Barbara Jean's. Barbara Jean's is known for two things - crab cakes and the most amazing pumpkin bread (don't worry - they also have chicken). I ate a ton of the pumpkin bread and realized that I liked pumpkin bread.
For these muffins, I used a box of Trader Joe's pumpkin bread mix (it is really good). I made the maple cream cheese frosting and the cute little acorns on top. The maple cream cheese frosting recipe is from Williams Sonoma. It came with the Fall Icon Cakelet Pan I bought.
The acorns are really easy to make. You need 4 things - Hershey kisses, mini chocolate chips, mini Nilla wafers and some chocolate frosting. All you do is put a dab of frosting on the kiss, attach it to the bottom of the Nilla wafer, dab some frosting on the chocolate chip and put it on top of the Nilla wafer. Voila! Super cute candy acorn!
Maple Cream Cheese FrostingWilliams-Sonoma
2 Tbsp butter, softened
2 oz cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp maple syrup
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients with a hand mixer or a stand mixer until fluffy.