My poor Roger has an ulcer in his eye :( He's going to be fine, but in addition to the eye drops, ointments and antibiotics he needs to visit the vet once a week. Luckily, my sister is a vet tech and Roger receives awesome (and discounted) care while he's at the office. The staff gives him lots of attention and cuddles and makes him forget that he's there for unpleasant reasons. To thank the staff (Princeton Animal Hospital rocks!) and to make sure that they continue to feel inclined to give my Roger special treatment, I show up for each visit with Roger and some kind of baked good. Since I drop Roger off around 7:30 AM I thought a breakfast treat would be appropriate this week, and since it is fall I decided to make something pumpkiny. I found this recipe for pumpkin butterscotch mini muffins on All Recipes and decided to give it a try. I was a little leery of the butterscotch chips since they can sometimes be overpoweringly sweet, but in this case they are perfect. The muffins themselves aren't too sweet and have just the right amount of pumpkin spice and the butterscotch really pulls it all together - they're delicious! I think they should earn Roger a few extra snuggles tomorrow :)
Pumpkin Butterscotch Mini Muffins
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 (6 ounce) package butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease mini-muffin pan with cooking spray.
Sift together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and pumpkin in a separate bowl. Mix the flour mixture with the egg mixture. Stir in the butterscotch chips; pour into each cup of the muffin pan to about 3/4 full.
Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 10 to 12 minutes.