It’s pumpkin-flavored everything season! What started as a Starbucks latte over 15 years ago, has turned into an anticipated time of year for many.
Starbucks didn’t invent pumpkin flavoring, but they sure put it at the forefront of a lot of peoples minds. After pumpkin lattes hit the famous coffee shop for the first time around the country, competitors began noticing and not only creating their own variations but cashing in on the pumpkin flavor craze in general.
You don’t have to hit up a Starbucks to get your dose of pumpkin flavor though. Here are five fun pumpkin-flavored treats you can whip up at home if you are looking to do a little baking or cooking this fall.
Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Soup
This creamy, rich soup is something special. The combination of maple syrup and freshly cracked salt and pepper make each bite exciting. If you are looking for a new and unique soup to try, this one should hit the top of your list. Serve it hot and use warm crusty bread for dipping.
- 2 tbsp salted butter
- 1/2 yellow onion, minced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 (15 oz can) 100% pumpkin puree
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
- Warm crusty bread (for dipping)
Warm a pan to medium heat, melt the butter and add the minced onion. Cook until soft. Add your chicken broth, water, half and half, pumpkin, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Mix until combined well and let simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Serve hot with warm bread.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
These simple muffins will put a smile on anyone’s face throughout the months of Autumn. Bring a batch into the office, or make these for your neighbors. They are easy to put together and have the perfect pumpkin taste to them.
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 (15 oz) can 100% pumpkin
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips