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Four ingredient perfection

The vast majority of recipes that I bookmark are for sweets. I have a very strong natural attraction to anything frosted, sugar-coated, or fudge-dipped. I diligently label, organize and set away each new recipe I stumble upon, dreaming all the while of how my new find will taste…

However, I am the victim of a great dilemma: Indulge in every sweet/treat recipe (which would, necessarily, call for a lot of taste testing) or keep my self-proclaimed title of health food junkie? Depending on the recipe at hand, this is seriously a question that has kept me up at night.

My solution is quite simple; I just take advantage of every opportunity to provide desserts for my friends.

A party? I’ll bring the cupcakes!

A hard test coming up? Here, snack on some homemade cookies!

Parents coming to town? Impress them with this pie!

So the trend continues…

Really, I believe my system of bake-and-give is best for everyone. I get to indulge my desire to test new recipes, sneak in a small sample and then give the rest away to eager and grateful college students. And, let me tell you, this is seriously a good way to make some loyal friends!

Despite a great collection of recipes patiently waiting to be tested, my most recent endeavor into baking were my tried-and-true Pumpkin Spice Muffins. For weeks, I had festered away the necessary ingredients, ready to jump on any excuse to bake. After surviving the final and burning my notes from my statistics class, I felt it was time to celebrate in a less pyromaniac way.

Without hesitation, I immediately gathered the ingredients. In no time, the muffins were ready. Fresh from the oven to the door of my fellow finals-survivors, with maybe a leftover muffin or two for me!

The best part about this recipe, even more than the spicy-sweet aroma that fills the kitchen or the delightful surprise of the cinnamon chips, is how simple it is to create. Just mix together four kitchen-staple ingredients and perfection is on a platter in no time!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins…
four ingredients, four stars.


  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 can pure pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon chips


  • Preheat the oven according to cake box directions.
  • In large bowl, stir together all ingredients.
  • Fill greased muffin tin 3/4 full with batter.
  • Bake according to box directions.
  • Done! How easy was that?

For a little explanation, I usually avoid recipes using boxed mixes. I prefer “getting my hands dirty” and baking from scratch. That way, I know exactly what is going into my creation, and I have better control over the ingredients I use. However, for the sake of this recipe, I usually concede my stigma against boxed ingredients a little.With only four ingredients– and no additional eggs, butter, cream or oil– these muffins withhold a certain degree of purity.

I’ve learned that sometimes it is alright to make life a little easier. So, grab that boxed cake mix and enjoy a little simplicity with all the benefits of taste. Back to baking from scratch next time…