Pumpkin Ginger Muffins / www.momskitchenhandbook.com
It started out as a perfectly well-intentioned effort to get children into the kitchen. But halfway into my month-long Mom’s Kitchen Handbook Snackdown, a recipe contest for kids, I realized there could be some real upside for yours truly. What better way to get fresh material, free of charge, than to have kids do the work for me?  Case in point are these tasty Pumpkin Ginger Muffins, the recipe that snagged first prize.

I was thinking of calling these Awesome Emily’s Pumpkin Ginger Muffins because how awesome is it that a 13 year old (named Emily) took the time to dream up, research, bake, photograph, write, and then email a recipe for a little contest?  When I was 13 I was too busy squeezing lemon juice in my hair to make it go blond and riding my bike to the local Taco Bell to consider recipe contests.

(this is the photo that arrived in my inbox along with the recipe)

In the interest of full disclosure, I happen to know the baker behind these tender, wholesome muffins. But the recipe is deserving:  it earned unanimous thumbs up from my panel of kid-tasters and disappeared from the bread basket within two days of baking. Maybe use this as inspiration in your own house: yes you do have staff. They are your children. Put them to work!

Recipe by Emily, age 13, of  San Francisco. Adapted from a recipe for Applesauce Muffins on Muffins.com


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  1. 04.22.2013 at 7:19 AM #

    Oh these look so great Katie!! I love pumpkin muffins!

    • katiemorford
      04.22.2013 at 9:49 AM #

      Me too…although I can’t take credit for these ones! :)

  2. 04.22.2013 at 8:44 AM #

    oh yes, love the idea of putting the kids to work!

    • katiemorford
      04.22.2013 at 9:50 AM #

      They certainly put us to work, so why not?

  3. Carine
    04.24.2013 at 8:48 PM #

    Just made the muffins tonight with my 6 year old. They were a hit for the whole family. Thanks for publishing. Delicious!

  4. charlotte
    05.30.2013 at 7:46 AM #

    Katie, I made these yesterday and added chocolate chips. My four year old ate three in a row and couldn’t get enough. Thanks for sharing!

    • katiemorford
      05.30.2013 at 12:17 PM #

      Oh great! Four year olds know a good thing when they find it.

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