[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

This is a muffin, though to call it just a muffin is an understatement. Butternut squash provides the foundation for this creation by Amanda Cook, pastry chef of Cookshop (Amanda used to develop recipes for Krispy Kreme!). You'll find it at the restaurant's morning Coffeebar which is open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, operated in a similar vein to the pastry counter of Locanda Verde (we need more pastry/breakfast bars like this in NYC).

Back to the muffin ($2.75): it has a sticky top with hearty, moist crumb. Slips of melty chocolate chips complete each bite. It's not a muffin with butternut squash, but more like a butternut squash turned into a muffin, spices and all. And that is a good thing.

Coffeebar at Cookshop

156 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.

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