June 9, 2022

Pumpkin Muffins

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
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This pumpkin muffins recipe makes the best pumpkin muffins you'll ever make! They're fluffy and soft, moist and tender, and best of all - so easy to make. Don't worry about heading to the bakery or using box mix, make these muffins from scratch and you'll never want to make any other recipe again!

pumpkin muffins on a board with mini pumpkins

Nothing welcomes the Fall season like pumpkin right? For me, every year I know the seasons are about to change when Starbucks brings back their pumpkin spice latte. At that point, I'm ready to satisfy my pumpkin spice craving and welcome pumpkin season.

Especially this easy pumpkin muffin recipe. It's my favorite recipe and is the perfect way to enjoy all of the comforts of Autumn.

I made these last summer on a whim because I genuinely love pumpkin and eat it year round. My sister was visiting and she shares the same affinity for pumpkin as I do.

So, I mixed up a batch of these pumpkin muffins and at first bite - we both looked at each other and said "dang, these are GOOD". 

a pumpkin muffin on a white table

An experiment turned into full fledged great recipe that makes the most delicious muffin. The cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice, and ginger (and my secret spice that I love adding to pumpkin recipes - cardamom!) all come together and make these muffins so delicious.

TIP: I have my own homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe that I keep on hand so I don't have to measure out each spice every time I make these. Just use 2 tbsp for this pumpkin muffin recipe and you're good! 

ingredients to make pumpkin muffins in bowls

Ingredients

This is a super easy recipe! See below for a list of simple ingredients.

  • All-Purpose Flour: the binding agent, it keeps it all together!
  • Baking Soda and Baking Powder: the leaveners that make these muffins fluffy and light.
  • Spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Ground Ginger, Cardamom, Allspice, Cloves - bring on that Fall flavor. Warm spices are the best! (feel free to use your own pumpkin spice blend)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Brown Sugar and Sugar: for sweetness and moisture.
  • Sour Cream and Vegetable Oil: for a little bit of fat to carry the flavor of the muffin. Sour cream also interacts with baking soda to create lift in the muffin. If you don't have vegetable oil, you can use canola oil or coconut oil. I do not recommend using melted butter.
  • Can of Pumpkin Puree : what's pumpkin muffins without the pureed pumpkin? I use Libby's pumpkin puree.
  • Vanilla Extract: because vanilla extract is a must
  • Whole Eggs: for moisture, binding, and structure.
baked muffins on cooling rack

How to Make Pumpkin Muffins

Mix together dry ingredients

Start by mixing together all of the dry ingredients - combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cardamom in a large bowl. Whisk everything together and set aside.

dry ingredients mixed together in a bowl with a whisk

Mix together wet ingredients

In a separate medium bowl, combine brown sugar, sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil. Whisk together then add the eggs and whisk until well combined, smooth, and airy.

Lastly, add canned pumpkin puree and mix until smooth.

Combine the two!

Combine the flour mixture and wet ingredients and mix until just combined to make the muffin batter. Line a muffin pan with cupcake/muffin liners and pour batter into every other muffin cups. (this ensures that each muffin can rise properly in the oven)

Fill each muffin cup to the very top! (You'll need two muffin pans for this recipe) Place in the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees F, then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow them to cool on a wire rack or plate or eat immediately.

A quick video on how to make pumpkin muffins

Additional toppings/add ins:


Customize these muffins and make them your own by adding:

  • dark chocolate chips
  • white chocolate chips
  • cranberries
  • a streusel on top
  • pecans or walnuts
  • or fill them with cream cheese
  • add a maple glaze
  • top with a brown sugar streusel

Tips for making pumpkin muffins

  • Do not use pumpkin pie filling, only pumpkin puree!
  • Warm these pumpkin muffins and add a little bit of butter - it's delightful!
  • When preparing, make sure to measure your flour correctly! It's crucial and will yield the best results for a light and fluffy muffin.
  • Fill every other muffin tin when preparing these muffins to get a perfectly dome shaped muffin!
  • Don't overmix the batter. Mix until wet and dry ingredients are just combined.
pumpkin muffins on a white table with a butter knife

What to serve with pumpkin muffins

Good news! You can enjoy these delicious pumpkin muffins with anything. They're a great side dish for breakfast, an excellent snack, and a great way to enjoy your morning coffee. Enjoy these pumpkin spice muffins alongside quiche, with apple cider mimosas, with my homemade apple butter, or a frittata.

I also love cutting the tops of the muffins off and toasting slightly with a little butter melted on top. It's perfection! Sometimes I smear a little bit of nut butter on top and it's delish!

FAQs

Can I make my own pumpkin puree?

Yes, you can! Here's an article on how to make your own pumpkin puree. I used canned but you can substitute your own pumpkin puree, just note you only need 1 ½ cups or 15 ounces of pumpkin puree.
To clarify, you do NOT need to use pumpkin pie filling, just pumpkin pie puree.

Can I make pumpkin muffins into cupcakes?

Absolutely! Because these are so moist and so fluffy, they'd make phenomenal cupcakes. The only change you'd make is to only fill each cupcake liner ¾ full instead of to the top as instructed for this recipe.

If you're making these into cupcakes, enjoy with cream cheese frosting, cinnamon cream cheese frosting, or even add some pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice and make pumpkin buttercream!

Can I freeze pumpkin muffins?

Yes! You can freeze these pumpkin muffins and have them still taste fresh for up to 3 months. Simply wrap securely with foil or freezer wrapping paper and place in a ziploc bag/freezer bag.  
When you're ready to defrost, allow them to sit at room temperature or place in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.

pumpkin muffins on a serving board with mini pumpkin

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Pumpkin Muffins

The most delicious pumpkin muffins you'll ever make! Moist, soft, tender, fluffy, these muffins are the best!
Serving: 13 muffins
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 26 mins
Calories: 289kcal

Equipment

  • 2 muffin pans
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • ¼ tsp ginger 
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1.2 cup sugar
  • cup vegetable oil 
  • ¼ cup sour cream room temperature
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cardamom. Whisk together and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together brown sugar, sugar, vegetable oil, and sour cream. Whisk until smooth, then add eggs and vanilla extract, and canned pumpkin puree. Continue to whisk together until smooth and all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and whisk until just combined and there are no patches of flour, about 20 seconds. Do not overmix.
  • Line two muffin pans with muffin/cupcake liners in every other muffin cup. Pour batter to the top of each lined muffin cup (about ¼ cup of batter). Bake one pan at a time for 5 minutes at 425 degrees. Then reduce the heat to 350 degrees and baking for 16-18, until a toothpick comes out clean. (You can bake both pans at the same time, however, increase the bake time at 350 degrees to 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean)

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Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 5161IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword Pumpkin Muffins

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  1. 5 stars
    I loved these pumpkin muffins. They baked up perfectly and were light and fluffy on the inside. I'll definitely be making these more often, especially during the fall season.

  2. 5 stars
    I've made these twice already and they are the best muffins ever. I can't get over how soft and fluffy they are and the flavor is INCREDIBLE. I'll be making these all year long, they're too good to only make in the Fall. Thank you!!!