Pumpkin muffins, the taste of fall

Autumn is one of the best times to get some baking done. With the abundance of fresh produce in grocery stores, you have endless options for what to cook. One seasonal item that is often on everyone’s minds during the fall months is pumpkins. Whether it’s pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkins for carving, or baking with them, there are plenty of reasons to grab some pumpkins now. One of my favorite pumpkin-related items to bake is pumpkin muffins. They are quick to make and are by far one of the best muffins I have ever tried. With a light coating of cinnamon sugar on top to provide a slight crunch and extra sweetness, these pumpkins are sure to please. Let’s capture those fall flavors and bake up something delicious.

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Pumpkin muffins

This recipe makes 12 muffins. It can easily be doubled or tripled.

One important thing to note before you get started, you must use pumpkin puree in this recipe NOT pumpkin pie filling. The results are not good if you use the wrong pumpkin product, so double-check your pumpkin before you start. Once you are certain you have all of the right ingredients, it’s time to get baking.


  • 1 cup and 2 Tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the sugars, pumpkin puree, oil, milk, molasses, and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture. Fold together until combined. Be careful on this step, as all too often pockets of flour will form and not be mixed in completely. Just keep stirring until you are certain it is fully mixed. The batter should be fairly thick but not too much. If you find that your batter is a bit too thick, add in a tiny bit of milk.
  5. Line your muffin trays with silicone muffin cups and fill them with batter to about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes. It is better to check on these a bit earlier, as they can overcook quite quickly. Insert a toothpick into the muffins to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, then the muffins are done.
  7. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing and placing them on a baking rake.
  8. In a small bowl, mix together about 1/3 cup of sugar and 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon.
  9. Once the muffins are cool, dip the top of each muffin into the sugar mixture. NOTE: I only recommend dipping the muffins in the sugar if you plan to eat them within the next day or two. The sugar can melt if it gets too warm and that will cause the top of the muffins to get sticky. Otherwise, keep the bowl of sugar handy and dip the muffins when you go to eat them.

Do you love pumpkin muffins? What other pumpkin goodies do you look forward to in the fall?

Other muffin recipes to try:


  1. Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors for Fall! So, I love to try all the pumpkin recipes! I will have to try these muffins, they sound so good!

    1. Pumpkin is awesome and pretty versatile to work with. I hope you enjoy them when you do make them.

  2. Looks yummy! I’d love to try making these – pinned for later:)

    1. I hope you do try them! They are so good.

  3. Oh these look so GOOD! Definitely going to have to try this recipe. Thank you!

    1. I hope that you enjoy them if you do end up trying them.

  4. These look and sound so yummy!

    1. They really are. We always double the batch because otherwise they are all gone in a day or two.

  5. I’m going to try this, I just need to get some molasses. I love anything pumpkin with this combination of spices. Just in time for Canadian Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great weekend with your family.

    1. They would make a great addition to the Thanksgiving feast this weekend. Thank you. Hope your weekend is great as well.

  6. I love finding new pumpkin recipes!! Definitely something I’ll try out this autumn. Thanks for sharing

    1. Same. Trying new recipes is great, especially all these pumpkin recipes. Hope you enjoy them.

  7. These look delicious and so seasonal too! I love Autumn flavours such as pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, pear and spices. Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

    1. They are so good. They don’t last more than a couple of days at our house because we eat them so quickly, even with doubling the recipe.

  8. Oh I’ve never tried a pumpkin muffin! I love pumpkin pie and anything pumpkin really, i’ll be giving these a go

    1. If you love other pumpkin foods, then you will love these.

  9. Ahhh, tis the season of pumpkin everything! So excited!

    1. Me too! So many great pumpkin recipes out there!

  10. Hi!

    These look delicious! I was just saying the other day how I wanted to find more yummy pumpkin recipes as I actually don’t have too many ideas myself so this recipie is great inspiration.

    Even better is the fact that the pumpkin puree doesn’t need to be made from scratch, as it can be bought ready prepared, so an actual pumpkin isn’t even required! Hahaha

    Oh, and I love the rich and treacly taste of Molasses!

    Thanks for sharing. You got them to rise beautifully

    Hanna x


    1. Yes, that’s a big reason I love this recipe as well, though I would love to try it using from scratch pumpkin puree one of these times. It would be interesting to see how doing so changes the flavor or texture of the pumpkins.

  11. Would love to try this! I have never seen pumpkin puree in the UK, but I guess boiling a pumpkin and making a puree by mashing it might work?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. I don’t know how well boiling would work. But I know you can easily roast pumpkin and then puree that.

    2. I have seen in the world food section in larger supermarkets in the American food section with the sweets etc.

      Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

  12. These look yummy!!

    1. They are super tasty.

  13. These look yummy 🙂 perfect for a party or just with a cup of tea on a chilly afternoon 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    1. They are so good! The problem is eating only just one, haha.

  14. This really is the best time of year for baking and recipe inspiration. I love Fall/pumpkin recipes (I have a pumpkin cake roll on my site) and yours sounds really great!

    1. Absolutely. I bake year-round but feel like fall is especially great, especially since all of them produce is generally cheap. Oh, pumpkin cake roll sounds great.

  15. OMG this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Author

      They are really good. I hope you give them a try!

  16. these pumpkin muffins look delicious cannot wait for pumpkin spice season

    1. Author

      They are so good. I hope you give them a try and enjoy them.

  17. Oh these look so delicious! I can’t wait to make them. I’m a sucker for pumpkin muffins and these sound amazing. Thanks for posting!

    1. Author

      I hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try. They are the perfect fall treat.

  18. These pumpkin muffins look great – perfect for this time of year. Good recipe!

    1. Author

      Thank you. they are my favorite muffins to make during the fall.

  19. I love everything fall and pumpkin! Added to my list to make!

    1. Author

      I hope you enjoy them when you do give them a try.

  20. My boyfriend is all about pumpkin flavor anything. I will have to surprise him with some of these on his birthday next month!

    1. Author

      What a great surprise for him! I hope he enjoys them!

  21. We love pumpkin! Thank you for your muffin recipe. I’ve never seen a pumpkin muffin recipe that calls for molasses! Yum! Can’t wait to try it! Thank you—

    1. Author

      Thank you. I think the molasses gives it a unique flavor. Hope you enjoy them if you do give them a try.

  22. Pinned this recipe! These muffins will make a great fall treat for my family.

    1. Author

      Thank you. I’m sure your family will love them.

  23. My husband loves anything pumpkin flavored so I’ll be making these for him for sure! Thanks for sharing

    1. Author

      I hope he enjoys them when you do make them!

  24. Looks so warming and delicious

    1. Author

      Thanks. They are really good!

  25. Muffins are something I love even though it isn’t a common food item in my country. Pumpkin muffins sound like a delicious recipe to try. Will give it a go pretty soon.

    1. Author

      Muffins are some of my favorite items to bake. I hope you enjoy these if you do give them a try.

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