Indulge in the cozy flavors of fall with our scrumptious pumpkin spice muffins. Learn how to make these moist and flavorful treats with our easy-to-follow recipe. Discover variations, tips, and more.

Nothing beats the cozy scent of pumpkin spice floating through your home when the leaves begin to change and the air becomes brisk. What better way to embrace the season than by creating a batch of delicious pumpkin spice muffins? Fall is linked with all things comforting. 

Ingredients you will need for pumpkin spice muffins

  • All-Purpose Flour: Provides structure and helps give the muffins a tender texture.
  • Baking Powder: Acts as a leavening agent, causing the muffins to rise and become fluffy
  • Baking Soda: Works with the baking powder to help the muffins rise and contribute to their lightness.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavor of the muffins and balances the sweetness.
  • Ground Cinnamon: Adds warmth and a sweet-spicy flavor, quintessential to pumpkin spice.
  • Ground Nutmeg: Provides a slightly nutty and spicy flavor, complementing the cinnamon.
  • Ground Cloves: Adds a deep, earthy, and spicy note to the spice blend.
  • Ground Ginger: Provides a subtle, peppery warmth and enhances the overall spice profile.
  • Unsalted Butter: Adds moisture, richness, and a buttery flavor to the muffins.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sweetens the muffins and contributes to their tender texture.
  • Large Eggs: Act as a binding agent and help leaven the muffins while adding moisture.
  • Canned Pumpkin Puree: Infuses the muffins with a delicious pumpkin flavor and moistness.
  • Plain Yogurt: Adds moisture and a slight tanginess, improving the muffins’ texture.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the overall flavor profile with a pleasant, aromatic note.
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How to make pumpkin spice muffins

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Set aside.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  • Stir in the pumpkin puree, plain yogurt, and vanilla extract until the mixture is well combined.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
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pumpkin puree

Variations

  • Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips or chopped nuts for some extra texture and flavor.
  • Top each muffin with a streusel topping made from brown sugar, flour, and butter for a sweet crunch.
  • Substitute some or all of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a healthier twist.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Use canned pumpkin puree for consistent results, but homemade puree works too.
  • Don’t overmix the batter; it can make the muffins tough.
  • Store muffins in an airtight container to keep them moist.
  • Warm your muffins in the microwave for a few seconds for that “fresh out of the oven” experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute fresh pumpkin for canned pumpkin puree in this recipe?

Yes, you can use fresh pumpkin puree, but make sure to roast, puree, and strain it to remove excess moisture for a similar consistency.

Can I make these muffins gluten-free?

Absolutely! You can replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend, ensuring it contains a binder like xanthan gum if necessary.

How do I store leftover pumpkin spice muffins to keep them fresh?

Store your muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2-3 days. For longer storage, freeze them in a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 3 months.

Can I adjust the level of spice in the muffins to suit my taste?

Certainly! Feel free to tweak the spice levels by adding more or less cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, or ginger according to your preference. Remember to taste the batter and adjust accordingly before baking.

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Delicious Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Indulge in the cozy flavors of fall with our scrumptious pumpkin spice muffins. Learn how to make these moist and flavorful treats with our easy-to-follow recipe. Discover variations, tips, and more.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 210 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup plain yogurt or vanilla-flavored yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Set aside.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time, ensuring each is fully incorporated before adding the next.
  • Stir in the pumpkin puree, plain yogurt, and vanilla extract until the mixture is well combined.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are okay.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Allow the muffins to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Keyword muffin, pumpkin, pumpkin spice
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