Pumpkin Muffins with Pecan Streusel

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With warm spices and a crunchy pecan streusel, these pumpkin muffins are the quintessential fall breakfast treat.

Pumpkin Muffins

Of all the baking recipes I’ve shared on this site over the years, my mom’s pumpkin bread remains the most popular. Since it’s also one of my most-requested at home, I thought I’d reinvent the recipe as muffins this year. Just like the loaves, these pumpkin muffins are tender, cake-like, and generously spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The crunchy pecan streusel takes the muffins up a notch but it’s optional; if you’d like to omit the topping, simply increase the sugar in the recipe by 1/4 cup.

What you’ll need to make Pumpkin Muffins

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When purchasing ingredients for the recipe, be careful when selecting the canned pumpkin. You need 100% pure pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling (they typically sit side-by-side on the grocery store shelf). Pumpkin pie filling is already sweetened and flavored with spices and would not work well in the muffins.

If you live in an area where canned pumpkin is not available (or you’d just prefer to use fresh), making your own pumpkin purée is actually quite easy.  This tutorial from King Arthur Flour gives you step-by-step guidance on how to get from a whole pumpkin to fresh purée.

How to make Pumpkin Muffins

Begin with the streusel topping: Combine the flour, butter, demerara sugar, chopped pecans and cinnamon in a small bowl.

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The mixture will be quite wet. Set aside. (Note: If you want to plan ahead a bit, the streusel topping can be made up three days ahead of time and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready for use.)

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Move on to the muffins: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Whisk well and set aside.

how to make pumpkin muffins

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at low speed until just blended.

how to make pumpkin muffins

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

how to make pumpkin muffins

Continue beating at medium speed until very light and fluffy, a few minutes.

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Add the pumpkin.

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Beat until combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary.

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Add the flour mixture.

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Mix on low speed until just combined.

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Using an ice cream scoop or two spoons, transfer the batter to the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup full.

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Using your fingers, divide the topping evenly over the muffin batter.

how to make pumpkin muffins

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.

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Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool completely.

How To Freeze Pumpkin Muffins

The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 to 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F-oven until warm.

Pumpkin Muffins

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Pumpkin Muffins with Pecan Streusel

With warm spices and a crunchy pecan streusel, these pumpkin muffins are the quintessential fall breakfast treat.

Servings: 12 large muffins (see note)
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Topping

  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 tablespoons demerara sugar (also called raw cane sugar or turbinado)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin (I use Libby’s)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a standard muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Begin with the topping: Combine the flour, butter, demerara sugar, chopped pecans and cinnamon in a small bowl. The mixture will be quite wet. Set aside.
  3. Move on to the muffins: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at low speed until just blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined.
  5. Using an ice cream scoop or two spoons, transfer the batter to the prepared muffin pan, filling each cup completely full. Using your fingers, divide the topping evenly over the batter. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto rack to cool completely.
  6. Note: This recipe makes 12 large muffins. For smaller muffins, divide the batter into 18 muffin cups and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 416
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51 g
  • Sugar: 30 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 235 mg
  • Cholesterol: 74 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Reviews & Comments

  • Can this be made with gluten free flour as well?

    • — Sherry on October 14, 2021
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    • Hi Sherry, A number of readers have commented that they’ve had good luck making these with gluten-free flour. Hope you enjoy if you make them!

      • — Jenn on October 14, 2021
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  • Made it for our women’s Mugs and Muffins event and it came out pretty good. I personally am not a fan of pumpkin depending on what it is or how it’s made. Like I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie unless it’s from Costco’s 😆 I don’t like the strong spice flavor especially of nutmeg or cloves 😖 so if it’s mild it’s ok and this was mild. I was hesitant of even putting the exact measurements of the spices but I did and I liked the flavor. 👍🏽 The crumble was really good

    • — Cheryl on October 13, 2021
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  • These muffins are nothing short of amazing! I only had whole cloves, so I whizzed them up in my spice grinder, and what a difference freshly ground cloves make!!! Hubby said they were the best muffins I’ve ever made! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! ❤️❤️

    • — Liz on October 12, 2021
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  • My entire family loved them! They are delicious!!!

    • — Retsuko on October 10, 2021
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  • I initially planned pumpkin bread, but one of my loaf pans was at my daughter’s! So, diverted to muffins and glad I did. Followed exactly with the no topping option. I was worried that the texture of the batter after adding pumpkin suggested separation of eggs; it was a bit clumped.

    The final product however is delicious with a tender, good, moist texture.

    I will add this to my regular rotation as it was easy, quick, tasty. Next time with streusel, for sure.

    • — Linda F in PA on September 27, 2021
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  • This was so good! For my preference, I decreased the sugar to 1 cup, lightened up on the cloves a bit and added nearly a teaspoon of ground ginger. The muffins were still pleasantly sweet and I wouldn’t want more sugar in them myself, but that is a personal preference.

    The muffins did fall just a touch and this may have been because I decreased the sugar. No one cared!

    • — Melinda on September 20, 2021
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  • Since this recipe is on this website, it’s of course delicious!

    Sometimes I don’t have enough butter on hand. Could oil be substituted for some or all the butter in the batter? Thanks!

    • — Deric on September 17, 2021
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    • Glad you like them! The one oil that would work here (because it needs to be creamed with the sugar) is (solidified) coconut oil. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 20, 2021
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  • Wonderful recipe…with one caveat. If you fill your muffin tins completely “full” as the recipe indicates, the batter will overflow and form muffin cups. I prefer filling the muffin cups 2/3’s full. This creates a “normal” rounded muffin top–which makes storage less of a challenge.

    • — Ellie O on September 17, 2021
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  • Love love love these muffins. I’ve made them several times for my family and coworkers. They get gobbled up in no time. The recipe is quick and muffins bake up beautifully every time. I use oatmeal for the crumble on top since I have an allergy to pecans and walnuts! Still yummy.

    • — Margaret on September 16, 2021
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  • Best Pumpkin Muffins I have ever had. They are just perfect and the whole family agrees.

    • — Amy on September 13, 2021
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  • I LOVE these muffins!!
    I make them all year round. They are the best all around muffins. Great for gifts because they are moist and attractive with the best mix of soft, moist, sweet, and crunchy with a hint of salt. When I saw pumpkin I thought it would be a fall recipe, but NO, even better in spring. You will never be disappointed serving this to a Foodie friend. They will be impressed!

    • — LINDA LAKE on January 30, 2021
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  • These muffins are a huge hit at every brunch and potluck gathering. Great pumpkin taste and the crunchy topping is fantastic!

    • — Theresa on January 28, 2021
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  • These muffins are perfect – and I’m the kind of person who tries recipes from many sources until I land on the best! I’ve made these several times for my family, shared with friends, and we all think they’re absolutely delicious, moist, and bake up beautifully every time!

    • — Heather on January 28, 2021
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  • Best muffins we’ve ever had and my husband doesn’t like muffins. He always noshes on these until they are gone. Make sure to heavily grease the muffin tin so the tops don’t stick to the outer rims of the muffin tin—these are monsters and the muffin top can stick to the pan if it’s not well greased.

    • — Katie Gibson-Harding on January 28, 2021
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  • These muffins are amazing and an absolute favorite among all of my immediate and extended family. They are my go to food gift for new parents and I often take them to potlucks in mini-muffin form. I have two kids who refuse to eat nuts, so I just leave them out of the streusel topping and add in a bit more flour until the topping feels “streusel-y” (it’s a word, honestly!).
    Honestly, you can’t go wrong with these.

    • — Kathleen S on January 28, 2021
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  • Wow these are soooooo good! I’ve made them a few times this winter and given them as gifts. They’re perfectly moist, crunchy on top and soft underneath. There’s plenty of crumb topping so you can be generous with each muffin. The bake time is accurate for our oven (approx 37 min). The only change is using vegan butter. I’ve tried a couple diff brands and it tastes the same. This is def staying in my recipe collection.

    • — Jenny Chung on January 28, 2021
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  • Do you think fresh cranberries could e added to this successfully?
    Thanks!

    • — Collette Turner on December 23, 2020
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  • Previously I asked a question w/ regards to your pumpkin cake recipe , and you suggested this recipe instead.

    These muffins are awesome, as is the topping! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed these,
    The texture is very moist, the steps in the recipe are practically foolproof, and this applies to the topping too.

    Thank you !
    Lisa D’Abramo

    • — Lisa D’Abramo on December 17, 2020
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  • These were amazing! So moist and flavorful. The only thing I changed were the spices, instead I just added 3 tsp’s of pumpkin pie spice, since I didn’t have cloves. I filled up a 12 muffin muffin tin and then still had enough batter to fill a mini loaf pan. I cooked the loaf with the muffins and it came out perfectly. I will be making these again!

    • — Rachelle Cariglio on December 17, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn!
    I have some candied pecans from Costco (https://www.costco.com/kirkland-signature-praline-pecans%2c-40-oz.product.100491294.html) I’d like to use for the streusel by omitting the sugar. Do you think that would work? Also, instead of muffins, I was thinking mini pumpkin bread loaves. I have made your pumpkin bread & it’s amazing. Thought the streusal might put a tasty different twist on mini loaves. Let me know your thoughts. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

    • — Cherie on December 13, 2020
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    • Hi Cherie, yes I think the candied pecans will work fine in the topping and that the streusel would make a nice addition to the mini pumpkin loaves. Hope that helps and happy holidays!

      • — Jenn on December 15, 2020
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      • Hi Jenn!
        The first batch just came out of the oven & the Costco candied pecans worked great! These muffins are amazing!

        I have yet to not like a recipe of yours! Every single one is simply delicious!! You have been my “go to” for recipes over the last 4 years. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful gift of cooking! I’m forever grateful to you!

        Merry Christmas! Cherie

        • — Cherie on December 22, 2020
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        • ❤️

          • — Jenn on December 22, 2020
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  • So many positive reviews already that there is hardly need for another, but I have to say that these were great. Everyone who tried them (and there were many, as I made a double batch and fed them to 6 workmen along with family) LOVED them. The topping is unique and really adds wonderful flavor. Thanks! And keep up the good work. Your site is always my first look as the recipes are so reliable; it used to be my “Joy of Cooking” book, now it’s Jenn’s “OUAC” site!

    • — Sue S on December 5, 2020
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  • I would love to make these but I often find American baked goods too sweet for my Canadian taste buds. By how much could I safely reduce the sugar before losing too much structure and flavour? Thanks

    • — Stella on December 3, 2020
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    • Hi Stella, you can get away with reducing the sugar by 1/4 cup without impacting the texture of the muffins. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 4, 2020
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    • I hope you tried these muffins, they’re amazing! I’m Canadian as well, and my husband diabetic. I cut the sugar in the muffins in 1/2, but kept the crumble the same, he now wants them in his lunch daily 🙂

      • — Kathleen Allen on February 26, 2021
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  • AMAZING!!! So moist and delicious. The perfect baking time in my oven was 37 minutes and I recorded for the next time I make these magical muffins 🙂

    • — Anna on November 25, 2020
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  • If I don’t have the cane/raw sugar on hand for the topping, which would be a better substitute? Granulated sugar or light brown sugar? Or do you think either of these would yield a good result?

    • — Rebecca on November 25, 2020
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    • I’d go with the brown sugar. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 25, 2020
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  • These muffins are delicious! They are very easy to make and look like they come from a professional bakery. I would highly recommend making them!

    • — Karin on November 24, 2020
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  • These muffins were a hit with our 2-year-old triplets. They can be such fussy eaters but they devoured them.
    My husband loved them too so we had to make another batch.

    Excellent recipe.

    • — CarolS on November 18, 2020
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  • My boyfriend who doesn’t love pumpkin ate 4 in one day. These are dangerously good.

    • — Madison on November 17, 2020
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