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Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

These pumpkin muffins are loaded with cozy fall spices and topped with a spiced streusel topping.

side view of pumpkin muffins on a green plate

Pumpkin Muffins

It's the time of year where everything is pumpkin flavored! And I've been making a boatload of pumpkin recipes like pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin jam, and pumpkin oatmeal cookies.

Naturally, I had to add pumpkin muffins to the list. I don't eat breakfast as I should but a tasty muffin is usually enough to sway me.

This recipe makes super fluffy, bakery-style muffins and each one is topped with a crunchy streusel. I just love the texture contrast between the streusel and tender muffin.

The spices are perfectly balanced and the muffins aren't overly sweet. It has to be one of my favorite recipes!

I adapted today's pumpkin muffins from Cook's Country. I only made a few small changes to get them the way I wanted.

side view of half a pumpkin muffin with the fluffy center exposed

How to store pumpkin muffins?

It's best to store the muffins in an airtight container. They'll keep for up to two days at room temperature of up to one week in the refrigerator.


Streusel topping for pumpkin muffins

The streusel is very simple to make and is spiced with the same cozy spices that are in the muffins.

I used flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and butter. Just melt the butter and mix everything together until it forms a crumbly dough.

overhead view of streusel topping in a glass bowl

How to make pumpkin muffins?

The muffins are also very easy to whip up. And they bake up so tall and fluffy!!

I used the muffin method for making the batter. This simply means that I mixed all the dry ingredients together, all the wet ingredients together, then combined the two.

I prefer to use this method because it gives the best texture!

The dry ingredients consist of flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice. There's also baking powder for leavening.

The wet ingredients are butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla.

When you mix the dry and wet ingredients together be sure not to overmix. Use a gentle folding motion and stop as soon as all the flour is incorporated.

You're not really aiming for a super smooth batter here.

overhead view of pumpkin muffin batter in a glass bowl

The batter makes just enough for 12 super tall muffins which means you'll be filling those muffin cups to the top.

I find it best to line my pan with paper liners but you can easily just spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray.

To make things even easier, I like to use a large ice cream scoop to drop the batter into the cups. Most ice cream scoops hold three to four tablespoons.

Drop one scoop into each cup. If you have a little batter left in the bowl you can use a regular spoon to top of the cups.

overhead view of unbaked pumpkin muffins in a baking pan

I forgot to snap a photo of the streusel going on top of the batter but you just crumble it evenly over each cup.

Use your fingertips to gently press the streusel down so it's snug on top of the batter. This will help keep it in place.

I have had instances where the streusel ended up all over the pan instead of on the muffins so be sure to give it a good press.

The muffins bake for about 25 minutes in a 375°F oven. You'll know they are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

side view of pumpkin muffins in a baking pan
high angled view of a pumpkin muffin with the paper liner being torn away

Tips for making this pumpkin muffins recipe

  • Don't overmix the batter. A few lumps or streaks of flour is perfectly fine when it comes to muffins. This will ensure they come out supremely tender.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to portion the dough between the muffin cups and don't be afraid to fill the cups past ⅔ full. These muffins will bake up super tall!
  • Don't let the muffins cool too long in the pan. Wait 5 minutes then move them to a wire rack so they don't become soggy on the bottom.

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high angled view of a pumpkin muffin with the paper liner being torn away

Pumpkin Muffins with Streusel Topping

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These pumpkin muffins are loaded with cozy fall spices and topped with a spiced streusel topping.

Ingredients

For the topping

  • ½ cup (65 g) all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup (73 g) light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the muffins

  • 2 ½ cups (325 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup (245 g) canned pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter , melted and cooled
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110 g) light brown sugar packed, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) milk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.

Make the topping

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Add the butter and toss with a fork until the mixture resembles wet sand. Set aside.

Make the muffins

  1. In a large bowl stir the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and allspice together with a whisk. Make a well in the center.
  2. In a separate large bowl or 4-cup measuring cup with a pour spout, whisk the pumpkin, butter, both sugars, eggs, milk, and vanilla together until well combined.
  3. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the center of the flour mixture and use a silicone spatula to gently fold together until just combined.
  4. Evenly distribute the batter between the muffin cups. (An ice cream scoop works well for this.) The batter will fill the cups all the way up to the rim, this is okay!
  5. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the top of the batter in each cup.
  6. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, rotating halfway through, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few crumbs attached.
  7. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. 

Notes

Make ahead tip

  1. Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  2. Muffins can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 118mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 1gSugar: 24g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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Nancy

Thursday 25th of October 2018

The streusel topping on these pumpkin muffins has me swooning!

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