Scratch or Shortcut Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin quick breads like loaves and muffins are certainly a holiday favorite, but pumpkin has become a go-to muffin flavor all year round. The addition of pumpkin to any bread adds a depth of flavor and creates a dense moist texture. Canned pumpkin is convenient and works well in these recipes.

Perfect for a snack or breakfast treat, muffins are quick and easy to make from scratch or a mix. Here are a few tips to assure delicious muffins every time.

  • Standard method for scratch muffins is: mix dry ingredients in one bowl; mix liquids in another. Pour liquid into dry. Mix only until dry ingredients are moistened. Do not over mix as it causes toughness.
  • Use shiny muffin pans, if available. Dark pans absorb heat, browning more on the bottom than on the top. For dark pans, reduce original temperature by 25°F.
  • Spray pan with no-stick cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  • Using an ice cream scoop simplifies filling cups.

Here are three delicious pumpkin muffin recipes you can make all year long.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins are made from scratch with self-rising flour. Press a cube of cream cheese into batter and sprinkle with streusel topping. Delicious!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins, made with chocolate chip muffin mix, are dressed-up with pumpkin, cinnamon and pecans.

Pumpkin and Sausage Corn Muffins are made with Sweet Yellow Cornbread Mix, pumpkin and cooked sausage –  a delicious sweet and savory twist.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

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