Why You Need This Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

by on October 1, 2014

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Because I’ve made them many times over the years and they’re the best pumpkin muffins I’ve tasted — fluffy, flavorful, unfussy, nice doming.

Because even though baking with pumpkin can be kind of a seasonal fad, it’s a delicious one, so pumpkin on!

Because now that it’s October you’re undoubtedly going to need to bring a crowd-pleasing, autumn-appropriate dish to school/work/church/soccer, etc. Or you’re simply going to want one at home on a brisk autumn afternoon.

Because you can easily double the recipe for a big group — in fact, the orignal recipe from Erin Cooks (one of my earliest favorite food blogs) makes a whole lot of muffins — or make them in mini muffin pans or mini loaf pans for lunch boxes or cute gifts.

Because pumpkin + cake mix does not equal a recipe (yeah, I said it — sorry, Pinterest!).

Because you probably have all the ingredients on hand already (especially in October, because pumpkin time).

Because they can pass for breakfast, dessert or even a side dish — versatility awaits!

Because friends love to receive the occasional pumpkin muffin surprise on their doorstep.

Because baking these muffins doubles as an awesome home fragrance for your kitchen.

Because…oh, just turn on the oven and make ’em!


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1 Sandra October 6, 2014 at 11:48 am

Just made these for an after school snack and couldn’t resist munching on a warm one…yum! I am so pleased to see you posting again. I am absolutely positive my panini press would have been stuffed in the back of a cabinet long ago had it not been for your blog and cookbook. I probably use it just as much for cooking salmon, thin steaks and chicken breast as I do for sandwiches…thank you for that. (And a special thank you for introducing me to fig jam…how did I go so long without it!?)

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2 Kathy Strahs October 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

So glad you made them, Sandra! And I’m glad to be back too — thanks so much for your kind words. 🙂 ~Kathy

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3 Virginia October 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

WHAT ARE YOU USING FOR MUFFIN LINERS IN YOUR RECIPE FOR “MY FAVORITE PUMPKIN MUFFINS? They look like brown paper . I WOULD LIKE TO SUBSTITUTE NATURAL MATERIALS I HAVE ON Hand if you can suggest something… THANK YOU!

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4 Kathy Strahs October 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

Hi Virginia — I’m using liners I found at Sur La Table. If you’ve got parchment paper at home you can make similar liners — here’s a tutorial from Martha Stewart: http://www.marthastewart.com/272979/crisp-muffin-wrappers
~Kathy

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5 Alicia October 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

Can I use pumpkin pie spice instead of all the different ones? How much would I use?

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6 Kathy Strahs October 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

Yup! I’d just replace the same amount of spices, so 1-1/2 tsp. ~Kathy

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7 Kim October 25, 2014 at 5:44 am

I don’t have ginger on hand, anything else you would suggest or do you think it’s OK to omit? Thanks!

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8 Kathy Strahs October 25, 2014 at 7:30 am

Hi Kim — You can just omit it. The original recipe used just cinnamon and that’s great too. ~ Kathy

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