The Best Pumpkin Muffins

The Best Pumpking Muffins

Do you find yourself both welcoming and dreading fall at the same time?  Then I am right with you.   I love fall!  But, when I think of raking so many leaves (the first few times are fun…), and the impending doom of winter (well, not doom exactly, but winters here are so gray and long), I get a tiny bit sad.

So I thought I’d share one of my favorite things about fall with you all – my tried and true pumpkin bread(“muffie”) recipe.  It’s a sweet, quick bread, and it makes people happy when I bring it to parties. I think it’s the best because it’s sweet and moist and never fails me, and aren’t family recipes always the best?

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Pumpkin Muffins (or Loaves)

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup cooking oil (canola oil, coconut oil, etc.)

3 eggs

1 can of pumpkin (I seem to get the best results with store brand pumpkin – weird I know.)

3 cups flour 

1 teaspoon cinnamon (I add a little more than 1 teaspoon)

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

(The original recipe called for 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, but I like it better without it.)
Powdered sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Combine the sugar and oil, then add the eggs and stir. Mix in the pumpkin.  Combine the dry ingredients and mix all ingredients together well.

I like to make them in mini-muffin tins.  Grease and flour the tin, or use Baker’s Joy.  For these tiny muffins, check in about 12 minutes. They are done when they have pulled back a bit from the tin and bounce back with a little pressure. I sprinkle the muffies with powdered sugar.
For loaves, spoon into a greased, floured (or sprayed with Baker’s Joy)  loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes to one hour at 350 degrees. (This recipe makes 2 loaves. Great gift, by the way.)

I fill up my glass pumpkin with these “muffies,”(and it just occurred to me that I could gift them that way!)

 Enjoy!  (Let me know how you like them.)

Linking to:

Esme Salon

Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy

Inspire Me  Monday at Mostly Blogging

Wonderful Wednesday at OMHG

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  1. Thanks for posting this! I have been looking for a good recipe to use with pumpkin…I have one can of it left (can't find it here in the Netherlands) so I think this is how I will use it! How do you think it would taste without the cloves? I have cloves, just don't have a way to grind them. 🙂

  2. I'm so glad you're going to try it, Jen! I've never tried it without cloves, but it's a pretty forgiving recipe, and I've substituted ingredients with it before. Pumpkin pie spice would probably work well also (it has cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in it.) I'm thinking it would be fine without the cloves though. Let me know how it goes!

  3. OH, that looks delicious! I am truly enjoying the cooler weather but beginning to have a panic over the Christmas lists!

  4. I appreciate your nice comments everyone. I hope you'll try the muffins! It's the best recipe for these that I've tried.

  5. Oh! These are SO GOOD! I baked them this afternoon and everyone loved them! I plan to print this out and add it to my recipe notebook. They are so tender and delicious! Thank you, Pam!

  6. I'm so glad you liked them Mrs. Smith! This is one of my favorite quickbread recipes, so I'm really glad they turned out well for you. Thanks for letting me know!

  7. Oh these look so yummy Pam! I am a complete lover of all things Pumpkin and can never get enough so I will have to try these 😉 Thank you so much for linking them up to our Inspiration Galore Projects Party last week. You are one of my Features this Sunday over at http://www.recreateddesigns.com. Hugs, Lisa

    1. Oh, lucky you! I wish I had fresh pumpkin! My daughter and her husband have an amazing vegetable garden, but I only have a few flowers.

  8. Thank you Pam, couldnt help noticing how the pumpkin matches your hair so perfectly. Looks moist and delicious. I have a friend on facebook and from high school with that same strawberry hair and her name is also Pam, funnily enough, Pam Colbert.

    1. What a fun observation about the pumpkin and my hair! I love it. The muffins really are moist and delicious. I hope you try them!

  9. Thank you SO much for sharing this delicious recipe at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, Pam – your muffies look SO good! I’m happy to announce that you are one of our Featured Guests this week (#455)! The party opens on Sunday. Have an amazing week! 🙂

  10. Thanks for the recipe Pam, I can smell them through my computer – I love all the spices that go with pumpkin. Visiting from #bloggerspitstop

  11. Looks tasty! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 31 for Pumpkin Recipes. Shared.

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