These easy pumpkin spice muffins are made from scratch using half a cup of pumpkin puree, melted butter, and a blend of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice for the best fall pumpkin flavor in 6 tall bakery-style muffins. All you need is a bowl and a whisk, no mixer required! Tips included for how to get the tallest muffins.

Easy pumpkin spice muffins made from scratch

Why you’ll love this recipe

These are tall, fluffy, delightfully squishy muffins. I always resist the waning of summer, but the moment we cross into autumn territory I am here for all the apple and cinnamon and pumpkin spice things, and these muffins deliver on all of that coziness. They are well-spiced and NOT too sweet, letting the pumpkin flavor shine through.

Even better: the muffins come together in just a few minutes with a bowl and a whisk! This recipe requires no mixer and takes very little time to whip up on a Sunday or chilly fall morning. More coffee, less work makes for a very happy me.

This recipe yields 6 super tall and domed bakery-style muffins with very minimal effort, which is perfect for my little household of 2. You can definitely double the recipe if you want more muffins though! Make sure to read below for tips on how to get the tallest muffin tops.

If you are similarly enamored with pumpkin spice desserts, check out my pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting, pumpkin donuts with salted maple glaze, chocolate chip pumpkin bread, and spiced pumpkin bundt cake.

A few easy pumpkin spice muffins on a wooden cutting board

Ingredients

Making pumpkin spice muffins from scratch has never been easier and I think you’ll like how simple this ingredient list is.

Here’s our cast of characters:

  • Unsalted butter (can sub olive oil, vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil if you prefer)
  • Brown sugar (just 1/3 cup; no sickly sweet muffins here – feel free to substitute granulated sugar or coconut sugar)
  • Canned pumpkin puree (the unsweetened stuff, NOT pumpkin pie filling – feel free to use homemade fresh pumpkin puree instead)
  • Egg (I always use large eggs in baking)
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour (you can sub an equal amount of all-purpose gluten-free flour like Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 – I did this with no discernible difference in the final product)
  • Baking powder and baking soda for lift
  • Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice (feel free to just use one or the other or different spices if you prefer – any warm spices will do)
  • Just a bit of turbinado or granulated sugar for sprinkling over top (to get those bakery-style crunchy muffin tops!)
Easy pumpkin spice muffins made from scratch

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Step by Step

You will also like this list of steps to make this pumpkin muffin recipe (hint: it’s extremely short).

  1. Combine flour with leaveners and spices and whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk wet ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Dump the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir until a muffin batter is formed, but don’t keep stirring indefinitely. Just until it comes together – this prevents gummy muffins.
  4. Spoon batter (I use an ice cream scoop) into a greased muffin tin. Or use paper liners – these are the parchment muffin liners I use so the muffins never stick. Sprinkle a bit of turbinado or granulated sugar on the tops of the muffins. The recipe makes 6 muffins – see tips below on how to get the tallest muffin tops!
  5. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees, then 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees (without opening the oven door), cool completely on a wire rack, and enjoy!
Pumpkin spice muffin close up with a bite taken out - no mixer recipe

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Recipe Tip: How to Bake the Tallest Muffins

If you’re like me, you’ve been disappointed by homemade muffins that puff up super tall in the oven and then deflate the second you take them out. It’s the worst, right? This is usually caused by the shock of taking the muffins out of the hot oven and into the cooler air outside of it before their structure has set.

I’ve done a lot of experimenting and research on muffin recipes to figure out how to get the tallest muffins (see photos from my tests below!), and here are my best tips:

  1. Let the batter rest for 10-15 minutes before scooping and baking. This thickens the muffin batter and allows the baking powder to activate.
  2. Only use every other muffin cup (see photo below) – meaning for 6 muffins, you’d use a 12-cup muffin pan. This allows for better air flow around the muffins and lets them rise higher.
  3. Bake at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F WITHOUT opening the door and bake for another 12-15 minutes. The initial blast of high heat activates the chemical leavening reaction in the muffins and allows them to rise super tall, and the subsequent gradual reduction in heat allows their structure to set before they are removed from the oven.

Voila, beautiful fluffy pumpkin muffins with domed muffin tops!

That’s it! You can use these tips in any muffin recipe and I promise it will work. I’ve tried it with all sorts of different recipes (even gluten-free ones) and have had great success. Just make sure to keep that oven door shut until they are set or else they’ll deflate on you!

Storage

To store these pumpkin spice muffins, I recommend:

  • Room temperature: 1-2 days in a tall airtight container that doesn’t touch the sugared tops, or individually wrap them in plastic wrap to take on the go
  • Fridge: up to a week in a tall airtight container; microwave for 15-20 seconds to reheat
  • Freezer: up to 3 months, well-wrapped in plastic and stored in a freezer bag. Microwave for 30 seconds to reheat or allow to come to room temperature for 1-2 hours.

Additions and Substitutions

  • Add chocolate chips or nuts: 1/2 cup of either would be delightful – pumpkin chocolate chip muffins make the perfect fall treat.
  • In place of the all-purpose flour, substitute an equal volume (1 cup) or equal weight (125g) of a gluten-free all-purpose flour mix that contains xanthan gum. I tested and like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour.
  • Double the recipe for 12 muffins instead of 6!
Easy pumpkin spice muffins made from scratch with no mixer

More Pumpkin Recipes:

If you like these easy pumpkin muffins, I recommend checking out these other fall recipes:

Easy pumpkin spice muffins made from scratch
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Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These easy pumpkin spice muffins are made from scratch using half a cup of pumpkin puree, melted butter, and a blend of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice for the best fall pumpkin flavor in 6 tall bakery-style muffins.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fall, muffins, pumpkin, pumpkin spice
Servings: 6 muffins
Author: Katiebird Bakes

Equipment

  • 1 12-cup muffin pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter, melted (4 Tbsp; can substitute with a neutral oil)
  • 1/2 cup (130g) pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup (66g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon (12g) turbinado or granulated sugar for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F (218°C). Line or grease every other cup of a 12-cup muffin tin (recipe makes 6 muffins; using every other cup creates better air flow and taller muffins).
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together wet ingredients: melted butter, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet and stir together until a batter forms. Stir until just incorporated; do not overmix. Optional: Let batter sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before scooping for tallest muffins.
  • Spoon the batter equally into the 6 muffin cups. Top each with a generous sprinkle of turbinado or granulated sugar.
  • Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F (218°C), then decrease the oven temperature to 350°F (180°C) WITHOUT opening the oven door, and bake for 12-15 more minutes until domed and set. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean or with just a couple crumbs attached.
  • Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Notes

Storage: baked muffins keep well when covered at room temperature for 1-2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
 
Freezing: baked muffins can be frozen, well-wrapped, for up to 3 months.  Set out on the counter to thaw for an hour or warm for 30 seconds in the microwave.
 
Make gluten-free: sub an equal volume (1 cup) or weight (125 grams) of an all-purpose GF flour mix with xanthan gum.

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20 Comments

      1. 5 stars
        These muffins taste delicious and so easy to make! I added chopped walnuts to the batter! Will definitely make again!

  1. 5 stars
    This small batch pumpkin recipe is now a favorite of mine. I have not made muffins in a long time thinking they were kind of a hassle to make but these were easy. The fact that they only made 6 is nice too. I will be making these again. Thanks for the recipe Katie.

  2. 5 stars
    So yummy, just out of the oven.
    Light, moist and it was so quick and easy!
    I substituted melted coconut oil and coconut sugar.
    Definitely trying again, will try GF

  3. 5 stars
    I just love this recipe, I have made it a couple of times sincere I discovered it. ❤️❤️❤️ Greetings from Germany

  4. 5 stars
    I made these with the leftover pumpkin puree I had from making Katie’s pumpkin bread and they turned out perfectly. Not too sweet but prominent pumpkin flavor, so good right out of the oven. I gave some to friend and he even said they were “phenomenal.”

  5. 5 stars
    My muffins actually rose! I subbed the flour for oat flour and sugar for maple syrup and it turned out wonderful. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Good advice about spacing the muffins and resting the batter. Next time I might increase the amount of spices. Will make again. Fall flavor!

  7. 5 stars
    I saw the recipe go up and immediately had to make these. I already had an open can of pumpkin so this was perfect to use it up! Love how soft these turned out and the spices are perfect.