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Warm + Spiced Pumpkin Muffins Fresh from the Oven

The hug-me smell of the spices alone is enough reason to make Spiced Pumpkin Muffins. If you want your house to smell like all things Fall, this is the muffin recipe for you. These pumpkin muffins are tender and perfectly sweet. Our secret? We used pumpkin pie mix. Yep, we stirred it right in the batter.  Hearty enough for a quick breakfast and sweet enough for dessert, these will be your new favorite muffin.

A plate with a warm pumpkin muffin with butter

Spiced Pumpkin Muffins. I ♥ Fall, Ya’ll.

Everyone has their favorite season of the year. Some people love Winter, with the snow and Christmas and the brisk chill in the air. Not me.

Then there are the sun worshipers who adore Summer. They love the heat, thrive in the humidity, and can’t get enough of it.

Spring lovers.  I hear ya loud and clear. There is a lot to love about spring. Flowers are blooming; the earth is reborn.

But FALL. That’s my favorite season of all.


A bowl of muffin mix with sugar and spices next to a brown jar of cinnamon


There is a certain feeling to fall in the South, and probably everywhere else. It is hard to describe, but you know it when it happens. That first yellow leaf that breaks free from the tree and flutters to the grass in front of you.

The first day you walk outside and think…I really needed to wear long sleeves today. (Finally, relief from the long-hot summer!)

The stacks of pumpkins at roadside stands and gardens. Withered corn stalks are ready to harvest. Dust trails floating in the air behind tractors bringing in their late summer and early fall crops.

The bonfires, football games. I love all of these things.

But most of all, what I love about Fall is the food.


The hug-me smell of spices is enough reason to make Spiced Pumpkin Muffins. If you want your house to smell like all things Fall, muffin recipe is for you.


You know what I’m talking about. There is definitely a shift between Summer food to Fall food. The salads fade away and turn into more…let’s call them “comforting” meals.

Soups and stews take the place of grilled fish and chicken.

And…pumpkins are here. Pumpkins are the official poster-vegetable of autumn, right? They are synonymous with the season. Halloween and Thanksgiving cannot be held without pumpkins and all of the delicious recipes you make with them.


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The hug-me smell of spices is enough reason to make Spiced Pumpkin Muffins. If you want your house to smell like all things Fall, muffin recipe is for you.


Like these Spiced Pumpkin Muffins. I had you at pumpkin muffins, didn’t I?

I literally wish you could pull apart one of these muffins and smell them. Or better yet, smell them while they are actually baking. Heaven! The fragrant smell of baking cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger mixed with the pumpkin and orange extract…let’s just say this is a pumpkin muffin recipe worth making.


Warm pumpkin muffins on a wire cooling rack


I would also like to point out that these Spiced Pumpkin Muffins magically disappear when you aren’t looking. This easy muffin recipe makes about 18 muffins. But every time I turned around, there were two or three less.

My husband loved them the most.

The best part? Pumpkin muffins stay so tender and moist the next day. Just store them in an airtight container and you’ve got a delicious breakfast on the go.


The hug-me smell of spices is enough reason to make Spiced Pumpkin Muffins. If you want your house to smell like all things Fall, muffin recipe is for you.



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Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

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  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 2 cups pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Optional Glaze:
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce jarred is fine
  • 1/4 cup butter

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin (or use paper liners) and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking soda, salt, baking powder and all of the spices. Whisk to combine well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin pie mix, eggs, vegetable oil, orange extract and lemon juice. Stir in the pecans.
  4. Add the dry mix into the wet mix. Using a spoon, stir the muffin batter until just combined. (Do not over mix). Let rest 5 minutes.
  5. Fill each muffin tin two-thirds full with batter. Bake for approximately 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  6. Remove pan from oven and let rest on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the muffins from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
  7. Cooking times will vary based on your oven.
  8. For optional glaze, heat caramel sauce and 1/4 cup of butter in microwave. (Heat in increments, stirring until smooth and of desired consistency.) Drizzle over warm muffins.


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  • Reply
    Top Form Teaching
    August 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Just made these, and they are delicious! Added cream cheese for a little bonus. These will be great for breakfast or snack this week. Thanks, Teri!

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      August 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      That’s awesome, glad you liked the recipe. And great call on the cream cheese. ????

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    September 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Really looking forward to trying these! Quick question though, do you use pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree? I know it says pumpkin pie filling, I just wanted to double check. Thanks!

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      September 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Pumpkin Pie Filling. You could use pumpkin purée if you want but the muffins would not turn out as sweet or have the exact same flavor.

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    September 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    It looks as though the muffins are glazed but I don’t see any ingredients or instructions for a glaze? Thanks for the recipe!

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      September 19, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Totally optional, but I heated a little bit of jarred caramel sauce I had in the fridge with a little butter. (I will add that to the recipe.) You can also stir together a little powdered sugar and milk for a drizzle. And they are fantastic just as is. Thanks for stopping by!

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    September 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    They look delicious but we have a nut allergy in our house. Do I have to add the pecans or can I add something else?

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      September 19, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      I would leave it out. What about cranberries or raisins instead? Or a little coconut. They will be yummy with no additions.

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    Jean M. Guenot
    September 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    I can almost smell these pumpkin muffins and as soon as I get to the grocery store for a few ingredients, I will make these. Thank you for the recipe

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      September 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Please let us know how they turn out. 🙂

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    September 20, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Would you be so kind and let me know what you mean with “pumpkin pie filling”. I am from Portugal and we only have fresh pumpkins. Unfortunately we have no traditional pumpkin desserts except a fried pumpkin little cakes 🙁 thanks for your attention

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      September 20, 2017 at 7:57 am

      In the US they sell canned puréed pumpkin that has been spiced and sweetened. We use it for pumpkin pies and other desserts. You can also use pumpkin purée for this recipe. If you do not have that canned you can make your own. Just leave some liquid in it, the consistency of the pumpkin should be similar to a thick soup.

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    Julia @ Happy Foods Tube
    September 20, 2017 at 7:01 am

    These muffins look so delicious and perfect! And yes you definitely know when the change from summer to fall happens – no matter where you live. It gets colder, rainier, windier…. I don’t like that but I love the amazing colors leaves turn into – it’s magical 🙂

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      September 20, 2017 at 7:58 am

      The leaves are changing here and I’m excited!!

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    October 4, 2017 at 8:11 am

    What is the easiest way to peel butternut squash.

    • Reply
      October 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

      I’m not sure if it is the easiest, but this is what worked for me…I have small hands so I cut it in half first (horizontally). Then I was left with a big end and a small end. I placed the FLAT side down on my cutting board and used a small paring knife or vegetable peeler. Then I did the same on the big end. Stabilizing it on the cutting board made it easier and safer to work with.

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