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Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

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Pumpkin pecan muffins are a delicious way to start the day! With bits of crunchy pecans mixed in with the batter and a delightful pecan streusel topping, it’s a pumpkin muffin especially made for a lovely fall morning.

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

Hello everyone! Welcome to my first ever pumpkin recipe on TUB.

I have a few more pumpkin recipes now (check out my no-bake pumpkin cheesecake — it’s the easiest Thanksgiving dessert ever, or my pumpkin buttermilk pancakes for a special breakfast treat) but this was the recipe that started my obsession with all things pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin pecan muffin recipe – easy and delicious

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

The recipe for these pumpkin muffins came from the basic muffin recipe in the Joy of Cooking (this is an awesome book. Highly recommended).

I just pimped it out with spices, pumpkin puree and the most delicious pecan streusel topping (more on that later).

I was very careful not to overdo the spices in this muffin though.

While I wanted it to taste very…fall-y…I didn’t want the spices to steal the show and overshadow everything else. You can add more if you like it spicier.

Pecan streusel topping for muffins

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

That topping though. That’s the star of this muffin show.

It’s not overly sweet, it’s the right amount of sticky and it goes so well with the pumpkin pecan muffin it sits on.

And you can use it not just on muffins but on cakes and pies too. It will make your baked goods that much better.

How to bake pumpkin pecan muffins

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

So how do you make these pumpkin pecan crumble muffins?

1. COMBINE INGREDIENTS FOR PECAN STREUSEL TOPPING. In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for your pecan streusel topping until clumpy: rolled oats, brown sugar, melted butter, chopped pecans, salt and ground cinnamon. Set aside.

2. PREP MUFFIN PAN. When that’s done, preheat your oven to 400F. Prep a muffin pan by lining it with paper liners (this recipe makes 12 muffins).

3. MIX YOUR DRY INGREDIENTS. In large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, ground ginger and ground allspice until fully combined.

4. MIX YOUR WET INGREDIENTS. In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk, sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree until smooth and thoroughly incorporated. Stir in pecans.

5. COMBINE WET AND DRY INGREDIENTS. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and mix by hand until just combined. Once you see the dry ingredients are moistened and no big patches of flour remain you’re good. This should not take more than 20 seconds. Your batter will be lumpy and not smooth.

6. TRANSFER TO PREPARED PAN. Evenly divide the batter into your muffin cups. Fill at least 2/3 full or almost to the rim. Sprinkle about a heaping tablespoon of your prepared streusel topping on each muffin.

7. BAKE UNTIL READY. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin (or muffins) comes out with minimal crumbs.

8. COOL AND ENJOY! Allow the muffins to cool slightly in the pan (2-3 minutes). Best served warm.

How to make rounded, sturdy pumpkin pecan muffins

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

My main challenge when baking muffins is how to get those nice rounded tops.

I’ve had many a muffin sink to the very centre of the earth. We still ate them; they just looked very sad.

I learned that the key is not to over mix the batter. If you’ve been mixing for 30 seconds, you’ve done it too long.

You’re not looking for a smooth batter but a really lumpy one so that when you scoop it onto your muffin liners they plop onto the liners like a blob and don’t flow like cake batters usually do.

I hope you enjoy these pumpkin pecan muffins. Especially the pecan streusel topping. They are delicious.

And guess what, this is super quick to whip up and is great for Thanksgiving morning!

More desserts perfect for Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving

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Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping

Author: Jolina
Pumpkin pecan muffins are a delicious way to start the day! Bits of crunchy pecans in the batter, a delightful pecan streusel topping. It’s a muffin especially made for a lovely fall morning.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine North American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 383 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the Pecan Streusel Topping:

For the Pumpkin Pecan Muffins:

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for your pecan streusel topping until clumpy. Set aside.
    How to Make Pumpkin Pecan Muffins Recipe
  • Preheat your oven to 400F. Prep a muffin pan by lining it with paper liners.
  • In large bowl, whisk 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger and 1/2 teaspoon allspice until fully combined.
    How to Make Pumpkin Pecan Muffins Recipe
  • In another bowl, whisk 2 large eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1 cup pumpkin puree until smooth and thoroughly incorporated. Stir in a cup of pecans.
    How to Make Pumpkin Pecan Muffins Recipe
  • Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and mix by hand until just combined. Once you see the dry ingredients are moistened and no big patches of flour remain you’re good. This should not take more than 20 seconds. Your batter will be lumpy and not smooth.
    How to Make Pumpkin Pecan Muffins Recipe
  • Evenly divide the batter into your muffin cups. Fill at least 2/3 full or almost to the rim. Sprinkle about a heaping tablespoon of your prepared topping on each muffin. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin (or muffins) comes out with minimal crumbs.
    How to Make Pumpkin Pecan Muffins Recipe
  • Allow the muffins to cool slightly in the pan (2-3 minutes). Best served warm.

Video

Notes

See post for complete step-by-step photos and muffin baking tips.

Nutrition

Calories: 383kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 5gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 160mgPotassium: 260mgFiber: 3gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 3570IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, Fall, Thanksgiving
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