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 muffin especially made for a lovely fall morning.
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.
Easy pumpkin muffin recipe
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
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
So how do you make these pumpkin pecan crumble muffins? (For the detailed recipe, scroll to the bottom of the page to find a printable recipe card.)
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
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
Are you hosting Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving or any kind of get-together this season? Here are other fantastic desserts that are impressive as they are delicious (and just between the two us, they are so easy to make too).
- Pecan pie cheesecake bars — your favourite pecan pie in cheesecake form.
- Looking for something with a little buzz? This eggless tiramisu is for you. No need to bake too!
- Wow everyone with this chocolate chiffon cake with whipped cream frosting. It’s light as air and so chocolatey!
- If apples are more your thing, these apple crumble bars will not disappoint.
Pumpkin Pecan Muffins with Pecan Streusel Topping
For the Pecan Streusel Topping:
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped pecans
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
For the Pumpkin Pecan Muffins:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 2 pcs large eggs room temperature
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup pumpkin puree I used canned
- 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
- In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients for your pecan streusel topping until clumpy. Set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 400F. Prep a muffin pan by lining it with paper liners.
- 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.
- 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.
- Allow the muffins to cool slightly in the pan (2-3 minutes). Best served warm.
Did you make pumpkin pecan muffins? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. And check out this collection of recipes featuring creative and tasty squash and pumpkin recipes.