Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

September 17, 2012 by Ali

Today when I woke up, it finally felt like autumn.

There has been a crisp breeze moving in over the past few days, but I have still been clinging to my iced coffees, sandals and open car windows in hopes of savoring just a few more days of summer. But today felt different. It felt like a new season had arrived, and the world was ready.

As much as I enjoy the comfort of warm meals, cute scarves and the holidays that autumn brings, what I most love is seeing the world slow down a bit and settle in for a new season. It’s as though the cold and drives us into hiding, where we burrow in with friends and family, reflect on where life has brought us since the last time we wore our winter coats, and share together in some of the favorite traditions of the season.

So today I celebrated one of my favorite “firsts” of autumn — baking with pumpkin. For some reason, muffins felt like the perfect comfort food of the day. So I made a simple batch of delicious spiced pumpkin muffins, and then topped them with a simple cinnamon streusel. And since firsts are firsts, I thought it was only appropriate to go for it and top them with a light sugar glaze. But then they seemed too perfect for sharing, so I took them around to our neighbors, and now our building is filled with the smell and flavors of pumpkin spice. I love it. And they all said to share with you that the muffins were delightful, and that you should give them a try. ;)

Wishing you all a wonderful new season shared with those you love! And of course, much more delicious baking with pumpkin!

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16-18 muffins


    Pumpkin Muffin Ingredients:
  • 2 cups white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon Streusel Topping Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk


To Make The Pumpkin Muffins:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 16-18 baking cups with liners, or mist with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt) until blended.

In a different large bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients (pumpkin, butter, eggs, vanilla) until well combined. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.

Fill the baking cups with the batter until they are each 2/3 full. Top with a tablespoon or so of the crumbled streusel topping. Then bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool, then drizzle with the glaze.

To Make The Cinnamon Streusel Topping:

Use a fork or your fingers to mix together all of the ingredients until they are evenly combined and crumbly.

To Make The Glaze:

Whisk together the butter, powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of milk until combined and smooth. Add additional tablespoon(s) of milk until the glaze is thin enough to drizzle. You can either drizzle by using a fork and swinging it back and forth over the muffins. Or transfer it to a pastry bag or a ziplock bag with a tiny corner snipped off, and drizzle it that way. OR, you can even just dunk the tops of the muffins straight into the bowl of glaze. Whatever sounds best to you!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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50 thoughts on “Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

  1. I am going to try these pumpkin muffins. I have tried other reciepes and they turned out good.

    - julia pochinski

  2. These sound really good–a big fan of pumpkin

    - Lou Skeen

  3. For a diabetic, what is the nutritional values in these muffins?

    - teri

  4. Oh. You can bet these are on my list of fall recipes to make. Yum!

    - aimee @ like mother like daughter

  5. I just made these this morning. They turned out great! Easy to make, and the ingredients are pretty much things you would normally have on hand. I did mine in mini muffins, simply because I don’t have any regular muffin tins, which makes them just about right for my family, snacking on the go.

    - Denise

  6. HI! Due to Hurricane Sandy, we were stuck inside all…day…long yesterday, so I thought, “let’s bake”. And, ugh, we didn’t have eggs. Luckily I had a batch of homemade applesauce that I made not so long ago. I substituted 1/2 cup of applesauce for the two eggs and these babies came out absolutely scrumptious. Also we had the EXACT amount of butter. Fate. Thanks as always!

    - Katie

  7. I’ve been in a pumpkin baking mood lately… These muffins look absolutely perfect. I wish I had one to snack on right now! :)

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  8. I made these and brought them to a morning meeting! They were an absolute hit with the whole group!

    - Home Inspections Chicago

  9. These were absolutely PERFECT! I wanted to make something that felt Fall-ish today (since I live in Florida and it sure doesn’t FEEL like Fall) and came across this recipe. I couldn’t resist tasting one fresh from the oven and it was heavenly. Moist, delicate, tender, and a wonderful way to usher in the new season. Now if we could just get a chill in the air… :)

    - Jodi

  10. Soft and crunchy and pumpkiny sweet all at once. I’m in heaven.

    - Renee

  11. Ooh, these look and sound absolutely perfect. I love breaking out the pumpkin too, and am loving all the pumpkin recipes I’m seeing now!

    - Anna @ hiddenponies

  12. I noticed that you do not list sugar in the dry ingredients, nor the melted butter for the other ingredients……I assume you meant to include them. Should probably change that.

    - Rebecca

  13. Oh mercy!! THese look amazing! Pinned it!

    - carrian

  14. Get in my mouth, muffin!

    - Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

  15. It’s 90+ degrees out here but I’m going to make this and have the house smell wonderfully pumpkiny and eat this entire batch :)

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  16. These are right up my alley! Love everything about them!

    - Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks

  17. Hey, they’re whole wheat! Woohoo!

    These are beautiful. That streusel looks perfect. I’d love to have one of these for breakfast!

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  18. I love a good streusel topping like nobody’s biz…and would probably go around and pick off the toppings on all these fab looking little muffins!

    - Averie @ Averie Cooks

  19. Whoa! How pretty are these? I’m totally into pumpkin season now and think I have to add these to the list!

    - Sues

  20. Love this. Pinned to my pumpkin board, can’t wait to start seeing pie pumpkins already!

    - Jackie @ The Beeroness

  21. I am so excited for fall and everything that means. But most especially pumpkin treats, like these. They look fab!

    - Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

  22. i love this new autumn/crisp morning feel! these muffins are gorgeous, Ali! they look like they’re straight out of a magazine ad. i love the streusel topping!!

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  23. Mmmmmm….these look marvelous. Love that you’ve added icing, too! I made pumpkin streusel bread, but these are even better! More streusel with every bite!

    - Liz

  24. In the pumpkin muffin ingredient list you mention a cup of sugar and half a stick of melted butter but you do not give instructions on what to do with them. I assume I just add the sugar to the dry ingredients and the melted butter to the wet before I mix them together…..at least that’s what I’m going to do as I have the muffins half made in the kitchen :)

    - Peter

  25. Fall is my favorite season, I just wish we actually had a fall season in Florida! I love pumpkin muffins, but have never tried them with the streusel topping!

    - Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.

  26. I just posted pumpkin muffins on my blog today! They are my favorite. I love baking with fall foods, but it is such a bummer that the weather and general feeling of fall can be so miserable that no one wants to so much as leave the house. At least it leaves more time for baking :)

    - Laura Dembowski

  27. This is a perfect recipe to celebrate the changing season! I’m not quite ready to give up my flip flops, but I know my boots are waiting patiently. Ahhh.

    - Jen @ Savory Simple

  28. Yum!! Look at that topping and drizzle. You’re making my belly rumble.

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  29. oh my goodness! delightful indeed! I wish I were one of your lucky neighbors Ali! It’s finally starting to feel like fall here too… almost had to wear a jacket to work today! a streusel muffin is a wonderful way to break out the pumpkin this year. :)

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  30. Ohhh what a delightful way to celebrate the new season – - and I can only imagine how amazing your kitchen must have smelled while these were baking. Great recipe!!

    - Living The Sweet Life

  31. Amazing muffins, I love the streusel topping!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  32. These looks so yummy and so cute! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    - Tina @ More Please Recipes

  33. Love the streuesel and glaze on these! I definitely felt like fall on Saturday morning and opened my first can of pumpkin, loved it and loved these!!

    - Cassie

  34. OH MY GOODNESS, Ali! These look amazing. And it certainly feels like fall here in the mountains.

    - Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

  35. I have just decided to embrace fall – I am one that holds onto summer, too! These look like the perfect way to welcome in fall!

    - Deborah

  36. I’m glad these use the WHOLE can of pumpkin, so I don’t have those pumpkin leftovers that I can’t seem to throw out!

    - Ali's Mom

  37. The arrival of autumn is always worth celebrating and it looks as though you chose the perfect way to do that! These look beyond fabulous.

    - Cookin' Canuck

  38. Oh these are so beautiful! Love these muffins.

    - Kristen

  39. Perfection in a muffin. Now, to find pumpkins for the season! :D

    - Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

  40. These look so good! I love cooking with pumpkin, too – just made my first pumpkin recipe too, in fact – cupcakes!

    - Kitchen Mommy

  41. Yum! I love pumpkin muffins. Thank you for posting this.

    - Joanne

  42. Ohhh yum. I’m so excited for fall. Bring on the pumpkin muffins!! :)

    - Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

  43. I’m still trying to pretend it’s summer but I think I’m fighting a losing battle. These muffins are making me think that I should probably just embrace fall and all its lovely lovely flavours!

    - Kathryn