Although pumpkin spice muffins are traditionally a Fall favorite, there is no reason you can’t enjoy these delicious treats all year round. This version is topped with coarse sugar for a decorative touch, but they are just as wonderful plain or with a cream cheese frosting. I really enjoy the spicy punch of flavor from fresh grated nutmeg, but off the shelf pumpkin pie spice can also be used with delicious results. Pair with a mug of mulled apple cider for the perfect cold weather warm up.

Tip: Be sure to use 100% pure pumpkin instead pumpkin pie filling for this recipe because you are already adding sugar and spices to this recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Ingredients

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 cups canola or vegetable oil

2/3 cups water

4 large eggs, room temperature

15 oz. can pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

3½ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt


1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg


2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


Optional: 1/2 cup coarse decorating sugar crystals


Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line muffin pan with 12 regular-sized cupcake liners.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and spices to small bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Combine sugar, oil, water, eggs, and pumpkin puree in a large mixing bowl and beat on low until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Add dry mixture to pumpkin batter and beat on low just until all ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix.
  6. Fill cupcake liners with batter until they are ¾ full. Bake for 12-15 minutes, then remove from oven and sprinkle each muffin with coarse decorating sugar and return to oven to finish baking another 13-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (Total cooking time should be 25-30 minutes).

Tip: If using frosting, do not add the coarse sugar during baking. A colorful decorative sugar can be added to the top of the frosting for an extra pop of color.