Autumn Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin   Just by saying the word pumpkin… we immediately think of fall with all its glorious colors and smells. Raking leaves into a giant pile and jumping in just for the fun of it, taking a long walk collecting beautifully colored leaves of yellow, orange and all shades of red to make something crafty on the kitchen table and the smells of Pumpkin Spice Muffins baking in the oven…all the makings of just about the most perfect day.

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Makes 24 muffins perfect for breakfast, a snack or even dessert with a dab of cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Sticks of  unsalted butter (3/4 cup)
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tsp vanilla extract (Never use imitation vanilla extract!)
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp ground cloves

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat 2 muffin pans with cooking spray or line with muffin papers.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In another bowl, combine the pumpkin puree with the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Mix well
  • In a third bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • In thirds, alternately add the flour mixture and the pumpkin mixture to the creamed butter mixture, gently folding in each addition.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or a 1/4 measuring cup, divide the batter evenly into the muffin pans.

 Sprinkle tops with roasted pumpkin seeds for an extra special treat, if desired.

⇒ Click here to read my blog Autumn in New England and get the recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds.

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of one of the muffins comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  • Cool on a cookie rack for 15 minutes then remove the muffins from the pans and place back on the rack to completely cool.

⇒ Sprinkle tops with powdered sugar, if desired.

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I welcome your comments and feedback below.  Do you have a favorite fall food craving you’d like to share? One of mine is candy corn…yes, seriously.

                                                             

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