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melted pumpkin muffins on a plate with coffee

Perfectly Cozy Pumpkin Muffins

  • Author: Joy the Baker
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: breakfast, brunch
  • Method: baking


A rather perfect pumpkin muffin. Tender, sweet. and spiced. The perfect weekend treat. (And they freeze well and toast up perfectly in the oven!)


  • 1 3/4 cup (218 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted to browned
  • 1/3 cup (75 grams) vegetable oil (or any neutral oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup (61 grams) sour cream
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • Turbinado sugar for topping


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together sugars, melted butter, oil, vanilla, the egg, and sour cream until well combined. Whisk in the pumpkin puree.
  3. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the wet ingredients and use a rubber spatula to fold the ingredients together. The batter will be thick. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour. This will create a muffin with a lofty top.
  4. Thirty minutes before baking, place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 400°F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or lightly grease each muffin cup. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 or 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle each muffin generously with turbinado sugar (about 2 teaspoons each). Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until puffed and golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  5. Allow the muffins to cool for a few moments in the pan before removing to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. Store any leftover muffins well wrapped at room temperature for up to 4 days.

Keywords: pumpkin, muffins, breakfast, brunch, autumn, fall, holiday