These pumpkin spice muffins are perfect for fall. So moist, filled with pumpkin, and dipped in cinnamon sugar.
These pumpkin spice muffins are perfect for fall. So moist, filled with pumpkin, and dipped in cinnamon sugar.
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  1. Easy Pumpkin Muffins
  2. How to Make Pumpkin Spice Muffins
  3. How to make Pumpkin Pie Spice
  4. Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe

These pumpkin spice muffins are perfect for fall. So moist, filled with pumpkin, and topped with cinnamon sugar. Not only are they crazy delicious, they are a super easy dessert to make too! 

Cinnamon sugar on anything means a delicious dessert in my book! Some of our other favorite cinnamon sugary desserts are our easy Monkey Bread Recipe and our Cinnamon Sugar Cheesecake Bars. If you are a fan of cinnamon, then you must try these no fail recipes!

pumpkin spice muffins with cinnamon sugar on top

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Are you ready for fall baking? Because today we’re making these incredible pumpkin spice muffins. They have all of the pumpkin flavor you could want, warm pumpkin pie spices, and a cinnamon-sugar topping. Why just have a pumpkin muffin when you can have a pumpkin spice muffin?

I absolutely love when fall weather comes around because it means pumpkin season begins. I love how warm and cozy pumpkin tastes, and the combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and brown sugar always makes for a delicious baked good.

So today, we’re making these incredible pumpkin spice muffins. It’s a quick and easy recipe, and the muffins turn out moist, tender and super flavorful every time. I love enjoying them warm for breakfast, and they’re also delicious for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.

Moist pumpkin muffins are topped with delicious cinnamon sugar.

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Muffins

These pumpkin muffins are made from scratch and are a totally no-fail, easy recipe. You can even make them without a mixer, which is a total score in my book.

To get started, first we whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda & salt.

It’s important that you whisk together the dry ingredients first so that the spices, baking powder & baking soda are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Feel free to use premade pumpkin pie spice, or you can substitute it with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg & ground cloves. (I’ve written the amounts in the notes section of the recipe).

Then we whisk together the oil, sugars, pumpkin puree, eggs & vanilla extract. These pumpkin muffins are sooooo moist and tender because of the oil, pumpkin puree and eggs.

Just make sure you’re using 100% pure pumpkin and not canned pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin pie filling is filled with a bunch of other ingredients that we won’t need in this recipe – so the muffins won’t turn out properly if you use it instead of pure pumpkin.

These pumpkin spice muffins have a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating and delicious pumpkin flavor.

From there – stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. You’ll want to be careful not to mix the batter too much because over mixing the batter can make the muffins tough.

Then spoon the batter into the muffin papers, and they’re ready to bake.

Then after the muffins come out the oven, it’s time for the delicious cinnamon sugar topping. It adds a delicious crunch and sweet cinnamon sugar goodness. Almost like the outside of mini donuts.

To make the topping, the top of each muffin gets dipped in melted butter. Then shake off the excess and dip them in a mixture of cinnamon sugar.

You’ll seriously love the combo of delicious pumpkin, cinnamon sugar coating, and delicious moist crumb of these pumpkin spice muffins. They’re perfect for fall and such an easy, from scratch, fall treat.

moist pumpkin muffins split in half

Don’t have pumpkin pie spice, no worries! We can tell you how to make your own!

How to make Pumpkin Pie Spice

Mix the following ingredients together to make your own pumpkin pie spice:

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

If you’re looking for more pumpkin desserts, be sure to check out these other favorites too:

Or for a complete list of favorite pumpkin recipes – check out this awesome roundup post of All the Best Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Muffins
4.65 from 123 votes
These pumpkin spice muffins are perfect for fall. So moist, filled with pumpkin, and dipped in cinnamon sugar.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Author — Fiona Dowling
Serves — 12
These pumpkin spice muffins are perfect for fall. So moist, filled with pumpkin, and dipped in cinnamon sugar.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 45 mins


Pumpkin Spice Muffins

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter , melted


Pumpkin Muffins

  • Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Line a muffin pan with muffin papers.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the oil, sugars, eggs, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. 
  • Mix the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture until no lumps remain.
  • Spoon the batter into the lined muffin pan. You should end up with 12 muffins.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 17-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. 

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • In a small bowl mix together the sugar and cinnamon. 
  • Dip the top of each muffin (while still warm) into the melted butter and shake off any excess.
  • Then dip in the bowl of cinnamon sugar. 

Jenn’s Notes

*If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice use 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg & 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves. 

Nutrition Info

Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 110mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 3340IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
    I usually make “healthy” pumpkin muffins but was out of whole wheat flour and stumbled upon this gem. So I made these tonight and they were fantastic. Not overly sweet, perfect amount of pumpkin flavor and pretty moist. I’ll definitely make them again – thank you for the recipe.

  2. If I wanted to use a pumpkin spice protein powder in this recipe, what would I need to alter of the other ingredients?

  3. 5 stars
    at first, I wasn’t so sure about making this muffin, but I am so happy that I made it. I love this recipe and it is extremely easy to make, all my friends and family love it!! I have never been so content with the results, and this just blew my mind!! Absolutely recommend this recipe!!

  4. 5 stars
    These are amazing and easy to make too. I did not use a mixer, just a spatula to mix ingredients. I love walnuts and added 1/4 cup chopped nuts. I used the recipe for the spice mix, it was perfect. Try this, you will love the resulting muffins!

  5. Totally “harvesting” your idea for a cinnamon and sugar topping. Makes the muffins look bakery made. And butter…what could be better!

    In the spirit of “we are all in this together,” I also have a tip to share. If you have the time, take a moment to combine the pumpkin, sugar, and spices in a sauce pan and stir over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool and proceed per the recipe. It’s a total game changer. Time is the key, and there was a time in my young children’s lives when that was the priority. ❤️ But if you have a minute, go for it!

    Again, thank you for the cinnamon and sugar tip. It will elevate my homemade muffins to a new level!

  6. 5 stars
    These turned out so good! I made them exactly the way the recipe was laid out. Mine cooked for about 25 minutes. DELICIOUS!