Pumpkin muffins with that crumbly stuff like we like

Pumpkin Muffins

Quick little recipe today, because everything’s crazy and there’s never any time but I have things I need to share. First, I hope everyone’s holidays were lovely. I also hope you made pumpkin stuff over those holidays, because if you did you might have leftover pumpkin, like I did, and you might need a great recipe for using up leftover pumpkin, like I also did.

I actually had both pumpkin and sour cream left over, and my heart was set on baking them together. I’d originally planned on a pumpkin sour cream cookie, but when I found silicon muffin cups in my Christmas stocking, all bets were off. You know, I don’t really even know what that expression means. People must do a lot more gambling than I realize because it’s always about stuff I wouldn’t even think to bet on. It’s never, “When that racehorse starts thinking about rabbits, all bets are off.” But maybe I don’t really understand how gambling works, either, because I wouldn’t expect a surprising turn of events to mean that you had to unbet your bets. If someone came along and nullified your bet just because something unexpected happened, wouldn’t you be mad? You’d be like, hey, come on, I had $20 on muffins, pay up you filthy shyster. I don’t know. I’d be pissed.

Anyway, muffins.

Pumpkin Muffins

From start to finish, these took me about 40 minutes, which I mostly spent grinding the butter into the streusel topping with the back of a spoon. (There has to be a better way to do that. Does anyone know what it is?) Fresh out of the oven, they were different from typical muffin recipes, because the cake is really quite dense and deeply spiced but still soft and moist and springy, thanks to the sour cream. The pumpkin flavor shines through because the muffin isn’t very sugary, but the crumbly streusel topping adds sweetness and crunch.

These hold up nicely, too—I had one for breakfast each of the next three days. And when they were all gone, I missed them. But now that the time for pumpkin is officially winding down, I’ve decided I’d like to close with these muffins. I’ve still got half a can of pumpkin in the fridge. That’s enough to make one final dozen to round out the season. They’ll be like the muffin version of the musical guest on late night shows. Or Piano Man.

Pumpkin MuffinsNote: I believe I originally got this recipe from a blog called Baking Sheet, which is now Baking Bites. Only slight modifications have been made.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Makes 1 dozen muffins or 2 dozen mini muffins

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line twelve muffin cups with paper liners or lightly grease the tin. (If using silicon muffin cups, no preparation is necessary.)
  2. Prepare the streusel:
    In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and rub the butter in until the mixture is crumbly. Once it is crumbly, gently squeeze bits of the mixture together to form larger pieces of crumble. Set aside.
  3. Make the muffins:
    In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, pumpkin, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth.
  4. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, spices and salt, then stir in the sugar. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture and sir until just combined.
  5. Divide batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups and top with streusel.
  6. Bake for 16-19 minutes at 400F, until a tester inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Cool muffins in the pan for about 5 minutes to allow the topping to set up, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Kristina Ackerman

Kristina Ackerman is a busy freelance web designer, living and DIYing with her fella and their little fella in a cute old house in Atlanta, GA, USA.

  • TCG

    These streusel muffins look legit. One time I made an alka seltzer streusel muffin after eating a fire burger. Your recipe is undoubtedly superior.

  • njicki

    A girl I know keeps butter in the freezer for some baking purposes and then she just grates it as needed for her recipes. I wonder if that would help for streusel topping or it’s not worth the frozen fingers. She tells me it’s a lifesaver for homemade pie crusts though.

  • Your cake stand in that last photo is beautiful. I used to use a knife to cut butter into dry ingredients, but then I finally purchased a heavy duty pastry blender and it is such a time saver. It makes streusels, biscuits, pie doughs etc . . . so much faster. I am a sucker for anything pumpkin and these look delicious.

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  • Lisa

    how much butter goes in the streusel?

    • Thank you for your comment, Lisa! Something went weird in WordPress and the ingredients for the streusel got hidden. It was actually my fault (I tried to do some fancy thing with my recipes in WordPress ages ago and apparently I neglected to clear it out of this post when I changed my mind) but it’s all fixed now, and I’m off to scour my other recipes and make sure it isn’t happening elsewhere. I really, really appreciate you letting me know about the problem. Hopefully, having the recipe in its entirety will be a big help for you, too!

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  • lavacha

    I realize I’m really late, but a) I just found your blog and b) I’m from the land of streusel and make batches to cover sheet cakes. You could use a food processor, but I don’t own one.
    Keep butter in fridge. Cut cold butter in pieces with a big knife. Combine dry ingredients in big bowl with lid (Tupper etc) and shake. Throw butter pieces in, readjust lid (!), and shake again to separate and coat the butter pieces. Wash hands, use one hand to hold the bowl and rap it on the counter once in a while. Use the stronger hand to crumble the butter in the sugary flour. Takes 3 minutes max, and you get streusel any size you like. Don’t lick your fingers! Stick them on your cake, muffin, puff pastry smeared with apple sauce (yum), whatever. NOW lick your fingers! ;)

    PS: I’m going to try your muffins next months.