Butterscotch Muffins Recipe
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Butterscotch Muffins Recipe

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Butterscotch pudding gives a distinctive flavor to these muffins topped with brown sugar and nuts. "My son made them for a 4-H competition and they won first-place purple ribbons," writes Jill Hazelton of Hamlet, Indiana.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 284 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pudding mixes, baking powder and salt. Combine the water, eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Butterscotch Muffins in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p21

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cheroliver User ID: 5271238 237733
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

"These have potential! I only put a half cup of sugar and they were still too sweet. The texture was really weird and the flavor too eggy. Why in the world does it call for 4 eggs? Next time it needs no added sugar and only 2 eggs and 1/4 of the flour changed to whole wheat. Maybe even skip the vanilla pudding mix and just use the butterscotch pudding. That is almost a completely new recipe though I guess!"

kindlefoster User ID: 1762472 34153
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"I was very disappointed in these. They are very dense and heavy. I was hoping for a lighter muffin. Not worth the calories."

carol1229 User ID: 2027906 119035
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"These are awesome! I'll cut back a little on the sugar next time since there's sugar in the pudding mixes, but the flavor of these is amazing. They're super easy too-the batter goes together in no time at all. The muffins will be heading to a church bake sale tomorrow-I'm sure they'll be a good seller."

rayeellen User ID: 602940 204659
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"Everyone knows I've just made these when they step into my house. They smell delicious and taste even better. Seriously DELISH!!!"

maefisher User ID: 1114851 52495
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2011

"One of favorite things to do when we have a garage sale is to make up a batch of these muffins to sell. My family members insist on each having one for themselves. They are always very popular. So yummy."

Jan2 User ID: 116031 34515
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"Very good, very sweet. Not a healthy breakfast muffin, great for afternoon tea or whatever. I only got 13, (large ones), but would suggest that they be made as stated (18). Might even try the mini muffin pans next time. There will definitely be a next time! Jan."

angeleyes1213 User ID: 4877043 82628
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"I am mauishores sister who demanded this recipe. Made them for myself today. I have three older teenage boys and they have loved ever delicious bite!"

angeleyes1213 User ID: 4877043 41671
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"I am mauishores sister who demanded this recipe. Made them for myself today. I have three older teenage boys and they have loved ever delicious bite!"

mauishores User ID: 1088145 130368
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2011

"If you like butterscotch, these things are spectacular! I've made these quite a few times and now my sisters have requested (demanded really) the recipe from me. We love them!"

dreamgirlut User ID: 2062217 75501
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2011

"I have been making these muffins for years. They are always a hit with my family. This is definitely a go to recipe for muffins."

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