Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes Recipe
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Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes Recipe

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I love these cupcakes that are loaded with chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. My mom makes them for dessert on special occasions or for a sweet autumn snack. -Jacinta Ransom, South Haven, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 388 calories, 22g fat (9g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 276mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Combine the eggs, pumpkin, oil, honey and water. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined; fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.
  2. Fill greased or foil-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 15 cupcakes.
Originally published as Pumpkin Chip Cupcakes in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p35

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shayes078 User ID: 7084349 205731
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

"My brother loved these! Moist with a hit of pumpkin and melty chocolate!!"

Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 136970
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"This was a great recipe but wasn't overly pumpkin-y tasting (which was great for the little ones who don't like pumpkin). The cupcakes were very moist and so was the frosting - but it did make a lot. I decorated each with a little mallowcreme pumpkin and piped on some leaves. It looked really nice (I also reduced fat by using fat-free cream cheese)."

sachin_jain User ID: 4699743 73102
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"Nice recipe!! Will definitely try this out."

bereitbach User ID: 4958434 65801
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2011

"I made these cupcakes for our church fellowship this past weekend and they were a great success. Followed the recipe exactly except that I thought there was too much frosting. I used what I needed to cover the cupcakes and used the rest to fill a pumpkin roll. (Worked out great since a 15 oz can of pumpkin equals 1 2/3 cups. 1 cup for this recipe and 2/3 cup for the pumpkin roll-another Taste of Home recipe)"

cseibel User ID: 5573297 55752
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"I absolutely love this recipe. I make it all the time, and the frosting is my go-to cream cheese frosting recipe. I usually leave out the nuts (personal preference) and I occasionally use a whole can of pumpkin and omit the oil for a lower fat version!"

BeautimusBakestress User ID: 1841490 141937
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2010

"I made this recipe for the first time last night. The cream cheese frosting really makes this recipe out of this world! I was pleasantly surprised to find there is no sugar in this recipe (except for the frosting). No one taste is too over powering - it is a great balance between the pumpkin, chocolate and pecans. I think the flavor resembles carrot cake. Next time, I may add more chocolate chips - they just seem to disappear with all that luscious frosting! AWESOME!"

trinakitty User ID: 4766106 141919
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"Good cupcakes ...but they didn't really taste very "pumpkinie" It tasted more like a chocolate chips cupcake then a pumpkin based cupcake. But it still tasted good."

mainsqueez User ID: 3538605 136967
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"Love these. I like the cupcake itself, but the frosting makes it even better. The frosting is to die for! Together, they make a great combo. Love 'em."

Charobic User ID: 947618 205730
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2009

"I LOOOOOOVE these cupcakes! Delicious! Eating one right now! :)"

nanner 4 User ID: 3462384 128981
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2008

"this recipe calls for walnuts but the photo clearly shows pecans. is one favored over the other??"

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