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Butterscotch Muffins

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
    about 1-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle over batter.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 284 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 352mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • cheroliver
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.