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Butterscotch Muffins Recipe

Butterscotch Muffins Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional 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 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."

ebeth2007 User ID: 2951063 82627
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2010

"Made these for my dad and he loved them. Very yummy and very moist."

KathyJo User ID: 119186 82622
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"That last review should have been FIVE stars...NOT two...don't know why it changed after I put five???"

KathyJo User ID: 119186 102703
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"This recipe is AWESOME!! Made it this morning for breakfast,and I couldn't get enough. I'll be making these again for sure!"

sunshine1215 User ID: 4620058 82621
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"My mother has been making these for years, but she uses banana and vanilla pudding. Also omits the pecans. These are addictive."

paeandjwe User ID: 4597194 82592
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2009

"I have been making these muffins since I first read the recipe in TOH years ago. My grown daughter just asked me to make them, so I am going to include mini-muffins in my Christmas cookie trays."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 58327
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"My kids and husband loved these muffins. I thought they were just good. We don't care for butterscotch much, but the flavor of these were good. I didn't have any pecans so I skipped that on the topping. These freeze great also. My kids want them in their lunchboxes so I freeze them, then by lunch time they are thawed. They love 'em! Thanks for the recipe."

KJ1 User ID: 1778245 34514
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2009

"These are my family's all-time favorite!!! We have them about three times a month. I have used butterscotch, lemon, and chocolate pudding in them and they've turned out perfect every time. I want to experiment with more flavors soon. I give these a big 5!!!!"

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