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Streusel Pumpkin Muffins

These nicely spiced muffins are a great accompaniment to any meal - or try them for breakfast, dessert or a snack. The pumpkin flavor is complemented by a sweet brown sugar topping. -Connie Pietila, Atlantic Mine, Michigan
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  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the pumpkin, buttermilk, eggs, molasses and orange zest. In a second bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture just until blended. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • For topping, combine flour and brown sugar; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 229 calories, 6g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 336mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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  • Orbs
    Oct 4, 2020

    We love streusel topping; these muffins are delicious. I added chopped walnuts. I will make this recipe again. Thank you, Connie, for sharing this recipe.

  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 22, 2019

    I have to say this is the best streusel topping that I have ever made and is a keeper. It turned out just like the picture! The actual muffin was a little off in sweetness and texture for me. My family liked them a lot.

  • Angel182009
    Oct 31, 2018

    I'm not a big fan of molasses so I added maple syrup. The orange zest added some great flavor. I will definitely make these again.

  • sgronholz
    Nov 8, 2015

    Wow! These muffins are great! My husband and I really enjoyed the hint of orange and molasses, and we both agreed that this is our new favorite. I added 1/4 c. cinnamon chips to the batter and sprinkled a few more over the streusel before baking, which I will definitely do again.

  • MJMM
    Nov 7, 2014

    Delicious! I made these muffins just as written and will definitely make them often. Not as dense as my other muffins recipes, due to less pumpkin.

  • jmhoesch
    Oct 4, 2014

    These were really good. I did omit the orange zest and I added a maple cream cheese filling. AMAZING........................

  • yuehching
    Apr 29, 2014

    Excellent recipe. This is exactly what I am looking for. Perfect amount of sweetness. Friends and family loved them. It?s definitely a keeper.

  • jlynnalvarez89
    Apr 18, 2013

    YUMMMS.These were so delicious, the streusel topping was amazing, although I made half without it and stirred in some raisins and they turned out just as great.Only ingredient I would omit next time would be the orange zest, a little too citrusy for me.I also made these without the molasses since I did not have any at hand.Thanks for the recipe!!!

  • Foreverdixie
    Nov 19, 2012

    So tender and delicious - I think they are going to be my favorite pumpkin muffin. Use the greater amount of pumpkin pie spice in the recipe - it makes it so much more flavorful (I have made it both ways). Very good!

  • acissel
    Oct 31, 2012

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