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Sit back with a cup of coffee and get ready to enjoy these light and moist pumpkin muffins with all the great cinnamon pumpkin spice flavors. They’re heaping with cinnamon streusel that melts in your mouth with a sip of coffee. Then top with a maple brown butter glaze to finish the trifecta of yummy.

pumpkin muffin with streusel muffin unwrapped and glazed

I fell in love with coffee cake because my grandma used to make it every Christmas. I loved it so much that I turned it into a coffee cake muffin. And because I love that coffee cake muffin recipe so much I decided to turn it in to a fall pumpkin recipe. Because I’m basic like that.

I actually want to eat this muffin while drinking a PSL, wearing my Uggs and a flannel and watching Gossip Girl. Basic as basic comes, I know.

cinnamon crumble topping for pumpkin streusel muffins laid out on a baking mat

What tastes good with pumpkin?

Pumpkin is one of those recipes that can be made with both sweet and savory recipes. Pumpkin goes really well with aromatics like fresh herbs: rosemary and sage. Think of butternut squash and Thanksgiving!

But, pumpkin also is a signature ingredient in baking and goes so well with sweet flavors like cinnamon, maple syrup and obviously streusel topping!

What is pumpkin spice made of?

Pumpkin spice is a mixed blend of several spices. You can buy pre-made pumpkin pie spice from the store, but you can also make your own mix. Here’s the spices in pumpkin spice mix:

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Cloves

spoon drizzling icing onto pumpkin streusel muffins

How to make pumpkin muffins with streusel topping:

First make the streusel topping and let it dry out a bit while you make the muffin batter, just like in these blueberry crumb muffins. Just cut all the ingredients together with a pastry blender or two knives then set on a silpat mat!

Next, make the muffin batter. Mix the dry and wet ingredients separate then slowly add the dry to the wet. Be careful not to overmix! Next,  fill the muffin tins about 3/4 full with batter. When you’re filling muffin tins you can be a little more generous with the batter compared to a cupcake recipe.

Finally, fill the tins the rest of the way with the crumbly cinnamon streusel topping. You’re going to feel like there is way too much streusel to muffin ratio. This is okay. Great, even. Just keep filling, I promise!

How to get big bakery-style muffins:

I like to cook my muffins on higher heat for the first half of the baking process. This allows the muffins to rise quickly with the hotter temperature. Then turn the oven down and allow the batter to cook all the way through. The tall muffins with a thick layer of streusel topping is just what you’d find at the bakery!

pumpkin muffin cut in half on the table so you can see the pumpkin muffin and streusel layers

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Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

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Servings: 12


  • pumpkin muffins:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 15 oz can pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • crumb topping:
  • cup granulated sugar
  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • cups cake flour
  • maple icing:
  • 2 tablespoons butter- make brown butter
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons water


  • To make the crumb topping:
    Combine sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in melted butter and add flour. Stir using a rubber spatula just until moist. The mixture will not look very crumbly yet. Spread out mixture on parchment paper to dry until crumble is ready to use.
  • To make the muffins: Preheat oven to 375° F. Place paper liners in a regular sized muffin pan and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pumpkin and oil until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt until combined. Add the flour mixture slowly to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths of the way full. Top the muffin batter with the crumble topping until they're overflowing. Push it down slightly to keep it in place.
  • Bake the muffins for 10 minutes at 375 degrees then reduce the heat to 350 and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until muffins are set. Do not overbake. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
  • While muffins are cooling, make the brown butter maple drizzle. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Allow to cook until brown specs begin to form at the bottom of the pan, about 3 minutes. Once formed, stir immediately and remove from heat. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, and water and stir vigorously until smooth. Add more water a tablespoon at a time until you get the desired consistency to drizzle over muffins. Using a spoon, drizzle over baked muffins and serve immediately or store in airtight container for up to one week. Or freeze for one month.
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  1. Holly says:

    5 stars
    I made these yesterday (forgot to do the icing, oops!) but holy moly are they amazing. I’ve probably eaten like 6 and it hasn’t even been 24 hours yet… I highly recommend!!

    1. Molly says:

      Thanks, Holly! So glad you liked them. Thank you so much for taking the time to share!

  2. Adrienne says:

    It says ‘cool in pan for 0 minutes’. Is that supposed to be 10 minutes?

    1. Molly says:

      Hey Adrienne! Yep, there should be a 1 in front to say 10. Looks like I need a proofreader to help me:) Thanks for asking!

  3. Amanda says:

    The recipe says to add brown sugar to the muffin dough but it doesn’t say hoe much

    1. Molly says:

      Apologies, that’s a typo Amanda! It should be 1/2 cup brown sugar. Thanks for letting me know:)

  4. Karly says:

    Okay yeah, I’ll take a dozen. Or two. Okay, maybe three. These look SO darn good!

    1. Molly says:

      Thank you, Karly! Wish I could package these up and send them your way! Don’t you love fall baking?!

  5. Lucy @ Globe Scoffers says:

    5 stars
    These look delicious, great for an autumn treat! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Molly says:

      Of course! Thanks so much for taking the time to share.