Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

This week I’m going to be highlighting some pumpkin recipes. Similar to the cupcake week I did back in August, I’m kicking off A Week of Pumpkin. Be sure to check back every day this week for a new pumpkin recipe.

I’ve been out of the habit of making muffins. I used to do it on a weekly basis so Hubby and I would have something to take into work for breakfast. In honor of A Week of Pumpkin, I wanted to do at least one pumpkin muffin. I searched for a recipe and stumbled upon this one. I like the addition of the cranberries.

I opted to leave the struesel topping off. I’m not a big fan and the muffins were great without it. I did sprinkle some cinnamon sugar and some freshly ground nutmeg on top of the muffins prior to baking them. Hubby said these were the best muffins I’ve ever made!

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Pumpkin Streusel Cranberry Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup dried cranberries

For streusel topping
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces


Put oven in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Put liners in muffin cups.

For the streusel topping: in a medium bowl, stir together the flour, spices, and brown sugar. Add the butter pieces and combine the mixture with a fork until the topping resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. (I skipped this step)

Mix the flour and baking powder together in a small bowl.

Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, spices, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in flour mixture and dried cranberries until just combined.

Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with streusel mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

Recipe from Lindsey's Kitchen

And don’t forget about my Power of Pink Challenge going on all month.

Check out my week of pumpkin here.

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11 Responses to “Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Bars”

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    stephchows — October 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    mmm they look so super moist!

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    Cupcake Activist — October 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Yum! Those look really good! I’ve never tried white chocolate with pumpkin.

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    nutmegnanny — October 28, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Wow white chocolate and pumpkin! What a delicious combination…yum!

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    Erin — October 28, 2009 at 2:02 am

    I made those last year, and MAN OH MAN aren’t they good!

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    Sweet and Savory — October 28, 2009 at 4:01 am

    I have in the oven, a chocolate-pumpkin streusel brownie. Now, I want to make this too.

    You have great recipes. Thanks.

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    The Novice Chef — October 28, 2009 at 4:03 am

    These look delicious! And I totally do not blame you for having a couple before taking them to give away!

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    bridget {bake at 350} — October 31, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I love that you ate 2 while you were cutting them! 🙂 That sounds familiar!

    They look wonderful!

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    Tessa — October 31, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    These are the same bars I made, but I added cinnamon chips per recommendation from Maria at Two Peas in their Pod. They were great! Glad to see they turned out well for you too!

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    Ingrid — November 2, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I totally agree I’m not crazy about chocolate and pumpking together. Another great flavor with pumpkin (in my opinion) is gingerbread.

    I’m definitely adding this to my list of pumpkin recipes that will be baked from here until the kiddos say no more! 🙂

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    Jade — November 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I love making bars. These look amazing. I will definety try these soon!

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    Jessica — October 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I made these last night to take tailgating at a college football game tonight and they are SO yummy! I used semisweet chips instead of white chocolate, but I bet they’d be good either way! I’m Really glad you warned that the mixture might look like it curdled after adding in the pumpkin, because I think it would have freaked me out and I would have thought I did something wrong!

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