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Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with a Pecan Streusel

These Pumpkin Spice Muffins topped with a Pecan Streusel are the epitome of a perfect Fall breakfast or’re going to want them over and over again!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with a Pecan Streusel | Fabtastic EatsIf you know me, you know I love shopping. Like, I really, really love it. I am entirely a cliche when I use shopping as therapy, totally not just an excuse. 😉 I love all kinds of shopping and I go back and forth between loving online shopping or not. Lately I’ve been super into going to the store. It usually gives me a break for a couple hours, and a lot less returns when I can actually try things on or see them in person. Welll… since I moved to Missouri, (last Monday), I hadn’t done any shopping..I’m embarrassed to admit that’s a long time for me…BUT there is nothing around the base, other than a million chain restaurants. So Saturday, we packed up our kids, and trucked the 92 miles to the closest shopping mall.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with a Pecan StreuselThat’s right 1 1/2 hours, with two sick kids, in the pouring rain. In all honestly it wasn’t a selfish trip. (Other than the fact that I desperately still needed the perfect Fall boots, which I ended up ordering online last night anyways..) but there were other things we needed. Let’s just say the entire day was a disaster. From the moment we left. Screaming children, pouring rain, tantrums, blisters, and no luck.

After driving 184 miles on Saturday, you know what we came back with? B&BW Hand soap. My husband and I were laughing out butts off as we pull off the exit home with one child screaming and the other telling him to “shhhh..” We put our ourselves, and our poor sick kids, through misery. For freakin’ hand soap. At least our hands are clean.

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So the moral of the story…no more physical shopping here in Missouri. Online only folks. Which could result in a lot of returns, but at least I don’t have to leave my desk, pj’s, or wine. Score. So I finally decided on a pair of boots, hopefully I like them in person. Next purchase, I’ve been shopping around like crazy for a UV light, and gel polishes to do at home shellac manicures. I’ve been leaning towards IBD Gel Polishes, but I’ve heard great things about both Sally Hansen and Gelish. Has anyone tried them, thoughts? Recommendations?

Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with a Pecan Streusel | Fabtastic EatsOk ok, onto my families favorite muffins ever. Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with a Pecan Streusel. When I stayed with my parents for a few weeks, I learned my little brother, who is leaving for basic training next month (eek!), has a thing for pumpkin. As in, its his favorite thing ever. This little tid bit of info came at the perfect time! So while I was staying with them, I bombarded them with lots of pumpkin, there weren’t any complaints from them, which means I have LOTS of pumpkin goodies, both sweet and savory to share with you over the next few weeks. yay!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with a Pecan Streusel | Fabtastic EatsFirst up are these incredible Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with a Pecan Streusel. All I really need to say is this…when I pulled the first pan out of the oven, six muffins were missing in the first 5 minutes..from two people, and I wasn’t one of them. By noon the next day, the entire batch was gone, and my dad kept pushing me to make them again. He got treated with something equally as mouthwatering, coming to you soon. These muffins aren’t dense at all, they’re light, fluffy and oh my gah..I’m stopping. Just make them. mmk?

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Cinnamon Pumpkin Muffins with a Pecan Streusel

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 24 Large Muffins

These Pumpkin Spice Muffins topped with a Pecan Streusel are the epitome of a perfect Fall breakfast or're going to want them over and over again!


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 15 ounce can pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 cup cinnamon chips
  • For the Streusel
  • 3/4 cup pecans, divided
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons Cold Butter


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees, grease and flour muffin tins.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the dark and white sugars, oil, and apple sauce.
  3. Add the eggs and beat until incorporated.
  4. Fully Mix in the pumpkin and vanilla.
  5. Add the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and ground cloves, mix to combine.
  6. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt
  7. Mix on low, scraping down the sides as necessary, until almost fully mixed.
  8. Add the Cinnamon Chips, and whirl until you don't see anymore flour. Set aside.
  9. To make the Streusel, to a food processor, add the pecans, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Pulse it a few times to mix it up.
  10. Slowly add the cold butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each. (The pecans are already oily, and will help hold it all together, so you won't always need the entire 4 Tablespoons, just add one at a time.)
  11. Add the batter to the muffin tins 2/3 the way filled. Top with some streusel, and extra chopped pecans, if you'd like.
  12. Pop in the oven at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, then turn the heat down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 20 minutes. It will be done when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool 4-5 minutes before removing from the pan and Enjoy!

Adapted from All Recipes

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  • Reply Carrian

    I am so craving muffins and these seem to hit the spot! I can’t wait to try them!

    October 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      I hope you enjoy them!! 🙂

      October 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm
      • Reply Jocelyne

        Woow verry good 👍

        February 1, 2017 at 6:28 am
        • Reply Alaina

          glad you enjoyed!

          February 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply ashley - baker by nature

    What fabulous little muffins! I could eat these all day long 😉

    October 8, 2013 at 1:00 am
    • Reply Alaina

      ooh me too! heh Thank you 🙂

      October 8, 2013 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Tracey

    So inquiring minds want to know – what boots did you end up ordering? I’m on the hunt for a pair too! I could eat pumpkin muffins for the next two months, love them! These sound amazing, streusel is always a good idea 🙂

    October 8, 2013 at 1:34 am
    • Reply Alaina

      I ordered the Franco Sarto, Patina boot. If I don’t like those when I get them, I’ve also got my eye on the Steve Madden, P-Mikel. I’ve already bought and returned like 4 pairs this season, I can’t find one that I LOVE! Hopefully these are the ones!

      October 8, 2013 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Roxanne Sutton

    How do you think they would work in mini muffins tins?

    October 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    • Reply Alaina

      It usually works fine to make mini’s, just remember to cut the baking time down. Try 11-14 minutes instead.

      October 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm
  • Reply Nutmeg Nanny

    These look incredible, especially the streusel! I love it 🙂

    October 11, 2013 at 1:52 am
    • Reply Alaina

      Thank you so much!!

      October 11, 2013 at 2:16 am

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