The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

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The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

I'm obsessed with pumpkin recipes lately. I've made pumpkin scones. I made the same excellent ginger pumpkin bread twice, since it was so darn good. And this is the third pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe I've tried. It's the winner — light, moist, and flavorful. 

Here's the recipe.

Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

(adapted from Pioneer Woman’s moist pumpkin spice muffins)


  • 1 1/2 cups white wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cold
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half or whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease muffin tin.

2. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt to a food processor. Mix. (Or you can just mix in a bowl.)

3. Cut butter into a few pieces and add to flour mixture. Pulse until the butter is pea sized or smaller. (If doing by hand, cut the butter in with a pastry knife.)

4. Dump the flour-butter mixture into a large bowl.

5. In a separate bowl, mix together pumpkin, half-and-half, egg, and vanilla.

6. Dump pumpkin mixture into flour mixture. Fold until mixture is just combined. Add chocolate chips and fold in.

7. Spoon the mixture into your greased muffin tin, filling each about half full. 

8. Sprinkle with the sugar-cinnamon topping over each muffin.

9. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool in pan for ten minutes or so if you can bear to wait.


Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Double yum! Maia helped me make these and she agrees, they are the best.

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  1. says

    I think its funny we all sent you new pumpkin recipes, its just the best ingredient this time of year! Once the not so wonderful pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I made are gone I am going to try your recipe (and maybe some of these others). I also just add it into whatever pancake recipe I am making and so far its worked great without changing any other part of the recipe.

  2. Halley's Mommy says

    ok… not exactly my favorite pumpkin recipe. but i think my daughter would say mac n cheese is her favorite food…and gosh darn it if she doesn’t even know there’s a hefty dose of pumpkin, which her sneaky little mommy snuck in there! i also like to toss a spoonful in pancake mix and sometimes even in my tomato sauce for spaghetti or lasagna (something where there is a cheese element to out-tang the pumpkin).

  3. says

    This one is truly an indulging one. I should bake some of this for our family get together this weekend while watching our favorite movie Harry Potter! This will be great!

  4. Victoria says

    Hola Jean, te escribo desde España. Estoy estudiando Educación Infantil y me encanta tu web por todas las ideas que nos das para trabajar la creatividad y el interés de los niños, a veces nos cuesta creer que un niño puede hacer algo más que garabatear en una hoja en blanco.

  5. says

    This is really indeed the best chocolate chip muffins that I ever saw since this is really the easiest one. Thanks a lot for sharing. My hubby will love this for sure.