The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

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My quest to find the best pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe tells you that I’ve been obsessed with pumpkin recipes lately.

I’ve made pumpkin scones. Pumpkin waffles. Pumpkin pancakes. 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.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

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

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease or line the muffin tin. We used a mini-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.

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

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

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9. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for ten minutes or so, if you can bear to wait.

Yum!

And double yum!

Maia helped me make these and she agrees—this is the best pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe!

Here’s the printable recipe:

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The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

Delicious all-time favorite pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

  • Author: Jean Van't Hul
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

 

If you liked these pumpkin muffins as much as we do, try these pumpkin recipes:

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Hannah
    November 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I am totally going to try these today. Thanks!

  • Reply
    alison
    November 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    looks great!
    I made these pumpkin brownies last night and they were soooo good! I highly recommend them http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin-Brownies/Detail.aspx

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    Kate
    November 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Make these NOW!!!!
    http://annies-eats.com/2010/10/08/pumpkin-cream-cheese-muffins/
    A little more labor intensive, but SO worth it! I made them last year as a “thank you” for my children’s teachers at our parent/teacher conferences and am planning to do the same this year. Also good for Thanksgiving breakfast or a special gift or treat!

  • Reply
    Rachel at Stitched in Color
    November 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks! I’ve been roasting and pureeing our garden pumpkins. I’m totally making these this weekend!

  • Reply
    Maria
    November 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve been loving this recipe lately! The whole family agrees that it’s good (and that’s pretty amazing)! You could easily substitute pumpkin for the squash.
    http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/butternut_squash_risotto/

  • Reply
    Heather
    November 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I just did a super quick post about my favorite new pumpkin recipe, no pictures because we ate them too fast!
    http://www.myfamilylovesit.com/blog/index.php/2010/11/11/my-latest-obsession-pumpkin-whoopie-pies/

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    Cara
    November 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    These sound delicious! My current favorite are these Pumpkin Donut Muffins. I’ve been making the mini version since I posted this, and they are amazing!!
    http://www.thepickyapple.com/blog/2010/10/22/pumpkin-doughnut-muffins/

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    November 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Ooo! What a combo. I will have to try those!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    November 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Those look awesome! Yum.

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    November 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve never had a whoopie pie. Crazy, huh? Pumpkin seems a good way to start, though. :)

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    November 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Oh, yes! I will have to try those!

  • Reply
    Jean Van't Hul
    November 11, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks! I’ll make that this weekend!

  • Reply
    Heather
    November 12, 2010 at 7:30 am

    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.

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    Carly
    November 12, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I’m planning to try this with my leftover frozen pumpkin puree. (I got a little tired of pumpkin everything and froze what I had left in one cup Ziplock bags.)
    http://www.canadianliving.com/food/pumpkin_gnocchi.php

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    Allison
    November 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    This has been a favorite for my 5 year old and I:
    http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=939

  • Reply
    Aleacia
    November 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I’m definitely making these (but in mini form)

  • Reply
    60secondparent
    November 16, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I wanted to put this link on our sixty second parent facebook page but I could only get this http://networkedblogs.com/aC82y

  • Reply
    Halley's Mommy
    November 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    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).

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    Melanie Big
    November 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    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!

  • Reply
    Victoria
    November 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    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.

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    Tiffany
    November 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I tried to post a comment yesterday, but it doesn’t seem to be up here… Sorry if this is a repeat, but my work computer sometimes doesn’t let things through. I’ll try this again. This is one of our family’s favorites – very easy and very tasty:
    http://www.grouprecipes.com/112444/cinnamon-roasted-chicken-with-pumpkin-sage-grits.html

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    Melanie Schoenhut
    December 8, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    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.

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