It’s that time of year when we all want something…something PUMPKIN! But if you’re like me, you aren’t quite feeling like traditional pumpkin fare, necessarily, just something different AND pumpkin-y! Well, I’ve got just the thing for us!
I know you’re probably surprised to see that picture of muffins up there because, as I’ve mentioned before, I usually do not like muffins. Personally, I think they’re dry and relatively tasteless or too typical – meaning they taste like cinnamon and that’s it. I really have to fight my way through them and will only do that if there’s nothing else to eat. Truly. I simply don’t like them.
Yet, I must say that this recipe is a huge departure from a typical muffin. It’s one of my most requested recipes each year. It’s also one I never give away. Yep, this is one of those recipes. I mean, just LOOK at these muffins! They’re beautiful, and I promise, they’re very tasty.
You’ll love these because they’re not overly sweet, and they’re pumpkin-y without being overpowering. Plus, they’re packed with streusel and glaze – my two favorite things. They’re also great to pack up and give as a Thanksgiving take-home gifts.
The only thing that would have made these muffins more perfect? Fresh pumpkin. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a pie pumpkin to save my life! I was really looking forward to using my Good Cook Pumpkin Scoop. It’s similar in shape to the smaller scoop that comes in the Good Cook Pumpkin Carving Kit. As you may remember, that did a phenomenal job at scooping out the pumpkin innards thanks to its rounded shape. For me, its use won’t be restricted to scooping pumpkins though. I’ll be using it on all kinds of squash this winter! And if you’d like to pick one up to have on hand, they’re available at Walmart.
Since we’re talking Good Cook, you may know that I’m a Good Cook Kitchen Expert. And I have to say, they sent me a truly extravagant box of Thanksgiving goodies! It was filled with heaps of Good Cook Bakeware worthy of giving thanks, believe me, to help me pull together some of my best recipes to pass along to you.
My sincere hope is that the recipes I’ll be sharing with you in the next several days will help you create memorable and tasty impressions of that day with your friends and loved ones. So, let’s get to it!
For this particular recipe, I used the Good Cook Muffin Pan. Honestly, I left this batch in a little too long – 15 minutes, to be exact. That’s almost double the baking time. I was sure the bottom of the muffins would be burned. Now, these pans certainly don’t guarantee that your food won’t burn, but it did help distribute the heat more evenly than my old muffin pan would have and they did not burn on the bottom. That was a real surprise to me. They were very evenly baked and didn’t dry out. The only drawback was that I only had ONE pan and it has 6 wells. This recipe makes 20 muffins. Gah.
I also want to point out that, in this recipe, you’ll find other recipes you’ll want to keep for other various baking projects because they are must-have basics – streusel topping, vanilla glaze, and a DIY yellow box cake!
- Muffin Pan
- Muffin Liners
- 1 box Yellow Cake Mix or make your own If you use the box substitute, omit eggs, milk and sour cream.
- 1 - 15 oz can Pumpkin
- 1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line muffin pan with liners.
- In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pumpkin, and spices.
- Fill liners 2/3 full of pumpkin cake mixture.
- Cover top with streusel - pressing it in slightly.
- Bake 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool muffins on wire rack.
- When cool, make glaze and drizzle over muffins.
- The glaze will form a nice crust after about an hour or so.
If you make this recipe, let me know how you like it! A
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Disclosure I am a Good Cook Kitchen Expert. While I received no financial compensation for this review, I received several Sweet Creations by Good Cook items from Good Cook to assist me in the development of this post. The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.Be sure and take a look at all the great deals we've posted today here!