Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Pumpkin Spice MuffinsA couple months ago I came across countless stories and tweets about a pumpkin shortage and I immediately grew worried. Libby’s canned pumpkin was selling for $30 a can on eBay and it got to the point where only six cans of Libby’s pumpkin were available just a few short months ago.

While I was grocery shopping with my husband a couple weeks ago, as usual I was perusing the baking aisle selecting different odds and ends to add to my baking pantry…and that’s when I came across cans of pumpkin. I froze. I couldn’t believe that I actually found canned pumpkin. Did I really defeat the odds? I looked at my husband and he saw the crazed look in my eye. Without an ounce of hesitation, he told me to grab them immediately. I quickly stockpiled can after can and couldn’t wait to get home to start baking with them.

At the time, I only grabbed six cans and have made a few items so far. The first treat was Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting. The next item I made were these Pumpkin Spice Muffins. I can’t wait to use the remaining four cans for a pumpkin spice roll, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and another batch of the pumpkin bars (my husband is begging for more…yes, they are that good). When it comes to pumpkin, the possibilities are endless.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 can (15 ounces) canned pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray or butter.
  2. Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, ginger and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix together brown sugar, canned pumpkin, buttermilk, canola oil, molasses, vanilla extract and eggs.
  4. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Pour batter into muffin cups filling the cups 3/4 full (makes approximately 18 muffins).
  6. Mix together the sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the batter.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove muffins from muffin tin immediately and serve warm.

What is your favorite treat that is made with Libby’s Pumpkin?


  1. Reply Amber @ Bluebonnetsandbrownies.com October 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I did the exact same as you. First my grocery story only had super expensive cans of organic pumpkin. I bought them anyway. Then last week, they finally had regular old Libby's again. I bought more. James wants to know what the heck I'm going to do with all this pumpkin. I think I'll start here.

  2. Reply Tracy October 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I second Amber's comment – I did the exact same thing, haha! My hubby doesn't like pumpkin, so I'm trying to figure out who to give away all these pumpkin goodies to so that I don't eat them all myself. :-)

  3. Reply Michelle October 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Love anything pumpkin and this year I can't seem to get enough of it. All set to make Pumpkin Cupcakes today!

  4. Reply Maria October 11, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I can't get enough pumpkin right now. Love the muffins!

  5. Reply Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker October 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    What pretty pumpkin muffins! I'm sure they make a great breakfast!

  6. Reply Cookin' Canuck October 11, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    What a beautiful color these are! I also heard about the pumpkin shortage, so was surprised to see a huge stack of cans at Costco.

  7. Reply marla {family fresh cooking} October 12, 2010 at 1:00 am

    From what I gather we are safe on the pumpkin thing this year. Your muffins look amazing & my kiddos would love them!

  8. Reply Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction October 12, 2010 at 2:23 am

    These muffins look lovely… Glad to know that there is pumpkin on the shelves again, too!

  9. Reply Jenny October 12, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Really beautiful!! Pumpkin recipes are the best right now!

  10. Reply maggy@threemanycooks October 12, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Yo gotta know I love this ;) Well I love any muffin you make and pumpkin. Must. Try.

  11. Reply Becca October 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Jen! I just found your blog and can't stop reading… everything looks phenomenal. I made some pumpkin muffins a few weeks ago and just might have to give these a try too!

  12. Reply Anna October 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! And those muffins look delicious :)

  13. Reply Eliana October 15, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    These muffins look incredible, simple and uncomplicated – just how I like them :)

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