Yep, still on a pumpkin kick!  I actually adapted this from a cookie recipe at  According to the comments on many different pumpkin cookie recipes around the web, pumpkin cookies often tend to come out cake-like, so I experimented by making half of the batter as cookies, and the other half in a muffin tin.  The muffins came out much better, I thought, but were too heavy to really be called muffins, yet were not really cupcake-y either.  So “mini cakes” it is!

You can add chocolate chips or good chopped bar chocolate to this, if you like.  I had a bar of Green & Black’s 70% and used about a third of the bar, chopped, but 70% was really too high and clashed a little with the other flavors; 60% would be better.  (I haven’t used milk chocolate with pumpkin, but if it’s good, please let me know.)  Chopped toasted walnuts would also be a good addition.

If you don’t have Pumpkin Pie spice, use 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp allspice.  Another option with this is to add a pinch of ground cloves, too.


  • 2-1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1 C canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt together in medium bowl.
  • Cream butter and sugar together in large bowl, then add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla, and beat until creamy.
  • Mix in the dry ingredients, 1/3 of the mixture at a time.
  • If adding chocolate or nuts, fold them in now.
  • Spoon into muffin tins and bake 20-22 minutes or until golden on top.   Enjoy!