Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins are soft and tender, studded with creamy butterscotch chips. They are practically a dessert!

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins are packed with pumpkin flavor! If you can’t get enough, try our tasty Pumpkin Cobbler, Pumpkin Brownies, Pumpkin Waffles, and my fave Pumpkin Roll.

Five pumpkin butterscotch muffins stacked on a white plate.

pumpkin muffins with butterscotch chips

I love pumpkin everything. While it typically tends to be a fall flavor, pumpkin is mighty tasty all year long. I usually stock up on canned pumpkin during the fall sales so I always have some on hand.

These Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins are soft and rich. The pumpkin makes them really tender! I love the pops of butterscotch—it’s really a heavenly combo.

You could definitely add in some chocolate or nuts for crunch, but these are pretty perfect just the way they are. Muffins make a great take and go breakfast, and are very freezable. Even better!

Incorporating chips into pumpkin butterscotch muffins batter.

Just mix and bake!

PREP. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.

DRY INGREDIENTS. In a large bowl, sift together flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

WET INGREDIENTS. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, butter and pumpkin and add to the dry ingredients.

FILL. Toss butterscotch chips in a little flour to keep from sinking to the bottom. Fold in the butterscotch chips and then scoop into muffin liners to about ¾ full.

BAKE. Bake for 20-24 minutes. Test with toothpick to make sure it’s done.

Variations

  • Replace the fall spices with 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
  • Add chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans.
  • Make mini pumpkin butterscotch muffins: Prepare a mini-muffin pan with cooking spray, fill and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Use other types of chips like milk or white chocolate chips.
  • Top with a dusting of powdered sugar.

recipe tips

Muffin Method: This recipe utilizes the muffin method- The purpose of the method is to thoroughly combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl before you stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture. This helps ensure that all the ingredients are mixed together without overmixing the batter. 

Doneness: To test when the muffins are done, insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin. When it comes out clean or with only a couple crumbles, then they’re done. 

Picture perfect: When I make cookies I place 5 chocolate chips on top of the dough and they come out picture perfect. You can do the same with these muffins. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins and place 5-7 butterscotch chips on top. As the muffins bake and rise the chips will naturally spread right on top. 

Chilled: These muffins taste delicious at room temperature or chilled making them a wonderful warm autumn snack or a cold summer treat.

Scooping batter in lined muffin pan for pumpkin butterscotch muffins.

storing info

STORE. Once the muffins have cooled, you can store them on the counter, fridge or freezer.  Store in an airtight container on the counter for 3-4 days or in the fridge for 5-6 days.

FREEZE. Place muffins in an airtight freezer-safe container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. I like to place each muffin in a fold top sandwich bag and store them together in a freezer ziploc bag. This makes it really easy to grab a muffin and toss it in a lunch box or diaper bag for a snack.

Stacked pumpkin butterscotch muffins recipe on a white plate.

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins are soft and tender, studded with creamy butterscotch chips. They are practically a dessert!
Course Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 178 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Equipment

  • muffin pan
  • cupcake liners

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 (6 ounce) package butterscotch chips tossed in flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs, butter and pumpkin and add to the dry ingredients.
  • Toss butterscotch chips in a little flour to keep from sinking to the bottom. Fold in the butterscotch chips and then scoop into muffin liners to about ¾ full.
  • Bake for 20-24 minutes. Test with toothpick to make sure it’s done.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I would have never thought of pumpkin and butterscotch going together but they worked perfectly together and made the muffins so much better than if they were just plain pumpkin muffins.

  2. Yum! We’ve been loving muffins for quick breakfasts lately and I’m always looking for new flavors to try. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I wasn’t sure about the combination of butterscotch & pumpkin, but oh boy! They go together so deliciously!! I will be making these all fall long!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi there from a fellow Arizonan!
    I don’t typically leave comments, but I wanted you to know that everyone loved these! I was afraid the butterscotch would be too sweet but it was a perfect combination. Thank you for another great recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Pumpkin muffins are my kid’s favorite for breakfast, lunch boxes and after school snacks and I make them almost weekly. I love when I find another great recipe and this one was definitely a hit.