Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins.

Perfectly little pumpkin muffins coated with cinnamon sugar. They taste like your favorite pumpkin muffins from the bakery!

I make these muffins often and updated the photos in August 2014.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

To me, pumpkin knows no seasons. I sorta kinda eat it all year round if I can find it.  :)

Pumpkin + vanilla Greek yogurt + pinch of cinnamon = best fruit dip ever in my world.  My mom’s pumpkin pie is legendary.  Hands down my favorite fall food EVER.  Pumpkin bread, pumpkin & peanut butter (trust me), pumpkin cream cheese anything, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin pie milkshakes (!!!)… I could go on forever.

When I see it on the shelves, I stock up.  I’m a pumpkin hoarder.  So, I’m excited to bring you my first pumpkin recipe of the season.

My Favorite Mini Pumpkin Muffins!

Itty bitty teeny tiny baby pumpkin muffins coated in cinnamon sugar. Kind of like a cross between a muffin and a donut. A muffin donut hole, if you will. Except these are whole wheat and are baked, not fried.

I’ve seen 4398579 pumpkin muffins all over the web, cookbooks, magazines etc. I based my recipe off of my Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins. And it was a fine choice, I must say. The pumpkin flavor is front and center. They’re a little dense, but not “heavy” tasting.

What’s most important about this recipe is that you make sure to use 100% pure pumpkin, not canned pumpkin pie filling! Libby’s is my favorite.

The muffins aren’t TOO sweet, which is why I dumped them in cinnamon sugar, obviously. They also looked a tad naked without it. Cinnamon sugar is always a necessity, if you ask me.

Perfectly little pumpkin muffins coated with cinnamon sugar. They taste like your favorite pumpkin muffins from the bakery!

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Bite-sized treats always just seem to taste better, no?  I threw some into a baggie and had them at work for breakfast this week with my Keurig pumpkin spice coffee.

I’m welcoming fall flavors with open arms.

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins

Yield: 20-24 mini muffins

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Perfectly little pumpkin muffins coated with cinnamon sugar. They taste like your favorite pumpkin donuts from the bakery!


Mini Muffins

  • 1 and 3/4 cup white-whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and nutmeg. Set aside. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and stir for about 1 minute. Add the vanilla, pumpkin puree, and milk. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry. Stir together until just combined - do NOT overmix.
  3. Using a small spoon, spoon the batter into the muffin tins, about 2/3 way full. For ease, I used a small spoon sprayed with nonstick spray so that the batter easily fell off the spoon into the tin without using my fingers.
  4. Bake for 11-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. While the muffins are cooling, make the coating. Combine the sugar and cinnamon a small dish. In a separate small dish, melt the butter. Once the muffins are relatively cool, dip into the melted butter and then into the cinnamon sugar.
  5. Make ahead tip: Muffins stay soft, fresh, and moist at room temperature for 3-5 days. Muffins freeze well for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up (if desired) before enjoying.

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Try them regular size as well! About 20 minutes, same oven temperature.

My Favorite Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins!

My Favorite Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins!

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124 Responses to “Mini Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Muffins.”

  1. #
    Sandyposted October 13, 2014 at 10:34 am

    My sister and I made these for breakfast yesterday and ate them with our mom. We enjoyed them with coffee (mom), hot chocolate (me) and orange juice (sister). They were delicious, thank-you for the recipe.


  2. #
    Jessicaposted October 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Hi, I just made these tonight for my family. They were a hit!!!


  3. #
    Barbaraposted October 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Sally,

    Have you tried baking these in a donut pan? I am interested in trying that method out.


    • Sallyreplied on October 27th, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      I have not, actually – but they will be delicious without a doubt. The bake time will be short, like it is here.


  4. #
    Bethposted October 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    These look amazing!! Are there any changes that should be made when cooking at high altitudes? I’m looking forward to making these!


    • Sallyreplied on October 30th, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Hey Beth! Unfortunately, I have no experience making these at high altitude. I have had readers at higher altitude tell me they had success with the recipe as is, but again — I cannot say for sure. I often refer readers to this helpful chart.


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    Karenposted November 25, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Any change in the baking time if you use regular size muffin tin? Thanks, love all your recipes!


    • Sallyreplied on November 25th, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      yep– below the recipe is a photo of the full size muffins. 20 minutes bake time.


  6. #
    Jenposted January 3, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    These are amazing!! Super moist and delicious:-) full of flavor
    I have tried dozens of your recipes and I’m always impressed!!!
    Thank you!!!


  7. #
    Graceposted April 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

    I was looking for a way to make my sprint-out-the-door for work each morning a little more “sprint-ier,” so I decided I wanted to make muffins. I was searching for a chocolate or pumpkin recipe, and a recipe where I already had all the ingredients. I found this recipe and made it yesterday. These pumpkin muffins are AWESOME! They’re moist for being a muffin (I’m fighting myself from typing cupcake every time I type muffin) and taste great even without the cinnamon sugar topping. I do advise to add the topping though because it gives it another dimension. I tried it both ways – with & without – and with, it reminded me of cinnamon sugar donuts you can get from cider mills. I thought it was Fall for a split second! Even my husband (who isn’t a huge muffin or pumpkin fan) wanted to try one and loved it! I was shocked! That’s when I knew I had a winner. Thanks! =)


  8. #
    Graceposted April 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Ahh! I got so sidetracked in it’s deliciousness I forgot to add – I doubled the recipe and ended up with 25 regular size muffins. I think the cinnamon sugar coating recipe could easily be halved, because I had quite a bit of butter and cinnamon sugar leftover. I started by dipping the muffins in the butter, but then ended up using a pastry brush to apply the butter because it made the muffins a little cleaner looking. Again – great recipe!



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