Kicking off the fall recipes this year with a small-batch version of everyone’s favorite muffin! These pumpkin muffins are super simple, and you can easily customize them to whatever you’re looking for.

Small Batch Pumpkin Muffins

I make these every year, but I’ve never shared a small-batch of this recipe. Sometimes we just don’t want to have a whole dozen muffins, so here’s the perfect solution. Let’s get to it!

How to Make Small-Batch Pumpkin Muffins

We are starting out by whisking together the dry ingredients, including all the warm spices to make these pumpkin muffins taste amazing. Then, whisk together the sugars and oil until well combined. Using oil helps these stay really moist, and the brown sugar makes everything a little more flavorful and warm.

Add in the egg, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract and stir until well combined. Then it’s onto the dry ingredients- we’re whisking until everything is well combined.

Then scoop the batter into your prepared muffin tin. I love using these large paper liners because they look really great, but they also allow you to easily make really big, bakery-style muffins, which is what I’m going for here.

How to make Small Batch Pumpkin Muffins

I like to keep things simple and top these with a sprinkle of coarse sugar before they head to the oven to bake off. You can also top them with a simple crumble topping, or whisk together some powdered sugar and water, and ice them after they have baked!

Best High-Altitude Pumpkin Muffins

They will bake up tall and lightly golden (though it’s a little hard to see on pumpkin muffins), and they should rise up over the edges of your pan. Cool these completely and enjoy!

Best Small Batch Pumpkin Muffins

Tips & Tricks for Small-Batch Pumpkin Muffins

These are my absolute fav fall treat, and I hope you guys love these small-batch Pumpkin Muffins as much we do! Here are all my tips and tricks to help you along the way:

  • Do I have to use this combination of spices? No, this is my preferred mix, but you can use any warm spices that you like, or any measurements that you like here. Remember this is only for 6 muffins if you adjust measurements!
  • What kind of pumpkin puree should I use? I always use pure pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie mix. That will not work here.
  • Be sure to avoid over-mixing the batter. This batter is great because it’s easy to whisk everything together by hand. Be sure to just mix until everything is combined.
  • Can I top this with a crumble topping? Yes, you can make a simple crumble topping by combining 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon, and 3-4 tbs of melted butter with a fork until crumbles form. Top your muffins with this and bake as directed!
  • Fill your muffin cups up nearly to the top. If you’re not using paper liners that are tall like mine, be sure to spray your muffin tin with cooking spray to prevent the muffins from sticking! This creates tall, big muffins.
  • Can I double this recipe? Yes, you can easily double this recipe for 12 generous muffins.
  • Can I add nuts to these muffins? Yes, you can add in chopped pecans or walnuts with the flour mixture here and they will work great!
  • I am at about 5,000 ft above sea level and I find that most people who live between about 3,000-7,000 ft above sea level do not need to make any adjustments to my recipes.


Small Batch Pumpkin Muffins
5 from 2 votes

Small-Batch Pumpkin Muffins

Servings 6 muffins


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 6 tbs. sugar
  • 3 tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and line your muffin tins with paper liners. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, brown sugar, and oil until combined. Add in the egg, pumpkin puree, and vanilla, and stir until combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture, and stir until the batter is smooth and completely incorporated.
  3. Fill each muffin cup about 3/4 full with the batter. You should get 6 muffins, and you want the cups to be fairly full.
  4. Top your muffins with coarse sugar, a simple crumble, or leave them plain and ice them with a cinnamon water icing.
  5. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Cool and serve!


  1. Koko

    October 13, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    5 stars
    Yummy! Made a snack cake out of this recipe. Wanted to do muffins, but couldn't find my muffin tin. Didn't have all the spices, so I used Penzey's Pumpkin Pie Spice, which has all the spices in it. Was almost out of oil, so used part olive oil. I was determined! Turned out SO yummy, even with the substitutions. Now I need to do it again, as written. I'll bet it will be even better. Thx!

  2. Holly

    March 12, 2023 at 7:45 am

    5 stars
    What a great recipe! Everything about it is good… measurements and directions are simple, baking time for me was accurate, and the rise of the muffins was exactly as shown (I made five muffins and I don't live in a high altitude area). These came out moist and fluffy and delicious! Thank you.


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