Monday, October 22, 2012

How I Made Pumpkin Cranberry Streusel Muffins (Or Putting on an Extra Winter Layer)

A few weeks ago, I was supposed to take breakfast to our Sunday School class, but I was crunched for time. I immediately thought of a Pumpkin Muffin recipe I had seen (you know, the one that uses a can of pumpkin and a yellow cake mix?). Unfortunately, I didn't have a yellow cake mix. So I did a little digging and found several reviews that said to use a Spice Cake mix instead...and, randomly, I DID have a Spice Cake mix. I know, that's weird, right?

I made them, and covered them in a butter and powdered sugar glaze, and everyone in class loved them.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and I'm ready for something pumpkin again. And then I got to thinking about how much I love dried cranberries. And streusel topping. See where this is headed?

Essentially, I think you could take the pumpkin/cake mix base and take it wherever your imagination leads. Mine led to cranberries. And streusel topping.

So here we go:

1 15-oz. can of pumpkin
1 yellow cake mix
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. cloves
3/4 cup dried cranberries

Incorporate all of these, BUT DO NOT OVERMIX. That's how you get dry muffins. That's a bad deal.

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, and fill them evenly. The batter will be much stiffer than traditional muffin batter. That's ok. 

Now for the yummy stuff.

Streusel topping:

2 TBSP. butter
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Sprinkle this over the muffin batter.

Are you getting hungry?

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until you can insert a toothpick and have it come out clean.

Hungry yet?


They're almost cooled.... if you'll excuse me......:)

*Stay tuned! I'm not a huge fan of using box mixes if I can keep from it, so I'm going to work on a box-free version, I think! Come back and visit!

This post is linked up at Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Thrifty 101,  Melt In Your Mouth Mondays! Keeping It Simple, Mom's Crazy CookingShine Your Light, 33 Shades of Green, Blessed With Grace, Beauty and Bedlam, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday The Shabby Creek Cottage A Little Nosh, 30 Handmade Days Rattlebridge Farm My Romantic Home The Vintage Farmhouse


  1. Hi, found you through Shine your light. I am pinning this one.

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Roxanne! I hope you'll try them and tell me if you liked them.

  3. Oh my goodness!! these muffins look awesome!! I will have to make this THIS WEEK. Thank you for sharing the pumpkin cranberry muffins and for linking to Tempt My Tummy. Again - YUM!

    1. Oh, I hope you'll tell me how you like them! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  4. Oh, my word...these look DIVINE! I'm a sucker for anything pumpkin, so imma have to try these!!!

    1. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! They're reallllly good with a hot cup of coffee. :)

  5. What a lovely fall muffin!!!! I love the use of a cake mix, I always have one or a dozen actually waiting to be used up!!! Cranberries are a great addition!

    1. If you try them, I'd love to hear how you like them! Especially if you use a different cake mix other than yellow..I'd be so interested to hear how that would turn out!

  6. I featured these this week at
    They look delish! ♥

    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE FEATURE!! If you do try them, will you let me know how you like them? I'd love to hear!


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