As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Monday, November 1, 2021

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Happy November, everyone!

Did I say that October was my favorite month? Well, November might be a tie! There are SO many things to love about November. The weather. My Kati was born. Coziness. Focusing on gratitude. Thanksgiving.

I have done post-every-day-for-a-month series several times over the years that I have been blogging and I don't have any intention of doing that this month. But I do plan to post more frequently in November. Maybe we could call it a mini series? 

To begin . . . 

It's time for a pumpkin recipe here at Thinking About Home! I didn't start out planning to do an annual pumpkin recipe, but somewhere along the way that is what happened. So here's my offering for 2021. 

(Pumpkin Recipe Roundup found ~here~ and  Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is ~here~.)  

I have made these pumpkin streusel muffins a couple of times this fall.

I have used this muffin recipe for years, since I first discovered it in Country Living magazine in February 1982. Sometimes I have added pecans, sometimes chocolate chips. Most often, I have made them just as they are. 

This year, I decided to add a streusel topping because I have found a streusel recipe that I love and is there anything that is not delicious with a streusel topping?

(Makes 12 standard muffins.)

Muffin Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 stick butter, melted
(Optional: 1/2 cup golden raisins OR pecans OR chocolate chips)

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Butter 12 muffin cups.

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients and blend well.

Beat egg with milk, pumpkin, and butter until smooth.

Stir pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients and blend until moistened.
(At this point, stir in raisins, pecans, or chocolate chips if you're adding them.)

Spoon batter into muffin cups.
Press 2 tablespoons of streusel mixture (recipe below) on top of each.

Bake 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.

Streusel Topping:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl.
Mix with your fingers until mixture is moist and crumbly.

Grab yourself a cup of coffee (and maybe a friend) and enjoy this autumn treat! 


  1. I think I remember your streusel topping that went with Blueberry muffins, right? Yummy!
    Loved the ideas of the napkins and the bowls put onto wood items (from your last post), for color contrast, very creative.

    1. You have a good memory, Melissa! Yes, this is the same streusel topping that I put on the blueberry muffins!

      Thanks for your kind words!

  2. Streusal topping makes any muffin better, in my opinion. YUM! Enjoy this new month!

  3. um. can i simply make the streusal to eat and not the muffins..?! wink.
    love love love streusal. i'll definitely make these this week!
    thank you. :)

    1. Doesn't sound like a bad idea to me! 😊

      Hope you enjoy them (or the streusel)!

  4. Those do look delicious and what's not to like about a streusel topping except it being hard to spell. :) I love those come back to recipes that never fail. Beautiful photos! Happy November to you!

    1. (I just double-checked my spelling!)

      I love those tried-and-true recipes too, Ellen. Thank you, and a happy November to you too!

  5. Yum, a pumpkin muffin with streusel topping. I'll have mine with a cup of tea please. Oldie but goodie recipes are the best. Good to hear you'll be posting more, Cheryl!

    1. I'd love to share a muffin and a hot cuppa with you, Martha Ellen! Thanks for your encouragement. Some of my posts may be short-ish, but I have lots of Novembery thoughts!

  6. Those muffins look scrumptious! Perfect for fall. And I have some pumpkins that need using . . .

    1. Serendipitous! I love fall foods, don't you? Hope you enjoy!

  7. Streusel topping all the way! Every muffin would be better with it! I’m going to make these, but maybe mini muffin size for co-op tomorrow!

    1. I like the idea of mini muffins! Hope you all enjoy them!

  8. I'm with you, I love October, but November comes in right behind. It's a beautiful month. Yum on the streusel. Is there nothing better than a pumpkin streusel muffin and a cup of coffee? TFS that recipe. Those candy corn cookies on your previous post looked so festive. And yes, to candy corn. I love it! A little too much. Last Fall I ate about 6 or 7 bags all by myself. I'm trying to do better this Fall though. Happy November to you!

    1. I am smiling at the 6 or 7 bags. 😀 I can totally leave candy corn alone, but those malt eggs that come in a little carton around Easter? I can't let myself buy them. Actually, I do let myself buy one carton each year. Can. Not. Resist.

      Happy November to you too!

  9. Alas, my days of enjoying baking and eating such treats have ended. Call me depressed. 🙃

    1. Knowing how you loved to bake, yes, that is depressing. Honestly, I make such treats only when I know I'm having guests or taking something to an event. Ron is diabetic and I don't need the extra calories. Sigh . . .

      But we do have company fairly frequently, so I have excuses on the regular. 😉


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