The Best Canned Pumpkin Muffin Recipe With Chocolate Chips

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Real canned pumpkin pureé, spices and chocolate chips make the best ever pumpkin chocolate chip muffins easy to make and extra delicious!

I believe recipes have the power to teleport you back to certain times in your life; happy or sad. They can instantly remind you of special people that have been in your life at one time or another. For me, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are one of those recipes that instantly takes me back to 23 years old. It’s a recipe that holds so many special memories in my heart that I enjoy making these canned pumpkin muffins all year round.

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins sitting on a plate next to a cup of coffee and faux white pumpkin | Gathered In The Kitchen

Are You A Pumpkin Lover or Hater?

There is something about the flavor of pumpkin that either has you a lover or a hater.

I’m definitely in the lover category! I attribute it to being born in October; everything about Fall, dark colors, warm and cozy, scream my name. And pumpkin definitely falls into those categories! I like anything pumpkin! Pumpkin crafts, pumpkin decor, and pumpkin recipes!

I make these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins not only during the Fall, but all year long. I make them when guests come to town, I make them with my kiddos, I make them for parties. I make them on a random Tuesday, just because.

A Special Recipe

These muffins and I go way back. Way back to when I lived in Georgia, as a newly wed that was living 1,000 miles away from home. 

We lived in the deep South, in a region called “the heart of Georgia” in a town called Dublin. I was working as a Recreational Therapist at an Assisted Living & Memory Care facility and loving life. My residents were absolutely amazing {yes, I even love old people! Not just old houses!}

Karl Slover Stephanie Bruce of Gathered In The Kitchen 2008 with Karls Star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame

Fun Fact: one of my residents was Karl Slover, one of the Munchkins from the Wizard of Oz! In November 2007, my co-workers and I flew to Hollywood with him and the other surviving Munchkins at that time and he was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! *I seriously need to share about this trip! My photos are a bit “lost” from our house fire…but I’ll work on finding them!

pumpkin chocolate chip muffins sitting on a plate next to a cup of coffee and faux white pumpkin | Gathered In The Kitchen

One day, I was talking with one of my co-workers about these pumpkin chocolate chip muffins my mother-in-law had made a few years back for a wedding shower she threw for me. She told me that she had an amazing recipe from the Dublin Service League and would give it to me. 

From the day I received that recipe, I do believe that these are the most often made recipe I have ever made in my entire life. They are absolutely amazing. They are rich in flavor and full of sugar – and bursting with wonderful, happy memories for me {we bought our first house here and my first two babies were born here}!

milk being poured into coffee

Let’s Make Them Together!

Cream together eggs and sugar in a stand up mixer bowl

eggs and sugar in a kitchenmaid stand up mixer | Gathered In The Kitchen
sugar and eggs mixed together in bowl | Gathered In The Kitchen

Add pumpkin pureé to egg and sugar mixture

canned pumpkin pureé being added to egg and sugar mixture in stand up mixer bowl | Gathered In The Kitchen

In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients

dry ingredients for pumpkin chocolate chip muffins | Gathered In The Kitchen

Alternate adding dry mixture and water into pumpkin mixture

making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins | Gathered In The Kitchen
making pumpkin chocolate chip muffins | Gathered In The Kitchen

Bake and enjoy!

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins sitting on a pedestal with black and white checkered placemat | Gathered In The Kitchen

The Best Canned Pumpkin Muffin Recipe With Chocolate Chips

Stephanie | Gathered In The Kitchen
Real canned pumpkin pureé, spices and chocolate chips make the best ever pumpkin chocolate chip muffins easy to make and extra delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 30 muffins

Equipment

  • KitchenAid electric stand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 1 15oz can of pumpkin purée
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 c vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 c flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2/3 c water

Instructions
 

  • Preheat over to 400. Grease and flour muffin tins

Mix Wet Ingredients

  • Cream sugar and oil together in a large bowl or stand up mixer
  • Add eggs and pumpkin, mixing well

Mix Dry Ingredients

  • Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and stir
  • Add dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture alternately with water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix well after each addition.
  • Spoon batter into greased and floured muffin tins, filling 2/3 full   (you can just use cupcake liners instead of greasing and flouring tins)
  • Bake approximately 10-12 min or until golden brown. do not over bake.*Note: muffins may be prepared ahead, cooled and then frozen in freezer bags. thaw prior to serving.
Keyword breakfast recipes, canned pumpkin, muffins, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin recipes
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To me, recipes are best when they come from someone you love or know very well. When they are passed down. When they were for a special occasion and remind you of that special day.

This recipe for canned pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips is definitely one of those recipes that I know my future grandkids will be enjoying one day. I can’t wait (well, really I can), until I can be the grammy in the kitchen baking with my little tootsies! … just like I did with my kiddos! Hence the name, “Gathered In The Kitchen!” …excuse me while I dry my eyes ?

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4 Comments

  1. Debbie Glovacki says:

    How much pumpkin? Whole 15oz can?

    1. Hi Debbie! Yes, 1 whole can of pumpkin puree…15oz. That is the “regular” sized can size. Happy baking!

  2. Pam Green says:

    Hey friend. I remember that trip with Karl. I will look for some photos for you.
    Also did I miss it? Where does it say how many cans of pumpkin purée?

    1. yep! One 15oz can of pumpkin puree!

      Thank you so much, Pam! I’d love any photos you find! I have them somewhere…but where, I have no idea now!

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