• Super Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffins (3 Ingredients!) #PumpkinWeek

    by Dorothy Reinhold on September 22, 2019

    Print This Post Print This Post Cheater Pumpkin Muffins: It only takes three simple ingredients and 30 minutes to make Super Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffins. They’re ready almost as soon as you get a craving for them! #shockinglydelicious #pumpkin #pumpkinmuffins

    Cheater Pumpkin Muffins: It only takes three simple ingredients and 30 minutes to make Super Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffins. They’re ready almost as soon as you get a craving for them!

    (I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

    Sometimes a girl needs a pumpkin muffin for breakfast, and she needs to be eating it in half an hour. And she doesn’t need to be measuring a lot of ingredients and looking to see if she has an orange to zest or a nutmeg grater or, in general, thinking too hard. She just needs that muffin.

    She needs this no-brainer recipe, which will have a fresh pumpkin muffin in your hands in 30 minutes, tops, and that includes heating the oven and baking time.

    Three ingredients. That’s all this girl needs.

    Proof of how good they are? Check out this note, jotted and left on the counter by my then 14-year-old daughter after someone else ate the last of these muffins. I rest my case.

    (And yes, let me assure you it feels really special to be called a slacker by your own kid! At least I got a heart and a happy face icon out of it.  Note to self: teach her to make them.)

    Note left on the counter about cheater pumpkin muffinsHow to make Cheater Pumpkin Muffins

    Ingredients for Cheater Pumpkin Muffins on ShockinglyDelicious.comAs always, first assemble your ingredients. There are only 3 main ingredients, so it should be easy to find them!

    Portion Cheater Pumpkin Muffins into muffin tins on ShockinglyDelicious.comMix them in a bowl and portion them into lined muffin pans.

    Cheater Pumpkin Muffin recipe makes 12 on ShockinglyDelicious.comThe recipe makes 12 muffins, with a fine, dense crumb. The recipe is correct…there are no eggs and no liquid in here.

    Cheater Pumpkin Muffins have a fine, dense crumb on ShockinglyDelicious.comYou can see the crumb in the photo above.

    Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffin recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comShall we get them in the oven? It’s #PumpkinWeek, so we have a giveaway with prizes from our sponsors, and a full collection of baking/cooking ideas to offer you, right below the recipe. Check it out! ⇓

    Cheater Pumpkin Muffins

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Cook Time: 20 minutes

    Total Time: 1 hour

    Yield: Makes 12 muffins

    Cheater Pumpkin Muffins

    Cheater Pumpkin Muffins: It only takes three simple ingredients and 30 minutes to make Super Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffins. They’re ready almost as soon as you get a craving for them!


    • 1 (18.25-ounce) box spice cake mix (any brand you like)
    • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. allspice, 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1/8 tsp. cloves)
    • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix)
    • Garnish: candy pumpkin sprinkles (I used the variety from Sweets & Treats), and tube of icing to act as "glue" (optional)


    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 regular-size muffin tins with paper liners.
    2. Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and stir, either by hand or using an electric mixer. Mix just until combined. Spoon into paper-lined muffin cups. Cups will be full; don’t worry, they won’t overflow.
    3. Bake at 350F degrees for 18-20 minutes.
    4. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack, until room temperature. If desired, attach candy decorations with a dot of icing from a tube. A word to the wise -- if you are using candy pumpkins as I did, do NOT put them on before baking. I learned the hard way that they will melt. Bake the muffins and affix the candy decorations with a tiny dot of frosting from a tube, and you'll be good to go!
    5. Makes 12 muffins.


    Recipe source: Dorothy Reinhold | Shockingly Delicious.

    Quick note: This is not a misprint. There are no eggs or added liquid. This makes a delicious, dense, fine-crumbed muffin.

    Mini muffins: To make mini muffins: Spray 36 mini muffin cups with non-stick spray (or use tiny paper muffin cups), fill with batter and bake for about 15 minutes.

    Another decoration: Before baking, lightly press four pieces of diced, crystallized ginger into the top of each muffin. Why four? One for each bite of muffin! Or lightly press a pecan half or a walnut half into the top of each muffin.

    Cranberry variation: Stir 1/2 cup chopped fresh cranberries into the batter before baking, as shown here.


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    3-Ingredient Cheater Pumpkin Muffin recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.com

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    Enjoy these #PumpkinWeek recipes from our bloggers:

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    Spooky Sugar Pumpkin Shake from For the Love of Food
    White Pumpkin-Spiced Hot Chocolate from Our Good Life

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    Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze from The Crumby Kitchen
    Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Muffins from Red Cottage Chronicles
    Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins from The Bitter Side of Sweet
    Pumpkin Butter from Everyday Eileen
    Pumpkin Butter from Jen Around the World
    Pumpkin Coffee Cake from It Bakes Me Happy
    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast from Sweet Beginnings
    Pumpkin French Toast with Maple Butter from Cheese Curd In Paradise
    Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Roll Cake from Love & Confections
    Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte Cinnamon Rolls from The Baking Fairy

    Savory Pumpkin Recipes:
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    Pumpkin Deviled Eggs from 4 Sons R Us
    Pumpkin Herb Cheese Ball from The Spiffy Cookie
    Pumpkin Pancetta Risotto from The Redhead Baker

    Pumpkin Desserts:
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    Gluten Free Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from Frugal & Fit
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    Mini Pumpkin Spice Trifles from My Sweet Zepol
    Pumpkin Oatmeal Cream Pies from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
    Pumpkin Pie Fudge from Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
    Pumpkin Pudding from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
    Pumpkin Spice Biscotti from Creative Southern Home
    Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream from Family Around the Table
    Pumpkin Sprinkle Cookies from Daily Dish Recipes
    Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting from Blogghetti
    Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Cakes from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

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    Here’s what it a Cheater Pumpkin Muffin looks like with candied ginger on top! ↓

    Cheater Pumpkin Muffins hero

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