• Super Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffins (3 Ingredients!)

    by Dorothy Reinhold on October 29, 2011

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    Sometimes a girl needs a pumpkin muffin for breakfast, and she needs to be eating it less than half an hour from now. 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 25 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 this morning and left on the counter by my 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 muffins

    Recipe: Super Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffins

    Summary: It only takes three simple ingredients and 20 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 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix)


    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. 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.

    Quick notes

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


    To make mini muffins: Spray 36 mini muffin cups with non-stick spray, fill with batter and bake for about 15 minutes.

    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 fresh cranberries into the batter before baking, as shown here.

    Preparation time: 3 minute(s)
    Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
    Number of servings (yield): 12
    Culinary tradition: USA (General)
    My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

    Super Easy Cheater Pumpkin Muffins on ShockinglyDelicious.com

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