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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Welcome fall with pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffins

OCTOBER IS FINALLY HERE!! Which means PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!! Okay, maybe not, but I can break out all the pumpkin recipes and not feel so bad about rushing into October! This really does feel like Fall now AND your kitchen will thank you for it because the smell of pumpkin spice anything baking is one of the best smells in the world. It gives me such a warm feeling.

These are THE perfect muffins to start your Fall baking. Seriously. Chocolate chunks in every bite of this muffin. It’s also not too sweet. The pumpkin spice gives it that warm, earthy taste, and the chocolate rounds out the sweetness. The pumpkin puree makes these muffins SO moist.

Do me a favor, will ya? Go make these. Now!

Well, you might need some pumpkin spice first, so get that going and then whip up a batch of these. Your mouth will love you, and whomever else you decide to share these with :)

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Recipe type: Dessert, Muffins
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 1 dozen
  • 1⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain pumpkin puree
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with baking cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together, flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together eggs, pumpkin, and butter.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chunks with a spatula.
  6. Scoop batter evenly into muffin tins and bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack.
  8. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Source: adapted from Cooking on the Side



  1. 10/01/2012 at 8:12 am

    Yay for pumpkin!

  2. 10/01/2012 at 8:14 am

    Julie these look AMAZING. They are loaded with chocolate. I think I am going to have to get my fall baking on (even thou its spring time for us!)

  3. 10/01/2012 at 8:42 am

    These look awesome!

  4. 10/01/2012 at 9:24 am

    Oh my GOODNESS girl — these look amazing!!! Cheers to more great pumpkin recipes to come!

  5. Dawn
    10/01/2012 at 9:24 am

    These look wonderfuland I LOVE to bake anything with pumpkin spice in it this time of year! Thanks for sharing!

  6. 10/01/2012 at 9:28 am

    That is one righteous muffin! Look at all those sexy chocolate chunks. And tis the season for pumpkiny goodness :)

  7. 10/01/2012 at 9:35 am

    These look wonderful friend. I love your pretty photos

  8. 10/01/2012 at 9:41 am

    I can only imagine how glorious your kitchen smelled after making a batch of these, Julie. They look so fluffy and soft! I’m excited for many more of your pumpkin goodies this month! :)

  9. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    10/01/2012 at 9:43 am

    Fabulous! I am on such a pumpkin kick and haven’t made any pumpkin muffins yet this season. Love these with the chocolate chips.

  10. 10/01/2012 at 9:48 am

    Hooray!! I posted my first pumpkin recipe of the season today too–so excited for fall baking. :) These look so yummy!

  11. 10/01/2012 at 10:08 am

    I can just imagine the awesome smell coming from your kitchen with these yummy looking muffins baking!!! Chocolate chunks in these have me so excited. Pumpkin and chocolate is one of the best flavors of fall!!!

  12. 10/01/2012 at 10:18 am

    oh Ive been all about the pumpkin for about three weeks now..I have no shame..I would have been okay skipping over apples entirely this idea why! These look amazing!

  13. 10/01/2012 at 10:37 am

    I love the combo of pumpkin + chocolate + these sound absolutely wonderful. YUM!

  14. 10/01/2012 at 11:20 am

    I love pumpkin and chocolate together! these muffins look great!

  15. 10/01/2012 at 11:33 am

    These look awesome! Love that melty chocolate in the pictures :)

  16. Kristen M.
    10/01/2012 at 11:36 am

    I cannot say it enough…I LOVE PUMPKIN! I live in a house of pumpkin haters and I just don’t get those sorts of people but it doesn’t stop me from baking up pumpkin galore. These are next on my list!

  17. 10/01/2012 at 11:55 am

    These look so perfectly moist!

  18. 10/01/2012 at 12:48 pm

    Yummmmmmy I’m ready for some pumpkiny goodness

  19. Yay for October and pumpkin!! I am so excited to bake with it and these muffins look divine!!

    PS – I hope you are feeling better! :)

  20. 10/01/2012 at 1:50 pm

    I am definatley going to try that recipe. Not only do they sound nice, they look amazing.

    Thanks for sharing

  21. 10/01/2012 at 1:54 pm

    HAPPY OCTOBER! :D I’ve also been waiting for this day! And I agree… it’s time for pumpkin everything! At least pumpkin sweets. I don’t do savory. These look lovely and I love the wrappers. Excellent October 1st post. :)

  22. 10/01/2012 at 1:58 pm

    Lovely pictures – this recipe sounds wonderful! Yay for pumpkin and choco!

  23. 10/01/2012 at 2:14 pm

    All of the chocolate in these muffins makes me SO happy!! I love chocolate for breakfast :)

  24. 10/01/2012 at 2:46 pm

    Yeah for October – I think we are all kind of obsessed with pumpkin right now!

    These muffins look amazing, all chocolately and yummy!

  25. 10/01/2012 at 3:05 pm

    its about time you hopped on the pumpkin train! :) haha! kidding but I’d eat all of those. Too bad we don’t live like next door to eachoter!

  26. 10/01/2012 at 3:07 pm

    I don’t even like pumpkin that much but your photography is just too tempting! Gorgeous, seriously. And even though I don’t love pumpkin, I love chocolate so I’m sure I could *suffer* through one or 12 of these!

  27. 10/01/2012 at 3:18 pm

    I will so be making these … Happy October Happy Pumpkin

  28. 10/01/2012 at 6:10 pm

    I was JUST thinking about doing a pumpkin chocolate chip bread but now I want these instead!

  29. 10/01/2012 at 9:04 pm

    Finally #pumpkinallthethings!! Seriously can you bring a couple of these out to SEA this weekend? I’ll trade you for the cheesecake bars.

  30. 10/01/2012 at 9:09 pm

    I love pumpkin and chocolate together! These muffins look like they have great texture too. Yum!

  31. 10/01/2012 at 10:50 pm

    Ooh, I will DEFINITELY be making these. Muffin perfection!

  32. 10/01/2012 at 11:50 pm

    Yay for pumpkin everything! I just made a batch of pumpkin muffins last week but I totally need to make these too. After all, you can’t have too many pumpkin recipes, right? :)

  33. 10/02/2012 at 4:33 am

    Love your muffin cases, woo hoo for animal print!

  34. 10/02/2012 at 8:20 am

    Pumpkin and chocolate… a totally match made in heaven!! LOVE!

  35. 10/02/2012 at 9:41 am

    I love pumpkin paired with chocolate! If only I had one of these right now!

  36. 10/02/2012 at 10:10 am

    These. look. SO. good!!! :) Happy Fall!

  37. 10/02/2012 at 10:20 am

    Pumpkin and chocolate always go together. Yay for autumn! ^_^

  38. Veronica
    10/02/2012 at 12:28 pm

    Silly question, but I’ve never baked with pumpkin before. Can you buy pumpkin puree or do you have to make it. I wasn’t sure if it was the stuff people use to make pumpkin pies.

  39. 10/02/2012 at 12:34 pm

    I want these now…although I won’t be able to taste it so ill wait til I’m not sick anymore then ill have some. Seriously they look amazing. Perfect “break in” for pumpkin treats. Yum!

  40. 10/02/2012 at 1:26 pm

    bring on the pumpkin recipes!! These look so good!

  41. 10/02/2012 at 4:23 pm

    Love the pumpkin chocolate chip combo! Just made some pumpkin choc chip cupcakes myself!:)

  42. 10/02/2012 at 9:45 pm

    Don’t pumpkin and chocolate just go together perfectly? These look perfectly delicious to me.

  43. 10/02/2012 at 10:16 pm

    Oooh This looks delish and brings back memories, I’ve made pumpkin muffins before but with dark chocolate chunks :)

  44. 10/03/2012 at 12:01 am

    Bring on the pumpkin and chocolaty goodness! Best part about this season :)

  45. 10/03/2012 at 3:07 am

    One can never have too many muffin recipes. And if that muffin contains chocolate chunks, that makes it a thousand times better!

  46. carol
    10/03/2012 at 11:54 am

    I too love all things pumpkin, especially Libby’s pumpkin roll up. My kids and grandkids know i only offer sweets with redeming values – carrot cake, oatmeal cookies,chocolate zuchinni cake, and now THIS one, pumpkin muffins with chocolate chips…amazing idea and good for you too! LOL

  47. 10/03/2012 at 2:02 pm

    I love how you lost no time is bringing out the pumpkins! It has been warm here in Portland, but cool at night finally. I feel like this weekend the baking may need to start again and I cannot wait! Have a great trip and enjoy our beautiful weather, its kinda perfect right now!

  48. 10/03/2012 at 11:50 pm

    I just bought enough pumpkin at Costco to get me through to next fall…or who am I kidding, probably enough to last me until next week with the way that I love anything and everything pumpkin. This recipe is now on my must make list.

  49. Cynthia
    10/03/2012 at 11:54 pm

    These look so delicious!! Can we add oatmeal?

  50. ellie
    10/10/2012 at 12:45 pm

    could this recipe be used for a loaf pan instead of muffins?

  51. 10/10/2012 at 10:40 pm

    I just made these and they are so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  52. Alicia
    10/13/2012 at 11:11 am

    These are amazing!!

  53. Jennifer
    11/03/2012 at 10:42 am

    I made this a couple of weeks ago, and they were awesome! My husband asked me to make them again this weekend.

  54. Shannon
    08/26/2013 at 12:14 am

    Where to begin with this wonderful, recipe? Well in a few short words it was amazing, and is surely worth the extra time and effort it takes to make muffins from scratch.

    I spent quite some time the last couple of days searching for a pumpkin recipe. This muffin recipe has such a lovely smell, tender crumb, and rose and cooked well.

    I made two additions to this recipe, I added a little bit of cinnamon and some walnuts. Oh as well as a glass of milk to go along with these delicious muffins:)

    • 08/26/2013 at 8:49 am

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed these :) they’re one of my favorites! It makes the entire house smell so good!!

  55. Hope
    09/23/2013 at 10:27 pm

    Any idea on the nutritional information for these?

    • 09/24/2013 at 1:44 pm

      Hi Hope, unfortunately, no. There are many reasons as to why I don’t post nutritional information on my recipes, one of which is that I simply do not have the time to do this. Also, I’m not a registered dietician or nutritionist so for me to give any sort of nutritional information would be incorrect and inaccurate. There are also many differing factors when it comes to nutritional information and since I do not have the knowledge in this, I do not feel comfortable posting this sort of information. If you must have this information, there are many calculators out there (free and paid) that can help you with calculations. A simple Google search would pull up some of these calculators, but again, I’m not endorsing them as I do not know how accurate they may be. Hope this helps!

  56. Lisa
    11/15/2013 at 10:16 am

    Yummy! Found these on Pinterest and gave them a go this morning…love it when something turns out just as pictured and described!
    Thanks for sharing..I will be making these for breakfast at our Thanksgiving gathering!!

    • 11/17/2013 at 10:13 am

      That’s exciting, Lisa! I’m so glad it turned out just like you had hoped :) I hope your family enjoys them during the holidays!

  57. 11/26/2013 at 12:16 pm

    These look delicious! I love anything pumpkin, even better with dark chocolate. For my latest treat, I added blueberries to the pumpkin / dark chocolate chip combo and I loved the result.

    • 11/28/2013 at 9:31 am

      Sounds yum, Mariana!


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