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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins

These Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins are everything you love about fall, with the bonus of rich chunks of chocolate in every bite. Even better, they’re a cinch to make. Total win!

Overhead shot of pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffins, with bite taken out of one

I know we hate the word moist, but for real: these muffins are so moist. That’s one of my favorite things about baking with pumpkin, aside from the amazing smell of pumpkin spice filling the house. Pumpkin puree gives muffins, cakes, and quick breads a tender crumb, and it also adds a little bit of earthy sweetness. And that earthy flavor is a match made in heaven with warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

Like most muffins, these come together quickly. Ten minutes of prep time, about 25 minutes of baking, and in under an hour, you’ve got a batch of warm pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffins ready to be devoured. If you’re looking for the perfect recipe to kick off fall baking season, this is it!

Closeup shot of a pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffin with a bite taken out of it

What You’ll Need

I’m guessing you probably have most—if not all!—of the ingredients for pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffins on hand in your kitchen already. Here’s what you’ll need to grab:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Pumpkin pie spiceHere’s how to make your own.
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs – It’s always best to bake with room temperature eggs, so take them out of the fridge about 30 minutes before you plan on starting the recipe.
  • Pumpkin puree – You’ll need plain, pure, unsweetened, unspiced puree—not pumpkin pie filling. Sometimes the cans look pretty similar, so make sure you have the right one!
  • Unsalted butter – Melt it in the microwave or in a small saucepan. (I prefer the saucepan method because I’ve had one too many sticks of butter pop and splatter all over the microwave. Not fun to clean up!)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate – You can use chocolate chips, but I like chopping up a bar of chocolate instead so there’s a mixture of BIG chunks and little pieces in the muffins. 
Closeup shot of a pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffin broken into pieces

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins

You’ve got your ingredients ready—now it’s pumpkin time! Here are step-by-step instructions on how to make them:

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350ºF, then line your muffin tins with baking cups.

Combine the dry ingredients. Whisk the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

Chocolate chunks being added to pumpkin muffin batter

Make the batter. Use a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to beat the eggs, pumpkin and butter. Slowly add the dry ingredients and continue to mix until the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet ingredients. Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chunks.

Bake the muffins. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, then pop them into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool and serve. Remove the muffin tins from the oven. Let the pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffins cool for 5 minutes, then carefully remove them from the muffin tins and let them finish cooling on a wire rack.

Pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffins in muffin tin

Tips for Success

This recipe is pretty straightforward, but here are a few hints and tips that I’ve learned along the way:

  • Using a hand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use an electric hand mixer instead, or make these muffins by hand. The only change I’d make to this recipe if you’re not using a mixer is to whisk the eggs first, then combine them with the pumpkin and melted butter.
  • Don’t overmix. This is really important with muffin recipes! If you’re a perfectionist, it might bother the heck out of you to see streaks of flour or lumps of sugar in the batter, and I get it! But if you stir the batter too much, you’ll end up with tough muffins.
  • Use the center rack. When baking, I recommend using the center rack in your oven. This ensures that your Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins bake evenly every time.

Can I Freeze Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins?

For sure! Muffins are almost always good for freezing, and this recipe is no exception. Let the muffins cool completely, then pop them in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 2 months. You can let them thaw at room temperature overnight, or heat them in the microwave 15 seconds at a time, until they’re warmed through.

How Should I Store This Recipe?

These muffins should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll last for up to 4 days this way; if you’d like them to last longer than this, freeze them according to the instructions above.

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins Variations

The pumpkin-and-chocolate combination in these muffins is perfection, but if you want to play around with the mix-ins a bit, here are some ideas to try:

  • Add chopped pecans to your muffins.
  • Swap the semisweet chocolate for a high-quality white chocolate.
  • Lean into the fall flavors by using cinnamon chips instead of chocolate.
  • Scatter pepitas over the tops of the muffins before baking.

OTHER PUMPKIN DESSERT RECIPES TO TRY THIS FALL:

Closeup shot of pumpkin spice chocolate chunk muffin with bite taken out of it

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Muffins

The perfectly moist and tender pumpkin spice muffins filled with chocolate chunks!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 1 dozen
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Ingredients 

  • 1 ⅔ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plain pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with baking cups.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together, flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together eggs, pumpkin, and butter.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chunks with a spatula.
  • Scoop batter evenly into muffin tins and bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Notes

Source: adapted from Cooking on the Side

NUTRITION FACTS

Serving: 1 Muffin | Calories: 285 kcal | Carbohydrates: 40 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 13 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 25 g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Course: Dessert, Muffins
Cuisine: American
Keyword: muffin recipe, pumpkin

Photography by Jamie Vespa

Recipe Rating




Elizabeth

Saturday 3rd of November 2018

Just letting your readers know, I made three full size loaves today, and they baked for about 45-50 minutes. Great recipe!

Julie Wampler

Sunday 4th of November 2018

Yay! So happy to hear this. This is one of my favorite recipes for Fall and I'm so glad you are going to be able to enjoy them!

Elizabeth

Tuesday 9th of October 2018

Looks delicious, Julie. Any chance you’ve tried these with melted coconut oil instead of butter?

Julie

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

I haven't but it would definitely work!

Katie

Friday 9th of October 2015

My double batch of muffins is currently in the oven, and I realize I forgot to ask before I got baking! Can these be frozen?

Julie

Saturday 10th of October 2015

Yes, they can!

Tasha @thatssoyummy

Tuesday 6th of October 2015

This combo is my absolute favorite... these muffins look like they would melt in my mouth!

Jennifer

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

When you say one stick of butter what exactly do you mean? How many cups would that be?

Julie

Thursday 18th of September 2014

It is 1/2 a cup.