Easy Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

Fall always puts me in a baking mood. I think it’s the fact that I mostly grill our dinners all summer long, so I miss just puttering around my kitchen. I’m ready for soups, crockpot recipes, and pumpkin everything (minus lattes) this time of year! This week alone, I’ve made  two batches of applesauce, a cheesecake and another batch of these easy pumpkin butterscotch muffins. This is one of those fake-out super easy recipes that looks like you went through a lot of effort, but it could not be more simple.

Easy Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

I’ve made a zillion different iterations of this recipe, but this is by far my kid’s favorite. You start with just two ingredients – a can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie, just good ole pureed pumpkin) and a spice cake mix. You could just stop there and mix those two together and pop them in the oven. Which I’ve done and they are simple and delicious. But my kids love it when I add in a cup of butterscotch chips! Again, you could just stop there too if you are in a hurry, but why not whip up a quick crumb topping to add another little layer of sweetness? Easy Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

A close up of food

Just mix butter, flour, sugar, and a little pumpkin spice and crumble over top. I love the homemade vibe it gives them and it looks like you went through a lot of effort. Perfect to bring to neighbors, church or just eat two with your morning coffee…not saying I did that or anything…

A close up of food, with Butterscotch and Muffin

Easy Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert Muffin
Cuisine Fall Recipe
Servings 12


  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice


  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Mix pumpkin puree and cake mix in a bowl.
  • Mix well.
  • Add butterscotch chips.
  • Put in a greased cupcake tin or use cupcake liners.
  • Top with crumb topping.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
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I’ve mixed in walnuts or pecans into these easy pumpkin butterscotch muffins too and they are delicious – like I said, you could make then a zillion ways! Happy weekend!

cupcake tin with pumpkin crumble muffins

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  1. 5 stars
    These are amazing!!! I made them gluten free and they turned out great! What a good seasonal recipe ?

      1. Just FYI ?: To make the spice cake, I used King Arthur Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix. Then I added: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp ground cloves. Mix it up and you have it!

  2. 5 stars
    This sounds so yummy. I am going to make and take as a bundt cake to our church’s potluck next Sunday.

  3. These look so good! I would love for you to post some slow cooker recipes! I am always looking for easy fall meals!! :)

  4. These look delicious! I could see them with a little cream cheese icing drizzle or pumpkin spice icing drizzle too!

  5. Kid you not, I just made these last night…the base recipe, then I frosted them with a homemade cream cheese frosting and topped them with those cute (but gross if you ask me – but the kids LOVE them) candy corn “pumpkins.” They are for the football pre-game dinner tonight! The boys beg for these every year!!

  6. Since your last post, with the applesauce and pumpkin muffins you talked about, I went into your recipes looking for both. I found neither, but I did find the caramel apple cake which I am going to to try over the week-end. I was thinking of using a box spice cake mix to make this as a quickie. Have you ever tried that with that recipe. I will be also trying the muffins and an applesauce recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love recipes that look like you went through the work of making from scratch, but actually has a box mix shortcut!! Thanks for posting!

  8. 5 stars
    Yum! We’re going to a cookout tomorrow and I think Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins are going to be on the dessert table. ;-) Thanks, Kelly.

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