Bring on Thanksgiving with the help of pumpkin spice muffins (Recipe)


November 17, 2010 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

Pumpkin spice muffins.

Thanksgiving is getting the shaft this year.

Before I could even put away my orange Pumpkin Fairy tutu, retailers had dragged out the trees, bows and candy canes.

But what about Thanksgiving? Where are all the pilgrim hats? The horn things filled with food? For goodness’ sake, where are the turkeys shaped like hands?

I’ve baked pumpkin spice muffins twice this past week to get myself and others into the Thanksgiving spirit. As Rob put it, the muffins “smell like autumn.” I hope you can also use this easy recipe to spread some Thanksgiving love.

Pumpkin spice muffins

Recipe adapted from my friend Sally Scherer, who got her version from All Recipes


  • One 15- or 16-ounce can of pumpkin (I prefer Libby’s)
  • One box of spice cake mix
  • One 6-ounce bag of dried cranberries, such as Craisins


  1. Dump the spice cake mix and can of pumpkin into a mixing bowl.
  2. Blend the cake mix and pumpkin until it looks like this:

    It looks gross, but it's very tasty.

  3. Pour in the bag of dried cranberries and mix them in with the batter.
  4. Lick the beaters (if you used a mixer) or spatula. Seriously. It’s imperative and delicious.

    This batter is delicious. Lick like no one's looking.

  5. Spray two muffin pans with nonstick spray or fill with cupcake liners. Fill two-thirds of each cups with batter.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Let muffins cool. Enjoy.

3 thoughts on “Bring on Thanksgiving with the help of pumpkin spice muffins (Recipe)

  1. Susie Laun says:

    As roommate and an official taster, I can attest to the deliciousness of these muffins.

    Unfortunately, T-giving is always getting the shaft, but not in the APT. Thanks for some excellent muffins, Ashlee.

  2. beth says:

    Those do sound pretty amazing. I will have to try to make some this weekend.

  3. […] Bring your own dish to the holiday parties. The menu can be a mystery at holiday gatherings, but there’s some security in bringing your own healthy dish. I recommend pumpkin spice muffins. […]

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