Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Looking for a good pumpkin muffin recipe? These Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are seasonally spiced and speckled with mini chocolate chips for easy pumpkin muffins that your whole crew will devour. These bite sized treats are a cross between a muffin and scone. They are best served warm from the oven with coffee, tea or hot cocoa, and that orange and black hue makes them perfect Halloween muffins.

Ingredients For Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • All purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon 
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Allspice
  • Butter 
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Buttermilk
  • Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

Note: You can substitute 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.  I like to blend my own, but if you’ve got the pre-mixed spice, why not use it for these easy pumpkin muffins, right?

This is a bit different than most pumpkin muffin recipes. Others combine melted butter or oil blended with milk, egg and pumpkin puree.  These pumpkin mini muffins cut chilled butter chunks into the dry ingredients, almost like a biscuit. The result is a moist, tender crumb with a craggy outer shell.

Tips For Making Pumpkin Mini Muffins

  • I used a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour. Make sure the butter is very cold before you add it and start cutting.
  • I like to cut the butter into small chunks and then chill it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before continuing.
  • You could also cut the butter into the flour using a food processor. Pulse 5-8 times  until it’s shaggy and rough and the butter is about the size of peas. Just don’t over process, otherwise it will form a dough. Transfer the flour/butter mixture to a large bowl to continue. 
  • Add the mini chocolate chips to the pumpkin muffin recipe and toss to combine. (Note: if you added the chocolate chips while in the food processor, it would obliterate them when you pulse together.)

Easy Way To Measure Wet Ingredients For Halloween Muffins

  • Pour the buttermilk into the measuring cup until it reaches the 3/4 cup point.  
  • Then add enough pumpkin puree until the combined mixture reaches 1 1/4 cups. (That’s 3/4 cup buttermilk and 1/2 cup pumpkin).
  • Whisk the ingredients together until smooth.

Final Assembly For Pumpkin Muffin Recipe

  1. Add the pumpkin puree mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until everything is just combined. Don’t overwork the dough, which will be thick and sticky. 
  2. Drop the batter by rounded teaspoonfuls into the prepared mini muffin tin and bake until set.
spoon the pumpkin chocolate chip batter into mini muffin tins.

These chocolate chip pumpkin muffins are like a cross between breakfast scones and mini muffins. They’re rubbly, tender, lightly spiced with melty mini chips in every bite.

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  • If you want to add a little more flourish to your pumpkin muffins, sprinkle with a little sugar and spice mixture or add a few more chocolate chips.
  • Add chopped, toasted walnuts or pecans,
  • Swap mini chips for M&M candies.
  • Substitute dried cranberries for chocolate.
bake until a cake tester comes out clean.

These mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins smell so good as they’re baking. There’s the unmistakable pumpkin spice aromas with the promise of a soft, delicate bread. You’ll want to let these easy pumpkin muffins rest for a few minutes before popping them out of the muffin tin and into your mouth — just to prevent scorching your palate with molten chocolate.

cool on a wire rack.
You can pop these beauties right into your mouth while they’re warm, or cool them on a rack and freeze for later.

That said, these easy pumpkin muffins are really spectacular while they’re still warm. They’re not overly sweet, or overly spiced… and have a beautiful balance of fall flavors. These Halloween muffins would also be a pleasant surprise on Thanksgiving morning or any Saturday or Sunday in between.

a mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffin split in half.

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a mini pumpkin muffin dotted with chocolate chips.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Super soft, moist and delicious. These mini pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are a cross between muffins and scones. They aren’t overly sweet and go perfectly with a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate — no judgement here).
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chips, muffins, pumpkin
Dietary Restrictions Vegetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 36 mini muffins


  • 2 ¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small dice
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin puree


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray mini muffin tins with vegetable spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Whisk to combine.
  • Add The butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry blender or two sharp knives, to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until they resemble coarse crumbs.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and toss to combine. Set aside.
  • Combine the buttermilk and pumpkin puree and whisk together until smooth. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well blended and no dry bits of flour remain.
  • Scoop the batter into mini muffin pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden and a cake tester comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing them. Best served warm.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 74kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 654IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love a recipe that fills the “I feel like something sweet, satisying and quick to make” treat… this fits the bill!

  2. Raia Todd says:

    5 stars
    Those look delicious! I’ve been craving scones lately, too… Must be a sign!

  3. Ashley @ Sweetpea Lifestyle says:

    5 stars
    Lisa! For starters, your photos are amazing!!! Secondly, thank you for the step-by-step! Such a nice tutorial, giving me confidence in the kitchen!

  4. Jacqueline Meldrum says:

    I’m marking these down for breakfast on the go idea. Perfect for this time of year. Sharing these now!

  5. 5 stars
    Pumpkin and chocolate go so well together. These muffins look delicious.

  6. Kelly Anthony says:

    5 stars
    What a great idea to used cut cold butter instead of melted to make it more like a biscuit texture.