Simple Sundays | Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins | Kitchen Confidante

It was the first day that I felt like hibernating. The kind of day that you want to spend in a kitchen, warm from the oven, fuzzy slippers padding beneath you, with a pot of hot coffee on the table and a friend with whom to chat. The type of day when the overcast skies outside my window were not a source of gloom, but welcome. Because inside, the smell of baking pumpkin made everything cozy.

I ditched my routine and did just that.

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On that brisk day, I met with a friend – it was a get together that was months in the making, and we were finally able to spend the morning chatting about photography and children and life in general. I had planned to have Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins ready by the time she arrived, but found myself still measuring ingredients and creaming butter as we chatted. I scooped some cinnamon chips and warned her that I was playing around with something new.

I’m glad she didn’t mind.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins | Kitchen Confidante

The aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin began to swirl in the kitchen, teasing our tastebuds. When they emerged, we called her little one over for a taste. Just when I thought her gorgeous blue eyes could not get any bigger, they brightened even more at her first nibble, and my heart melted. Her muffin disappeared and she asked for more. Here was a little darling who loved each bite of warm pumpkin, gooey cinnamon chips and morsels of walnut!

I hope you do, too.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins | Kitchen Confidante

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins

Yield: 2 dozen muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

If you love pumpkin and cinnamon, this muffin is for you! The cinnamon chips bring that extra oomph to each bite and there is nothing better than settling into a cozy chair with a mug of coffee and one of these brown beauties. Actually, make that two. That way you don't have to get up for more.


3 C all-purpose flour
3 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp baking powder
12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
3 C light brown sugar
4 large eggs
15 oz fresh or canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2/3 C milk
3/4 cup cinnamon chips
3/4 cup crushed walnuts


Preheat the oven to at 35o° F. Lightly coat 2 muffin tins with cooking spray.

Whisk or sift the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until soft. Add the brown sugar and mix. Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Add the pumpkin puree, vanilla and milk, and mix well.

Add the flour mixture and slowly mix until just combined. Stir in the cinnamon chips and walnuts.

Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 full. Bake for approximately 22 minutes, or until it is a gorgeous brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let it rest for about 3 minutes before carefully removing from the tin. If they are not releasing easily, give it a little more time to rest then try again.


Adapted from Pumpkin Bread, Food & Wine Magazine, November 1998.

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by Liren Baker on October 14, 2012

28 Responses to “Simple Sundays | Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip & Walnut Muffins”

  1. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen October 14, 2012 @ 6:50 am (#

    What gorgeous photos ~ you’re such a pro, Liren ! I love how you described your day and what a great recipe. I don’t bake too often with pumpkin, but now I think I found a perfect recipe to start with. Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming story and snack idea! Happy Sunday :-)

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Betty Ann :) I just love pumpkin at this time of year…such a versatile veggie, and so delicious in all sorts of baked goods :) I’m hooked! Hope you had a lovely weekend.

  2. Jean October 14, 2012 @ 7:51 am (#

    The cloudy skies and occasional drizzle have been oddly welcome for me, too. I sat by my window the other day just happy to see the light shower outside.

    Sounds like a nice afternoon spent baking and catching up with your friend. The muffins look wonderful and I’d smile, too, at first bite.

    BTW, I was looking for cinnamon chips yesterday (have never used them). Where did you get yours? Happy Sunday!

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

      Wasn’t it nice to have that drizzly day? I do think I am ready for autumn, and it’s odd to think that the warm weather will return later this week.

      I found the cinnamon chips at Safeway! After seeing Laura (Tutti Dulci) use them, I squealed when I saw them at the store :)

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 14, 2012 @ 8:07 am (#

    Yay, you found cinnamon chips! i think they are my new obsession. Gorgeous muffins, I’d love one for my Sunday breakfast!

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

      I thought of you the whole time I made these, Laura! From the moment I spotted the cinnamon chips at the grocery to the time I mixed them into the muffins, I felt like you were with me that day! Thank you for introducing me to my new favorite chips :)

  4. lea davenport October 14, 2012 @ 8:53 am (#

    Cinnamon chips? Have to scout out some of those!

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      My new love! They are wonderful Lea, I hope you find them soon. I bought them at my local Safeway.

  5. angela@spinachtiger October 14, 2012 @ 11:08 am (#

    I don’t think I’ll ever tire of pumpkins and all the food creations defining Autumn. Cinnamon chips are a nice add.

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Angela!

  6. Jennifer @ Delicieux October 14, 2012 @ 3:42 pm (#

    What gorgeous muffins Liren. I love cooking for friends and always think it’s a little special when you can share a treat with them straight from the oven. By the way, I love those adorable mini pumpkins. So cute!

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

      I do think the mini pumpkins are one of the best things about autumn, Jennifer. They make the best centerpieces!

  7. Belinda @zomppa October 14, 2012 @ 3:44 pm (#

    Agreed – all is well with roasted pumpkin!!

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

      Yes indeed, Belinda! Now I’m craving a roasted pumpkin soup. Hmmm….

  8. Laura Dembowski October 14, 2012 @ 5:47 pm (#

    Sometimes you just need to hibernate :). That’s how I feel all winter. I love cinnamon chips. They have such an amazing flavor!

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

      Cinnamon chips are my newest love, Laura. And I do foresee a lot of hibernating in my future. I can’t wait :)

  9. GIna October 14, 2012 @ 7:42 pm (#

    I’m going to be on the lookout for cinnamon chips. I can’t wait to work with my photos, you did such an amazing job. Thank you again. Yeah, my daughter goes back to school tom and hopefully I can get some work done. One of these muffins would certainly help.

    • liren replied: — October 14th, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

      I can just imagine all the goodies you will create with cinnamon chips when you find them, Gina :) You are the queen!

      I am SO glad you loved your pictures, it was such a fun day capturing them! I really loved it!

  10. Maureen October 15, 2012 @ 12:44 am (#

    Cinnamon chips?? I suspect you’d have to live in the US of A to find those but these photos make me want these muffins! I think I’m in love.

  11. Angie@Angie's Recipes October 15, 2012 @ 5:16 am (#

    Not sure what cinnamon chips are, but these muffins look fanfreakingtastic!

  12. jaime @ sweet road October 15, 2012 @ 8:56 am (#

    Hello fall weather! This is the best season for baking in my opinion… pumpkin galore!

  13. Star Fashion Addict October 15, 2012 @ 11:16 am (#

    Lovely looking and right for the season.

  14. Lindsey October 15, 2012 @ 12:06 pm (#

    This is precisely the recipe I needed :) They look divine!

  15. Vijitha October 15, 2012 @ 1:41 pm (#

    An apt post for the season. I am looking for some idea for the office potluck and I think I am going to bake your muffins. Absolutely stunning clicks. You did such an amazing job.

  16. Julia | October 15, 2012 @ 3:48 pm (#

    Your muffins are so beautiful! Pinning them!

  17. Jennifer October 16, 2012 @ 12:01 pm (#

    These look so divine! You’ve inspired me to try and make a Gluten-free version for my little one.

  18. Brian October 18, 2012 @ 12:12 pm (#

    Look like such lovely muffins! And I imagine they are wonderfully moist from the pumpkin.

  19. lea davenport October 21, 2012 @ 4:02 pm (#

    Just made these muffins this afternoon and they are a big cinnamon flavor! Moist, rich and lovely. I’m happy. Since it’s cocktail time here in MT, I’m having with a bourbon. A nice little marriage. This recipe is a keeper.

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