Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

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Can we talk about the marble in these photos? I’m obsessed. When I first bought my house there were a million things wrong with it (I thought). In fact when the realtor showed me this particular house I said If you show me one more house with a pot-bellied stove, I’m done. There are a ton of houses in our area with pot-bellied stoves and I can’t stand them. I know lots of people feel differently and that’s fine. But I loathe them. Ours is in our dining room and when we moved in it was complemented by a light fixture I called: Octopus Giving Birth to a Pineapple. Can you picture it? The worst thing I’ve ever seen. I used to tell people that the dining room was where we cooked up meth and did our inbreeding. It was just awful.

My point being…and there is one…that I’ve fixed up little things along the way. Refinished all of that 1980s honey oak. Ugh. I’ll be just fine if I never see any of that again. It’s all white now. After I finished redoing my bathroom, the laundry room seemed the next logical step. I became OBSESSEDDDD with having a farmhouse sink in there surrounded by a sea of Carrara marble. I mean… I don’t think there’s anything more to say about that. That reno is still pending. Like myself, my home is a work-in-progress.

Last week a friend dropped off this hunk of marble for me to use for a special photography project. None of us can stop talking about how much we love it. We want it in the kitchen. We want it in our bathrooms. My daughter wants us to have marble floors. I told her that was a little too Saudi princess for me. I want wood floors with my marble countertops. I can feel it. Can you?

This is an awful lot of feelings to share about marble. But it’s that good.

Let’s talk pumpkin streusel muffins. I had leftover pumpkin from when I made my Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies that were PS a huge hit. I worked on the recipe, ate my body weight in pumpkin streusel muffins and realized I have zero self control when it comes to anything with streusel. Please note I’d like to be buried in streusel. Until then, I’ll keep bowls of it around the house.

I had so little self control with these pumpkin streusel muffins, that I didn’t want to make them again…anytime soon. But here we are…making pumpkin streusel muffins again. This will pretty much be me on repeat for the next month.

These pumpkin streusel muffins are soft and light as air. Like pumpkin crack. We’ll be eating them in the dining room, next to the pot-bellied stove, if you’d like to join us…

Before We Get Started:

  • I had stopped doing this Before We Get Started section in my recipes and I want to bring it back…I have so much to say on what we’re making right now…
  • Make sure you get 100% pumpkin puree, you don’t want pumpkin pie filling. Pure pumpkin, that’s it. And while I LOVE Trader Joes, I don’t care for their pumpkin…I feel like it’s bland and lacks flavor (that was redundant). I love good old fashion Libby’s. Best flavor out there and easy to find. #basic
  • Wet ingredient, dry ingredients. So, the proper way to get a baking recipe together is to mix your wet ingredients in one bowl and then your dry in another and then they come together in matrimony. However, I have tested this recipe using this method and also one-bowling it. If you decide to go this latter route, you must completely mix your wet ingredients in a large bowl, then sprinkle all of your dry ingredients on top and then mix…don’t mix after you add each dry ingredient. I hate to even recommend this method but lately I’ve been feeling lazy and testing things this way and SURPRISE, they’ve been working just fine. Let your conscience be your guide.
  • Brown Sugar. I only specify light, dark or muscovado when I think it’s crucial to the recipe to be specific. Use whatever you have here. Just know that the latter sugar will have more of an impact on the flavor profile of your muffin.
  • If you don’t like nutmeg like a friend of mine (hi Nina!), don’t add it! If you don’t have cloves, don’t add them. If you love ginger, maybe you want to add some? These are your pumpkin streusel muffins.
  • Someone recently recommended making a large batch of streusel and keeping it in my freezer to have at a moment’s notice. I did it. I’m going to encourage you not to go down this path unless you’re actively trying not to fit into your pants. Make sure you put the streusel together first (before the muffin batter) and then set it in a bowl in the freezer. I want it to have a good chill on before you put it on the muffins.

Let’s bake betches.

Pumpkin Spice Streusel Muffins | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife | super moist + delicious and easy to make!

Pumpkin Spice Streusel Muffins | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife | super moist + delicious and easy to make!

Pumpkin Spice Streusel Muffins

Pumpkin Spice Streusel Muffins | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife | super moist + delicious and easy to make!

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins

Makes 12-14 Pumpkin Streusel Muffins


For the Streusel

  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons pepitas, optional
  • 1 ½ tablespoon pecans, chopped, optional

For the Muffins

  • 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling; 100% pumpkin)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 3/4 cup dried figs, raisins or chocolate chips (totally optional…but sometimes we want to shove something in there)


For the Streusel

  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour. Sprinkle the butter on top. Using a pastry blender, a fork or your hands, cut the butter into the flour mixture until small crumbs start to form. Place the mixture in a bowl and set in the freezer until you’re ready to top the muffins.

For the Muffins

  1. Set your oven to 375 degrees F. Make sure you have a rack in the center of your oven. Line a standard muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the melted butter, pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, water, eggs and vanilla until well blended.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.
  4. Pour the flour mixture on top of the butter mixture and blend until just barely  combined. If adding dried figs or chocolate or whatever, now’s the time to gently fold it in.
  5. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups until they are 2/3 full. I always want to overfill…don’t. Sprinkle with1 1/2 tablespoons of streusel and add a couple of pepitas and chopped pecans. PS You will probably have extra streusel…I get nervous if it looks like I’m going to run out, so this recipe is generous.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes on the center rack. Let cool completely in the muffin tin before serving.
  7. I mean…could you die?

Pumpkin Spice Streusel Muffins | Recipe via DisplacedHousewife | super moist + delicious and easy to make!


I haven’t forgotten about you Sunday Meal Plan!! This week, it’s short and sweet because all I can think about is sweet stuff right now. Such is life. BUT, I’ve been dying to share this recipe with you guys because I feel like everyone and their mother is sick right now. It’s this Lemon Chicken Soup by Giada. I have been making this for YEARS. I’m talking, hanging in the PRC making Giada’s Lemon Chicken Soup. I made it this past week because everyone was sick, but I couldn’t, for the life of me, get a good photo.

I have a couple of things you have to do different.

  1. First, and this is important…don’t add the lemon juice until the end, just prior to serving.
  2. Cook the pasta separate (and store it separate) from the soup. Otherwise you’ll lose all of your broth.
  3. Don’t use broken up spaghetti…make it with orzo.
  4. Double the carrots. Because…carrots.
  5. Add arugula, just prior to serving. Love.
  6. I insist you use a rotisserie chicken from the store. Yep, it’s that kind of week.
  7. Add a handful of chopped basil at the end.

Done. You’re welcome. I hope you guys love this as much as we do!!! xo

On My Mind

  • Do you guys hate that you can’t neatly print my recipes? I’ve been looking at fixing that…let me know your thoughts…
  • FAVORITE FALL RECIPES: Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk CookiesPetite Pumpkin SconesPecan + Tart Cherry GranolaGiant Chocolate Chip Cookies (one of my favorites!), Fresh Fig + Pecan Fall SaladThai Thai Scones and Breakfast Crack Cookies.
  • My dear fellow food blogger Traci of Vanilla & Bean is launching an eBook called Grab-n-Go Snacks — all healthy…all gluten free..all delicious. It’s only available to subscribers but after this weekend (I believe) it’s open to all. Go check out her site…I can’t wait to go download it as soon as I’m done with this post (that’s turned into a diary entry…sorry, I was a wee winded today).
  • I have been getting so much love this week!! So many of you have made my cookies and it makes me oh so very happy!! Jessica Wall (@jessswall) made my Spiced Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Cookies and the photo was so gorgeous it ended up on Food52. So thanks to all of you and double thanks for tagging me (@displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife) so that I could see them!!
  • I 100% know that I had something else to say…but it’s going to have to wait until next week.
  • Have a blissful Sunday…lots of naps, a little stint in the sunshine and some solid TV viewing. Perhaps some pumpkin streusel muffins? A little dreaming about marble? The future? Keep on shining people…



  • Ali September 12, 2018 at 9:58 PM

    These look amazing!!! I love pumpkin everything <3

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci September 24, 2016 at 3:33 AM

    I’m am all about a muffin with streusel topping. These are my dream!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl September 20, 2016 at 8:39 PM

    The marble is beautiful… but so are these muffins! Baking with fresh from the garden pumpkin is one of my favorite Fall treats. I’m adding these muffins to the list!

    • DisplacedHousewife September 21, 2016 at 2:41 PM

      Pamela–Thank you, I hope you do make them!! Love baking with pumpkin!! xoxo

  • Dawn @ Girl Heart Food September 20, 2016 at 11:50 AM

    Yay for all things pumpkin & streusel? Woo hoo for that….it’s just the icing on the cake or, er, streusel on the muffin….either way, it just takes those goodies up a notch, doesn’t it? Marble is absolutely gorgeous! So fun renovating (though times it can definitely be stressful). Hope to see some pics :) Have a great week! xo

    • DisplacedHousewife September 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM

      Dawn–YAY to streusel!!! And double yay to marble!!! Yes, renovating can be stressful. After I finished (kind of?) my office I took a sabbatical. It’ll all happen…in time!! xoxo

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary September 19, 2016 at 8:04 PM

    First of all, that marble is gorgeous! I’d totally want it in my kitchen, baths and laundry room. Stat! Second, you crack me up! Seriously, reading you talk about homes is hillarious. Last, these muffins look bomb diggity and I don’t even like pumpkin! I’m thinking these babies will make me a pumpkin convert for sure!!! Cheers, girlfriend!!

    • DisplacedHousewife September 19, 2016 at 8:32 PM

      Hey Cheyanne!! Thanks!! You’re so sweet!! I hope they do make you a convert because I seriously cannot stop eating them!!! It’s a Stage 3 alert over here. And cheers to you too!!! xoxox

  • traci | Vanilla And Bean September 19, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    LMAO!!! Rebecca… buried in streusel!! I’ll join you!! OMG I died, because I have a recipe coming up with streusel.. and it had to be just right – tossing it in the freezer, tweaking the sugar.. then the flour.. then the spices.. OMG, It has to be just right! In fact I have a huge batch I whipped up in July just so I can have it on hand to toss on top of muffins and crumb cakes and anything else I please! LOL! A muffin isn’t a muffin without it! That marble.. omgeee I’ve yet to get a slab for photog. It is SO pretty. No wonder you and your daughter want the entire house marble! LOL! And that stove.. I had to look it up. It’s awful. No wonder you don’t want it anywhere save the recycle bin. YUCK! Thank you sweets for your shoutout – a big smile and totally unexpected. It’s now available! Hooray!

    • DisplacedHousewife September 19, 2016 at 8:31 PM

      Traci–It’s just awful…I can’t wait to have it removed!!! And yes to streusel!! I can’t wait to see your streusel muffin post. AND, I’m loving your ebook…all of the granola recipes…I’m in heaven!! Sending lots of love!! xo

  • Charlotte @ What Charlotte Baked September 19, 2016 at 5:33 AM

    I’m loving how everyone is all about the autumn right now :) These muffins look fantastic – love the streusel on top. Genius!

    • DisplacedHousewife September 19, 2016 at 3:25 PM

      Charlotte–Thank you!! From this point forward, everything shall be covered in streusel!!! xoxo

  • Stephanie | The Foodie and The Fix September 18, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    These muffins look so perfect! I’m all for pumpkin and streusel and no self control ;-) There’s just no other way to do it (because fall). Also, down with pot bellied stoves and honey oak! Reminds me of my parent’s kitchen!

    • DisplacedHousewife September 18, 2016 at 10:20 PM

      Stephanie–Yes, the parent’s kitchen!! Down with them stoves!! And yes to no self control…’tis the season!! xox

  • Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen September 18, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    I wouldn’t have any self control around these muffins either Rebecca! I’m a total sucker for streusel. The more the better! At least with fall on the way, I won’t need to break out the bathing suit anytime soon! So excited to try these!

    • DisplacedHousewife September 18, 2016 at 10:18 PM

      Mary Ann–So excited it’s not bathing suit season and I can’t wait for you to try these!! xoxo

  • amanda paa September 18, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    I confess, I had to look up what a pot bellied stove was. And now I get why you’d rather not have it….
    But then there is this marble… YES. I love your daughter’s idea of marble floors, she has nice $$ taste. :) It’s such a beautiful backdrop for these muffins. And streusel is what makes a muffin. They need a little crunch-e-crunch on the top. All the fall love!


    • DisplacedHousewife September 18, 2016 at 10:17 PM

      Amanda–Good lord, they’re dreadful. Someday it will be gone…it seems easy to remove but it’s a whole ‘you have to patch the roof’ thing. Ummm…yeah, Stella has nice taste. When we finally meet you’ll have to ask me why I will never go car shopping with her again!! ;) xoxo

  • Cathy | whatshouldimakefor.com September 18, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    i can just see you laying on a bed of marble under a blanket of streusel. your obsessions make perfect sense. and i really need to see a photo of that light fixture. i think ian ziering wants to star in the movie version. and since i’m a lover of all things pumpkin, these muffins will be my undoing (of my pants for sure). want these for breakfast, lunch and dinner. and i do (!) keep a bag of crumble in my freezer. and yes, i’ve shamefully snacked on it until there wasn’t enough left for a single pie.

    • DisplacedHousewife September 18, 2016 at 3:44 PM

      Cathy–I don’t know if I have a photo…I’ll have to dig around!! And I love that you keep it in the freezer!! Your sweet game is on point!! xoxo

  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings September 18, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    I love marble so much but in our current house, we have a very brown kitchen. That’s not going to change at this house. It’s beautiful for someone, just not me. I love white kitchens! Can’t believe you have the nerve to suggest keeping streusel topping in the freezer. That is way too dangerous! (but what a great idea!) These babies looks so good!

    • DisplacedHousewife September 18, 2016 at 3:42 PM

      Karen–It’s way too dangerous!! How did I forget about how amazing streusel is over the summer months?! It’s amazing… xox

  • Alida | Simply Delicious September 18, 2016 at 7:19 AM

    We also bought a house that needs, shall we say, just a little work (not just a little at all, actually a shit ton)… And as we go, we are uncovering more and more projects along the way. Joy! ;) That marble is stunning though!

    And those muffins. SWOON! I’ll take 2, thanks!

    • DisplacedHousewife September 18, 2016 at 3:41 PM

      Alida–I love fixing up my house and I hate it!! I would share these muffins with you!! xo

  • DisplacedHousewife September 18, 2016 at 1:08 AM

    I think about working out all the time!!! ;);) …streusel in the freezer is the best worst idea you’ll ever have!! xox

  • heather (delicious not gorgeous) September 18, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    um. i don’t think keeping streusel in the freezer at the ready is a good thing. it’d be gone before i’d have a chance to put it on anything, and then i’d think about working out more (think, but who knows about doing).


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