Bake Up Some Pumpkin Love

A delicious bakery-style muffin recipe that starts with a boxed cake mix!I love the flavors of fall, especially baked goodies made with apples, cinnamon, streusel, squash, or pumpkin! A warm-from-the-oven baked scone or a muffin with a cup of coffee flavored with vanilla on a crisp fall morning is definitely comfort food for me. The combination makes my tummy happy. These pumpkin muffins are one of the first things I make when I feel that first chill in the air, and they may be the easiest muffins you ever make. I love to nestle a batch inside a basket lined with an autumn towel and bring them to a neighbor in need of some baked love.

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Streusel Topping (Makes 18 muffins)

Ingredients: • 1 box spice cake mix • 15-ounce can pumpkin (not mix or pie filling) • ½ cup apple juice or apple cider • ¹/3 cup apple sauce • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Streusel Topping: • ½ cup all-purpose flour • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon • ¼ cup butter, room temperature • ½ cup pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 cups in muffin tin(s) with cupcake liners and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all of the muffin ingredients until completely combined. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full with the batter.

In a separate bowl, make the streusel topping by combining the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients using two butter knives or a pastry blender. Stir in the pecans when the streusel looks crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel topping over each muffin, dividing equally.

Bake in preheated oven for 35–40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature. I vote for warm…with butter!

LeAnn Rice is a food blogger and the author of The Loving Kitchen: Downright Delicious Southern Recipes to Share with Family, Friends and Neighbors. Connect with LeAnn through her blog, www.LeAnnCooks.com.