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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins

Do you have a million and two recipes bookmarked? Me too. I hoard them like I'm stocking up for some sort of recipe apocalypse. I even have bookmarked recipes that I stashed away three years ago but still haven't tried them! Not this one though - I saw this one the day before yesterday and there was no holding me back!

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins 
Can't beat a good streusel topping! When I saw Maggie's Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake a couple of days ago I knew I had to have it. There was no bookmarking that one for later. It was like when you're watching an infomercial in the middle of the night because you can't sleep, and you just KNOW that you have to have that automatic letter opener for only $19.99 plus shipping and handling so you pick up the phone and buy it without giving it a second thought. I had to have this coffee cake! The only difference is that unlike those silly infomercial products, Maggie's cake is actually awesome! It has the perfect amount of pumpkin without being too squashy, and the perfectly balanced spices add a delicious hint of fall to the wonderfully moist cake. The cinnamon-pecan streusel goes on the top AND it's also sandwiched between two layers of batter. What?! Gimme!

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake Muffins 
You can't quite see that there's streusel topping mixed in there in the middle, except for the pecans, because it's camouflaged between the top and bottom layers of beautiful golden muffin. Of course I made coffee muffins instead of one big coffee cake because that's just what I do. I halved the recipe and ended up with eight muffins that baked for about 25 minutes, so if you want to make a full recipe and make muffins instead of one cake it will yield sixteen muffins. Math skills - I has them. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Maggie!

Now let's wrap it up with some more little goldfinches from our backyard. How many blurry little fincheroos can you spot?

How many blurry goldfinches can you spot?


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16 comments :

  1. Yay for pumpkin streusel muffins! Totally rad that you made these right away, makes me feel all special and junk :) And even more happy that you liked them! I never even would have thought of making it into muffins, I'll keep that in mind the next time I don't want a huge ass cake.
    I'm horrible for bookmarking recipes and not making them. I've got a whole bunch of recipes I bookmarked back when I was going through a super-healthy/low-fat/no-sugar-no-fun phase that I'll most likely never make, but I can't bring myself to delete them because of that 0.001% chance that I might at some point want to try it....it seems I have desktop hoarding issues.

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    1. You are all special - no junk! :)

      Mr. Wing-It had been asking me to make something with pumpkin for weeks but I wasn't quite feeling the pumpkin yet, that was until I saw your coffee cake!

      I rarely make whole recipes because the bigger the batch, the less often I get to bake. Know what I mean? If I make a full recipe then I have baked goods for three or four days, but if I half the recipe then I can bake again within a couple of days when I run out of stuff. I want to bake all the cakes!

      Those super healthy, no fun phases really are no fun. I go through those every now and then but snap right out of it as soon as I see a recipe for something fun! :)

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  2. yum yum yum, i'm gonna have to bookmark that one. I got super excited when I found pumpkin puree in a supermarket here (it's not very easy to get here) and it's been staring at me like 'whatchoo gonna do?' every time I've opened the pantry since.

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    1. You would be putting your precious pumpkin to good use with this recipe, Sal! And it doesn't call for any pumpkin pie spice, which I imagine would be hard to find as well. I think you will love this cake too!

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  3. Definitely can't beat a good streusel topping - those muffins looking amazing! Love the drizzle too.

    Cute goldfinches! :)

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    1. The drizzle takes them to a whole extra level of deliciousness! I bet you these could be easily made gluten free too.

      Our goldfinches are the cutest - I only wish they would sit still for one second so I could take a non-blurry picture!

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  4. Holy moly, those look delicious! I love that a recipe moved you to action like that.

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    1. And I am a big procrastinator! The cake looked so good though, and all the ingredients were already in my pantry so it was a done deal as soon as I saw the recipe :)

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  5. Oh my goodness, those look amazing! Agh, I just need an excuse to make these--or like 20 friends to help me eat them! Totally adding to my list for a one-day-soon treat!!

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    1. Hey! Tomorrow is Friday - there's an excuse to make'em! ;)

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  6. they look yummy! I like the topping.

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    1. The topping is my favorite part! :)

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  7. The muffins sure look good — except they have streusel, and unlike for the rest of the world, it's not a favorite of mine. I like pumpkin, though. And goldfinches! What a cute little bunch of birds.

    I used to have the unfortunate habit of printing out recipes I 'wanted to make.' If I could eat the paper instead, it would make more sense.

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    1. You streusel hater, you! Now you don't even have to print out any recipes anymore because you have fancypants tablet. No need to eat paper now! :)

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  8. I still remember when I learned that coffee cake doesn't actually have coffee in it. I was sorely disappointed. I don't think I'd be disappointed in these. The more streusel, the better.

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    1. Oh, the disappointment! These are definitely not disappointing, and wiser words about streusel have never been spoken before - the more, the better!

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