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Pumpkin Corn Muffins

What I particularly enjoy about this recipe is the amount of salt in it. While it does have some brown sugar to help bring out the sweetness in the pumpkin and corn, it’s most definitely a muffin erring more on the side of "savory" than "sweet." Perfect, in my opinion, to enjoy over a cup of coffee in the morning or pass around the dinner table at night.

Give it a go and feel free to experiment with some of your favorite variations. Want to top it with chopped nuts or streusel? Go right ahead. Hankering to fold in 1 cup of shredded dry Jack or sharp cheddar cheese? Brilliant! – Patrick Decker


  • 1 cup prepared pumpkin

  • 3 tablespoons sour cream or Greek-style yogurt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled

  • 1 cup fine ground cornmeal or instant polenta

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed

  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (optional)


Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Grease the cups of a 12-cup muffin pan with softened butter or nonstick cooking spray.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, sour cream (or Greek-style yogurt), eggs and butter. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining dry ingredients except the seeds. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just to combine. Divide the batter between the cups and top each with the pumpkin seeds (if using).

Bake the muffins until they’re pale golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean,  18-20 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Note: I recommend serving the muffins warm.  If you’re baking them ahead of time, reheat them in a 250°F oven for about 10 minutes.

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