Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Cake Muffins

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Coffee cake in a single serve muffin! Soft and fluffy! How great are these coffee cake muffins? They are absolutely delicious! 


This is my first themed reveal with Secret Recipe Club since they started doing themed reveals.

Essentially when a month has an extra week, there’s a theme assigned and we pick a recipe that goes well with that theme.

I chose these coffee cake muffins at the request of my teenagers because they thought they were the perfect BACK TO SCHOOL RECIPE for breakfast with a glass of milk or cup of coffee.

Yes, my teens drink coffee. Yes, I’m that mom.

Get over it. I did. I drank coffee at 13 and I’m fine. They weren’t allowed until 16 and up.

Anyhooo…… onto this months recipe.


This is such a fun recipe and follows our Back to School theme this month.

We were looking for a great weeknight meal, but why not a great weekday breakfast instead?

Plus it’s a make-ahead muffin, even better!


My teenagers totally wanted to make this recipe after they found it on her blog.

These Coffee Cake Muffins were exactly what they were wishing for.

Since they wanted to make them on their own, I let them make the final choice and these were it. 


There was only one small omission and a slight change.

The original recipe added dried cherries and blueberries to the batter, so you can do that!

It sounded good, but we didn’t have on hand.

Fall Coffee Cake Muffins

My teens instead decided to add some pumpkin pie spice (can you tell they are ready for Fall?) to both the batter and the “streusel”.  

I know they could have probably added pumpkin to the batter, but they aren’t that advanced just yet.

If you want muffins with actual pumpkin in the batter, I got you… try these Pumpkin Spice Donut Muffins or these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

They also decided to dip the muffins at the end after they had baked, so they used the streusel topping a little different.


Coffee Cake Muffins Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffee cake in a single serve muffin! Soft and fluffy! How great are these coffee cake muffins? They are absolutely delicious! 
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
Course Muffin and Donut Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 1 dozen


For the Topping:

  • 1 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For the batter:

  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Stir with a whisk to combine.
  • In another bowl, beat the butter and white sugar until it is light and fluffy. Then add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and buttermilk alternately, beginning and ending with flour, beating just until combined.
  • Divide batter evenly between muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the streusel topping. Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

To Make the Topping:

  • In one bowl, melt the butter. In another bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  • Dip the tops of the muffins in the butter and then dip into the sugar spice mixture. Twist the top around to really get it coated. We double dipped most of them. Butter, sugar-spice, butter, sugar spice.
  • Eat for breakfast or after school, to get ready for Fall! YUM!
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  1. Oh my yum Nicole. These look beyond amazing. I love coffee cake and having a portable version would be fabulous. Especially on Sunday morning because breakfast has been eaten on the way to church before.

  2. Those are some smart kids you have there. Must be the boost from the caffeine:) I always laugh when people are shocked if kids drink coffee but think nothing of handing them a coke or mountain dew.

  3. Love this muffin recipe, perfect for fall! I was a little confused on the topping instructions, since in one part it says to sprinkle on top before baking, and it says to dip in butter at another part. Instead, I just sprinkled a butter/brownsugar/pumpkin spice mixture on top, and it turned out good.

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