Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

Fall is my absolute favourite season, and these caramel pecan pumpkin muffins might just be my new favourite muffin too!

Bakery Style Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

caramel pecan pumpkin muffins

I always strive to bake muffins that are just like the ones you would find in a bakery! These pumpkin muffins are not exception. It really is easier than you think!

caramel pecan pumkin muffins

How to get your muffins to rise high

I prefer not to use muffin liners. I spray the entire pan with non-stick spray, not just the actual muffin part, but the top of the muffin pan as well. That way, when the rise up over the edges they are still easy to get out without sticking.

I always fill the muffin tins right to the top. I always get a nice, high rise, resembling the muffins I see in the bakery.

After all, isn’t the muffin top the best part?!

Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

The next step to a bakery style pumpkin muffin is the topping! I made a simple streusel topping including chopped pecans. It really adds a slightly sweet, soft crunch!

caramel pecan pumpkin muffins

A ribbon of caramelly dulce de leche is the perfect touch for these decadent pumpkin muffins. They would really make any bakery take notice!

Why you will love these muffins

  • the are moist, but definitely not soggy or heavy
  • full of pumpkin flavour that makes them feel like comfort food
  • the gooey drizzle on top adds just an extra touch of sweetness
  • the crumbly topping adds texture and a subtle nutty flavour

My favourite Muffin Pan

This solid steel muffin pan is so durable. I have had mine for over 15 years and it’s still going strong

I know you are eager to have the recipe and bake a batch for yourself.

But first you will want to pin this for later!

caramel pecan pumpkin muffins

More Muffin Recipes

Muffins, are undoubtedly a treat everyone loves. With their soft and fluffy texture, coupled with an endless array of flavors and toppings to choose from, muffins offer a delightful indulgence at any time of the day. So grab your apron and lets get baking!

caramel pecan pumpkin muffins

Caramel Pecan Pumpkin Muffins

Yield: 9 large muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Bakery Style


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups, less 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 butter, melted
  • For streusel
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finally chopped pecans
  • 1 jar dulce de leche or thick caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tins completely with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, white and brown sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Using clean hands, mix well, breaking up any lumps of brown sugar. Set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl whisk eggs til lightly beaten. Add pumpkin, melted butter and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and using a spatula gently fold together just until dry ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins, filling right to the top.
  6. Mix all streusel ingredents together by rubbing butter into the flour and brown sugar til crumbly. Mix in chopped pecans. Sprinkle over muffin batter.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then remove to wire rack until completely cooled.
  9. Drizzle with dulce de leche.


Muffins freeze well, just freeze before adding dulce de leche.

Otherwise store in airtight container for up to 3 days.

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  1. I always have to make pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting from my grandma’s recipe. Turn out great every time.

  2. My favorite recipe that I started making last year was using either pumpkin or butternut squash to make gnocchi (which I make enough to freeze some for later) and then use a brown butter sauce with sage or basil (I like to change back and forth), I made this quite a bit last year so I’m looking forward to doing the same this year.