Pumpkin Muffins with Raisins or Chocolate

So my grandmother passed away early last year. It was a hard loss for the entire family but she gave us all so much throughout her life. She gave me a great family, helped ensure I had good values, and treated me well with lots of baked treats and yummy meals. If you read my earlier post about the lunch she served me as a child, chocolate hail sandwiches, then you know she gave us plenty of goodness in the form of kitchen creations! And that is where this pumpkin muffins post comes from.

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

Grammas Handwritten Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

After my grandmother passed, my aunts and uncles had to decide what to do with the belongings she had collected over her life. One thing they came across was recipes. While some of these were books and community collections, many were handwritten recipes and everyone knows those are usually the best ones! So when my family asked if I would like them and suggested I use some on the blog, I was so excited! I started going through them right away (and it is a big undertaking) and planning out one’s to try. And this pumpkin muffins recipe came up. And let me tell you, this recipe blew me away!

So without further ado, the first Gramma recipe is Pumpkin Muffins!

Gramma's Pumpkin Muffins Recipe


Gramma’s Pumpkin Muffins

4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups oil
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
14oz. Pumpkin puree (half a 790mL can)
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 cups raisins

Gramma’s instructions were simply combine all ingredients and bake. But I suggest these steps for a great pumpkin muffin every time! Oh and note that the original recipe makes 3 dozen SMALL muffins. I find it made 1 and a half dozen LARGE ones using my steps (depends on how you fill the muffin tins).

  1. Put first five ingredients into a large bowl. Mix until combined.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix as with any other muffin.
  3. Drop mixture into a greased muffin tin. Fill each muffin cup just shy of the top.
  4. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the muffins from muffin tin and either eat or let cool for later.

My twists on Gramma’s Pumpkin Muffins

  • Switch out the raisins for chocolate chips! This is the way my mom always made them and us kids loved them.
  • Skip the raisins and chocolate swapping in extra spices instead. Just add 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp allspice and an extra 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

Pumpkin muffins made three ways - chocolate, raisin, and spice

I’ve given these muffins to friends, coworkers and family (of course!) and everyone just loves them. So good job Gramma! This is one awesome recipe.

Pumpkin muffins three ways
Gramma’s Pumpkin Muffins Recipe
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2 thoughts on “Gramma’s Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

  • February 9, 2016 at 3:14 am

    I like pumpkin muffins with sweat corn so that would be my switch out. Grandma’s were always great at recipes but why they liked raisins so much is beyond me.

    • September 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      I like raisins but not in EVERYTHING. Haha. Sweet corn would be an interesting swap. I don’t think I have ever paired pumpkin and corn in a baked treat before.


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