Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

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Moist Pumpkin muffins studded with dark chocolate chips

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins recipe- a Thanksgiving tradition!

I can’t believe I haven’t shared my favorite muffin recipe with you yet! These pumpkin chocolate chip mini muffins are a Thanksgiving tradition in our home, It’s the very first thing that goes into my oven early Thanksgiving morning and the last thing that everyone is nibbling on at the end of the day. For years I made these muffins without chocolate chips. Then one time I got a little crazy and threw some in about half the batter. For a few years after that I continued making half and half until finally someone stated the obvious- why even bother with the plain pumpkin muffins? And now we munch on pumpkin chocolate chips mini muffins all day. You seriously might have trouble walking by them without popping one in your mouth.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins recipe

Mostly I am excited to share this recipe here with you because that means I won’t lose it. I seriously cannot be trusted with a piece of paper. I swear I have this recipe copied and printed in 30 places in my home because of the one year I had to completely tear apart my kitchen to find the recipe.  This recipe originally made 2 loaves of bread and has been adapted into muffins and then mini muffins. As I said, our family enjoys munching on these throughout Thanksgiving day. It make 10 dozen mini muffins-that’s a lot! I have tried halving the recipe before and was just not completely satisfied with the results.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffin Recipe

Moist pumpkin muffins studded with dark chocolate chips. Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are a Thanksgiving tradition you'll come back to again and again!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 10 dozen mini muffins


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 16oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 2 C sugar
  • 3/4 C vegetable or canola oil
  • 2/3 C water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/3 C flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 C dark chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 325° F.
  • Add eggs, pumpkin, sugar, oil, water, and vanilla in the bowl of your mixer on low speed for 30 seconds.
  • In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and add 1 Tablespoon of batter to each muffin well.
  • Bake 8-9 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the muffin tin 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.



Giveaway at In Katrina's Kitchen

I’m excited to be joining some others in the food blogging community in this virtual Thanksgiving Potluck. You can follow all of the links to some delicious Thanksgiving dishes that we will be serving our families this year. Also there is a chance to win an 11 piece Anolon Nouvelle Copper Set or a Wusthof Classic 7 Piece Knife Block Set.

We are fortunate to have plenty in our family and I’m always looking for ways to teach our boys to think of others- especially around the holidays when it seems like everything we do is to excess.

In Katrina’s Kitchen will be donating $1 for every comment left on this post to Feeding America. 

($1 for every comment left on this post up to $200 through November 25, 2013) I realize that $1 might not seem like a lot but if we all come together we can provide a meal for a family in need. By leaving your comment here you are doing a small act that will make a big difference. I would especially love to hear from you if you’re a reader of In Katrina’s Kitchen but maybe you’ve never commented before- now is your chance!

Please use the giveaway entry form and leave a comment on this post to be entered. You will have the opportunity to earn bonus entries after you leave a comment. By entering this giveaway you are agreeing to the Official Rules. This giveaway is a sweepstakes. Open to continental USA residents over age 18. Winner(s) will be chosen by random, announced here, and will be contacted by email. Winner(s) must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize.

- Katrina

79 Responses to “Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins”

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    Rachel Cooks — November 18, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Katrina! I’m LOVING those big giant chocolate chips in these. Amazing! And so good of you to donate for every comment! Such a great idea.

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

      I kind of love the giant dark chocolate pieces too. If I try to use anything else my family members revolt!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 18, 2013 at 8:58 am

    These are so stinking cute! Love!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Glad to know I’m not alone in thinking a muffin can be cute 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — November 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Those giant chocolate chips?? *SWOON* Love these muffins!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Swoon indeed! They are so good and chocolatey warm out of the oven.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — November 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Thank you so much for participating! Your muffins look perfect, and you are bake in the kitchen (even if just in small amounts). Love what you are doing donating as well!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

      Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this, Erin!

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    Carolyn — November 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Mini muffins are the best, especially when they contain pumpkin and chocolate!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

      What is is about pumpkin and chocolate that is just perfect?! I was so glad to participate in this potluck with you Carolyn.

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — November 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I would definitely go for the chocolate chip version first! Love the big chips in the little muffins!!!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

      According to my family the chocolate MUST be giant and MUST be dark 🙂

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    Carla @ Carlas Confections — November 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I love these! They are so dang cute!!! And you are so sweet for donating money for every comment! You are the best! Xoxo

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

      I love that you all call muffins cute! You are my people 🙂

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    Maggi — November 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

    These pumpkin chic muffins look marvelous. I will give them a try. Thanks for your kind contribution on our behalf.

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

      Thanks Maggie. I hope that you love them as much as we do!

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    Beverly carl — November 18, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Awesome. Will be making these for a bake sale on Thursday.

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Great idea! These are a perfectly big batch for a bake sale.

  10. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Mini muffins were my kryptonite as a kid!! I couldn’t resist them, ever. These are definitely reigniting that love affair I had with them!!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

      I know what you mean. You just keep coming back for ONE more! Nevermind that by the end of the day I’ve had eleventy hundred of them.

  11. #
    Janet — November 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    These sound delicious!
    God bless you for helping others such a good thing to teach our children 🙂

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Thank you for commenting Janet! It is such a hard thing to teach children to be compassionate but we must keep trying.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — November 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    These little mini muffins are to die for, Katrina! What a great flavor for the holidays, and a super easy recipe for Thanksgiving breakfast. So glad you shared these!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Thanks Georgia! It is our favorite way to start Thanksgiving for sure.

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I almost laughed when I read your comment about needing to get this recipe on the blog so you have it documented–I have a pumpkin choc chip (with oat) muffin recipe that’s a favorite of ours, and I have to scramble to find it every time!
    What a fantastic commitment to Feeding America. Thanks for reminding us all to give back by setting a wonderful example!

    • #
      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:07 am

      I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled up my blog for a recipe- lifesaver!! Okay maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But TIME SAVER for sure!

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    Liz — November 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Oh, yeah! My kids would be thrilled with your Thanksgiving morning tradition! Especially with the chocolate chips!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

      No one has ever complained about the addition of dark chocolate 😉 Thanks for stopping by, Liz!

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    maritta smith — November 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I am very proud of you Katrina for doing this! They are hard to stay away from so we can eat that Turkey! Amazing I don’t weigh more. :))

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Mom! Can’t wait to make up another batch next week!!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    You’re awesome to be donating $1 for each comment. 🙂 Go, Katrina!

    And I love those big, fat chips!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

      It’s just a small part but I’m grateful to have enough to share.

  17. #
    Kim N — November 18, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you for the donations!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

      Thank YOU for commenting and sharing in this with me!

  18. #
    Rhonda Lambert — November 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Mmmm pumpkin choc/chip muffins. I have to make!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

      There’s something about the chocolate/pumpkin combo that gets me every time! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — November 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I love that these are mini! It makes the chocolate chips seem that much bigger. Need one of these muffins right now!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

      I’ve made them in loaves, regular muffins, and mini but we always come back to mini- so much easier to munch on throughout the day!

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    Kandace — November 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    These look AMAZING!! I’ll be making them very soon!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Awesome! Thanks Kandance- I’d love to know what you think of the recipe- our family favorite!

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    Jessica — November 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for the donation!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Thank YOU for doing your part and joining in with me by commenting!

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    natalie radbill — November 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    these look wonderful

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Thank you Natalie! I’m glad you stopped by.

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    Amber — November 18, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Awesome idea to donate $1 per comment! Thanks for all you do for the cause.

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Thanks Amber. It’s just a small way to give back. You all are so wonderful to stop by here and read my ramblings every week 🙂

  24. #
    Nancy — November 18, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    These look amazing. I’m on a pumpkin kick, so these will be next into the oven. Thank you so much for everything you are doing 🙂

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Thank you for commenting, Nancy! I love pumpkin everything right now…before we move into peppermint season 😉

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    Jana Brown — November 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    These are adorable…though I’m tempted to use mini chips. 🙂

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Good luck! My family revolts if I use anything but big dark chocolate ones lol #spoiled

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    Pat graffice — November 18, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Great recipes and love that my comment results in a donation! The contests you have are awesome, too!!!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

      Thank you so much for commenting Pat! Truly appreciate you stopping by! ♥

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    Emily — November 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Oh! Thanks for this recipe…can’t wait to make it! I have the same problem. I lose paper all the time. I now have a system. As soon as I’ve perfected a recipe, I put it in my laptop. If I don’t, I’m sure to lose it.
    I love that you’re contributing to Feeding America! Thank you 😀

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

      I am the WORST at losing papers. I have no system. Or I have too many systems maybe? lol Thank you for commenting and helping me donate to Feeding America

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    Kim Beaulieu — November 19, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Katrina these look so good. I just want to reach into the screen and snag a few for breakfast.

    I lost my favourite cheesecake recipe so can totally relate to the need to document stuff.

    Hope you’re doing okay, Was thinking about you this week. xx

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Oh no! I hate losing recipes. Food blogs to the rescue 🙂

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    Rose O'Neill — November 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Thanks for being part of the solution to help others have food to feed their families!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Thank YOU for doing your part and helping me by commenting. And thanks for reading!

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    Jett Whitfield — November 19, 2013 at 9:21 am

    These look very good! Thanks for posting and donating =)

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Thank YOU for commenting. I’m happy to have the best readers around 🙂

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    Brittany — November 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

    These definitely look super, duper yummy! Thanks for sharing and making a change!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

      I can never resist these little guys! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — November 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I love pumpkin anything, and these sound perfect for breakfast right now!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:18 am

      They are tasty if I do say so myself 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for sharing, Amy!

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    denise — November 19, 2013 at 10:07 am

    sent by Rachel Cooks

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Thanks for stopping by Denise! Glad to have you

  34. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Love mini muffins! I wish I was snacking on a couple now to get through this afternoon!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Mini muffins are perfect for snacking 🙂

  35. #
    Tristan — November 19, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    This designer series Blendtec Blender is a chefs dream come true!

  36. #
    Nini — November 19, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Lovin’ muffins and this worthy cause…thanks!

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Thank you for partnering with me and commenting, Nini!

  37. #
    ashley - baker by nature — November 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Oh how I love mini muffins! So pop-able. And what a great cause 😉

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      Katrina Bahl — November 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Ashley! And I’m with you- I could never resist a mini muffin!

  38. #
    Missy — November 20, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Love anything with dark chocolate!

  39. #
    Chris O'Malley — November 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Love anything with pumpkin or chocolate & the two combined is awesome . Can’t wait to try. Look forward to following your blog .

  40. #
    Brandi — November 21, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I LOVE anything pumpkin! Why do we only eat it in the fall!!?? Lol thanks for the recipe. It’s on my to-make list!

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    Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com — November 23, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins are my absolute favorite! And I have to agree–why bother with plain muffins when they could ALL have chocolate chips? 😉

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    Lindsey W — November 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look amazing!! I love pumpkin and when you add chocolate hello amazing! I can’t wait to try these!! I just need to go get a mini muffin pan! I have not had enough pumpkin things this year. That is a problem. Thank you for what you are doing in helping those in need and I am glad I get to help in a little way! Love your blog! Happy holidays!

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    Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine — November 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Everything is better with chocolate chips! I make a very similar muffin, but they come out a little more dense. These look amazingly fluffy!

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