Pumpkin Muffins—with Craisins and chocolate Chips

Fall is my very favorite season and I have asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share some of their fall favorites here with you.  I am so excited to have Kristen from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke sharing some Pumpkin Muffins with some yummy additions as part of The Idea Room Fall Festival!

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Hi, I’m Kristen, and I’m so happy to be back here at The Idea Room! I used to contribute weekly photography tips , then got overwhelmed with life and needed to pare down. Amy’s blog introduced me to the exciting online world, and I continue to LOVE her and what she shares with all of us. I’ve been blessed to get to know her and her family on a personal level, and am very impressed with the love they have for each other. Someone to look up to, indeed. I blog at Capturing Joy all about life, the things I make, and the pictures I take. Come on over and visit sometime! Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I look forward to making every Fall, Moist Pumpkin Muffins, and I added some extra yumminess for the first time to share with all of you.

Let me start by saying these moist pumpkin muffins are delicious without anything inside. I just wanted to get creative and add 2 of my favorite cookie ingredients: craisins and chocolate chips. Strangely, I don’t like raisins a lot, but I LOVE craisins! When I first was introduced to these muffins 5 years ago, I couldn’t believe the deliciousness.

I just love a picture of orange batter…

I decided to make a batch of mini muffins (24) as well as standard size muffins (12) and then had enough for a mini loaf, too!

My girls helped me, and I had them place craisins on top so they would show through the cooked muffin nicely.

I like to be able to see the texture.

Oh my goodness, they turned out so delicious! I didn’t realize the most delectable pumpkin muffin could get any better!

pumpkin recipes Can you see the shiny moistness oozing out of these pictures? Heaven, I tell ya.

Moist Pumpkin Muffins with Craisins & Chocolate Chips


5 eggs

1 1/4 cup oil

Mix in:

1 can pumpkin

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 small pkg. vanilla pudding powder


1 Tsp. soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more)

1/2 cup craisins (or more)

Bake at 325 degrees, muffins for 20 minutes, full loaf 1 hour. Oven temperatures may vary, stick a toothpick in the center to check for gooey-ness.

They were fantastic right out of the oven, but I prefer my baked goods chilled, so I pop them in the fridge and fully enjoy the texture of the craisins and chocolate chips. I promise, you can’t go wrong with these babies, definitely a crowd pleaser! I’d love to hear if you make them;)

Thanks so much Kristen!  I am so lucky to consider her a friend.  I have enjoyed having her in my home a few times and have her take our family pictures!  Love learning from her and being inspired by her as a friend!  Be sure to head on over to her site for some amazing photos and fun ideas!  –Amy


In other news…Remember when I shared a fun craft night with Poppy Seed Crafts?  Well neither one of us realized at the time that we had scheduled the craft night on the same night as women’s meeting where we meet and listen to some of the leaders in our church.  So…we debated back and forth about what to do and have received some questions about whether we would change it. 

Ultimately, we decided to change it so that more of you could come and join us and we could attend the meeting.  So sorry about that big snafu!  A huge oversight on our end.  The new date is pending but should be sometime in the later half of October.  We will do another post and update you on the new time.  We are also honoring the giveaway.  The winner is Megan Buhler.  Send me an email Megan and we will get you hooked up! [email protected]



So if you registered and are unable to make the October night, we will refund you your fees completely.  So sorry for all the craziness.  I hope some of you will be able to join us.



  1. Ann says

    My favorite to add to pumpkin muffins is chopped granny smith apples @ 2 cups per batch – my hubby’s favorite – Pumpkin Apple Muffins! Love fall

  2. Lisa B says

    I can’t wait to make these muffins. Can you please tell me what size can of pumpkin to use: Thank you

  3. Marci says

    My kids and I are so excited to make these!! I love the festive orange cupcake liners you used.

  4. Stacey says

    I got to try these yummy muffins! I love anything pumpkin but the cranberries and chocolate chips made them even better! Love the mini muffin size. Perfect for my kiddos lunch.

  5. Alicia says

    I made these muffins last night for my husband and I. Wow…they were soooooo AWESOME and the house smelled fantastic!! I had plenty left over to share with my neighbors and they LOVED them! Can’t wait to make a pot of coffee and sit with my book and enjoy these tasty little muffins. Oh, I made a mistake and bought one box of regular pudding and a box of sugar-free pudding. I used both boxes and it was devine. What a happy little accident!

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It will be our “October muffin of the the month” FAVORITE!

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