Not too long ago things were looking an aweful lot like this:
And I was inside making something that looks a lot like this:
You guessed it: Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins! This recipe is a mixture of other pumpkin and/or spice muffin recipes I’ve found and tweaked a little bit to make it a near-perfect Timmie’s knock-off. The muffins are moist and spiced and the crunch of the toasted pumpkin seeds is the perfect adornment atop a muffin filled with a fluffy cream cheese frosting.
These are perfect for a fall morning! (And since winter doesn’t officially begin until after the 21st of December, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy these muffins this fall.)
Without further adieu, I present to you…
My copycat recipe for Tim Horton’s Pumpkin Spice Muffins:
For the Muffins:
- 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup milk
Cream Cheese Frosting:
*Feel free to use a can of cream cheese frosting if it’s easier. :)
- 1/2 package cream cheese, at room temperature
- 4 tbsp confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin papers.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Then mix in 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the pumpkin seeds.
- In separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: eggs, pumpkin puree, oil, milk, and vanilla. Pour over dry ingredients and stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
- Spoon into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining pumpkin seeds. Bake in center of a 375°F (190°C) oven about 20 to 25 minutes or until muffins are golden and tops are firm to the touch. Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
- While the muffins are baking, whisk together the cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. (If the frosting is too thick, add a bit more lemon juice. If too runny, add more confectioner’s sugar.) Set aside.
- When muffins are cooled completely, inject each muffin with a generous amount (1-2 tbsp) of cream cheese frosting and enjoy!