It's officially Halloween season. That means overpriced costumes and epic battles over candy corn (note: team candy corn all the way, here). It also means it's pumpkin season. There is something about this seasonal gourd that just seems to make everyone want to pull out chunky sweaters and get into baking mode.
Pumpkin is extremely versatile. It can be braised in stews, roasted with spices, or pureéd into soups. It can make velvety pies, spice-laden cookies, or one heck of a moist, fragrant Bundt cake. Given its versatility, the most popular pumpkin recipe on Pinterest (with over 13,000 pins) might surprise you. The recipe is incredibly approachable, and you've probably enjoyed some iteration of it before.
These Best Pumpkin Muffins Ever from the blog This Grandma Is Fun boast a proud title, but it really seems like they can walk the walk.
See it on Pinterest: The Best Pumpkin Muffins by This Grandma Is Fun
These soft, tender-crumbed muffins are loaded with spices like cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. They call for pumpkin purée, so you don't have to go through all the work of cutting and cleaning a fresh pumpkin. These are as delicious for breakfast as they are for an after-school snack. As a matter of fact, make them in a mini muffin pan and serve them with mulled wine for what may be the ultimate fall cocktail party. Get ready to take a backseat, candy corn and mini chocolate bars.