Thursday, March 21, 2013

Pumpkin Cheddar Rosemary Muffins

It doesn't have to be fall to throw some pumpkin flavor into the kitchen...


When I first tried these muffins, I swear I didn't breath for at least 5 minutes. I was just stuffing my face with as many of these golden pumpkin nuggets of deliciousness as I could.

I've been  feeling especially orange squash-deprived as of late. It seems that every year around this time I'm in the same boat, lamenting my love for all things pumpkin and how the flavor that is so plentiful around Halloween has all but vanished from store shelves and Starbucks alike. I usually try and start up a "Bring Back The Pumpkin" campaign, bombarding my friends and family with every pumpkin recipe I can get my hands on, while they groan and tell me to give it up until the leaves start to fall again.

Lucky for them, there weren't any leftover to inconvenience them with ;)

Savory muffins have been one of those recent ventures I've gone on, and man am I glad I started with these. I've been on a rosemary kick the past couple of weeks so I decided to throw some in with the batter and the flavor was great!! I also cut my cheese up into tiny chunks instead of shredding it, so our muffins were scattered with little gooey cheese craters. Ah-may-zing. We thought the black pepper taste was a little overwhelming in the first batch, so we reduced it and added a bit more cayenne and thought they turned out better.

We loved  breaking these babies open while they were still warm and spreading them with sour cream. A smear of butter is great too of course ;)

Always remember with this and any muffin batter, to stir until *just* combined. Over-mixing muffin batter will result in your muffins deflating. Lumpy batter = delicious and puffy muffins.

Pumpkin Cheddar Rosemary Muffins

- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), melted
- 2 cups flour
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper

- 2 tablespoons crushed rosemary
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Line a 12 count muffin pan with liners, set aside. In medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin and sour cream. Add eggs and butter until combined. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, rosemary and brown sugar. Add pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture until *just* combined. Stir in 1 and 1/2 cups cheese. Divide batter among muffin tins and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-24 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

(adapted from Take A Megabite)


  1. They are delish!! I've made 2 batches of them in the last week haha!!

  2. yum! I actually have had this combination before.. a friend made pumpkin cheese pancakes for a snack! :o) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?

  3. Mmmm this combo in a pancake sounds awesome!! Thank you for having me!!

  4. These look delicious. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. We also have a $50.00 Visa Gift Card Giveaway. Here is the link to the party.
    We hope to see you there.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  5. This sounds great! I'm really looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from A Glimpse Inside :)

  6. Thank you Debi and Charly, I linked up this week!! :)
    Andrea let me know how they turn out, they are a great change of pace for muffins :)

  7. Pinned ! We have pumpkin all year round, which makes your recipe perfect as I love muffins - sweet & savory ;-) Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party! Can not wait to see what you will link up next week!

  8. Oh same here, we don't limit ourselves to enjoying pumpkin only in the fall, what fun is that? ;) Thank you for having me Linda!!

  9. I agree! I just made some pumpkin coffee cake last week! These look so good! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  10. Pinned this one while I was here tonight too :) Thanks again for sharing @The Weekend re-Treat!

  11. Thank you for the pin!! Glad you enjoy the recipes :)