Our 10 Most Popular Muffin and Quick Bread Recipes in October

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins on a white dish
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Baking season is back in full swing and kitchens across the land are filling up with the enticing aroma of fresh-from-the-oven muffins and quick breads. Appealing to cooks of all skill levels, these kinds of baked goods are fast and easy to make, use inexpensive everyday ingredients, and lend themselves to all kinds of variations. Our most popular muffin and quick bread recipes this month include fall flavors like apples, pumpkin, and cinnamon, with blueberries and savory cheese muffins rounding out the lineup. Scroll through to get the recipes and get baking!

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Jumbo Fluffy Walnut Apple Muffins

homemade Jumbo Fluffy Walnut Apple Muffins recipe in a large serving bowl
Kathleen F

The recipe makes oversized jumbo muffins, but you can turn them into standard muffins, too. Here's what home cook JENNYJEN7 did: " I used a regular sized muffin pan, and the recipe made 18. Instead of baking them for 30 minutes, it took 20–25." Jen Graham says, "Fantastic muffins! The crumble topping is yummy."

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Janet's Rich Banana Bread

Janet's Rich Banana Bread

This isn't just one of the most popular quick bread recipes this month. It's also one of our most popular recipes of all time! It takes only 10 minutes to prep, and the results are absolutely 5-star. Naturally, our home cooks like to take a good thing and add their own touches, such as chocolate chips, more spices, extra bananas, different nuts, and so on. You can do that, too.

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Southern Cream Biscuits

two homemade Southern Cream Biscuits on a cutting board
LaDonna Langwell

Biscuits fall into the category of quick breads because they don't get their lift from yeast. And these biscuits got plenty of attention this month. Recipe contributor KatieTries2Cook says, "Biscuits are hotly debated, but to me these bring together all the best aspects of any great biscuit. They are just salty enough, crispy around the edges, soft and tender in the middle, and never dry or crumbly. There's nothing dusty or bland about these beautiful Southern cream biscuits!"

04 of 11

Debbie's Amazing Apple Bread

loaf of Debbie's Amazing Apple Bread recipe sliced and served on a plate
Sharon Beaumont

"I was given this recipe years ago by my friend Debbie," says recipe contributor Melissa Jennings Lake. "I've had it written down on a torn piece of paper for years and decided today that this recipe needs to be on Allrecipes. It is a moist, sweet, and delicious bread with a crispy crust. By far my favorite bread recipe!"

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Starbucks Pumpkin Bread

loaf of copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Bread recipe topped with pumpkin seeds, sliced and served on a tray

"A thick slice of moist pumpkin bread Starbucks-style is the perfect companion for your morning cup of joe," says recipe contributor inghob09. "Many other pumpkin bread recipes produce sad, squat loaves — but not this clone. Here's a custom formula that makes enough batter to fill up a medium loaf pan. And when the bread is done, you'll slice the beefy loaf into eight thick square hunks of goodness that perfectly mimic the weight, color and flavor of the real thing."

06 of 11

Cheddar Cheese Muffins

basket of homemade Cheddar Cheese Muffins

You can follow recipe directions or go rogue like this: "Great base for a full on savoury muffin," says reviewer Flea. "I only used 1 tablespoon of sugar and went to town on additions! Made up the cheese quantity with Cheddar, feta, mozzarella, and Parmesan; added onion, spinach, pepper, grated zucchini, red onion, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. Absolutely divine!!"

07 of 11

Blueberry Lemon Loaf

slices of blueberry lemon loaf cake

Yes, we know it's not blueberry season. But this recipe is made with frozen blueberries. Besides, it's just the bright burst of flavor you might appreciate on a chilly fall day. Reviewer Aunt Mamie says, "This is wonderful — we loved the tangy combo of fresh lemon and blueberries and using sour cream makes it very moist. It also freezes well — I made 2 loaves one to eat right away one to freeze. Thanks for sharing!

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

sliced cinnamon swirl bread on a plate

Anything with "cinnamon swirl" grabs our attention right away, and this easy bread is well worth it. Reviewer Jillian says, "Extremely easy and so good. I added a little vanilla to the mix and used brown sugar instead of white for the cinnamon sugar mixture and added nutmeg. I doubled the brown sugar mixture so there was enough to put on top of the bread to form a nice crunchy coating while baking." Great tips, Jillian!

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To Die For Blueberry Muffins

To Die For Blueberry Muffins

Personally, we think these 5-star muffins are to live for. One of our all-time most popular recipes on Allrecipes, they have more than 14 thousand ratings and 15 thousand reviews. Recipe contributor Colleen says, "These muffins are extra large and yummy with the sugary-cinnamon crumb topping. I usually double the recipe and fill the muffin cups just to the top edge for a wonderful extra-generously-sized deli-style muffin. Add extra blueberries too, if you want!"

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins on a white dish

Reviewer GR8TSCOTT offers these helpful tips: "Okay Ya'll, I've made these muffins a few times now, and I think I've got my final version. First, when you soften the cream cheese, do not beat until creamy. It should still be fairly stiff when you add the remaining ingredients. Also, don't mix it thoroughly. If you still have little 'globs' of cream cheese floating around, it's perfect. It should be the consistency of a thick sour cream. The first time I made it, I beat it thoroughly smooth and ended up with soup!"

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