Mini pumpkin breads are the best food holiday gifts. This easy quick bread recipe will make your kitchen smell amazing!

I have a group of marvelous friends in my book club. Each December, we exchange gifts. As you might imagine, my contribution is something homemade from my kitchen. This year, I baked up mini pumpkin loaves using my family’s favorite recipe.

Mini Pumpkin Breads with gift wrapping supplies

Mini Pumpkin Bread

Dense, moist, and full of warm spices, this recipe is for a truly classic pumpkin bread. No chocolate chips or streusel needed (though I’ve shared those loaves, too). It’s wonderful just as it is! This is the same pumpkin bread that one of our neighbors would bring over every Christmas. We’d slather slices with butter and half the loaf would disappear in minutes. I’ve been making this same recipe for decades! If you don’t have a tried and true pumpkin bread recipe, make sure to pin this winner!

Mini Pumpkin Breads in a small red ceramic loaf pan

Festive Food Gifts – How to Wrap Holiday Breads

My blogger friend, Julie, shared her Sweet Orange Bread in small, inexpensive ceramic dishes from Michael’s (link in recipe). Hers were solid white, but since it’s November, most I spotted were covered with holiday designs. Preferring the plainest version available, I picked up a dozen in red, plus one white one with a Santa belt, the least obnoxious of the holiday designs. I will try to stock up on the white dishes in the off season. A little food-safe cellophane wrap, ribbon, and a gift tag make each one a festive, not to mention, delicious treat! I love splurging on these Felix Doolittle Chef Medallions to affix to my gift tags.

Mini Pumpkin Breads wrapped in cellophane with a festive gift card

Tips for Making Perfect Quick Bread

Quick bread and muffins are super easy to make, but there are a few tips you should know before you start mixing.

  • Make sure to prep your pans so the whole loaf comes out without sticking. I like using a flour-oil spray like Baker’s Joy, plus putting a greased rectangle of parchment on the bottom of each pan.
  • Let the bread cool for 15 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack. Any longer and the bread can stick. For gifting, I then wash out the pan and add the loaf back when it is cool.
  • Have your eggs and any refrigerated ingredients at room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate more easily if not cold.
  • If you forget, add your eggs to a bowl of hot (not boiling, you don’t want to cook the eggs) water while you get the other ingredients ready. That will help take the chill off.
  • PRO-Tip: Do not over mix or your bread can develop tunnels. If using a mixer, recommend the paddle attachment at a lower speed. Or just mix with a wooden spoon.
  • After adding the dry ingredients, mix until they’re just incorporated. Give the bottom a good scrape with a rubber spatula to make sure the batter doesn’t have any flour pockets, then add to pans.
  • Don’t overfill your pans. About 2/3 of the way up the sides is perfect. Note that there are many different sizes of mini loaf pans, so start checking to see if your bread is done early. Once you find the perfect baking time for your pans, make a note of it on the recipe for future batches.
  • Start checking your bread about 5 minutes before the timer goes off. Or when you start to smell the delicious aroma of a baked loaf. All ovens bake differently, and you don’t want to over bake. Use a toothpick inserted in a few spots across the middle. If it comes out clean, the bread is done.

More Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

I love giving food gifts during the holidays. From quick bread to cookies to candy to homemade liqueurs, there are so many alternatives! 

Make sure to check out my Food Gifts Pinterest Board for loads of ideas for holiday gifting!

More Quick Bread Recipes You’ll Love:

To make the mini pumpkin bread, you might like:

Mini Pumpkin Bread

Mini Pumpkin Bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 1 large loaf or 5 mini loaves

A classic pumpkin bread recipe that's always a hit. Make mini loaves for hostess or holiday gifts!


  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease pans.
  2. Combine sugar and oil. Add rest of ingredients in order.
  3. First whisk in the eggs, then the pumpkin.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and spices, then add them to the pumpkin mixture and mix just until combined. Do not over-mix.
  5. Stir in the water, then divide the batter between pans.
  6. Bake 35-40 minutes for small loaves. If you're using a full size loaf pan, start checking at about 60 minutes, but my heavy duty loaf pans usually take more like 75 minutes. Check the center of the loaf with a toothpick. It should come out clean after inserting when the loaf is done.


My mini ceramic pans measure 5 x 3 x 2 inches. You can find them at Michaels.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 315Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 365mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g


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Do you make homemade treats to give away during the holidays? What are your favorites??? I’d love to know!