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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 breads using my family’s favorite recipe.

Mini Pumpkin Breads with gift wrapping supplies

Mini Pumpkin Breads

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 Breads

Quick breads 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 of 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 on 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.
  • 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

My blogger friends are sharing favorite holiday gifts from the kitchen. As usual, my friends have inspired me. Thanks to Christie from A Kitchen Hoors Adventures for hosting this week’s event!

Make sure to check out my Food Gifts Pinterest Board for loads of ideas for holiday gifting!Mini Pumpkin Breads photo and text collage

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To make the mini pumpkin breads, you might like:

Mini Pumpkin Bread

Mini Pumpkin Bread

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

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


  • 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!


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42 comments on “Mini Pumpkin Breads”

  1. They make such a lovely holiday gift, Liz. Lovely bread and cute baking pans!

  2. My first thought was ‘I love the little Santa belt dish’-cute! I’m sure everyone enjoyed their goodie:@)

  3. I LOVE pumpkin bread. These are super cute and I love those little pans. Where on earth did you get those?

  4. That Santa belt dish is adorable, and I’m sure the pumpkin bread is just as good! A lovely gift.

  5. I often make and give mini breads at the holidays. I love your Santa pans!

  6. There are few things as tasty as excellent pumpkin bread. When I think back among some of the best baked goods I have had, either from bakeries or my own kitchen, pumpkin bread springs to mind. It is just so comforting.

  7. I love to give quick breads too and fudge or cookies. I can add this recipe to my list!

  8. These are so cute! The loaf tins are wonderful!

  9. I was just thinking about making some type of bread for my neighbors so this will be perfect!

  10. These look so cute! What a lovely idea for a homemade gift.

  11. These look fabulous, Liz. I too am in a book group and my book group friends always get a homemade gift from my kitchen. This year they’re each getting a bag of Cherry Almond Scone Mix!

  12. These mini pumpkin bread loaves look incredible and the Santa loaf pan is even more amazing !

  13. You can’t go wrong with a holiday bread. The baking dishes are such a nice touch! I wish I lived closer to you, I would adore this gift but it wouldn’t last long in our house.

  14. Thanks for the shout-out Liz! The photos and the food look delicious! At Felix Doolittle, we do things like great bakers do: We make (just about) everything fresh to order and take the time with the details (in our case, hand-cutting each medallion one by one so that they are perfectly aligned) and using great quality ingredients (otherwise known as paper)!

    Wishing you a very happy holiday baking season! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. These look delicious Liz, love the cute baking pans. Take care!

  16. I love quick breads like this. The pumpkin bread sounds yummy! I love the mini loaf pans, so cute.

  17. I love using pumpkin in my cooking but yet to explore that in baking ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Adorable breads, Liz! And the perfect size for sharing (and enjoying!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I would be so delighted to receive such a delicious gift!

  20. How cute is that packaging??? Love this festive treat.

  21. homemade food gifts are always such a hit! and I just love that pan

  22. I LOVE These! Such unbelievably great gifts!

  23. What beautiful homemade gifts, Liz! I love the santa loaf pan and those stickers really add a classy touch! Who wouldn’t want to be given one of these beauties? Just lovely!

  24. I love anything pumpkin and this bread looks delicious and that baking dish is adorable!

  25. That baking dish is so cute! Great gift giving idea.

  26. I’m a little confused about the baking time. Is it 35 to 40 minutes for the mini pans and 75 minutes for the full size loaf?

  27. Mmm. Your pumpkin bread is a keeper =) Thank you!

  28. Your presents look so pretty, Liz…love the little pans. So cute! You are beyond talented, my friend.

  29. What size can of pumpkin? Help!!

  30. Can these be frozen and then placed in tin holiday pans for sharing?

  31. How many small loaves does one recipe make? it possible to add nuts or raisins into the bread!
    I am a disabled man who gets quite bored..have taken up baking as a hobby. I find it most fulfilling and I can bake when I feel like it. I have become my Doctors favorite because I always arrive with baked goods in hand. This recipe is one I have been searching for. Thank you for posting it! And for sharing it with us all@!

    • Hi, Scott,

      This recipe makes 5 mini loaves. It won’t use a whole can of pumpkin, just a cup (I had this question recently, too :)). I’m sure your doctor and staff just love you! Happy baking!

  32. Made the darling pumpkin loaves1 These are easy to mix and bake, Thank you so very much for this, is AWESOME!

    Taste delicious.

    Have one question, are there any gift tags to print?

  33. I love making mini loaves over the holidays. They are the perfect gift for sharing with friends and family. I know these will be loved by all.

  34. These are so fun for holiday gifting! I love giving and getting homemade food gifts!

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