Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin, spices and sweetened cream cheese combine in these perfect fall muffins.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Can you guys believe it’s fall already!?! Like I said before, I’m actually looking forward to fall this year. For most people, the changing of the leaves indicates that it’s time for pumpkin EVERYTHING. From coffee to candles and everything in between, we all go crazy for pumpkin this time of year.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

I personally, enjoy my love of pumpkin baked goods year-round. I made the muffins to share at a work breakfast potluck. We were raising money for the United Way and had a recommended $5 donation that was collected at the door. I was impressed with the spread! My co-workers are pretty talented in the kitchen.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

It’s no surprise that these muffins were a hit. They’ve got all the warm fall flavors expected in a pumpkin muffin, along with a fun surprise of the cream cheese filling. Since making these the first time, I’ve made them a couple more times, with and without the topping. They’re tasty both ways, just a bit more sweet and indulgent with the topping included.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

If you are looking for yet ANOTHER pumpkin recipe to try out this fall, give this one a shot.

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Three Years Ago: Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Risotto and Neapolitan Cheesecake Cake
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Six Years Ago: M&M Cookies

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin, spices and sweetened cream cheese combine in these perfect fall muffins.

Yield: 24 muffins

Ingredients:

For the cream cheese filling
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powerdered sugar

For the muffins
3 cups flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 can pumpkin puree (~2 cups)
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

For the topping
1/2 cup sugar
5 Tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Directions:

For the filling
Combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a bowl and mix until well blended and smooth. Transfer to a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Smooth the plastic wrap tightly around the log and wrap with a piece of foil. Chill in freezer until firm, ~2 hours.

For the muffins
Preheat the oven to 350 degF. Line muffin pans with muffin liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda. Whisk dry ingredients to blend.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil. Mix on med-low until blended. Put mixer on low and add dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.

For the topping
Combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Whisk to blend. Add the butter and cut in to the dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or two forks until crumbly and coarse. Chill in fridge until ready to use.

To assemble the muffins
Remove the cream cheese filling log from the freezer and slice in to 24 pieces.

Fill each muffin liner with a small amount of batter. Add a slice of cream cheese into the muffin batter. Divide the rest of the batter between the muffins, covering the cream cheese filling.

Sprinkle some of the topping over each muffin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Recipe from Kristine's Kitchen

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11 Responses to “Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodle Bars”

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    Pam — November 13, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    These look amazing! I’m trying not to lick my screen looking at these pictures.

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    oneordinaryday — November 13, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    I made these last winter and they were sooooo absolutely amazing. I purposely haven’t made them since because I would eat them all! Perfect holiday treat, aren’t they?

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    Erin — November 13, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    These sound really different, unique, and delicious!

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    stephchows — November 13, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    oh what i’d give for one of those as a snack right now! yum!!

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    Heather — November 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    OK, I have a weird question since I have texture issues.

    I assume the pumpkin portion of this is similar in texture to pie filling (hence “Pumpkin Pie” part of the name)? Or is it more cake/bar-like?

    These are so unique!

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    nutmegnanny — November 13, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Mmmm pumpkin and snickerdoodle…I’m on board 🙂 I bet this is great. I love bar cookies. Easy and delicious!

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    Ingrid — November 14, 2009 at 1:36 am

    I start drooling everytime I see those yet for some odd reason I wind up just making the plain snickerdoodle version. I think it’s the kids thinking the plain one is perfection. They’ve actually told me not to mess with the recipe.
    ~ingrid

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    Jen — November 14, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Yes Heather – it has a similar texture to pumpkin pie.

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    Sweet and Savory — November 15, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    This looks great. You have a good variety of appealing recipes. You can keep me busy baking for months.

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    bcallegra — November 17, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Hope you feel better – I suffered through the flu last month and it’s definitely amazing how quickly the crappy feelings hit you!

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    Julia from Dozen Flours — November 18, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    So glad you liked my recipe! 🙂

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