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
Four Years Ago: Smores Cupcakes
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


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


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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12 Responses to “Pumpkin and Chocolate Caramel Corn”

  1. #
    Kris — October 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    I think I’m going to have to try this recipe this weekend. Thanks for posting it!

  2. #
    stephchows — October 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    what a great idea using the kisses!

  3. #
    Molly Jean — October 30, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    What a great twist on caramel corn!

  4. #
    nutmegnanny — October 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    This is perfect for Halloween…delicious!

  5. #
    We Are Not Martha — October 31, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Mmm I’ve seen this in a few places and have been craving it!! I didn’t realize it used the pumpkin kisses 🙂


  6. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — October 31, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Now, this is a FUN idea!!! Pumpkin + popcorn, who knew? 😉

  7. #
    Anne — October 31, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Wow that looks amazing and the last photo is stunning!

  8. #
    TidyMom — October 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    ok, this is the second post using those kisses – HOW have I not seen them in the store???……I think I try and stay away from the candy section! LOL

    This sounds AMAZING!! Thanks!!


  9. #
    Melissa — October 31, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I love the pumpkin spice kisses. What a great way to use them. Thanks for sharing and I am definitely going to try this recipe!

  10. #
    oneordinaryday — November 1, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I keep seeing great ideas using those kisses and they’re always being melted first. Genius. I’m going to try this, but with air popped popcorn instead. Sounds awesome.

  11. #
    Ingrid — November 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    You’re right about those Kisses, one is enough. I used some in brownies and they were even better than eating them straight out of the wrapper.

    Love your popcorn and I have some of those kisses left over.

  12. #
    Liesl — November 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    This recipe looks amazing!! I love those Pumpkin Spice Kisses!

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