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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

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Cream cheese filling in the center of each of these pumpkin muffins makes them extra-special. These are great muffins for a breakfast or brunch.

Yield: 18 Muffins


  • Filling
  • 8 ounces regular or 1/3 less fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), room temperature
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ***
  • Muffins
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ***
  • Streusel Topping
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, optional


Line 18 muffin cups with paper baking cups or grease and flour the muffin cups. Heat oven to 375°. Filling: In a medium bowl with electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth; set aside.

Muffins: In a large mixing bowl with electric mixer, combine the 2 2/3 cups of flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices. Add eggs, pumpkin, vegetable oil, and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat until well blended.

Streusel Topping: In a small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, butter, and pecans, if using. Work together with a fork or fingers. Set aside.

Fill muffin cups about one-third full with the muffin batter, then put about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture in the center of each. Top with about 1 more tablespoon of the pumpkin batter, or until cups are about 3/4 full. Sprinkle each muffin with a little of the streusel topping. Bake for 18 to 24 minutes, until firm.

Makes 16 to 18 pumpkin muffins.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Delicious but a bit time consuming, Member cook22

I made these muffins for a church meeting. They take some time to prepare but have a great texture and light spicy flavor. A wonderful autumn treat. Definitely a keeper.

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