Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

4 Oct

It’s recipe swap time again, this time the theme is Pumpkin or Apple. Thank goodness for the recipe swaps, or I might not ever update my blog 🙂 A big thank you to A Taste of Home Cooking for once again organizing the swaps.

I was really excited about this months theme. I love pumpkin and apple flavored desserts, so I submitted a recipe for spiced pumpkin dip, and received this one. I have seen this recipe before and thought it looked delicious, so I couldn’t wait to try it. We loved these muffins! They have just the right combo of pumpkin and fall spices…..and I love the sweet tasting cream cheese filling.

As I was making the recipe, I found out that I was out of pumpkin pie spice, so I whipped up a batch of homemade pie spice. I found that recipe last fall, and it has sure come in handy!

 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Source: Seven Ate Nine Bakes,  from Annie’s Eats, adapted originally from Bakespace

 

For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar

For the muffins:
3 cups all-purpose 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 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1ÂĽ cups vegetable oil

For the topping:
½ cup sugar
5 tbsp. flour
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

 

To prepare the filling, combine the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth.  Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 1½-inches in diameter.  Smooth the plastic wrap tightly around the log, and reinforce with a piece of foil.  Transfer to the freezer and chill until at least slightly firm, at least 2 hours.

To make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line muffin pans with paper liners.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda; whisk to blend.  In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree and oil.  Mix on medium-low speed until blended.  With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.

To make the topping, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; whisk to blend.  Add in the butter pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.  Transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use.

To assemble the muffins, fill each muffin well with a small amount of batter, just enough to cover the bottom of the liner (1-2 tablespoons).  Slice the log of cream cheese filling into 24 equal pieces.  Place a slice of the cream cheese mixture into each muffin well.  Divide the remaining batter among the muffin cups, placing on top of the cream cheese to cover completely.  Sprinkle a small amount of the topping mixture over each of the muffin wells.

Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving.

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2 Responses to “Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins”

  1. The Home Cook October 7, 2011 at 11:03 AM #

    These look delicious.

    Thanks for being part of the recipe swaps!

  2. Maryanna October 17, 2011 at 7:49 PM #

    I’ve seen these popping up all over the blog world. I’ll definitely have to give them a try. Yours look delicious, by the way!

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