Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling

Since I have a thing for cheesecake and coffee cake, I thought combining the two in a pumpkin muffin would be pretty darn amazing. It just made sense to me, you know? I’m glad I did, because these babies are incredibly good! I love the idea of cream cheese in muffins, whether it be chocolate muffins, strawberry muffins or pumpkin muffins- it’s really a great ingredient. Combine it with some cinnamon and vanilla… oh man, it melts together while baking and tastes like a bite of cheesecake once it cools! The topping on these is crunchy and sweet and gives these muffins a little extra something (or what I would call the coffee cake topping). These really are a little taste of heaven!
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Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Filling
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Spiced pumpkin muffins stuffed with a cinnamon cream cheese filling and topped with a crunchy cinnamon sugar topping. These muffins are the best!
Yield: 16 muffins
  • 1½ c. flour
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. brown sugar, packed
  • ½ c. canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

  • For the filling:
  • 4 oz. Original Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • ½ c. powdered sugar
  • ¹⁄₈ tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

  • For the topping:
  • 2½ tbsp. flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar. packed
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 muffin tins with 16 cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the filling. Mix together with a spatula until smooth. Refrigerate until needed.
  3. To make the topping, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until incorporated.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugars, oil and pumpkin puree until smooth. Add vanilla and one egg, mix. Add the second egg and mix until combined.
  5. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. With mixing speed on low, gradually and to wet ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  6. Scoop batter into liners filling ¼ of the way full. Place a gum ball sized dollop of filling in each, then cover with remaining batter until each liner is filled ¾ of the way full. Sprinkle with chunks of topping. Place in oven and bake for 20-23 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and place pans on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before removing muffins and letting them cool on the rack for 15 minutes.
-Muffins can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Recipe source: adapted from Gourmet Magazine

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  1. So, so, so, so heavenly. I need one of those RIGHT NOW! And the chunky topping? GENIUS! Clicking to follow you… and I do hope you will give me a follow back if you can! Have a great weekend!

  2. yum! great photography here! these look and sound amazing! i love ANYTHING pumpkin!

    New Follow btw!

    <3 Bethany @ thesepiapuppy.blogspot.com

  3. Oh my – just look at this awesome pumpkinisity! You had me at cream cheese Girl! It’s my pleasure to feature you today in my Fab Friday Favorites. Thanks for coming again – I just love you and your blog!! {Hope you are coming to SNAP so I can meet you in person}.

    Warmly, Michelle
    Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust

  4. The butter for the topping should be softened, not melted, correct? Usually when I make toppings they require softened butter because the melted butter just makes it a sticky, goopy ball of sugar instead of crumbles…

  5. I wish people would post AFTER they make the recipe! What’s important is HOW a recipe TASTES after made. Opinions prior to that, not so much.

  6. I’ve made 2 batches in 2 days…a bit time consuming for the first batch but the process gets much easier the second time! These muffins are to die for–the boyfriend said they’re the best baked good hes ever had!
    I also double the filling recipe so I can have more yummy cream cheese inside-works great!
    Thanks for posting this!

  7. How many people actually made these? They were terrible – the cream cheese should have egg or flour in it as it just melted and kept the muffin from baking. The inside was a gooey mess and I baked them for over 30 minutes. I am an experienced cook and baker and I have never had such a disastrous mess.