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Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins

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 Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins are a delicious breakfast indulgence combining pumpkin bread and cheesecake. Sounds delightful, right?

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins on a narrow white tray over a red and white napkin

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins

I took our family recipe for pumpkin bread and pushed it to another level! A dollop of sweetened cream cheese transformed simple pumpkin muffins into a tantalizing treat. And a sprinkling of demerara sugar gave these the sparkle they deserved.

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffin cut in half on a small white plate garnished with cinnamon sticks

Add these Pumpkin Muffins to your holiday breakfast or brunch menu

I hosted a coffee last week and needed a few baked goodies for my dear friends. Smack dab in the middle of autumn, a pumpkin dish was in order. Despite having more spices, my first attempt was rather bland. So I went back to my tried and true pumpkin bread recipe and created an even more appealing version of these cream cheese-filled pumpkin muffins.

The cream cheese filling bakes along with the pumpkin batter and you may find a little gap when you cut into your muffin or a divot in the top…but do not worry, they will still taste amazing. You can add a little lemon juice for tang, vanilla or even a couple drops of Fiori di Sicilia (a citrusy vanilla flavoring from King Arthur Flour) to the cream cheese. Adapt it to your liking.

Things you may need for this recipe:

Muffin Tin

Mixing Bowl

Overhead view of a Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffin on a white plate on a red and white floral napkin

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Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins

These muffins are like eating pumpkin bread AND cheesecake for breakfast!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 16 muffins


  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (about half a standard 15-ounce can)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or lemon juice
  • Coarse sugar for sprinkling tops, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Line muffin tin with paper liners and spray liners with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, oil, salt, spices, baking powder, and baking soda. Add flour and mix till just combined. Stir in water.
  3. Put the cream cheese in a medium bowl. Stir in the sugar and vanilla (or lemon juice if you prefer).
  4. Put a scant 2 tablespoons of pumpkin batter into each muffin cup.Scoop a rounded teaspoon of the cream cheese filling and drop it in the center of the pumpkin batter. Top with another 2 tablespoons of pumpkin batter. Sprinkle with coarse sugar if desired
  5. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or till toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean. Cool pan on rack for about 5 minutes, then remove muffins from pan to finish cooling.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 311mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g
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41 comments on “Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Muffins”

  1. I love that these are small portions and they’re stuffed with cream cheese- YUM!

  2. I can’t wait until a holiday breakfast for these delicious, fun-filled, pumpkin muffins! No patience! Bring on the pumpkin!

  3. I’d really enjoy the surprise inside! Cream cheese might not be the best thing to eat but I love it!

  4. The Kitchen Chopper”s Hubby here! These look so amazing I’m going to force her to bake them for me this Thanksgiving. I’m a pumpkin fanatic. Brava!

  5. These pumpkin muffins look scrumptious with that cream cheese surprise!

  6. Cream cheese and pumpkin are pretty much a match made in heaven! I could eat the whole batch!

  7. Delightful muffins. The cream cheese filling is just awesome.

  8. These look gorgeous, Lizzy and I do like the combo of a muffin with a cheesecake. How exciting to wake up to a cheesecake for breakfast. Your ‘muffins’ look very moist and full of autumnal flavours xx

  9. Two of my favourite things all in one delicious place. I would simply eat the whole lot.

  10. Love pumpkin muffins.. filling them with cream cheese make them even more tempting. Yours look wonderful.

  11. These pumpkins muffins are beauties and what a nice surprise to have a little creamy filling in the middle!

  12. What delicious stuffed muffins, I would devour these for breakfast (no regrets!) 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. They look delicious! Thanks a lot for sharing!

  14. Lizzy,
    Your muffins look delicious. I would eat them every day if I could. You could always fill in any divots with cream cheese frosting or melted chocolate but I think they’re wonderful as is. Hopefully I can get my pumpkin recipe ready in time for this month’s twelve loaves.

  15. These muffins were yummy and a big hit at the SMHG meeting. I ‘m making them for my family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

  16. Cream cheese and pumpkin? I’m all in!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous and perfect in every way, Liz. Sweetened cream cheese goes so nicely with pumpkin bread muffins!

  18. These look like the perfect way to start the day :-). I love anything pumpkin, especially bread!!

  19. These are so cute… I love how the cream cheese makes a heart shape!

  20. I can imagine that all of your friends look forward to coming to your home. There is always something delightful on the menu!

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