Delicious pumpkin muffins with a sweet cream cheese spread

Delicious pumpkin muffins with a sweet cream cheese spread

You know, whenever I share a recipe with my readers, rather than thinking about the food itself, I’m always more concerned with what I’m going to say that will ultimately lead to the detailed instructions. In this case, as I whisked the dry ingredients, blended the wet ingredients, and combined the two to put into muffin tins, I was also jumping back and forth between Instagram and the original recipe for these pumpkin muffins.

Delicious pumpkin muffins with a sweet cream cheese spread

I don’t need to remind you what month it is, but in case you just crawled out of a cave or your parents’ basement, it’s October. It’s colder, wetter, a little spookier. This time of year is almost synonymous with a bunch of different things. Pumpkins, of course, being the most important. Either full and bright, in the back of someone’s Instagram photo they took at a patch, or small and dainty with cute faces painted on them. They could be baked into pies or spiced into lattes. In this case, you’re probably not here to see a patch of pumpkins or another photo of one of my Starbucks lattes. No, what you’re here for is the recipe in the title. The perfectly-crafted headline that grabbed your attention, promising you a recipe for delicious pumpkin muffins with a sweet cream cheese spread.

Delicious pumpkin muffins with a sweet cream cheese spread

Then again, if you’re following me on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook, maybe you were lured away from your productive time online because of the aesthetically-pleasing photographs. Really, you could be here for any number of reasons. But, if you’ve made it this far (and I’m so proud of you for putting up with the nonsense I’ve written so far), then you’re likely ready for something tasty.

You’ve earned it.

Pumpkin Muffins with a Sweet Cream Cheese Spread
Yields 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
For the muffins
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  8. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  9. 1 cup sugar
  10. 1 large eggs
  11. 1/3 15-oz can 100% pure pumpkin
For the cream cheese spread
  1. 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  2. 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. Pinch of cinnamon
For the muffins
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and position your oven rack in the middle of the oven. Grease 12 muffin tins.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, until well-combined.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until just blended. Add the egg and beat well. Continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Mix in the pumpkin.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture.
  5. Add the mixture to the muffin tins with a 1/4 measuring cup. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre of the muffin comes out clean.
For the cream cheese spread
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the icing sugar and beat until well-combined. Add the vanilla extract.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a dish and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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  1. Adapted from Once Upon a Chef
Adapted from Once Upon a Chef
Jordan D'Amico

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  • These look so yummy! I might need to get baking!

  • Bryan Carey

    This would be really good washed down with a good pumpkin beer!

  • This recipe is definitely worth making for the Halloween party. The muffins look very moist and the pumpkin flavor definitely makes them an October treat.

  • These look great, I can’t wait to try them! Definitely a recipe to make now that weather is getting a little cooler. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hope you enjoy them! They’re the perfect cold-weather treat. 🙂

  • Stephanie Lee

    I’m a huge fan of everything pumpkin, and these sound delicious! I love baking with pumpkin, and what a delicious bonus with the cream cheese icing. Yum!

  • Is one of the main dishes which children like! Thanks for this recipe, great you wrote it step by step. By the way, that`s will be great for breakfast