As we usher in the fall season, we all know there’s one thing that gets everyone excited: pumpkin spice. But what if we told you that you could take your pumpkin spice obsession to the next level with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Muffins?
These delightful treats are like a warm hug for your taste buds and are here to make your autumn mornings utterly irresistible. So, get ready to indulge in a passionate love affair with the perfect fall muffin!
Ingredients You’ll Need:
For the Cream Cheese Filling:
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Pumpkin Spice Muffins:
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until it’s smooth and creamy.
- Add 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the cream cheese. Beat until everything is well combined. Set this delectable cream cheese filling aside for now.
2. Preheat and Prep
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or grease it if you prefer.
3. Create the Pumpkin Spice Muffin Batter
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. This dry mixture will be the perfect backdrop for your pumpkin spice adventure.
- In another bowl, combine the canned pumpkin puree, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix until the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; a few lumps are perfectly okay in this cozy muffin batter.
4. Assemble the Muffins
- Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with the pumpkin spice muffin batter. Use a spoon or an ice cream scoop to keep it neat and even.
- Once you’ve filled the cups, add a generous dollop of the cream cheese filling on top of each muffin.
5. Bake to Perfection
- Pop the muffin tin into your preheated oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes. The muffins should be firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the pumpkin portion should come out clean.
6. Cool and Enjoy
- Remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for a few minutes.
- Once they’ve cooled slightly, transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely. This is the hard part, but it’s worth the wait!
7. Savor the Flavors of Fall
Your very own Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Muffins, a tantalizing blend of rich, spiced pumpkin muffins and a creamy, cheesecake-like center. Each bite is like a warm embrace from autumn itself.
These muffins are perfect for those crisp fall mornings when you’re sipping on your pumpkin spice latte and craving a little extra coziness. So, grab your apron and embrace the season with every delectable bite. Get ready to fall in love with fall all over again!