Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
I made a batch of these muffins for a Christmas party, and they were snatched up in no time! While we usually associate pumpkin with the holidays, I love it all winter long... These babies are fantastic, and are a crowd-pleaser to boot.
1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 c powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
3 c flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp cloves
1 TBSP plus 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 c sugar
2 c pumpkin puree
1 1/4 c canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c sugar
5 TBSP flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
4 TBSP cold butter, cut into pieces
Preheat oven to 350° and fill 2 muffin tins with paper liners.
Whip together ingredients for filling until smooth. Cover and refrigerate while you work on muffin batter.
For muffins, combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In another bowl, combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla and oil. Mix with electric mixer on low until blended.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix slowly until combined.
For topping, combine sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add in butter pieces and cut into dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or fork until coarse and crumbly. Keep in refrigerator until ready to use.
To assemble muffins, fill each muffin liner with about 2 TBSP of batter. Spoon 1 TBSP of cream cheese filling into the center of each liner (on top of the batter). Cover the filling with additional batter, covering cream cheese completely. Sprinkle with 1 TBSP of streusel mixture.
Bake 20-25 minutes. Cool completely before eating (filling will be VERY hot) and store in an airtight container.
Comments from the cook: I didn't need to change anything from the original recipe...and they turned out perfectly! I did have to make a make-shift version of pumpkin pie spice at the last minute (thank you, all-knowing internet for helping me make a quick substitution!). I'm looking forward to needing a reason to make these again...
Original recipe found here (helpful step-by-step pictures available there!). Ingredient list and most of directions taken from her site.