Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

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I first made this recipe back in 1987 and have since made it many times over the years because it's my children's favorite muffin recipe. —Wendy Stenman
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 24 pecan halves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 207 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 138mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. For the filling, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg and sugar until smooth; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. Beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Divide half of the batter among 24 greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Drop filling by teaspoonfuls over batter. Top with remaining batter. Place a pecan on each muffin if desired.
  3. Bake at 350° for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p37

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TeighlorD User ID: 7424980 153453
Reviewed May. 29, 2014


gk33061 User ID: 1621193 151930
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"I love pumpkin and cream cheese so this recipe was a "for sure try" for me. I made them for work and didn't even get one because they were gone in a flash. Definitely recommend."

crysmitchell User ID: 5044355 135023
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"These were good when they were fresh, but not as good after sitting. Since I was taking them to a girls' weekend, I was underwhelmed."

manpabrown User ID: 1979130 68971
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"Made a double batch and they were gone quickly. We had family visiting... I noticed they just weren't eating them for breakfast"

BevL64 User ID: 6774202 66761
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"Soooo yummy! I made these exactly as stated in the recipe. They are almost like Tim Horton's pumpkin muffins."

trbauer1016 User ID: 1045523 62051
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"I've made this recipe several times and it always comes out perfect. Sometimes a use a struedel topping...yummy!"

soren User ID: 1988780 160575
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2010

"I have to make these muffins over and over again for my husband and three year old. They love them! this is a great recipe!"

sfoutty User ID: 1107814 135327
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2010

"I don't need or want to change a thing about this recipe. It is the most frequently request thing I make in the fall...."

redhummert User ID: 4316524 151918
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2009

"Just about the best muffin I have ever eaten! I am a mother of 5 and when I make these, the entire recipe is gobbled down in one day!"

udyman User ID: 1438846 151912
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2009

"I have already made this for my family several times because they keep asking for them! They are so yummy!"

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