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Cheesecake Pumpkin Muffins

My mother-in-law came up with these tender treats by combining a few of her favorite muffin recipes. Chock-full of pumpkin, they feature both a sweet cream cheese filling and crunchy praline topping. —Lisa Powelson, Scott City, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine first six ingredients. In another bowl, whisk eggs, pumpkin and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups one-third full.
  • For filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and flour until smooth. Drop by tablespoonfuls into center of each muffin. Top with remaining batter.
  • For topping, in a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar and sour cream; spoon over batter. Bake 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 354 calories, 21g fat (4g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 282mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Amy
    Nov 13, 2018

    Made these festive muffins yesterday and they were moist and tender. I added extra seasonings (1/16 tsp of cloves, nutmeg, ginger) and still found them to be a little bland. The cream cheese filling was not memorable and the topping was very scant and sticky - and remained sticky after cooling. Maybe I’m a harsh critic - shared with friends and they enjoyed them!

  • jenilovesdaisies
    Oct 8, 2017

    I added some extra seasoning, and these were fantastic! Very tender and full of flavor.

  • Ann615
    Nov 10, 2014

    These muffins were a big hit with my co-workers. They take some time to put together, but worth it in the end. Yum!

  • 75Sally
    Oct 19, 2014

    Simply amazing! These muffins are wonderful!

  • Lynnleslie7
    Oct 13, 2014

    Sorry. This was the worst pumpkin recipe I have ever made. The baking soda amount was over the top and the pumpkin muffin tasted like baking soda. It was awful. This recipe needs to be deleted. O stars. Just awful. Do not make.

  • kvkennedy
    Oct 12, 2014

    I added double strength vanilla to batter and cream cheese filling. Delicious.

  • jgbex1
    Jun 23, 2014

    fantastic. I would also double the praline topping next time and add pumpkin pie spice.

  • FarmerGig
    Nov 13, 2013

    Absolutely terrific recipe. I made these for the crew I work with and the men came back asking for the recipe. Nice texture, the cream cheese filling stays soft even the muffins are cool, and the praline topping is terrific. I doubled it the second time I made the recipe for even more crunch and flavor.

  • Misti P
    Oct 16, 2013

    Absolutely delicious! Made these for my family and they loved them.

  • IslandWife
    Oct 8, 2013

    These were very tasty and moist! I used almost all applesauce instead of oil, and I added some allspice, cloves and vanilla. Thank you for sharing!