Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins Recipe

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Use a little cream cheese with pumpkin, and it's like you have pumpkin cheesecake!

Use a little cream cheese with pumpkin, and it's like you have pumpkin cheesecake!

Pumpkin Pie Muffins

I have to tell you that in the months of November and December, my cravings for all things pumpkin and cheese seem to skyrocket.

It could be the pumpkin eggnog that I see at the store. It could be the pumpkin pie spices that go on sale.

It could be those random cinnamon-scented brooms they sell at the entrance to the store.

Then there's the whole pumpkin pie idea that makes a complete Thanksgiving, or the fact that all things nice and cinnamon and spice seem to characterize this time of year in the United States.

I have no idea. But, I had a craving. I found an original recipe online about pumpkin cheesecake muffins. I always have to add my own spin on things, so I adapted the following recipe from the original.

These can also work well as a breakfast recipe. Think of them like a pumpkin pastry. The kids will love them and while they're not the most heart-healthy muffins in the world, you can be sure everyone's getting adequate dosages of Vitamin A and calcium with every moist, cheesy bite.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

30 min

45 min

12 muffins (plus a little leftover)

Gather all your ingredients before you start working. It makes everything go more smoothly.

Gather all your ingredients before you start working. It makes everything go more smoothly.


For the muffins:

  • 1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

For the cream cheese filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature (very important)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Make the muffin mix: In a large bowl, mix the canned pumpkin, vegetable oil, 1 cup sugar, eggs, and vanilla by hand until smooth and even.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice until well blended. Transfer to the pumpkin mixture and mix well.
  4. Make the cream cheese filling: Combine the cream cheese, egg, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla into a large bowl. With a mixer on a low setting, beat these ingredients until they are completely smooth and have the consistency of yogurt.
  5. Spray your muffin tin with non-stick spray. In heaping spoonfuls, fill the cups of a 12-muffin pan 1/3 of the way full with the pumpkin mixture. Add 1-2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture on top. Then, top with another 1-2 tablespoons of the pumpkin. Take a butter knife and gently swirl the pumpkin and cheesecake mixtures together.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins start to brown a bit. If you also make (or choose to make) mini-loafs instead, the bake time increases significantly. Allow for about 50-55 minutes for the loaf to bake, or until it starts to brown on top.
Delicious pumpkin cream cheese muffins

Delicious pumpkin cream cheese muffins

Baking Tips

  • A flat spatula really helps to drain out the bowls and get as most pumpkin and cheesecake into the muffin tin as possible.
  • You can experiment with other fruits: try a pint of strawberries or blueberries. Just be sure to blend them up first (unless you want chunks of the fruit to be in the muffins).
  • Sprinkle the muffins with a little bit of confectioner's sugar when they're right out of the oven. They'll be extra sweet and delicious.
  • While these are great for breakfast, they'll also make a great dessert or snack.
  • If you have a flour allergy, you can try substituting coconut flour. However, I have not tried that substitution and I'm not sure how it would affect the texture.

Fun Pumpkin Facts

  • I know a friend whose eyesight was starting to deteriorate. She began eating canned pumpkin every day and the next time she went to the eye doctor, her vision had improved so much, she didn't need glasses!
  • Pumpkin is also great for anemia and constipation.

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun


Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 25, 2014:

Rebecca - thank you! I go all weak-kneed when I hear the word, "pumpkin." I just love pumpkins. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you! Hugs!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 25, 2014:

Pstraubie - they are so yummy - breakfast, brunch or snack - for sure. Thank you so much for stopping by. :)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 25, 2014:

Glimmer Twin Fan - Oh, I appreciate you! These are some of my favorite goodies that I make during this time of year! I appreciate the shares and tweets - thank you so much! Hugs!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 25, 2014:

They look absolutely scrumptious, Cindy. I am all for anything pumpkin. Soon as October hits I head for the pumpkin coffee....etc. etc. I want to try these for Christmas. My TDay menu is slam full, lol. Happy Thanksgiving!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 25, 2014:

These sound like a muffin that will make a divine treat for breakfast, brunch, or just any time a comfort food is desired.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Claudia Mitchell on November 25, 2014:

I don't remember seeing this and boy does it look delicious! Perfect for thanksgiving breakfast! Shared around.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on October 18, 2013:

Au Fait - awesome! Thank you - have a grrreat day. :)

C E Clark from North Texas on October 17, 2013:

Pinned to my 'Breads & Pastries' board. Sound delicious!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on May 13, 2013:

Kathryn - you're AWESOMSAUCE! I love pumpkin. You know, after your last comment, I totally got more cravings and went out and bought three cans of pumpkin. I even just like to scoop out a tablespoon or two in the mornings and evenings and eat it that way. hahah.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 12, 2013:

Okay, one more comment. I made these last weekend, and they're fantastic!!!!! I will be coming back for more :) I am also keeping this in mind for the holidays. There's usually so much food, but muffins are easy to handle, and not too big of a serving. And everyone loves pumpkin! Have a great (remainder of the) weekend!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on May 04, 2013:

Kathryn - hehe, yes, I'm addicted to the stuff. Have a great day!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 03, 2013:

I always have pumpkin on hand, too. Yay, there's someone in the world that loves pumpkin as much as I do!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on May 03, 2013:

Kathryn - haha, I have a weakness for pumpkin. I LOVE the stuff. I'm addicted. I try to have it on hand all the time. :)

Thank you so much for your feedback and comments. You've brightened my day!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on May 02, 2013:

Every time I look at these, I get really in the mood for them. I made something similar one time, but it was a whole casserole dish of it, and it wasn't swirled together. It didn't come out quite right, although it tasted good. But you can't go wrong with muffins! I'm putting cream cheese on my grocery list, and making these. I don't bake too much, because my boyfriend and I try to eat healthy most of the time, but 1) we both love pumpkin and 2) gotta splurge once in a while, and 3) it has pumpkin in it!!!!!!! And cream cheese :) Thanks for sharing it with us. Yummy!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 21, 2012:

PurvisBobbi44 - sorry to make you hungry, but I'm thinking you will LOVE these. Hehe. Thank you so much and happy holidays to you, as well, Bobbi. :)

Natasha - yummy stuff here. I think you'll really like them. Happy holidays and thank you for pinning. :)

Natasha from Hawaii on December 21, 2012:

Pumpkin, cheesecake, and muffin are all things I like to see in a recipe title! Pinning =)

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on December 20, 2012:


Thanks for the recipe and now I am hungry. I will try your recipe it looks great.

Have a wonderful Holiday with your love ones.

Bobbi Purvis

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 10, 2012:

Om - haha, that's great! I admit - these are my weakness. I simply must have pumpkin and cream cheese with alarming regularity. :) Thanks for the shares!

Om Paramapoonya on December 10, 2012:

These muffins look gorgeous! Pumpkin muffins with cream cheese filling is actually my favorite thing to have at my neighborhood coffee shop. Now I can try making my own! Thanks a lot for the recipe. Rated awesome and pinned!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 05, 2012:

Hyphenbird - I admire you. I fell off the vegan bandwagon one week after trying. Cheese. I need cheese. Hehehe.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on December 05, 2012:

These look amazing and delicious. As a vegan I seldom eat things like this. But I do fall off the wagon occasionally for foods like this. sigh

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 05, 2012:

Susan - I'll tell you a secret: just a couple short years ago, I think I burned everything in sight. Charcoal was part of the menu! Hehe. But, I dunno...I made these over and over again and I finally got them right.

Now for the doggie treats: pumpkin is SO GOOD for animals...in small amounts, but it helps with digestion big time. I'll have to look for those doggie treats now. :)

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

These look so good! I never have much luck with muffins for some reason. They always end up burning on the bottom but I have to try this recipe.

I've been buying these little heart cookie treats for my dogs. They're called Salmon and Pumpkin treats. They love them.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 04, 2012:

Vibesites - hehe...they ARE really good. I have half a mind to make a few batches and go deliver them to friends. :)

vibesites from United States on December 04, 2012:

"Pumpkin" "cream cheese"... those words sound really, really tempting and mouthwatering indeed! I might want to try this! Thanks for sharing. :)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 04, 2012:

Savingkathy - thank you. I hope you enjoy them. They didn't last long at my house - at all. Hehehe.

Tammy - hello there! Your secret is safe with me. ;) I love pumpkin, too. Thank you for coming by!

Tammy from North Carolina on December 04, 2012:

I hope no one sees me licking my computer monitor. I LOVE pumpkin. This is one of the prettiest recipe hubs I have seen this year. Excellent!

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on December 04, 2012:

Wow - these sound so good! I will have to try these. Thanks for sharing! :)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 25, 2012:

Ardie - hehe, you're so funny! Here's to a little piece of pumpkin-cream cheese heaven! ;)

Sondra from Neverland on November 24, 2012:

Oh man. I came snooping around your Hubs to see what you've been up to lately and look what I found - a little bit of Heaven! I love pumpkin anything and could live on pumpkin flavored snacks all year long.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 21, 2012:

Teaches - I know, huh? I LOVE pumpkin and cream cheese. When I took the photo at the top, I knew that would be "the" one for the header of this hub, hehe.

Dianna Mendez on November 19, 2012:

Great idea! I can't say enough about pumpkin and cream cheese this time of year. Your opening photo sold me on this recipe! Voted up.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 19, 2012:

Vespawoolf - aww, thank you so much! You're an amazing hubber with your yummy hubs, and I appreciate your feedback here. Pumpkin and cream cheese are my weakness. I can't resist. I just can't. So, instead of fighting it, I just walk a little farther. Hehe.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 19, 2012:

Oh my goodness, these sound fabulous! I am also a lover of all things pumpkin in the fall, and the addition of cream cheese makes these extra tempting. I enjoyed the anecdote about your friend whose vision was cured by eating pumpkin! So I definitely have to try these muffins. : ) Thanks so much!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 18, 2012:

GTF - YUMMY! Everyone will rave, I think! Pumpkin works on dogs, too. I got the idea from a website called EarthClinic. If you go to the pets section and upset stomach, you'll find lots of advice on how to incorporate pumpkin to help them out. They're vague on the amounts, but for a cat, I'd do a teaspoon every few hours and for dogs, I'd do a tablespoon. It's a bit of a trial and error process, but my cat was really, really sick and he came back from it with flying colors. :)

Claudia Mitchell on November 18, 2012:

These look delicious. I might have to make them for Thanksgiving morning! Love anything pumpkin and love the story about giving it to your cat for an upset stomach. My dog does not feel good today, I wonder if it will help him. I'll have to look into that. Pinned!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 17, 2012:

Oh no! Did I? NUTS!! At least I didn't publish it long ago. What would I do without wonderful proofreaders suchas you? I won't delete it - I fully acknowledge that I"m fallible. :D Thank you so much TW. Have a wonderful day!

Kim Lam from California on November 16, 2012:

This looks delicious- similar to Starbuck's fall muffins...except way cheaper! I love, love, love pumpkin flavored anything! :-)

Btw, I think you forgot to include the flour in your ingredient list? (Feel free to delete this post afterwards hehe)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 15, 2012:

ChristyWrites - haha, yes, pumpkin cream cheese muffins are THE answer to the common muffin. lol

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 2012:

How yummy these sound! What a neat alternative to the average muffin, good one!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 15, 2012:

Amy - I love all things pumpkin, all year round, too. Hehe. Thank you. ;)

Aviannovice - you don't have to use wheat if you don't want to. :)

Mours sshields - they are really yummy. I've been snacking on way too many pumpkin and cream cheese muffins, lol. I have no willpower.

Alocsin - yes, they could work in lieu of pumpkin pie. :)

Randomcreative - you don't have to twist mine, either. Hehe. Thank you for coming by!

Ruchira - HAHAHA. That's right. A way to a man's heart is through his tummy. LOL

Julie - haha, I definitely love combining the two for some good-lookin' food goodness. ;)

beingwell - oops. Sorry. I'm making myself crave these all over again. LOL. I'm going to have to go eat another. ;)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 15, 2012:

Austinstar - hey there!! Well, I'd add an amazon link, but my state doesn't allow affiliate accounts with them, so I don't usually include them. :\

However, I'm THRILLED that you made some pumpkin applesauce muffins. Those sound wonderful! I'll have to try that sometime!

beingwell from Bangkok on November 14, 2012:

Another yummy dessert recipe! You made me crave for some sweets! Waaahh! I'm gonna look for some sort of pies in the mall when I go out to watch a movie tonight!

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on November 14, 2012:

Your combination of food and photography is really quite dangerous!

Ruchira from United States on November 14, 2012:

Gosh highly nutritious yet cheesy.

What more can a man desire ;)

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 14, 2012:

Pumpkin and cream cheese? You don't need to twist my arm! Thanks for this great seasonal recipe.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 14, 2012:

Another goodies and a nice alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Voting this Up and Useful.

mours sshields from Elwood, Indiana on November 14, 2012:

Sounds and looks delicious! Especially with the cream cheese added! Yum!

Marcia Ours

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 14, 2012:

Excellent, no wheat!

Amy Gillie from Indiana on November 14, 2012:

I love all things pumpkin, all year round! I can't wait to try these.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 14, 2012:

I made some pumpkin/pecan/applesauce muffins yesterday! They are so delicious. I make this recipe (cream cheese) in a loaf pan. I will have to try it in a muffin pan.

I'm convinced I need some non-stick muffin pans though. Maybe you should add an Amazon link to them.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 14, 2012:

Mhatter99 - lol, I have these random cravings for yummy things. Hehe.

Lovedoctor926 - Thank you so much!

Pstraubie48 - Oh, I had two of these straight out of the oven. I'll have to do an extra-long workout, but they're worth it. :D I hope your company enjoys them. :-)

Europewalker - good to see you! Yes, with a big cup of coffee? Splendid!

MelChi - Pumpkin and cream cheese are some of my favorites, too. I had to eat lunch all over again, too. ;)

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on November 14, 2012:

I've just eaten lunch and now I want to eat again after reading this and looking at your photo! Oh my goodness Cyndi! Pumpkin and cream cheese are two of my favourite foods...I HAVE to try this! :))

europewalker on November 14, 2012:

Those are my favorites! I will be devouring too many of these with a big cup of coffee! Thanks for sharing recipe, voted up:)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 13, 2012:

These look sinful ...may be just another one to add to the guilty pleasues list. And it seems there is no need to wait for the holidays to surprise your family with them. I have company coming in and we are leaving for a cruise together on Saturday so I think I will make these early to carry along on the trip to the port. thanks for sharing and happi holidays. ps

lovedoctor926 on November 13, 2012:

These look delicious!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on November 13, 2012:

I have had cream cheese muffins. Thank you for opening the door to new ideas.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on November 13, 2012:

BB - aww, you just know how to make my day! 40th hub, huh? That's a lot! Between blogging and hubbing, I can *barely* keep up, so it makes me feel extra-special that you make it over here. You're the best!!

Vellur - haha, I *really* spent some time getting these photos perfect so that you might want to taste them. Hehe. Thanks so much!

Janine - lolol, pumpkin and cream cheese - my favorites! ;) Thank you so much!

Kris - they ARE sinfully delicious. I accidentally ate two of them right out of the oven. By pure accident, I tell ya. ;) The pumpkin does have good nutrients.

Tillsontitan - Sorry about the flour bit. I have no idea how they'd turn out, but you could try a different type of flour like coconut flour (if it's grain that you're allergic to) or even flax seed flour. Dunno on that one. Pumpkin does do wonders for animals, though. It's pretty amazing stuff. :)

Mary Craig from New York on November 13, 2012:

The pictures really makes these look good. I got excited reading the recipe because I didn't see any flour but then you said to add it later. Well, at least my family can enjoy this great combination!

Just FYI, my dog had trouble with his anal glands...he gets two tablespoons of plain pumpkin a day and poof no more problems!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on November 13, 2012:

These sound sinfully delicious! We have a local bakery that makes pumpkin cream cheese muffins and they are fabulous. At least the pumpkin in them has some good nutrients:)

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on November 13, 2012:

OMG, you had me at pumpkin Cyndi and then you went and added cream cheese, too. Seriously drooling over here. I pinned these to try and also voted up a ton and shared all over as always!!!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 13, 2012:

OH!! my God. The very photo makes me want to taste this delicious creation. Thanks for sharing and voted up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 13, 2012:

I'm wearing down today, lil' Sis! This is like ther 40th hub I have read today and I'm cross-eyed. However, if Cyndi writes then I read...it's one of the truths in life. :) Great recipes, and I'm drooling as I write this.

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