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pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with struesel
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins with Streusel

Soft and tender pumpkin muffins with a creamy cream cheese filling and a cinnamon streusel topping!
Course baking
Cuisine American
Diet Low Salt
Keyword cream cheese, muffins, pumpkin, streusel
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (99g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Streusel

  • 1/3 cup (66g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (71g) all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup walnuts chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Pumpkin Muffins

  • 2 cups (284g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup (297g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

For the filling

  • In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

For the streusel

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, salt, and walnuts. Pour the melted butter over the top and mix until the mixture resembles coarse sand.

For the muffins

  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350F. Butter eight 3 x 2-inch soufflé molds (see note above about soufflé mold specifics) and line the bottom of each mold with parchment paper. Place the molds on a baking sheet. (If using regular muffin tins, place liners in one standard 12-cup muffin tin.)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove. Make a well in the center.
  • In a large bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, and vanilla until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the well in the dry ingredients and mix gently until just combined, making sure there are no dry pockets in the batter.
  • Evenly divide half the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of the cream cheese filling in the center of each cup if using soufflé molds (if using regular muffin tins, place 2 teaspoons of the filling in the center). Fill each cup with the remaining pumpkin batter, covering the cream cheese evenly.
  • Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the tops of the muffins. Bake for 25-30 minutes if using souffle molds (if using regular muffin molds bake 20-25 minutes) until the tops are golden brown and a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (it should be clean of pumpkin – there might be some cream cheese filling on the skewer, which is normal).
  • Move the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool, and when the molds are cool enough to handle, carefully remove the muffins from each one. Let the muffins cool completely on a wire rack. (Although, if you cut into one when it’s still warm, I completely understand.)