Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling

This is my favorite muffin in the whole. wide. world. 
These pumpkin muffins are moist and spicy and bursting with fall flavor.  I'm conviced that I could eat these everyday and never, ever grow tired of them.  Mmmmm...one of these muffins (actually more like two!), a cool, crisp, fall morning and a cup of hot apple cider...heavenly!    

{Pumpkin Spice Muffin with Cream Cheese Filling}
I make this muffin one of two ways: with streusel or without streusel.  Pictured is a "non-streusel", simply because I was out of butter when I made these.  (Bah-humbug.)  They are delicious without streusel, but if you really want to kick it up a notch, add it...you won't be sorry! 

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling 
Yields: 20-24 muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin pans.

Muffin batter:
1 Spice Cake Mix
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Allspice
1/4 tsp. Cloves
1/4 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
A few dashes of Ginger
2 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
2 eggs
1tsp. Vanilla extract

1 15oz. can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1. Combine cake mix and spices.
2. Combine all wet ingredients.
3. Combine wet and dry and mix very well.

 Cream Cheese Filling:
1 -8oz. Package of cream cheese, softened
A few dashes of allspice
¼ tsp. Vanilla extract
1 tbsp. Sugar

1. Stir cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
2. Add vanilla, sugar and allspice.
3. Mix well.

 Streusel topping (optional):
½ c. flour
½ c. brown sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
dash of Salt
¼ c. walnuts
1 stick of cold butter

 1. Cut butter into chunks.
2. Combine butter and dry ingredients in food processor and pulse until well combined and crumbs are about pea-sized or smaller.
3. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Assembling the muffins:
*Try to do this as quickly as possible...the faster the better! You don't want flat muffins. =)

1. Place enough batter in each muffin cup to cover the bottom. Do this carefully...it's easy to go overboard and not have enough to cover the filling.
2. Make a little well in the center of the batter with the back of a teaspoon.
3. Put a rounded teaspoon of cream cheese filling in each well.
4. Cover each glob of filling with more muffin batter.
5. Lightly smooth the tops of the batter to cover the cream cheese.
6. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over all of the muffins. If you like them really “streuselly”, use it all, if not, you'll have some for another recipe!
7. Bake at 350 for about 18-20 minutes. (When you check these, just check around the edge since the middle will obviously be gooey!)
8. Remove from pan to a wire rack after about 2-3 minutes of cooling.

Then smuggle the muffins to your favorite hiding place.  Relish each bite as you secretly eat them all.  Light a candle...that way when your family asks about the delicious smell wafting from the kitchen, you can just grunt and point at it.  Pretend you know nothing.  What they don't know won't hurt them.   

Just kidding.  I would never think of doing something like that! {cough:cough}  =)

 So....what is your favorite muffin?  Are you a lover of "fall" foods?

Linking up to the Fall Nesting Party @ The Inspired Room, and 320 Sycamore


  1. These sound wonderful! I am going to try them soon. Have you ever tried pumpkin banana bread. That is one of my fall favorites. I sometimes make it into muffins instead of loaves. They go very well with a nice cup of tea in the fall or winter. I think these will too.

  2. Mmmm! You're making my stomach growl! I love about anything pumpkin, but these look like they beat it all! Just in time for fall...the cool crisp air, nice breeze, and an awesome Pumpkin spice muffin {ahem} or two! =) You didn't just tell us about them you just HAD to put a delicious picture on, too! =P You've got me hungry! LOL


  3. Those look so good, Laine! I'm going to put those in my "what to make when I lose 20 lbs" file! It won't be long because I only have 3 more lbs to go :) Your pumpkin muffins are the perfect thing to make for fall!

  4. Oh my goodness. I love any and all things pumpkin spice. Add cream cheese and I'm a goner. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh my word! Pardon me while I try to lick the computer screen.

    Because I live in Phoenix a bit of fall is hard to come by so I have to result to decorating visuals and of course a bit of lovin in the oven. I WILL be making these.

    Thank you so very much for linking up!

  6. Wow, these look incredible. What a delicious recipe and your picture is stunning. I think I need to go and eat something as my tummy is rumbling after reading this!

    Best wishes,

  7. These look great! I pretty much love anything pumpkin in the fall!

  8. Going to start making these in just a few minutes! :o)

  9. I made these for my company that is coming this weekend and of course I had to test them. Oh my gosh they are heavenly! I will have a hard time sharing them. Thank you for the recipe!

  10. Oh goodness, these look divine. I want one now! Thank you for sharing, or maybe I won't thank you when I gain 10 pounds.

  11. omg. These look so good, I almost licked the screen!! I need to make these!

  12. I have made a cake with similar ingredients,and it was yummy, so I must try the muffins. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. These look so good! I actually just pinned them on Pinterest and can't wait to make them!

  14. Oh my, I will definitely be making these!!

  15. just made these and they were a hit! will have to make them again soon!

  16. These sound amazing! My husband & I really have been enjoying pumpkin, so I plan to make these later this week. :)

  17. Laine, I made these muffins a few weeks ago and they were amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  18. I just saw this. It makes me wish I had the cake mix at my house right now. I will have to get one soon. This is a definite Must Try! Have you ever tried surprise cupcakes made with devils food cake mix, chocolate chips and cream cheese filling? They are my Amanda's favorite cupcake and with all the stuff inside no frosting is needed!


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