Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

Crumb topping, pumpkin cake, and cheesecake…  Need I say more?  Oh, and it all comes packaged in nifty muffin.  Enough said.

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I haven’t baked muffins in eons.  There was a period of time when I was baking muffins every weekend.  I think I realized somewhere along the way that a muffin is essentially a cupcake without icing.  Cupcakes aren’t exactly healthy, especially not for breakfast.  Although cupcakes are perfectly healthy for dessert because I figure it’s like a small piece of cake, at least the way I cut cake.  😉

I’ve been dying to bake these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies so I finally made them a couple of weeks ago.  I miss them.  Anyway, for some reason my grocery store only sells the 29 ounce can of Libby’s pumpkin puree, even though Libby’s also sells a 15 ounce can.  I think the pumpkin Gods are giving me a sign and trying to tell me that I need to bake a bunch of pumpkin goodies all at once.  You know, because once the can is open I should use it all up.  Waste not, want not.

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Seriously though, these muffins are everything.  I’m picky about my muffins so that’s saying a lot.  In fact, I can usually resist most muffins at a bakery because they tend to be heavy and greasy, which I’m not a fan of.  These pumpkin muffins are light and moist.

Of course we can’t forget about the cheesecake surprise in the middle.  It’s a great way to enjoy a little essence of cheesecake in the AM.  Okay, so maybe that part is a little heavy.  And that crumb topping is the bomb-digity.  You could throw crumb topping on almost anything and I think it would become my new favorite.  I think my husband may have said he’d eat it on tennis shoes at some point in the past.

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Has anyone put extra pumpkin pure in the freezer or fridge to use for another time?  I’ve frozen it a couple of times but once it thaws out I get grossed out by the way it looks and have to throw it away.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins Recipe
(Makes 14 regular sized muffins)

Ingredients for Crumb Topping:

  • 1/4 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (equivalent to 2.2 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  •  1/4 cup butter, melted (equivalent to 4 tablespoons)

Ingredients for Pumpkin Muffins:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (equivalent to 7.7 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for Cheesecake Filling:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

Prep Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Line the muffin sheets with 14 liners or spray with a non-stick spray.  (You can also line the muffin pan and then spray the liners with non-stick spray.  It’ll help to prevent the liners from gluing themselves to the muffins.)  Set it aside.

Directions for Crumb Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
  2. Mix in the melted butter until crumbs form.

Directions for the Muffin Batter:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice.  Set the dry ingredients aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and eggs.
  3. Whisk in the pumpkin puree, oil, milk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  Do not overmix the batter.

Directions for Cheesecake Filling:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese.
  2. Add in the egg yolk, vanilla extract, and sugar and beat until everything is combined.

Directions for Building the Muffins:

  1. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin muffin batter into the each muffin cup.
  2. Spoon in a little less than 1 tablespoon of the cheesecake filling on top of the pumpkin muffin batter.
  3. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin muffin batter on top of the cheesecake filling, or however much is needed to fill the cups most of the way to the top of the muffin cup (or all the way to the top of the muffin cup, depending on the size of your muffin tin).
  4. Sprinkle the crumb topping on top of each muffin and gently press the topping down.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees F.  Then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the heat to 350 degrees F and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes.  The total cooking time should be around 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool in the muffin tin for about 10 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Source:  Sally’s Baking Addiction



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  1. These look awesome! Muffins and cheesecake in one treat? Yes please 🙂 Pinning!

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you, thank you!! 🙂

  2. No way I could stop at 1. or 2. or 3. or 4. These look incredibly addicting!

    1. Tina says:

      Haha… Thanks so much Matt!!

  3. I’m a sucker for a good muffin too.. BUT it has to be moist and light. Those heavy, greasy imposters are for the birds.. or the trash can! 🙂 These look perfect, Tina! I’m with you on the crumb topping thing! I could eat struesel and crumb topping off the dang floor! Love love love that surprise cheesecake middle- tres chic! I have never tried to freeze pumpkin puree, but I know my grandmother use to ALWAYS have some in her freezer… and seriously old bananas. I think it ruined me for life on attempting to freeze things! Lol. Anyways, these muffins look bomb-diggity! Pinned! Cheers, my dear!

    1. Tina says:

      I’m SO on the same page as you! 🙂

  4. Zainab says:

    I will need a few of these go start my day.

    1. Tina says:

      Right on! 🙂

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