Made these for my future in-laws, who will be visiting this weekend. We tried one and they are fabulous. I think toasting the nuts really helped the flavor as well (see my note below).
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 1⁄2 tablespoons flour
- 5 tablespoons white sugar
- 3⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons chopped pecans (toasted these briefly first on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees, for about 10 minutes. Just)
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour (I used half white, half whole wheat)
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 1⁄3 cups canned pumpkin
- 1⁄3 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Grease and flour 18 muffin cups.
- FILLING: Beat cream cheese until soft.
- Add egg, vanilla and brown sugar.
- Beat until smooth.
- Set aside.
- STREUSEL TOPPING: Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans.
- Add butter and cut it in with a fork until crumbly.
- Set aside.
- MUFFIN BATTER: In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Make a well in the center of flour mixture and gradually incorporate eggs, pumpkin, olive oil and vanilla.
- Beat together until smooth.
- Fill cups with pumpkin mixture until they're about 1/2 full.
- Carefully add one tbsp of the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter.
- If you're using paper cups, try to keep cream cheese from touching the paper.
- Sprinkle on the streusel topping.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
This was the second pumpkin cream cheese muffin I have tried off this site and this recipe is definitely the superior one of the two. I scaled the batter down for 12 muffins and made filling for 9 (there was still plenty of cream cheese in each muffin). I also did away with the topping since I see muffin toppings as a useless source of calories. I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 2/3 cup of whole wheat. I also increased the amount of pumpkin by three tbsps and reduced the amount of olive oil used by that same amount. Also, I used reduced fat cream cheese. Next time I may try cutting down on the sugar as these muffins are very sweet. Even with all these changes, this recipe made the best pumpkin muffins I have ever had. Thanks for the great recipe.
Wow - are these ever good! I only made a couple of changes -- added 2-3Tbsp of brown sugar to the cream cheese mixture (thought it might be too tangy on its own); added 1/4 c old-fashioned oats to the streusel mixture; reduced the sugar in the muffin batter to 1-1/2 c; and used canola oil (instead of olive oil). Toasting the pecans - in a small dry frying pan over low-to-medium heat - really made the nuts tasty. The recipe made 24 regular sized muffins. They rose beautifully, and made the whole house smell wonderful. I let them cool a little before trying one -- delicious! I will make these again - thanks for posting! -M =)
Oh my gosh, these were incredible! I made these for my parents on Thanksgiving and Mom (who doesn't even bake) asked for the recipe!And I didn't even make the topping! I also cut the sugar in the batter down to about 1.5 cups, I used all white flour, and I used canola oil instead of olive oil because I only had extra virgin and that just seemed wrong. This recipe is fairly easy and no-fuss, and I will definitely be making these again! (PS -- my husband wants me to use more vanilla in the cream cheese filling next time, but I thought it was fine as-is.)