Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Muffins
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • For the topping:
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • For the filling:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the drizzle:
  • 2 tablespoons room temperature cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the muffins:
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup natural apple sauce
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a muffin pan with paper liners or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the streusel topping first by combining the ingredients in a small bowl until mixture is coarse and crumbly. Set aside.
  3. Next, make the cream cheese filling. Using a mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract together until smooth. Place it in the fridge while you make the muffins..
  4. In a large bowl, combine the muffin ingredients wet ingredients first and then the dry, being sure they are completely combined.
  5. Fill each muffin cup with about 2 tablespoons of batter then add a heaping spoonful of the cream cheese mixture to each muffin. Top the muffins evenly with the remaining batter, about ¾ way full. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the tops of each muffin.
  6. Bake muffins for 25 minutes. Let cool completely.
  7. While the muffins are cooling, make the cream cheese glaze. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt. Whisk until smooth.
  8. Drizzle the cream cheese glaze over the cooled muffins.
Recipe by Our Three Peas at http://ourthreepeas.com/pumpkin-spice-cream-cheese-muffins/