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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins-Starbucks Copycat

Today is the first day of Fall! And what better way to celebrate then with pumpkin spice…  muffins! To celebrate the start of fall I decided to create a copycat of this Starbucks favorite; Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. 


This recipe is fairly simple to make and does not require a mixer! The cream cheese topping adds a decadence to the moist pumpkin spiced muffin. I made my own pumpkin puree (instructions here). If you’re buying store bought pumpkin puree, be sure it is plain puree and not a pumpkin pie mix as we are adding spices to the muffin mix.

pumpkin spice cream cheese muffins

I love to cuddle up with a good book, a hot cup of tea and muffin and really enjoy the crispness in the air. Fall is off to a hot start (its 83 degrees today) but I do look forward to sweater weather and lots of baked goods! I also really enjoy going to the apple orchard and picking apples with my family. What are you most excited for this fall season? 

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins-Starbucks Copycat
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Serves: 14 muffins
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Cream Cheese
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  1. Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Line muffin tin with liners.
  3. In a large bowl, stir pumpkin, oil, and sugar together using a wooden spoon.
  4. Stir in eggs, spices, salt, and baking powder and baking soda.
  5. Stir in the milk, then stir in the sifted flour. DO NOT OVER MIX.
  6. Divide mixture evenly, filling each muffin 1/2 full.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract.
  8. Drop 1 tablespoon of cream cheese onto the top of each muffin.
  9. Sprinkle each muffin with 4-5 pumpkin seeds.
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the muffin part comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool before serving
  12. Enjoy!

Make this recipe? I’d love to see! Please tag me @AmandasPlate or #CreateAmandasPlate


starbucks copycat muffin recipe


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