Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

So I went in to work today and realized that I was one of two or three people who decided to come in on Veterans Day. So, what better time to go home early and bake? This is the second time I have made these delicious muffins! They are easy and yummy and this is the recipe that christened my KA mixer.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
8 oz cheesecake filling cream cheese (if you can't find cheesecake cream cheese, you can mix regular cream cheese with sugar and vanilla for a similar effect)
chopped pumpkin seeds or walnuts or pecans (optional - I used pecans)

Preheat oven to 350

Place the brick of cream cheese on a piece of wax paper or parchment paper and shape it into a long log. Put this in the freezer while you mix and fill the pans, up to an hour.
Mix all ingredients except cream cheese and nuts together.
Fill 2 greased 12-muffin tins half full (I actually ended up filling them about 3/4 full in order to use all the batter).
Remove the cream cheese from the freezer, unwrap and cut with a sharp knife so that each slice equals 1-2 teaspoons. You may need to cut each slice in half.
Place the cream cheese pieces in the middle of the muffins, pressing down.

Sprinkle each muffin with roughly 1 tsp of chopped nuts. I used pecans and even though I am not a huge nut-fan they really made the recipe and I'm glad I used them.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick come out clean from the muffin part (do not touch the cream cheese).
Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, then remove to racks to cool completely. The cream cheese gets really hot so wait until its completely cool before eating.

Makes 24 muffins. Recipe found at Recipe Zaar.


BonDia said... [Reply to comment]

I Love These! YOu must make them for the Holiday Family gathering, or something even better! Anyway, these are really good! YOu are a good cook

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