Sweet Cream Stuffed Pumpkin Muffins
Get excited for these Sweet Cream Stuffed Pumpkin Muffins. Technically, they’re a muffin, but they taste a lot like dessert.
What? It’s Monday again? Wasn’t it just Friday, and wasn’t I just sipping on a delicious Caramel Apple Pie Martini?
Don’t you just hate how the weekend flies by at lightening speed, while the dreaded work week creeps by at a snails pace? Would it help if I told you I had muffins for you today? Well, I do and they’re quite special.
This week, An let us loose into the wild. She only gave us one rule…make something using pumpkin. That’s it? No recipe? No guidelines? Freedom? As you can imagine, I went a bit wild at first. I love pumpkin, and I wanted to make something special. Something different. I decided to make Sweet Cream Stuffed Pumpkin Muffins topped with toasted pumpkin seeds and a cinnamon sugar crust.
As you read this post, I may be flapping in the wind from the hurricane force winds, soaked to the bones from the relentless rain, or floating down the street in our fishing boat. But, hey, I’ll have these muffins to snack on!
The grocery stores have been packed to the brim with desperate shoppers this weekend, stocking up on bread, toilet paper, and milk in preparation for Sandy. Me, I stocked up on martini and muffin supplies. I suppose our priorities are different.
I just don’t understand the choice of storm staples. Toilet paper, I get (kind of). Bread and milk, not so much. If my power goes out, milk isn’t going to stay fresh. And, honestly, how many sandwiches are you really going to eat? I’m thinking water and canned goods are a better choice.
These muffins are the BEST muffins I have ever had. You get the crunch from the cinnamon sugar and pumpkin seed crust, then you bite into a moist, cakey muffin with the sweet cream filling. Oh, it’s good.
It’s dessert for breakfast.
Sweet Cream Stuffed Pumpkin Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
Total Time: 30 minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cream Cheese Filling
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cold
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 and 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with papers.
- For the cream cheese filling: In a medium bowl, add cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Using a hand mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Cinnamon Sugar Topping: Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, whisk to combine.
- Muffins: In a medium bowl, add whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix to combine.
- In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, oil, honey, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla. Slowly whisk in the buttermilk.
- Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and whisk until just combined.
- Fill the prepared muffin cups about a third of the way with the batter. Add a half tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture to each tin, then top with the remaining batter.
- Top with pumpkin seeds and a sprinkling of cinnamon sugar.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.