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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins are a delightful autumn treat that perfectly captures the flavors and aromas of the season. These moist and fluffy muffins are infused with warm spices, a creamy cream cheese swirl, and the rich taste of pumpkin.

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The combination of tender pumpkin muffins and a luscious cream cheese filling creates a harmonious balance of sweetness and tanginess. With their beautiful swirls and inviting aroma, these muffins are not only delicious but also visually appealing, making them a wonderful addition to any breakfast or brunch spread.

The cream cheese swirl adds a layer of richness and creaminess to the muffins, elevating them to a whole new level of indulgence. As you take a bite, you’ll experience the velvety texture of the cream cheese filling against the moist pumpkin muffin, creating a delightful contrast of flavors and textures.

These muffins are perfect for enjoying with a cup of hot coffee or tea on a crisp fall morning or for sharing with friends and family during gatherings and celebrations. They also make a great addition to seasonal bake sales or potluck events, where their autumn-inspired flavors are sure to be a hit.

Whether you’re a pumpkin lover or simply looking to embrace the cozy flavors of fall, these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins are a delicious way to celebrate the season. Now, let’s dive into the recipe and explore how to make these delightful treats step by step.

Here’s a recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins:

Ingredients:

For the cream cheese swirl:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the pumpkin muffins:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease the cups with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, prepare the cream cheese swirl by combining the softened cream cheese, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and well combined. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the melted butter, granulated sugar, pumpkin puree, and milk until well combined.
  5. Gradually add the wet pumpkin mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as it can result in dense muffins.
  6. Fill each muffin cup halfway with the pumpkin batter.
  7. Spoon a tablespoon of the cream cheese swirl mixture onto the center of each muffin cup.
  8. Use a toothpick or a skewer to gently swirl the cream cheese mixture into the pumpkin batter. Do not overmix; a few swirls are enough to create the marbled effect.
  9. Fill the muffin cups with the remaining pumpkin batter, covering the cream cheese swirl.
  10. Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Once baked, remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool in the pan for a few minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Serve the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins as a delightful treat for breakfast, brunch, or any time you’re craving a taste of autumn. They can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

Cook’s Tips:

  • Make sure the cream cheese is softened before preparing the cream cheese swirl. This ensures a smooth and creamy texture.
  • If you prefer a more pronounced spice flavor, you can increase the amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves according to your taste.
  • It’s important not to overmix the batter. Stir until the ingredients are just combined to avoid dense muffins.
  • If you don’t have canned pumpkin puree, you can make your own by roasting and pureeing fresh pumpkin.
  • These muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. They can also be refrigerated for longer shelf life.

Enjoy the delightful combination of pumpkin and cream cheese in these moist and flavorful muffins. They are perfect for enjoying during the fall season or any time you’re in the mood for a sweet and comforting treat!

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