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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins – Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins for Fall

These pumpkin cheesecake muffins have a delicious cream cheese layer that is swirled into a soft and fluffy pumpkin muffin. They are perfect for fall!

Since October 21 is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, and October 31 is Carve a Pumpkin Day, that means that both days are good ones to try out this recipe! (These are just two of the national food holidays in October. There are over 30 more!)

Pumpkin season is upon us and that means using this fall vegetable in all sorts of pumpkin recipes. It’s the perfect recipe to celebrate one of the many national days.

Pumpkins are also one of the six symbols of Thanksgiving, so you can enjoy these delicious pumpkin cheesecake muffins all season long!

When it comes to making pumpkin puree, there are over 100 varieties of pumpkins to choose from. Some are meant for cooking and others are best for carving. While fresh pumpkin puree is always best in any recipe, canned also works fine.

Pumpkin cheesecake swirl muffins

There are lots of fun food days in October. National Cake Decorating Day comes on October 10. Check out this post for some cake decorating tips and recipes.

This recipe is not strictly a cheesecake, but the cream cheese layer gives a lovely cheesecake-like finish to these delicious pumpkin muffins. Ready to celebrate this special day with these pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffins?Fluffy pumpkin swirl muffins

Let’s make some pumpkin cheesecake muffins!

These muffins are one of the lightest and fluffiest ones that I have made in a long time. I used self rising flour for today’s recipe and they rose up beautifully with nice rounded tops.

Also, coconut oil gives the muffins a dose of heart healthy fat.Ingredients for pumpkin muffins

The recipe features a nice combination of granulated and brown sugar, combined with the flour, pumpkin puree, and spices. The cheesecake layer adds a lovely light and fluffy topping to the muffin with a rich finish and delicious taste.

Whisk your muffin dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.dry ingredients for muffins

Next, combine the pumpkin puree, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a stand mixer.  sugar, pumpkin, eggs

Beat in the eggs, coconut oil and vanilla extract.pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut oil

Gradually add the flour mixture but don’t over beat.  Just mix until there are no lumps in the batter.pumpkin muffin batter

I used an ice cream scoop to spoon the muffin batter into the muffin cups, making them about 3/4 full. The batter is very thick and seems kind of heavy at this point, but you won’t believe how light the muffins are when they are done.pumpkin muffin batter

Clean out your mixing bowl, and beat the cream cheese. Mix in the sugar, egg yolk and pure vanilla extract and beat until the mixture is well combined and very smooth.cream cheese egg and sugar

Each muffin gets about 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese filling. It’s time to make that pretty swirl topping!Add the cream cheese layer to the pumpkin muffin batter

I used a toothpick under the cheesecake batter to pull up a bit of the pumpkin batter and swirl it through. It looks sort of disheveled at this point, but will bake up into a pretty top once it is in the oven.swirl the pumpkin muffin batter

Into the oven the muffins go for about 25 – 30 minutes until the tops have risen and are nicely colored and a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Just look how PRETTY these pumpkin cheesecake muffins are when they are done baking!Cooked pumpkin swirl muffins

Time to taste the pumpkin muffins

If you like a muffin that is light and fluffy with a rich, smooth topping, these muffins are for you. They are light as air and have a delicious pumpkin pie flavor on the bottom and a rich and creamy finish on the top of the muffin.

My husband is not normally fond of pumpkin desserts. (I feel bad for him in the fall, since I cook with pumpkin all the time for my blog!) But I can’t wait to have him try one of these muffins.  Take a bite of these pumpkin muffins

Looking for a quick breakfast on the go? Look no further. These muffins are almost like having pumpkin pie for breakfast but in a fluffier (and tastier!) way. Get ready – it’s pumpkin cheesecake muffin time!baked pumpkin muffins

These delicious muffins make a great snack, a perfect quick breakfast and I even like to serve them for dessert. They are not too sweet and have both a savory earthy thing going on and a delightful creamy finish.

These pumpkin cream cheese muffins are so, so tasty! They work out to about 238 calories each. They would make the perfect Thanksgiving breakfast addition.nutritional label for pumpkin muffins


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Yield: 18

Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

pumpkin cheesecake muffins

These pumpkin swirl muffins have a lovely layer of cream cheese on the top of the muffin. They are easy to make and perfect for a breakfast on the go.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes



  • 1 3/4 cups self rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 15 oz pure pumpkin puree (canned or freshly made
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cheesecake layer

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line your muffin pan with paper cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and sea salt until everything is well combined. .
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the pumpkin puree, sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Beat in the eggs, coconut oil and pure vanilla extract. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until no lumps are present. Use an ice cream scoop to fill the muffin tins 3/4 full.
  5. Clean out your mixing bowl, and beat the cream cheese until it is smooth. Mix in the sugar, egg yolk and pure vanilla extract and beat until the mixture is well combined and smooth.
  6. Add about 1 tbsp of the cream cheese mixture to each muffin and use a toothpick to swirl it into the batter.
  7. Bake the muffins for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 11.3gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 44.7mgSodium: 336.6mgCarbohydrates: 33.9gFiber: 1.4gSugar: 21.3gProtein: 3.4g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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