Sunday, November 11, 2012

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Pecan Streusel

As you can see, I am still on my pumpkin kick!  I expect it to continue for a while, to be honest.  I just love pumpkin!  And these pumpkin and cream cheese muffins with pecan streusel were AMAZING!  Seriously!  I may have to make them again just to enjoy them some more.  I originally made them for church, so I only personally had one or two mini-muffins...  These are definitely worth the big sized muffin, and keeping for your own family!  Seriously, they are delicious.

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Muffins with Pecan Streusel
adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
For the Cream Cheese Filling:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Streusel:
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup pecans, roughly chopped
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the Muffins:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
5 ounces (½ cup + 2 tablespoons) vegetable oil
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

First, make the cream cheese filling.  In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese and confectioners sugar until smooth.  Add the vanilla and stir to combine thoroughly.  Form the mixture into a 12-inch log on a piece of plastic wrap, wrap it, and freeze for at least 2 hours.  NOTE:  My cream cheese filling did not freeze solid.  It was still pretty soft and mushy after several hours.  If you want it more solid (potentially a tad easier to work with), you  might need a longer freezing time.

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Line a standard or mini-muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

Make the pecan streusel:  In a medium bowl, combine all streusel ingredients with a fork.  Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.  In a smaller bowl, whisk together the sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, and vanilla.  Pour the pumpkin mixture over the dry ingredients and gently combine using a rubber spatula.  Mix just until the ingredients are moistened.

Remove the cream cheese log from the freezer and slice into 12 1-inch slices for regular sized muffins, or 24 1/2-inch slices for mini-muffins.

Scoop a small amount of pumpkin batter into the muffin cups.  Place one slice of the cream cheese filling in the center of each cup, then fill muffin cup with remaining batter.  Sprinkle pecan streusel on top of each muffin.  Press the struesel lightly to make sure it sticks to the batter.

Bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes for regular sized muffins, 18-22 minutes for mini-muffins.  Cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then remove muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Let muffins come to room temperature before serving.
Printable Recipe

If you don't keep pumpkin pie spice on hand, here is my formula:
Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Mix all ingredients together in a small airtight container and use as recipes call for the pre-made spice!

Zowie, these are some tasty muffins!  The muffin is really moist and the pumpkin has the perfect amount of spice.  Using pumpkin pie spice PLUS more cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves makes the flavors just sing!  When you bite into a muffin you get the cream cheese surprise, plus the crunchy pecan topping.  And look!  This muffin has a beautiful muffin top!  Perfection in a little muffin.

Print this recipe and make it for your family and friends.  It is just amazing!  It tastes like autumn!  What a keeper!

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