Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins


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Pumpkin and cream cheese come together in these easy and delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins. They make the perfect fall snack for your coffee break.

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One easy pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffin on a blue plate.

What ingredients do I need to make Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins?

You may not need a grocery run to make these satisfying muffins. Here’s an at-a-glance list to see if you have everything on hand.

  • Flour – All purpose is what you need.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spicemake your own to save money!
  • Baking Soda – Note soda, not powder.
  • Salt – I like sea salt but table salt works too.
  • Pumpkin Puree – Not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar.
  • Brown Sugar – Use light brown sugar.
  • Eggs – The recipe calls for large.
  • Salad Oil – Use canola or vegetable. They are neutral oils and won’t affect flavor.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract – Try not to use imitation, pure vanilla is best.
  • Cream Cheese – You need a block of cream cheese, not the spreadable kind in a tub.
  • Egg Yolk – This is in addition to the whole eggs.
Two Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins on a blue plate.

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Can I make this recipe into mini muffins?

While I’m certain you could try, I think getting a perfect muffin to cream cheese ratio may be difficult. Consistency is key and making a regular-size muffin will produce better quality.

Don’t forget the paper muffin liners. If you’re worried about the batter sticking, lightly spray the liners with a baking spray that includes flour.

Pumpkin cream cheese muffin Twitter image.

What is the easiest way to swirl cream cheese into a muffin?

These muffins are very easy to make, though a bit time-consuming because you have two mixtures to make, then swirl together.

Swirling is fun and a great way to get the kids involved. It took us a few muffins to get the swirl just right and I’m not sure I mastered it.

But no matter, they tasted delicious. I tried toothpicks, and a fork, and finally settled on a butter knife.

The key to a good swirl is not trying too hard. Do this gently and try to move some batter from top to bottom so the cream cheese mixture is throughout the muffin.

The next time I make them I will use two smaller dollops of cream cheese. One in the middle, one on top, and then swirl.

How can I serve pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffins?

If you’ve never had a pumpkin muffin with a cream cheese swirl, you are missing out! 

One bite of these pumpkin cream cheese muffins and you’ll be in heaven. They are perfect to enjoy with a glass of milk, a cup of coffee, or a cup of tea.

These muffins are best served warm or at room temperature.

Serve them on a breakfast brunch buffet, enjoy them for breakfast, or take one to work for a snack.

Take these muffins to the next level, and impress your guests, with my whipped pumpkin spice honey butter. My yummy caramel coffee would be delicious to serve with them too.

One pumpkin cream cheese muffin on a blue plate.

How do you store Cream Cheese Muffins?

Because these muffins have a cream cheese swirl, they need to be stored in the refrigerator. If you are serving them within a couple of hours of making them, you can leave them out.

If you choose to refrigerate them, take them about an hour before serving so they come to room temperature.

Pumpkin cream cheese muffin Pinterest image.

Can I freeze cream cheese muffins?

I tried and don’t recommend it. The cream cheese part of the muffin becomes a weird consistency and is not appealing. Bake them and enjoy them. Or share with friends and family.

Why you’ll love this recipe

The sweetened cream cheese mixture melts into the pumpkin muffin batter creating a mouthwatering combination of flavors and textures.

Pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffins are an easy recipe that comes together quickly, making it perfect for last-minute gatherings. They are ready in about 30 minutes.

The recipe makes 18 muffins, enough to share.

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Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins

Pumpkin and cream cheese come together in these easy and delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins. They make the perfect fall snack for your coffee break.
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18



  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can 15 ounce pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350℉. and place paper baking cups in muffin pan. You will need 18.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the can of pumpkin, sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Beat in eggs, canola oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Slowly stir in the flour mixture until there are no lumps. Fill muffin tins ¾ full.
  • In a medium bowl beat cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Top each muffin with 1 Tbsp of cream cheese mixture; use a toothpick to swirl with the batter.
  • Bake muffins for 20 – 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator.

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