Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Here are the ingredients that you need to compile:

Cream Cheese Filling:

    • 4 ounces cream cheese, very well-softened to room temp
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
    • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon milk
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pumpkin Muffins:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup pure pumpkin puree
  • ⅓ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, optional; divided
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar, optional; divided


Here are the instructions that you need to follow:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 12-count muffin pan very well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
  2. Cream Cheese Filling: To a small bowl, add all the ingredients, and beat with a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary; set aside.
  3. Pumpkin muffins: To a large bowl add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and whisk together; set aside.
  4. To a separate large bowl add the sugars, pumpkin puree, oil, milk, molasses, vanilla, and whisk until combined.
  5. Pour the wet pumpkin mixture over the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
  6. Using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop, add enough batter to each prepared cavity of the muffin pan, in between 2/3 and 3/4-full. Don’t exceed 3/4 full or muffins could overflow while baking. Divide batter evenly among the 12 cavities.
  7. Place the cream cheese mixture into a piping bag or into a plastic bag and snip the very end tip off.
  8. Pipe the cream cheese mixture into the center of each of the uncooked muffins, making sure just a little bit of the cream cheese is poking through on top.
  9. Optionally, evenly sprinkle around the center of each unbaked muffin with pumpkin seeds or coarse sugar like decorator’s sugar or Sugar In The Raw.
  10. Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until the tops are no longer wet looking and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin next to the cream cheese filling comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
  11. Allow the muffins to cool in pans for about 10 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool completely.