Photo: David Prince; Styling: Linda Hirst
Prep Time
30 Mins
Bake Time
20 Mins
Yield
Makes 2 dozen

Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Streusel Muffins were made for the perfect first bite—crumbly streusel topping with a melted cream cheese morsel right in the center. No butter spread necessary.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with paper liners.

Step 2

Stir together cream cheese, vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Step 3

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl; cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender until large crumbs form. Set aside.

Step 4

Combine remaining 3 cups flour, remaining 1 3/4 cups sugar, remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon, cloves, and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, oil, and milk in a medium bowl; stir egg mixture into flour mixture just until moist. (Do not overmix.)

Step 5

Spoon half of batter into prepared muffin pans. Dollop about 1 tablespoon reserved cream cheese mixture in center of batter, and top evenly with remaining batter. Sprinkle with reserved streusel mixture.

Step 6

Bake 20 to 23 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on a wire rack.

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