Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin Recipe 1

Love pumpkin cheesecake muffins? Try this better than Starbucks pumpkin muffin recipe!

Autumn is the time to indulge in pumpkin flavored everything, right? If you’re a fan of the pumpkin muffin recipe that Starbucks serves up this time of year, this knock-off recipe is going to make you happy.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say these are healthy, but the ingredients list doesn’t include some of the questionable ingredients that the Starbucks pumpkin muffin recipe does, and it will cost a lot less to make them at home.

ingredients for pumpkin cheesecake muffins

About the ingredients

While you can use canned pumpkin for these muffins, it’s easy enough to make pumpkin puree at home. And here’s a little secret: You can use a variety of pumpkins or even winter squash.

Use what’s readily available to you or tucked away in the root cellar!

Conventional sugar is often made with genetically modified sugar beets. If this is something you’d like to avoid, opt for organic or pure cane sugar. (Cane sugar is not genetically modified.)

Mixing pumpkin cheesecake muffins in mixer - process photos

Making the muffins

The cheesecake mixture is made first, then set aside.

If you’re using a stand mixer, there’s no need to wash the bowl in between the two stages. Simply use a spatula to transfer the filling to another bowl, then proceed to mix the remaining ingredients.

pumpkin cheesecake muffins on cooling rack

Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 300 kcal
Author: Claudie Evert
For cream cheese topping:
  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
For muffins:
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • ¾ cup organic* light brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup hulled green pumpkin seeds optional; for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Thoroughly butter muffin tins for 24 muffins.
Make the topping
  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar together in a bowl by hand or with your stand mixer until fully combined. (About a minute in a mixer.) Set aside.

Make the pumpkin batter.
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat pumpkin, eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla by hand or in the bowl of your mixer until fully combined.
  3. Alternately add buttermilk and dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture just until all ingredients are combined. (Some small lumps are okay.)
  4. Divide batter into muffin cups, filling each cup just over ½ way. Use a spoon to top each muffin with about one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture. Push cream cheese into the batter slightly. Sprinkle muffins with pumpkin seeds and place in oven.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes. A toothpick inserted in muffin (not cream cheese center) should come out clean.
  6. Remove pumpkin muffins from tins and cool on a rack for 10 – 15 minutes.
Recipe Notes

*Note: Conventional sugar is often made with genetically modified sugar beets. Opt for organic or pure cane sugar to avoid this.

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Love pumpkin cheesecake muffins? Try this better than Starbucks pumpkin muffin recipe for a fall-flavored sweet treat you can make at home for less. #breakfast #dessert #pumpkinspice #recipe

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About Claudie Evert

Claudie Evert is passionate about living lightly on the earth. She digs in the garden, cooks food from scratch, and will -- someday -- master the art of picking out a ripe watermelon.

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  • Sheila

    Planning to make this but use a different type flour.
    They look wonderful!