Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffin Recipe

Pumpkin spice in a muffin! Mix up a batch for breakfast, or dessert.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword muffin recipes, pumpkin cheesecake muffin recipe, savory pumpkin recipes, starbucks copycat recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 300 kcal
Author Claudie Evert


For cream cheese topping:

  • 6 oz cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup granulated organic cane sugar

For muffins:

  • 2 cups unbleached organic 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 firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup 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.

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Recipe Notes

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. Nobody will know, and you'll have fewer dishes to wash.

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