There’s a two ingredient pumpkin muffin recipe floating around pinterest that is simply 1 box of cake mix mixed with 1 can of pure pumpkin. I have made it before and the results are a dense, moist pumpkiny treat. It is good, but I decided I could make it a bit better – enter the creamcheese!
The idea for the creamcheese was actually inspired by a copycat recipe for the Starbucks Pumpkin Creamcheese muffins. That recipe asks that you blend the creamcheese and then roll it into a log and freeze to be cut into rounds. This seemed like a lot of work for me so I took the lazy way out and simply cut pieces off my brick of creamcheese and poked it into my muffin batter. If I am feeling extra ambitious next time I may whip the creamcheese first, but the lazy method still seemed to make some pretty tasty results.
Easy Pumpkin Creamcheese Muffins
1 can (15 oz.) 100% Pure Pumpkin
1 box cake mix – Spice Cake Flavor
1 brick (8 oz) creamcheese
Chopped walnuts or pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine canned pumpkin and cake mix and mix until well blended. (I also added a bit of pumpkin pie spice to mine).
Spoon muffin mixture 2/3 full into cupcake liners.
Cut creamcheese into approx. 1 tsp portions and push slightly into the middle of each muffin.
Sprinkle with nuts and sugar/cinnamon sugar if desired.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Makes 18 muffins.