Pumpkin Muffins with Crumb Topping


These moist and tender lightly spiced muffins have a luscious cream cheese filling that is complemented by the cinnamony crumbs on top. More Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Muffins with Crumb Topping
Photo: © Alexandra Rowley
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 muffins



  • 1/3 cup cream cheese

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

  • Pinch of ground cloves

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree


  1. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients together. Cover and freeze until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  2. In a bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Work in the butter with your fingers. Press the mixture into small clumps. Refrigerate the topping until chilled, about 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350° and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or foil liners. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the brown sugar, oil and pumpkin puree. Beat in the dry ingredients until evenly incorporated.

  4. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Drop heaping teaspoons of the cream cheese filling in the center of each cup and spoon the remaining batter on top. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the batter. Bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes before turning them out onto a rack to cool completely.

Make Ahead

The muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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