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These Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are just as great as the original and SO simple to make at home. These muffins are so seasonal for fall and full of pumpkin and spice.

Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

These copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins taste just like the real thing. Perfect for fall.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin cream cheese muffins
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 24 muffins


  • Muffin tin


  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 Tbsp. molasses
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • Chopped walnuts or pumpkin seeds


  • Stir together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract until well combined. Place on a piece of waxed paper, parchment or plastic wrap. Form into a long log that isn't wider than a muffin cup. Wrap and place in the freezer for an hour.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, pumpkin, molasses and vegetable oil. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Line 24-muffin cups with muffin tins or spray with nonstick spray. Divide muffin batter evenly among the muffin cups, a little over half full. Remove cream cheese roll from freezer and cut evenly into 24 discs. Place a cream cheese disc on top of each muffin and press down lightly. Do not press it so far that it's covered with batter. Sprinkle with chopped nuts or seeds Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the batter (not the cream cheese). Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan before removing. Cool completely on a cooling rack.