Monday, February 1, 2010

One step ahead of the Lynch Mob Crowd of Interested Parties

What? You want the recipe? Really?

Well, okay, here goes...

Gayle's Totally Decadent Pumpkin Muffins

Streusel Topping:
4 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Topping:
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 egg
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Muffin Batter:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/3 cup pumpkin (I used homegrown*, canned will work, too)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375F. Grease muffin pan, or use paper liners.

Streusel - In a small bowl, mix flour, sugars, butter, and cinnamon with a fork until crumbly. Stir in pecans.

Cream cheese layer - Beat cream cheese until soft. Add egg, sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Muffin batter - In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center, and add the pumpkin, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir just until combined.

Fill the muffin cups about 1/2 full of batter. (I use an ice cream scoop.) Plop a good tablespoon of cream cheese topping in the center, then sprinkle on a generous amount of streusel.

Bake at 375F for about 20 minutes, testing with a toothpick.

Note: you can skip the cream cheese layer if you don't have or like cream cheese. Just fill the muffin cups about 2/3 full of batter and sprinkle with streusel. An excellent muffin, either way.

I ended up with 24 cream cheese muffins, and 5 plain ones (when the cream cheese ran out.) These probably have about a gabillion calories each - be warned!

*My homegrown pumpkin was a little drier than commercial pumpkin, so I ended up adding a splash of milk to make the batter moist enough. YMMV.


Bullwinkle said...

Ha! (Hey Dude! You want cream cheese pumpkin streusel muffins?

You have to do the dishes ...

And go buy the cream cheese ...)


Thank you!

Joansie said...

Thanks! Oh, the cream cheese is a must with me. Love anything with cream cheese.

Cookie said...


Diane said...

What do you mean, leave out the cream cheese? On what planet?

Thanks for the recipe. If he's nice to me the rest of the week, I'll bake some for Sunday breakfast.

Becky said...

Wow, I am SO making those when I get home! Yum!