pumpkin cheesecake muffins | movita beaucoup

Did you have a happy Thanksgiving, Canadian friends? 2.0 and I did. We spent Thanksgiving Sunday with The Beaucoups, and Thanksgiving Monday with The Ocean Family. We ate a lot.

pumpkin cheesecake muffins | movita beaucoup

Because I’m full, and don’t have much to say, I will simply gift you with these pumpkin cheesecake muffins. They are perfectly delightful! They have a light and tender texture, and are pretty great with a cup of tea or coffee. And sure, there are lots of pumpkin muffin recipes out there, but this one has a sweet cream cheese filling in the centre. So it’s better than the other recipes out there.

pumpkin cheesecake muffins | movita beaucoup

This recipes yields at least 2 dozen muffins, so you can put some in the freezer. If you have extra batter, and not enough filling, just make a few plain pumpkin muffins for the bozo in your family who says he doesn’t like cream cheese.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

recipe: handed down by Rosie Beaucoup, original source unknown

print and bake

Yields at least 24 muffins, depending on size of muffin pan/wells.

For the muffin batter:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 3/4 cups pureed pumpkin

For the filling:

  • 1 package (8 oz.) light cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

For the topping (optional):

  • brown sugar

Mise en place – begin by getting organized. Read through the entire recipe before beginning. Measure out all of your ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line at least 24 muffin wells (2 standard size muffin pans). This recipe yields up to 34 muffins, so have an extra pan at the ready if possible.

Begin by making the filling. Cream together the cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Set aside.

Make the batter. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the eggs lightly on medium speed (you could also do this with a hand mixer or by hand). Add 2 cups of sugar, canola oil, and the pumpkin puree. Beat well on medium speed (1 min).

Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, and blend until just combined, with no lumps of flour remaining. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of bowl.

To assemble the muffins, fill muffin wells halfway with batter. Add a dollop of filling (about 3/4 teaspoon) and top with batter. Do not overfill muffin wells – no more than 3/4 full. Sprinkle brown sugar lightly over top of muffins (if desired).

Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown and springy to the touch.


  1. grahamsherrie@yahoo.ca on October 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

    They look delicious. If you haven’t read it, In the Sweet Kitchen would totally rock your world. Every detail about baking that you could ever wish to know. 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on October 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      I’m on in – thanks for the lead! You’re an honorary member of team movita. (There are only 3 members right now, but I’m pretty sure it’s gunna catch on.)

      • Sherrie on October 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

        You will love it, I promise. Do a test run through the library – I have one in the living room right now. 🙂

  2. emmalina73 on October 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Ok, that was pretty long so I’m just going to check I got all the salient details:

    1 – You love me. I so knew it.
    2 – You want me to spend all of my time baking and you have done tons of research to allow me to do this. Check.
    3 – This recipe makes 2 dozen muffins which allows me to eat 1 dozen and share the other 4 with some friends. That’s maths that is.
    4 – Some people don’t eat cream cheese icing. That I didn’t know.
    5 – Soon I will be able to say “Oh yes I knew Movita way before she had her 15 cook books out, we are totally friends don’t you know”.

    Cover it? I’m also hearing that I will be able to enjoy your blog way more frequently giving me a chance to escape from all that other ‘life’ stuff that can so clutter up ones schedule. Looking forward to it.

    • movita beaucoup on October 11, 2011 at 3:55 pm

      1. Yes. I love you. Very much. But not in a “stranger danger” kind of way. In a “mutual-love-of-icing” kind of way.
      2. Yes. Baking = awesome. Baking also = no time for other chores, so what’s the point in trying?
      3. Cut one friend, and then you can eat another muffin. Why do you need so many friends anyway? You’ve got me.
      4. Weird, right? Cream cheese anything is AWESOME. (Yes. I yelled that.)
      5. I’m going to buy a photocopier and self-publish book 1. Tomorrow.

      Love from,

  3. Lynne on October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Love it!! All of it. (I’m going to go all “lol” on you… messing up your blog, you know..)

    My mom did the same with her recipes. What I discovered (only have a few, as she always made her standard ones) was that many (like 3 out of her 6) were on the net. Even found the original cover for the teeny cookbook which had one of her recipes. I copied it, reduced it in Photoshop & printed it up in color. Later I put it together with the recipe when my daughters asked me for it.

    They do not appreciate my talent at ALL. Hardly even noticed. Personally, just between you & me, I think they were switched at birth.

    Ah, but I take comfort in knowing that there is someone equally as nuts – I mean dedicated – as moi.

    Can’t wait to try the cheescake pumpkin muffins. With *just* a few changes… of course…if that’s OK with you. [like you’d know, anyway, har, har, har]

    • movita beaucoup on October 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      I trust you to adjust it in a movita appropriate way – loads of fat and sugar are always a sure bet!

      One day the world will appreciate us. One day.

      • Lynne on October 12, 2011 at 12:35 am

        Will you ban me from your blog if I use nonfat cream cheese? Maybe half sugar substitute…?

        Not saying I *will* use those… just wondering…

        • movita beaucoup on October 12, 2011 at 6:50 am

          You know what, Lynne? I’ll let you use both. Because I love you. (But dude, get that sugar and fat in ya!)

      • Lynne on October 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

        Well, you see – I’m trying to do the opposite. Get many, many years of sugar and fat OFF of me, hahaha.

        So many baked goods have been attached to these hips… (now that’s a strange picture..)

  4. Kirsten Hudson on October 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

    It’s nice to see that other bloggers can lose direction and then find it again! Lately I haven’t liked my other blog, it’s a fashion blog, at everydaythreads.wordpress.com and I just don’t know how to move forward. Good for you for creating/reworking your own recipes. I’m impressed!

    • movita beaucoup on October 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

      I guess it’s a hazard with geniuses like us… And I suppose, when you’re like me, and have the attention span of a fruit fly, you’ve eventually got to narrow a focus. Here’s hoping I can stay on track. Hey! What’s that over there?

      • Lynne on October 13, 2011 at 11:43 am

        Yes!! I knew it – I’m a genius. Thanks, Movita, once again… I have a couple of blogs, one more recent one I just let…. well… die. Been thinking of trying to resuscitate it…

  5. P.Kitty on October 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Basically, I think you are the shiz-nit jean-yous of all time. Just sayin’…..because only shiz-nit jean-yousses can pry recipes out of RosieBeaucoup’s hands….how’d you do it?? you got her drunk, didn’t you…..xo PK

    • movita beaucoup on October 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      Not totally drunk. Just a little tipsy…

  6. hello lisanne on October 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    these are so cute! love the cheesecake filling. beautiful photography btw 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on October 13, 2011 at 6:26 am

      Thanks! There’s nothing like a little cheesecake filling to make everything all right…

  7. Gina on October 13, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Your pictures and writing are beautiful 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on October 13, 2011 at 6:25 am

      Thank you. I love you. Let’s get married. (Too much?)

  8. Jules on October 13, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Delicious looking muffins. I love cheesecake with pumpkin/carrot cakes. I think it makes them.

    • movita beaucoup on October 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

      That’s because cream cheese makes almost anything good…

  9. Brenna on October 14, 2011 at 11:09 am

    These look amazing! I love the idea of putting cream cheese on the inside so I can transport them in my lunch more easily 🙂 Bookmark!

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  11. Anonymous on October 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Great recipe! I used apple sauce instead of oil (my attempt to make them “healthier”) and they still turned out well.

    • movita beaucoup on October 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Great to hear – I replace oil with applesauce on occasion, and I must say, I’m never disappointed! Always glad to hear when someone has tried one of my recipes… thanks so much for taking the time to give me a wee update!

  12. Abbi on October 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    My six-year old and I made these this afternoon for her birthday. They are WONDERFUL!! She was especially delighted with extra-steps and procedures because she adores baking and cooking and basically getting messy and coated with sweet things. 🙂 I also whipped up a little bit of cream cheese icing to put on a few for her so she thinks they are “cupcakes” for her birthday. But otherwise, I prefer the creamcheese on the inside! Thanks!

    • movita beaucoup on October 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      This is wonderful to hear! Thanks for stopping by to tell me about the success – and happy birthday to your daughter!

  13. Jenni Ferris on October 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    These look delicious! Now I have yet another recipe to try before this pumpkin craze is over! Deelicious Sweets sent me!

    • movita beaucoup on October 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm

      Wait… is the pumpkin craze going to end? Let’s not let it…

  14. Dee at Deelicious Sweets on October 25, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    These look awesome! Thanks for linking up to my blog hop 🙂 We call my mama Rosie too! She passes on “recipes” in the exact same way as yours are written. What’s the deal with that? Maybe we share the same mom?

    • movita beaucoup on October 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Well, this is possible, but it’s weird that we haven’t met at any mandatory family events… Rosie, is after all, very convincing.

  15. Ann on October 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Holy moly, these look jaw-droppingly good!! LOVE itttt! I’ve got to try these 😀

    • movita beaucoup on October 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      They are so, so wonderful. And they freeze well, so you can pull a couple out and munch on them whenever you like!

  16. Anonymous on November 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve made a variation of this muffin but with a little grated lemon peel in the cream cheese mixture. It’s delightful :0)

  17. Indi on November 6, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Love the blog. Loved the recipe and as for the pics…well lets just say i almost bit into my monitor. I am so making these for Thanksgiving -four day weekend for me, the kids and the hubbs. Thank

    • movita beaucoup on November 6, 2011 at 7:15 am

      1. You know I won’t pay for a new monitor, right?
      2. I’m so glad you’re going to try these. Also, they freeze well. So then you can take one out on a Wednesday morning, slap in in your kids’ lunchbox and be the best mother ever.
      3. Happy Almost Thanksgiving, American friend.

  18. movita beaucoup on June 2, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in October 2011. Happy baking!