Thanksgiving Recipe Challenge Winner #1!

You’re Gonna Love These Muffins!

Written by Gayle, Lassen's, Lassens, Cream+Cheese+Pumpkin+Muffins
This is the photograph that greeted us as we checked out our Thanksgiving Recipe Challenge Entries.  This one, we had to try!  

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins

Makes 20-24 muffins

Recipe by Jolie Brouttier (entered on the Bakersfield Store Facebook page)

You’ll Need:

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese, or dairy free cream cheese (such as Tofutti Cream Cheese) for vegan or vegetarian 
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, Lassen's, Lassens, Cream+Cheese+Pumpkin+Muffins
  1. Soften the cream cheese to room temperature, and then mix with the powdered sugar
  2. Spread out the mixture in a log-like shape on parchment or waxed paper
  3. Place in the freezer and chill until able to cut.  I put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes, and then rolled it a little so that it was more of a log shape.  Return it to the freezer to continue chilling, Lassen's, Lassens, Cream+Cheese+Pumpkin+Muffins

Muffin Batter

  • 1 1/2 cup flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned organic pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/8 cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs, or egg substitute (for vegan)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla, Lassen's, Lassens, Cream+Cheese+Pumpkin+Muffins
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, Lassen's, Lassens, Cream+Cheese+Pumpkin+Muffins
  • Mix all of the batter ingredients together
  • Fill muffin tins (greased or paper cups) half full, Lassen's, Lassens, Cream+Cheese+Pumpkin+Muffins
  • Take the cream cheese log out of the freezer and cut a 1-2 tsp piece for each muffin
  • Press a piece of cream cheese into the middle of each muffin, Lassen's, Lassens, Cream+Cheese+Pumpkin+Muffins
These paper muffin cups are available at Lassen’s!
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the muffin part comes out clean.
  • Let cool in the pans for 5 minutes, then remove to racks and cool completely, Lassen's, Lassens, Cream+Cheese+Pumpkin+Muffins
It looks like I could have used more cream cheese and pushed it down more–next time!
  • Do not touch the cream cheese until the muffins are cool.


These were super-moist and delicious.  Saving these for breakfast tomorrow!
Thanks Jolie, for the recipe, and congratulations on being our #1 Recipe Challenge Winner!

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