Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pumpkin Muffins w/ Spiced Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Happy Sunday all. Hope your weekend is going well. We have had the BEST weather this weekend! It's a little breezy , like Fall , but the temperatures are that of a summer day. Love it!! I've been soaking up every minute of it. Who knows, it could be snowing next weekend. Sadly , that's not really a joke. It could happen and it wouldn't be unheard of.

Last night I did something I don't usually do, I kind of made up my own baking recipe. That's a bit out of my comfort zone. I wing-it all the time when I'm cooking. I know what foods and spices go well together, but baking is much more of a science and I usually follow the cookbook to the T. Last night however my mind started wondering and thinking what would my banana bread recipe be like with pumpkin in place of the banana, some extra spices, a bit of extra sugar and some cream cheese frosting. Hmmm, what would that be like? Well I'll tell ya, deliciousness!! You want the recipe? 'Cause you're gonna get it!

Pumpkin Muffins w/ Spiced Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting  
Makes 1 dozen
1 & 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
2 tbs. oil
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream or plain yougurt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease muffin pan or put in paper cups. 
2. Mix first five ingredients in a large bowl. Make a 
well in the center and set aside. 
3. Mix the remaining ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
4. Pour pumpkin mixture into the flour,  mix. 
 5. Pour mixed batter into muffin cups. Bake 20-25 minutes 
or until toothpick comes out clean. 
6. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to cooling rack. 
Let cool completely and frost.  

1/2 cup cream cheese (half a brick)
1/4 - 1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon 

You can make the frosting while the muffins are baking and then set it in the 
fridge to firm up. The frosting is soo easy. Mix the ingredients together in a 
small bowl. That's it. No need for an electric mixer. I used a fork at 
first and then switched to a spatula. 

When the muffins are baking don't worry if after 12 or 15 minutes they still look like dough blobs. They will puff up. I was a little worried and watched them like a hawk. They turned out just as I imagined, moist and delicious! 

You and your family will love these. Mr. CC and I had to stop ourselves after two each. We could have finished them all. Give them a try and let me know how they turn out. 

This is now the second pumpkin recipe I've posted and I'm sure it won't be the last. I've pinned quite a few pumpkin recipes.  = ) Here's the link to my Pumpkin Spice Cake. It's really tasty too and got rave reviews.  
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  1. These look delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  2. They look so yummy! Good on you for making up your own recipe too. I do that quite a lot too and am always happy that I make an effort to step out of my comfort zone too.

    Best wishes,

  3. Those look so yummy Catie!! I was just telling a friend today I wanted to make some pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.....
    BTW, love your new header, it looks are so creative :)
    Have a great week

  4. oh yum! I made very similar ones for a party I hosted last week...and I ended up eating the cream cheese frosting on just about everything for the rest of the week...sooo good and sooo addicting!!


  5. YUM! I love autumn and anything pumpkin. This was a perfect recipe for today :) Thanks! (I ate wayy too much of the frosting while I was making it haha)


  6. Yummy..yummy!!! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. Um yep these look delicious Catie! I love pumpkin cupcakes! Sharing on our facebook page. :) Thanks for bringing them to the Inspiration Friday party. ;)


  8. I LOVE pumpkin treats!! Thanks for joining last week's What's In The Gunny Sack? link party and I hope to see you again for tomorrow's party!

  9. These look great, Catie! Thanks for you receipe!

    Thanks so much for linking to Potpourri Friday. I appreciate your participation!

  10. YUM! These sound amazing and look perfect for Fall!


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