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Copycat Starbucks Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins Recipe

If you are looking for an amazing sweet treat with fall flavors check out these Starbucks cream cheese pumpkin muffins! These starbucks pumpkin muffins are so good and is made with simple ingredients.

I love everything Starbucks and I’m on a mission to create my favorite treats! These cream cheese muffins are so perfect for a fall treat with your pumpkin spice lattes.

They come with an amazing cream cheese center to create a super moist muffin. Great for breakfast with your coffee or tea, these muffins are easy to make and super tasty! These copycat starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffins.

Do you love fall baking? I love it so much! Fall is my favorite season to bake. I love the smells, tastes and colors of fall!

A delicious combo of cream cheese, pumpkin puree and yummy spices make these muffins perfect for any fall day. The recipe makes 12 muffins so these would be a great treat to bring along to your next Autumn/Fall potluck or picnic! You will love making your own version of this starbucks copycat recipe.

It’s so delicious and you guys know that I already love making muffins every weekend! I tried these amazing muffins in store and I knew I had to recreate this magic!

It’s so delicious! It’s pumpkin season, so you have to love pumpkin 😀 And these muffins are perfect with your favorite cup of coffee or tea, they are soft and moist. Also they look adorable too 🙂 These homemade pumpkin cheesecake muffins are about to be your favorite pumpkin muffin recipe.

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Muffins: A Fall Flavor Sensation

Autumn is a season that’s rich in colors and flavors, and what better way to celebrate its arrival than with these delicious Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Muffins? Loaded with pumpkin puree, sugar, and spice, these muffins encapsulate everything we love about the season. The cream cheese filling adds an extra layer of lusciousness that makes each bite an absolute delight. Plus, it’s a Starbucks experience right in the comfort of your own kitchen!


Can I use fresh pumpkin instead of canned puree?

Yes, you can. Just ensure that it’s cooked and pureed smoothly. For every 1 cup of canned pumpkin, substitute with 1 cup of fresh pumpkin puree.

Can I make it vegan?

Yes, substitute the butter with vegan butter, eggs with flax eggs, and cream cheese with vegan cream cheese.

What is pumpkin pie spice?

It’s a blend of spices, usually consisting of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice.

What ingredients are in these amazing starbucks copycat pumpkin muffins?

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted/cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs


  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoon sugar 

Super simple ingredients for a yummy fall treat! When it comes to pumpkin desserts this homemade version easy recipe is better than any coffee shop! The first time you try this moist texture of this starbucks version pumpkin cream cheese muffin, it will become your favorite treat. Don’t forget to try the starbucks pumpkin bread I shared a few weeks ago!

Tips and Tricks

Flour Sifting

Always sift your flour for a lighter, fluffier muffin.

Don’t Overmix

Overmixing can lead to tough muffins. Mix until just combined.

Use Room Temperature Ingredients

This helps to achieve a smoother batter.



Omit the pumpkin pie spice and add a pinch of cinnamon and ginger for a nut-free version.


Use gluten-free flour in place of regular flour.

Healthier Version

Substitute white sugar with coconut sugar or Stevia.

Where to Serve

These muffins make an ideal breakfast treat, afternoon snack, or a dessert. They’re perfect for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, and even for coffee meetups.

Check out the recipe card below to see how to make Starbucks copycat cream cheese muffins! You can even make them with the kids. They will enjoy making this easy pumpkin spice muffin. These starbucks muffins are one of the most popular items of fall and come with a delicious cream cheese filling in the middle of each muffin.


Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days at room temperature or freeze for up to 2 months.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

Soggy Bottom

Ensure that your oven is preheated properly to avoid this.

Uneven Cooking

Rotate your muffin tin halfway through baking to ensure even cooking.

Too Dry

Ensure you measure all ingredients accurately, especially the flour and pumpkin puree.

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  • Safety First

Keep kids away from hot surfaces and sharp objects.

  • Measurement Fun

Let kids help with measuring ingredients, it’s a fun way to teach them math skills.

  • Decorate Together

Let your little ones add the cream cheese filling or even a sprinkle of extra sugar on top for decoration.

Topping Options

Spiced Nuts

Garnish with some spiced walnuts or pecans for added crunch.

Whipped Cream

A dollop of whipped cream adds a sweet finishing touch.

Powdered Sugar

A simple dusting of powdered sugar can elevate the look and taste.

Why This Recipe Works

The blend of spices in this recipe perfectly complements the pumpkin, making it a warm and comforting treat. The cream cheese filling adds a tangy contrast to the sweetness of the muffin, creating a balanced flavor profile. Additionally, this recipe is versatile enough for you to make it your own with substitutions and variations. It’s simple enough to make with kids but elegant enough to serve at any gathering. Overall, it’s a reliable and delicious way to bring the cozy flavors of fall into your home.

Yummy Starbucks Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins

Yummy Starbucks Cream Cheese Pumpkin Muffins

These amazing starbucks copycat cream cheese muffins are so good and perfect for fall.


  • For the MUFFIN
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree 1/4 cup butter, melted/cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • Optional toppings: slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds or walnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tray with liners
  2. In a bowl combine all of the dry ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the (wet ingredients) pumpkin, melted butter, vanilla extract, and eggs.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Fill muffin liners with batter about 3/4 full using an ice cream scooper.
    cream cheese filling: Place ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
  6. Use a piping bag or Ziploc bag with corner tip cut off and squeeze out even amounts into the center of the muffins.
  7. It will sink a little and that’s okay.
  8. Add pumpkin seeds, slivered almonds or chopped walnuts for added texture around the top of the muffin avoiding the cream cheese dollop.
  9. Place muffin tray into preheated oven to bake for about 18-20 minutes.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 304Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 56mgSodium 305mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 3gSugar 24gProtein 6g

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