These homemade gluten free pumpkin cream cheese muffins are fluffy and light. They are easy to make, and they taste as if they came from a bakery! Make them in under 40 minutes!
I am all about delicious fall flavors! I am really proud of how these gluten free pumpkin cream cheese muffins came out. The cream cheese filling is similar in flavor to a cheesecake, and this creamy filling goes perfectly with the pumpkin and spice!
If you love muffins, I have several incredible gluten free muffins recipes to try!
Why These Muffins Are Great:
- You get two delicious flavors in one muffin!
- These muffins are a show-stopper. They are perfect for serving family and friends.
- If you are a pumpkin spice fanatic like me, you can serve these fluffy homemade muffins all year long.
- These muffins freeze really well, so you can always have them on hand.
- Top them with the optional praline topping, or enjoy them plain.
- You may also want to try these fluffy Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.
Just made these! Definitely worth the extra effort with the layering and praline topping!! So fluffy and delicious. Instead of just cinnamon we used pumpkin pie spice. Added a teaspoon to the cream cheese filling too! Yum!"Vikki B.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this gluten free pumpkin cream cheese muffins recipe. In some cases, I recommend certain brands. This doesn't mean they are the only brands that work well in this recipe. It just means they are the brands I used and tested myself.
- Gluten Free Flour Blend - I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend.
- Xanthan Gum - If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add one teaspoon.
- Baking Powder - I recommend using aluminum-free baking powder
- Salt - Use sea salt or kosher salt.
- Brown Sugar - It is okay to use either light or dark brown sugar.
- Eggs - Size large.
- Pumpkin Puree - Be sure to use pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie filling in this recipe.
- Milk - You can use regular milk or non-dairy. If you use plant milk, be sure to check the list to ensure it is gluten free.
- Cream Cheese - I used full-fat cream cheese. If you are dairy-free, try Kite Hill dairy-free cream cheese. Check to see if the cream cheese is gluten free.
- Oil - I recommend using a light oil like avocado.
- Spices - Ground pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon give these gluten free pumpkin cream cheese muffins their delicious fall flavors.
Are you ready to make this yummy muffin recipe? Preheat your oven to 425º F for dome-top muffins or 350º F for regularly topped muffins. Double-check that your oven rack is in the middle of the oven position.
Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:
Step 1: Add all of your dry ingredients to a large bowl and use a wire whisk to blend them together.
There are two main ways I recommend measuring your flour. I do not use a scale because I find every blend varies in measurement.
Spoon Method: You can also use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour.
Leveling Method: Put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour.
Step 2: Add the wet ingredients to a smaller
For best results, mix until they are just BARELY mixed. If you overmix your batter, your muffins will not turn out fluffy!
I do not recommend using a standing mixer to make these muffins. You can use it for the cream cheese layer, but not the muffin batter.
Step 3: This is what your pumpkin muffin batter will look like. Set this batter aside while you whip up the cream cheese mixture.
Step 4: In a small bowl, add the softened cream cheese, sugar, flour, and egg. Use an electric mixer to whip this into a smooth mixture.
Step 5: Line a muffin pan with parchment paper liners. Fill each halfway with pumpkin batter. Add a dollop of the cream cheese mixture. Top each with the remaining pumpkin batter.
Step 6: Place the muffin pan into the oven and bake at 425º F for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature down to 350º F. This high heat in the first five minutes helps create that dome top.
If you do not want a dome top, just bake the muffins at 350º F for 20-22 minutes. The baking time may vary depending on the cup size of the muffin pan.
Step 7: Remove the muffins from the oven and place them on a wire cooling rack.
You can top these with this delicious praline topping too!
Praline Topping Option:
If you would like to make these with a praline topping, add the following to a small
- ⅔ cup chopped pecans
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon gluten free flour
- 2 tablespoons of butter or sour cream
Mix well and top each muffin before baking.
If you love pumpkin, use this shortcut to see all of my gluten free pumpkin recipes! I have a lot because I really love fall and the pumpkin spice flavors!!
Tips and Recipe FAQ:
If you want your muffins to have a domed style top, bake at 425º F for the first 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350º F.
Store your pumpkin cream cheese muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for up to 4 days.
I recommend freezing these muffins. Place cooled muffins in a zipper-style freezer bag. They will keep fresh for up to 4 months. They can be thawed to room temperature or heated for 35 seconds in your microwave oven.
There are two possible reasons for dense muffins. 1. You overmixed your batter, or 2. You used a very starchy gluten free flour blend.
I made these today using almond milk. It made 18 good size muffins, moist, and fluffy and delicious. definitely a keeper.Sylvia M., Pinterest user
More Gluten Free Pumpkin Recipes:
- Fluffy Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Bars
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts
- Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins
- 2 ½ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
- 1 ¼ cups brown sugar light or dark
- 2 teaspoons baking powder aluminum-free
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 12 ounces pumpkin puree
- 1 cup oil I recommend avocado or canola
- ⅓ cup milk or non-dairy milk
Cream Cheese Mix
- 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon gluten free flour blend brand doesn't matter
Optional Praline Topping
- ⅔ cup pecans chopped
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter or sour cream
- Preheat the oven to 425º F for dome top muffins, or 350º F for regular tops.
- In a large bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, powder, salt, and cinnamon. Use a whisk to blend them together.
- Add the eggs, pumpkin, oil, and milk to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to blend.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until they are just barely mixed. If you overmix the batter, your muffins will not turn out fluffy.
- In another bowl, add the cream cheese topping ingredients. Mix well with a whisk or electric mixer.
- Line a muffin pan with parchment paper muffin liners. Fill each halfway with the pumpkin batter. Add a dollop of the cream cheese mixture. Top with more pumpkin batter.
- Make the praline topping if you are using it. Top each muffin.
- Bake at 425º F for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350º F. Bake for 22-24 minutes, depending on the size of your muffin pan.
- Remove from the oven and place the muffins on a cooling rack.
- I tested this recipe using King Arthur Measure for Measure. Other flour blends should work, but I haven't tested any others.
- Add one teaspoon if your blend doesn't contain xanthan or guar gum.
- I do not recommend a standing mixer because this will overmix the muffin batter.
- Store the muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Freeze the muffins in a freezer bag.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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