pumpkin muffins with white glaze

Morone also likes to top her muffins with a cream cheese glaze, feeling that this addition makes them "the best pumpkin muffins of all time," but if you feel the glaze is too much of a good thing, she does say, "You can skip the glaze completely if you don’t like it." She also suggests that a simpler glaze could be made from powdered sugar mixed with a little milk. The one ingredient she advises you not mess with is the maple syrup, as she feels it’s what really makes these muffins special. "The maple," Morone says, "helps to bring out the pumpkin flavor in the muffins." In her opinion, these two fall flavors make for a perfect pairing, and we’re pretty inclined to agree.

Assemble the ingredients for the pumpkin streusel muffins

ingredients for pumpkin streusel muffins

These muffins do require quite a long list of ingredients, but many of them are typical pantry or refrigerator staples and none of them are at all difficult to find. For the muffin batter, you’ll need flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. For the streusel, you will also need butter and brown sugar, while to make the glaze you’ll be using cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Make the muffin batter

pumpkin muffin batter in bowl

Before you start the cooking, preheat the oven to 375 F and either grease a muffin pan or line the cups with paper liners.

Mix 2 cups of the flour with 1 cup of the granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and all of the baking powder and cinnamon. Stir together the pumpkin puree, eggs, syrup, and oil along with ½ cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until the batter is just combined, then use it to fill each muffin cup about ¾ full.

Top the muffins with streusel before baking

unbaked pumpkin streusel muffins

Stir the rest of the flour and ground sugar together along with the remaining pumpkin pie spice and the brown sugar. Mix in the melted butter, using a fork and stirring until you have something resembling crumbs. Spoon it as evenly as possible over the muffin batter, then bake the muffins for 20 to 22 minutes. Once they’re done, they’ll appear golden brown in color and you’ll be able to stick a toothpick in the center and have it come out clean.

Finish the muffins off with a cream cheese glaze

pumpkin muffins with white glaze

As the muffins cool, beat the cream cheese until it is smooth, then beat in the powdered sugar and the remaining vanilla. Add the rest of the milk, just a bit at a time, until your frosting is liquidy enough to drizzle, but not too thin. (You may not need to use all of the milk.) Once the muffins are cool, drizzle them with the glaze before you eat them.

Morone notes that the cream cheese glaze means that the muffins should be refrigerated, but she does note that "you can take them out and let them get to room temperature before eating them" if you’re not a fan of chilly baked goods. You can also freeze the muffins once they are completely cool.

Pumpkin Streusel Muffin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup milk, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease muffin pans or line them with cupcake liners.
  2. Stir together 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  3. Combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, maple syrup, vegetable oil, ½ cup of milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  4. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling them each about ¾ full.
  6. Stir the remaining flour, granulated sugar, and pumpkin pie spice together with the brown sugar.
  7. Mix in the melted butter, stirring with a fork until crumbs form.
  8. Spoon the streusel evenly over the muffin batter.
  9. Bake the muffins for 20 to 22 minutes, until they are golden brown and a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  11. Stir in the powdered sugar and the remaining vanilla.
  12. Stir in the remaining milk a bit at a time until the frosting is thin enough to drizzle (you may not need all of the remaining milk).
  13. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled muffins, then serve.

Nutrition

Calories per Serving 297
Total Fat 11.5 g
Saturated Fat 4.8 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 43.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 45.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Total Sugars 27.1 g
Sodium 122.5 mg
Protein 4.0 g