Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins- and -my FIRST GIVEAWAY!



These are so fantastically awesome, I'm considering buying a case of pumpkin to keep around all year, just for these muffins. I found these on Annie's Eats. She has some really awesome recipes on there, and I often check her site to see what other rockin things she's posted! Fall is here, Thanksgiving is Thursday, it's high time that I broke out the pumpkin. These are so delicious! The ONLY thing I change next time would be to add some finely chopped toasted pecans to the sugar mixture on top. But I just love pecans. A minor plan a head is the cream cheese mixture- I made that the night before and put it in my freezer, got up the next morning and made the muffin batter. Worked wonderfully!



That being said- Muffins are Awesome, Giveaways rock!



CSN has offered me a $35 gift card to one of my most awesome readers!! I LOVE CSN, you can get just about anything there! CSN is comprised of over 200 online stores, where you can find everything from a counter stool for your kitchen to a baby crib or a new pair of shoes! Seriously! The first time I visited I was SHOCKED at the amount of items they carry! Talk about one stop shopping!

* CSN ships to US and Canada only.


To Enter this Giveaway You'll Need to Do This: (leave a comment for each of entry)
1. Follow Me! (via Google on right)
2. Leave a comment on this post.

3. Post about this giveaway on Facebook, link back to this post.

Giveaway ends December 1st @ midnight EST. A winner will be randomly selected and I'll contact you via email.



Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins Printable
VIA: Annie’s Eats

Ingredients:
For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar

For the muffins:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
4 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1¼ cups vegetable oil

For the topping:
½ cup sugar
5 tbsp. flour
1½ tsp. ground cinnamon
4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Directions:
To prepare the filling, combine the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl and mix well until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a log about 1½-inches in diameter. Smooth the plastic wrap tightly around the log. Place into the freezer and chill until at least slightly firm, at least 2 hours, over overnight. It’ll be fine.

To make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line muffin pans with paper liners. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie spice, salt and baking soda; whisk to blend. In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree and oil. Mix on medium-low speed until blended. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.

To make the topping, combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl; whisk to blend. Add in the butter pieces and cut into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two forks until the mixture is coarse and crumbly. Transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use. *Next time I’d add finely chopped toasted pecans to this mixture for some extra oomph.

To assemble the muffins, fill each muffin well with a small amount of batter, just enough to cover the bottom of the liner (1-2 tablespoons). Slice the log of cream cheese filling into 24 equal pieces. Place a slice of the cream cheese mixture into each muffin well. Divide the remaining batter among the muffin cups, placing on top of the cream cheese to cover completely. Sprinkle a small amount of the topping mixture over each of the muffin wells.

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before serving. (It may be hard to resist immediate consumption, but the cream cheese filling gets very hot!)

Store in an airtight container. Makes 2dzn.

21 comments:

Abi said...

Those muffins look amazing! The recipe reminds me of my grandma's pumpkin roll. Maybe I'll have to try the muffins, since the rolls are too work intensive for me. :)

Abi said...

I follow you via gfc and can't wait to see what else comes out of your kitchen.
havenera at gmail .com

meeyeehere said...

Gfc follower
follow me too please!

http://meeyeehere.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-11-23T10:36:00-08:00&max-results=25

jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

meeyeehere said...

I would LOVE to win this giveaway!! YAY!! Thanks for letting me share in your first giveaway! Sweet!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Domestic Diva said...

I follow on gfc

Domestic Diva said...

These look yummy! Thanks for the chance.

Ashley said...

I love csn!

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

gfc follower.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Cheryl said...

I am following via GFC.

Thanks for posting the recipe. I so wanted to make a pumpkin cream cheese roll, but I am making so many other things I didn't think I would have time to do the roll. Now I can just do the muffins. What a genius idea, and why have I not thought of it.

dizzybloom(at)gmail(dot)com

Cheryl said...

Oops the I follow via GFC should have been a seperate post. I was just too excited about the muffins.

dizzybloom(at)gmail(dot)com

Cheryl said...

Posted this post on my facebook. Here is the link:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=114917718574672&id=100001276074930

dizzybloom(at)gmail(dot)com

Tim said...

I follow with google friends.


tahearn at roadrunner dot com

Paula said...

what a delicious blog! here is so many uncanny inspirations!

have a nice time,
Paula

TZel said...

Such a great-sounding recipe! I have saved it ;)
follower as bridgestranslation
bridgestranslation at yahoo dot com

Valerie said...

Congrats on your 1st giveaway! And thanks for the great recipes... keep them coming!

Baking Soda said...

Yippee for give-aways.. but so sad I'm not in the US/Canada... Have fun!

HanaĆ¢ said...

Great giveaway. CSN has great stuff. I am now a follower!

HanaĆ¢ said...

Btw, the muffins look great. I love the cream cheese in the middle (makes them extra special).

Liz said...

Those muffins look awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I'm a follower!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I shared on Facebook!

eemoody77 at gmail dot com

Post a Comment