Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Author: Canadian Living

Instead of an icing, these pumpkin pie-spiced muffins are dressed up with a complementary maple spread. In a hurry? Omit spread and serve as is or with butter.

  • Portion size 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut half
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Maple Cream Cheese Spread:
  • 1/2 pkg (8oz/250 g pkg) cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 pkg (8oz/250 g pkg) light cream cheese softened
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Method

Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or grease; set aside.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, cloves and nutmeg; mix in 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the walnuts.

In separate bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin puree oil and vanilla; pour over dry ingredients. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Spoon into prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until golden and tops are firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or wrap each in plastic wrap and freeze in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)

Maple Cream Cheese Spread: In bowl, beat cream cheese until light; beat in icing sugar, maple syrup and vanilla until blended. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.) Serve muffins with spread.

Nutritional facts Per muffin: about

  • Sodium 224 mg
  • Protein 5 g
  • Calories 253.0
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Cholesterol 42 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 32 g

%RDI

  • Iron 12.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 14.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 5.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 36.0
  • Vitamin C 2.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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