Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze

I just can’t get enough of pumpkin this time of year.  One of my favorites things are the pumpkin muffins from Panera.  They come with this delicious powdered sugar dusting on top that makes them taste so delicious. I decided to try and make my own version of pumpkin muffins at home and added a cream cheese glaze to mine over the Panera powdered sugar. They turned out wonderfully so I will definitely be making them again!

These pumpkin muffins are SO EASY and they taste amazing. The cream cheese glaze is a total bonus as the muffins are great even on their own.


What You’ll Need:
1 box spice cake mix
2/3 cup water
1 (15 oz) can pureed pumpkin

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp milk {for thinning}

Let’s Make It:
1)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or coat with cooking spray.

2)  Mix together cake mix, water and pumpkin.  Stir or mix in mixer for 2 minutes until everything is well combined and the batter is pretty smooth.

3)  Spoon the muffin mix into prepared muffin tins.  Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.

4)  To make glaze, beat the cream cheese in a mixer until smooth.  Add in the vanilla and mix until incorporated.  With the mixer running, slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until combined.  With the mixer  still running, add in the milk 1/2 tsp at a time until you reach the desired thickness for your glaze.  {If you want them iced, you can easily skip the milk step and leave it as an icing for the top of the muffins}

5)  Once the muffins are cooled, drizzle glaze on top.


What is your favorite fall breakfast item?  Do you use pumpkin in a lot of baking when the temperatures cool?

4.9 from 11 reviews
Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Glaze
  • Muffins:
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 (15 oz) can pureed pumpkin
  • Glaze:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp milk {for thinning}
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or coat with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together cake mix, water and pumpkin. Stir or mix in mixer for 2 minutes.
  3. Spoon mix into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean. Let cool completely.


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  1. I may have to give this a try. Thanks for the great recipe.

  2. pinned your recipe…they sound delicious. Pumpkin is so good for you…great way to eat more pumpkin.

  3. I love that these are so simple! I could make them before playgroup one morning, thanks!
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      That is my favorite part of this recipe: how easy they are to make. In a pinch, I’ll just dust powdered sugar over them and skip the glaze.

  4. That looks yummy and so easy to make! Perfect for this time of year.
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  5. I know I would love these! I love anything pumpkin!
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  6. I love pumpkin all year but I find great recipes this time of year. Thanks for yours!
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      I think pumpkin ideas are everywhere during the month of October. It is a great time to find new recipes.

  7. Oh, those look so good. I like how simple they are too. I am always looking for shortcuts when I cook that still taste homemade.
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      I definitely like how simple these are. It makes it easy to throw them together in a pinch.

  8. Two of my favorite ingredients ever: pumpkin and cream cheese. Yummy!
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  9. Oh-my-word..now I must have something sweet to calm my cravings! yum!
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Hehe…these are super easy to make. I love to keep them around the house for my sweets cravings.

  10. my family LOVES pumpkin muffins- i’ll have to make these!

  11. oh my gosh, I so wish I could have cream cheese, these look yummy.
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Oh no…I am not sure I could survive with no cream cheese. Is there a substitute that is similar that you could use?

  12. Did I tell you I love pumpkin?
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  13. Super easy. I’ve made these before and they come out great! I’ll need to try your glaze next time.
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  14. Mmm YUM! Those look so good and easy to make, thanks for sharing!
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      They are a huge favorite in our house and I don’t mind making them because they are so easy. Hope you like them.

  15. I love muffins, never tried pumpkin flavor.
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  16. Those look yummy, especially with the glaze, and are perfect for breakfast!
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  17. Great idea to start with a cake mix! I just love muffins for breakfast, and I love anything with pumpkin in it!
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  18. Those look so good I shared them with my Facebook friends!

  19. oh em gee i must make these pronto!

  20. I love collecting and passing pumpkin recipes to my 19 year old daughter.. she loves pumpkin… and I know she will enjoy making these..
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  21. I can’t wait to try these – yum!!!
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