Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Sweet Cream Cheese 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract Candied Pumpkin Seeds 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 1 tablespoon water 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas) Muffin Batter 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 3/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree 3/4 cup vegetable oil
1. Make the sweet cream cheese by using an electric mixer to combine 4 ounces cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Mix until smooth, and then cover and chill until firm.