Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Slather


Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Slather are a scrumptious treat for breakfast or dessert!

Guess who’s coming to town today?

My sweet Grandma! :) (ugh my arms were so thin much thinner this summer…)

My Grandma is the best. 93 and quick as a whip. She’ll give you the best advice as to what books to read and movies to see, then totally school you on politics and finance in the same breath.

I’m so happy she’s here that I baked her some muffins: Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Slather. HELP I CAN’T STOP MAKING FALL FOODS.

If there was ever a time to play out a theme though, it’s now and it’s with these muffins which harness the autumnal power of both pumpkin AND apple to create a moist, perfectly sweet bite that’s laced with pumpkin pie spice and studded with hunks of fresh apple.

Oh yeah, it’s also slathered with Cinnamon Cream Cheese icing – muwahaha!

Ahem! That is to say, I love me a good muffin, but sometimes miss the extra pop of flavor and creaminess that icing adds to cupcakes, so I made a cinnamon cream cheese icing to slather onto these muffins while they’re still warm out of the oven. It’s just ridiculous, really.

Start by combining zee dry ingredients in a large bowl including 1-2/3 cup flour and 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder. BTW, my sister-in-law uses Bob’s Red Mill Organic White Whole Wheat Flour instead of all-purpose in everything, which I’m really curious/excited to try. It’s whole wheat, but not as gritty/heavy in texture as regular WW flour (which I don’t love.)

The reason why I’m telling you this is because I think it’d be especially excellent in these muffins. Just need to use up my bag of all-purpose first!

Anywho, also add in 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, then whisk everything together and create a little well in the center to add the wet ingredients into later.

Which is what we’re off to next! Spoon 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) into a medium-sized bowl.

Add 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (aka 2 of the snack packs,) 2 eggs, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/4 milk – whatever kind you’ve got on hand – and 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (unpictured.)

Whisk the ingredients until they’re nice and smooth.

Next, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix until everything is incorporated.

Now we’ve got the pumpkin portion of the muffins covered with the puree and pumpkin pie spice, and the apple portion partway covered by the applesauce. Next we’re going to up the apple ante by adding 1/2 cup chopped apple into the batter. You can chop the apple willy nilly style, or into small and uniform cubes like me (because I’m insane like that.)

First peel the apple, then cut all four sides off the core with a sharp knife.

Slice each piece in 1/4″ slices, then flip onto its side and slice again into 1/4″ slices. (Please excuse my heinous cutting board by the way. It’s clean, I swear, it’s just battled one too many butternut squash.)

Next, zip through the piece to create cute, uniform squares. :)

Finally, fold the apples into the muffin batter.

Spoon the batter into a muffin tin about 3/4 of the way full, smooth the tops, then bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

While the muffins are cooling, make that ridiculous cinnamon cream cheese slather.

Whisk together 2 Tablespoons softened butter, 2 Tablespoons softened cream cheese, and a dash of vanilla and cinnamon, then stir in 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar until smooth and creamy…and decadent and life changing. I LOVE THIS STUFF.

Serve the muffins warm, if possible, dah-ripping with cinnamon cream cheese slather!

Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Slather

Makes 12 muffins


Apple Pumpkin Muffins with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Slather are a scrumptious treat for breakfast or dessert!


  • 1-2/3 cup flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Granny Smith apple (or other baking apple)
  • For the Cinnamon Cream Cheese Slather:
    • 2 Tablespoon butter, at room temperature
    • 2oz cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
    • dash of cinnamon
    • 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees then line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Make a well in the center of the mixture then set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, applesauce, eggs, brown sugar, milk, and vegetable oil. Pour into the dry ingredients, whisk everything together then fold in apples.
    3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 of the way full with batter, smoothing the tops, then bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let sit in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack.
    4. While cupcakes are cooling prepare Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting: Whisk together butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and cinnamon. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until mixture is thick and creamy. Serve with warm muffins.

    This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

    I know my Grandma is going to just love these muffins! They aren’t too sweet on their own, which makes a swipe of that Cinnamon Cream Cheese Slather a total treat.

    Enjoy these yummy, seasonal muffins as a snack, treat, or part of a healthy breakfast (may want to omit the slather in the a.m. … or not.)

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    1. Caroline 10.11.2012

      oh my gosh, these look delicious. They are going on the To Make list for SURE!

    2. Rach 10.11.2012

      Stop it, these look amazing!! Is it just me, or is there never enough time for all the pumpkin treats you want to make over the fall?

      xo Rach

    3. Kate Small 10.11.2012

      I feel you on the fall foods! It’s finally cool enough to use the oven so I made roasted chicken, butternut squash, and apple crisp yesterday. My husband says “What’s the special occasion” as if I never cook…ha!

    4. Jaclyn from Australia 10.11.2012

      I dont have pumpkin spice mix.

      How can I make it myself?

      Thanks xx

    5. Go, Krisin, go Kristin! Keep the fall recipes coming, lady!

    6. Sara N. 10.11.2012

      Your grandma is adorable! I love how you call the frosting “slather.” Better to speak the truth about what we all want to do with cream cheese goodness anyway right?

    7. Amy Poore 10.11.2012

      Your grandma is so cute!!!

    8. These look delicious! Your grandma looks adorable :)

    9. Cher @ Weddicted 10.11.2012

      These look great! Also, I made your apple cake last weekend and it was a hit – thanks! :)

    10. Um..can I just say that I am loving that butter knife! So cute!

    11. I’ve never made stuffed muffins before but these look wonderful! I’m pinning them! thanks!(:

    12. nic. 10.11.2012

      YUM! Beautiful pictures!

    13. Jeri Wendzel 10.11.2012

      Laughing Cow has a Cinnamon Cream Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread that is 45 calories per wedge. That might be an awesome healthy alternative if you’d like to see skinnier arms maybe give that a try. It’s yummy!

    14. Georgie Talbert 10.11.2012

      Love your 3-generation pic; makes me miss my family! I ALWAYS take the same picture with my Mom and Nanny (Grandma) when we’re together a couple times a year. Everytime I’m with my Grandma I grill her about cooking, baking and food/family in general from the years gone by. She has amazing stories about her childhood during the depression and how all things got “stretched” and “substituted”. Most treasured is her pie crust recipe I’ve had memorized by heart for 15 years. Enjoy your family time and keep those fabulous fall recipes coming our way!

    15. Bek @ Crave 10.11.2012

      Oh these look WAY too good to be good for you ;) Haha!

    16. Brittany 10.12.2012

      omg…making this tomorrow….

    17. Loretta E 10.12.2012

      These look so wonderful! I love muffins with many flavors…

    18. Doug 10.12.2012

      Nice you’ll have all the generations together. Have a great weekend!

    19. R.A. 10.12.2012

      Don’t wait to buy that package of white whole wheat flour, it is so good! I use is in most of my recipes that call for white flour, I sometimes mix the two, using mainly the while whole wheat. While my youngest child does not like whole wheat products she can’t even tell that what I have baked has while whole wheat flour. Great ingredient!

    20. Monica 10.12.2012

      these look amazing, can’t wait to try them.

    21. Jennifer 10.12.2012

      I love that you are so close to your Grandma! She looks fantastic and I love that she’s still so sharp! Go Grandma!

      If you want to try out white whole wheat flour, King Arthur Flour’s Unbleached White Whole Wheat flour is the best! I currently have both the Bob’s Red Mill flour and this KA flour in my pantry and use them both frequently, but I love KA flours the most. Best I’ve ever used!

    22. These look so good! I have been all about pumpkin muffins lately…and connecting these with your grandma is especially touching for me, as my grandpa passed away earlier this week and I baked my grandma pumpkin bread when I went to see her. Baking brings us all together, man!

    23. Trisha 10.12.2012

      Your grandma sounds like such a firecracker. :) Mine has been gone for almost a year & I miss her spunk every single day. Grandparents are a treasure, that’s for sure!

    24. I know exactly what you mean about muffins needing a little somethin’ somethin’…and cinnamon cream cheese sounds perrrrfect for these fall muffins! Yum!!

    25. Quinn 10.13.2012

      OMG, just made these. Simple and yummy! I used 3 egg whites instead of 2 eggs. In case anyone was wondering these are only 3 Weight Watchers Points+ each (using egg whites) and they are really dense!

      • Quinn 10.13.2012

        Forgot to mention I used Trader Joes White Whole Wheat flour. I think I like it better than AP

    26. Amy 10.13.2012

      I have these in the oven right now! I almost forgot the oil though because I don’t think it’s included in the photo directions. I love all your recipes! Thanks for another good one!

    27. Kristen 10.14.2012

      Was so excited to make these yesterday. Followed the recipe exactly, but they just didn’t rise and ended up very dense :( Thinking I will try again with more baking powder?

      • Iowa Girl Eats 10.14.2012

        I’ve had this happen to me before (not on these muffins but something else) and it turned out my baking powder was old! It can lose its effectiveness if it gets too old.

        • Kristen 10.15.2012

          You’re right, it very well could be my baking powder. I’ll try them again, since they still tasted good!

    28. Lex 10.14.2012

      Made these today for a brunch with friends. They turned out great and are the perfect fall muffin! I loved that they aren’t too sweet on their own. The slather is delicious (love that you called it “slather” instead frosting) and I found myself eating it straight from the bowl.

      Definitely a keeper and thanks for sharing! :)

    29. Tamara 10.15.2012

      Seriously?!? These look/sound simply divine!!!

    30. Brenda 10.16.2012

      love to have your arms Gfriend!!

    31. Molly 10.18.2012

      My muffins ended up leaking some sort of liquid the next day… I followed the recipe exactly, too. Any suggestions?

    32. Sadye 05.30.2013

      That slather was so good! The muffins were tasty, too, but oh my god the slather ..

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