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These chocolate pumpkin cheesecake muffins are a rich chocolate muffin with a surprise chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake center. A pumpkin lover and chocoholic’s delight!

Pumpkin cheesecake is great on its own, but when you stuff it inside a chocolate muffin it’s even more delicious!

A rich chocolate muffin with a surprise chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake center.


There’s just something magical about the combination of chocolate and pumpkin, and these muffins are the best of all worlds. The tender muffins are filled with pumpkin cheesecake and chocolate chips for a super unique dessert option.

A rich chocolate muffin with a surprise chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake center.

How do you make pumpkin cheesecake muffins?

These muffins are verging on cupcake, but I decided to declare them as muffins because there’s no frosting involved. But who needs frosting when you can have a chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake filling instead? First I whipped up a basic chocolate batter. I filled the muffin tins half full, added a dollop of cheesecake filling, then covered the top with more batter. A sprinkling of mini chocolate chips on top really amp up the chocolate flavor.

A rich chocolate muffin with a surprise chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake center.

When you first see these muffins they look unassuming, like your basic chocolate muffin. When you bite into them and encounter the creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling, you know you’ve found yourself a special treat.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins

AuthorSara Welch
A rich chocolate muffin with a surprise chocolate chip pumpkin cheesecake center.
A rich chocolate muffin with a surprise pumpkin chocolate chip cheesecake filling.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Serves 12 large muffins


  • For the filling:
  • 1 package cream cheese 8 ounce, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • For the muffin:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper cups or coat with cooking spray.
  • Place the cream cheese, egg, 1/3 cup sugar, pumpkin puree and flour in the bowl of a stand mixer that has been fitted with the paddle attachment.
  • Beat until light and fluffy - the mixture may curdle at first but it will come together if you continue beating.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 1 cup sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and add the milk, oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir together until well blended. Fill muffin tins 2/3 full with the batter and top with 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the tops of the muffins. You may end up with extra cream cheese mixture, you can put it in an oven safe dish and bake it alongside the muffins for a cheesecake snack!
  • Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 1120IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2.5mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made these for some friends and they loved them. One of my friends suggested adding a little peanut butter. I might try that next time.

  2. Oh yum! This looks so incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We love partying with you and we appreciate you stopping by! Please take a minute to stop by next week, so we can pin and tweet your new creation. The party starts on Monday at 7 pm! Have a great Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  3. These are gorgeous and I bet they taste amazing, perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again next Monday!

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  5. YES! No one understands how much it takes to produce what they see on their screen… it’s A LOT of work.
    Enjoying a few of these muffins afterwards?? PRICELESS!!

  6. As a pumpkin lover and chocoholic, I know I’d love these! What a fun addition to the virtual baby shower 🙂

  7. These look great! And I totally prefer when my breakfast foods are almost like desserts. It’s the way to go! So glad we can celebrate Megan together with a virtual shower!

  8. These look amazing Sara! I love the pumpkin cheesecake surprise in the middle :). And I sympathize with the failed recipes (and sometimes photos), grocery bills, and late nights. But I love it nonetheless (most of the time :)). xo

  9. Yay for virtual baby showers!! I love these pumpkin cheesecake muffins! Such a perfect fall treat!