You will love these easy bakery-style muffins. They are lightly spiced and have raisins studded throughout and they are great with a cup of coffee or tall glass of milk.
It is really almost fall??
Well, August is just flying by! Does it feel that way for you too? Our boys will be starting high scool in a few short weeks!
We have enjoyed some really hot weather here. One week of thunderstorms off and on but otherwise it has been sun, sun, sun.
Despite the heat, I've been thinking about my favourite fall recipes. I know! Some of us don't want to think about summer ending. I love all of the seasons. It is one of the things that I love about living in Ontario, Canada. You can really feel the transition and changes in seasons.
We thoroughly enjoyed these bakery-style muffins. This is an easy pumpkin spice muffin recipe that even a novice baker can make!!
Tim Horton's Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Tim Horton's (that's a coffee and donut shop with addictive coffee) bring's out their Pumpkin Spice Muffin sometime around August every year. It is a seasonal item only and highly coveted.
When we lived in Hamilton, ON, it was part of my daily routine to stop and get a coffee on my way into work in the morning. When that big glorious photo of their Pumpkin Spice Muffin was blown up for all to see on the reader board, I couldn't resist them.
Their muffins had more of an icing that was sweet and was not a cream-cheesy filling like these these muffins from what I recall. Although the filling is a bit different, the spices and texture are very much the same and they are delicious!
Change it up
Toppings & Icings
For the tops, you can lightly brush with maple syrup on the tops to give them a little sweetness and shine. Alternatively, you could use honey with a pinch of cinnamon mixed in and brush that on top.
This Cream Cheese Icing from the Moist Banana Bread with Cream Cheese Icing would also be delicious on these muffins.
As you can see in the photos, I sprinkled the tops with pumpkin seeds. A mixture of sunflower and pumpkin seeds is equally tasty.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins variation
Pumpkin and chocolate mix together deliciously! For this variation, you would omit the cream cheese filling and add in ½ cup chocolate chips and ¼ cup of chopped pecans.
Lighten it up
Thinking about making this recipe a little bit lighter? Omit the cream cheese filling for a lightened-up version of this muffin.
Tips for making this recipe
This is a basic muffin recipe with the cream cheese filling thrown in.
For the filling, you can use a heaping tsp and drop it into the centre of the muffin. Additionally, a disposable decorating bag with a small hole cut in the end would work as well. Pipe it into the centre of the muffin.
The large bakery-style muffin tin is definitely easier since you have more space for the cream-cheese filling.
This recipe uses ½ a block of cream cheese. Take it out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before you're ready to bake the muffins.