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Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Recipe By Tessa Arias
November 21st, 2011

The perfect way to spice up any breakfast or brunch: Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese!

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Taste: Like a tangy, fresh pumpkin pie.
Texture: Thick, rich, smooth, luscious.
Appearance: The cream cheese takes on a gorgeous light, warm orange hue with specks of spice.
Pros: Super easy. Would be the perfect way to spice up breakfast or brunch for your family or company.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes. Pumpkin cream cheese and whole wheat bagels may be my new favorite breakfast or snack.

The perfect way to spice up any breakfast or brunch: Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese!

Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese

I love bagels. I love pumpkin. When the two come together it makes my taste buds sing. There’s something warm and comforting about turning an everyday food items into a seasonal treat. I’ve been seeing pumpkin cream cheese spread in coffee shops and grocery stores for weeks now and thought it seemed silly to buy something that’s probably super simple to make. Pumpkins and canned pumpkin puree are probably on sale at your local grocery stores for Thanksgiving (if you live in the U.S.) so now is a perfect time to stock up!

How to make
Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Time 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
The perfect way to spice up any breakfast or brunch: Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese!


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Using an electric mixer, food processor, blender, or immersion blender, beat cream cheese, pumpkin, and sugar until smooth. Beat in spices, salt, and vanilla. Refrigerate mixture for at least 1 hour before using.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    thehungryhoneybee — November 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Ooooh I can't wait to try this one!!! Every fall and winter I look forward to the pumpkin cream cheese at Einstein Brother's Bagels, and they always run out!

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    spiffycookie — November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Mmm I love pumpkin cream cheese! It might be the best part of fall… Maybe..

  3. #
    Marlina — November 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Yum! I always try and get the Trader Joe's pumpkin cream cheese, but it always escapes me. No more searching 🙂

  4. #
    Alison Lewis — November 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    love this. I was just thinking of making something very similar

  5. #
    Charissa — November 22, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    How perfect for a cozy, winter breakfast! LOVE this twist!

  6. #
    Tootie — November 23, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Yum yum! I think I know what I'll be making for breakfast on Thanksgiving… 🙂

  7. #
    The Americaine — November 26, 2011 at 5:45 am

    At first I thought this was peanut butter and thought, why would someone blog about how to make that?! But pumpkin cream cheese?! OMG that sounds cream-tastic!

  8. #
    Melissa Klotz — August 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I’m the same way! When Trader Joe’s started carrying pumpkin cream cheese, my friends got super excited, but I was like why buy something sooo simple to make? Even if you just mix pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice into cream cheese you’ll still get a similar profile without having to buy an extra condiment to clutter up your fridge!

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