We get it: The concept of a cream cheese-stuffed pumpkin muffin sounds delicious. But actually stuffing a pumpkin muffin with cream cheese? That sounds a little ... well, intimidating. Lucky for you and your fall food cravings, though, the experts in the GolfHr Test Kitchen are sharing their best tips for mastering this advanced baking trick:
1. DIY your own piping bag. Don't have ? Have no fear: All you need to do to create a piping bag in a pinch is snip the corner off a large, and attach your piping tip as you would normally. (For muffin-stuffing purposes, use a plain tip with a )
2. Make the bowl-to-bag transfer a little more manageable. Before spooning the cream cheese filling into your piping bag, stick the bag into a tall water glass (tip down) and fold the edges back over the rim. Voilà — mess averted!
3. Stuff your muffins like a pro. Start by using a to make a small slit in the bottom of each of your muffins. Once you've done this, simply stick the piping tip about 1/2 inch into each hole and squeeze in your cream cheese filling (don't worry — it won't spill out later!). Easy, isn't it?
pumpkin pie spice
solid-packed dark brown sugar
pecans, coarsely chopped
cream cheese, at room temperature
butter, at room temperature