Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

by Erin

Every fall I anticipate the coming of the pumpkin bagels and cream cheese at Einstein Brothers Bagels on campus. Pumpkin on pumpkin? Yes and heck yes. But I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… you can also make these yourself, in your very own home. I know, isn’t that unbelievable!? Such a novel concept I know, I am sorry to have blown your mind.

Ok obviously, not such an amazing revelation but this cream cheese truly is amazing in itself. And easier to make than walking across the street and buying it from Einstein’s. Now all I have to do is whip up some homemade pumpkin bagels and I’m all set! Putting people out of business over here. (Who am I kidding? Acting as if I could resist everything else on their menu – ha.)


Serves 8-12


1/2 cup plain pumpkin puree

8 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg


  1. In a stand mixer or large bowl with a hand mixer, whip pumpkin and softened cream cheese together until uniform in color. Scrape the edges and mix on low, sprinkling sugar into the mixture. Once sugar is incorporated stir in the remaining ingredients. Scrape the edges and whip again to ensure a completely smooth homogenous mixture. Spoon into a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

Source: Lauren’s Latest

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Iva | in my kitchen October 30, 2011 - 5:40 pm

oh wow interesting. i never had thought of this combination before! we have heaps of pumpkin here and some leftover cream cheese from the cheesecake so i’ll see if its enough to make this one! thanks for sharing this lvoely recipe

Kita October 30, 2011 - 8:16 am

Yeah, I wouldn’t even need a bagel for this ;)

spiffycookie October 30, 2011 - 10:50 am

It’s just a vehicle, really.

Ashley@bakerbynature October 29, 2011 - 6:52 am

Oh how I love this stuff! I made a batch last weekend and am already running low… time to make more :)


Baker Street October 28, 2011 - 1:44 am

Pumpkin and cream cheese! Woah!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 27, 2011 - 9:39 pm

I am not a fan of cream cheese, but I can see how this would be amazing on a cinnamon bagel!

cassie//bake your day October 27, 2011 - 10:54 am

I *might* be going home to make this tonight. Yum! I remember my mom always buying pumpkin cream cheese when I was growing up but I love making it homemade. Love it!

spiffycookie October 27, 2011 - 10:55 am

I have never seen it sold outside of bakery type places like Bruegger’s or Einstein Brothers. I have been restricted to the seasonal stock of it until now!

Liz October 27, 2011 - 10:53 am

Wow…how perfect on a raisin cinnamon bagel…so delicious and autumnal :)

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme October 27, 2011 - 9:32 am

I love pumpkin cream cheese and I can’t believe I have not had any yet. Definitely looks great. Got to give this a try!

Lauren October 27, 2011 - 9:08 am

Glad you liked my recipe! Woot!

spiffycookie October 27, 2011 - 9:11 am

Me too! :-D


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