The PumpKING of Cream Cheese

by Heather

I have a little confession. There was a secret motivation behind the whole grain bagels I made yesterday.

I needed the perfect vehicle for the perfect cream cheese. Pumpkin cream cheese.

pumpkin cream cheese

I used to hate cream cheese. In fact, I still hate plain cream cheese. But pumpkin cream cheese- now that’s a different story.

It all started with the local bagel shop growing up. I have fond memories of grabbing vanilla lattes {I know now it was just a machine filled with lots of cream and sugar- there wasn’t really anything latte about it} and bagels in between drill team practice and the fall football games. One day I walked in and the special was pumpkin cream cheese. To this day, I have no idea what made me try it. But I did, and my opinion of cream cheese was forever changed.

pumpkin cream cheese recipe

Every year I looked forward to pumpkin cream cheese season. Now that I live a few states away, the chances of hitting pumpkin season are few and far between. Even when I did live nearby, they were frequently sold out. I’ve tried many others, but none compare to the original.

Finally, I’d had enough. It was time to figure out how to make this on my own. But first I needed a delicious bagel to put it on. Winking smile

whole grain bagels

As my bagels baked, I got started on the cream cheese. It was easier than I imagined. Why did I wait this long to figure this out?! All those pumpkin seasons missed!

pumpkin cream cheese recipes

It’s simply cream cheese {regular or vegan, your choice}, pumpkin, the magic pumpkin-spice-combo, a little sweetener, and a lot of whipping! If you use any kind of reduced fat cream cheese, you’ll need a lot a lot of mixing- it doesn’t blend as well.

bagels with cream cheese

This tastes best made the day before- that gives the flavors time to infuse into the cream cheese, making it extra delicious. I could probably eat it with a spoon. Forget the bagel.

easy cream cheese recipes

Now I’m in trouble though. Endless and easy access to bagels and pumpkin cream cheese?

bagels and cream cheese

This could be dangerous.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese
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  • 8 oz cream cheese, regular or vegan
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 2 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/16 tsp cloves
  • 1/16 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Bring cream cheese to room temperature.
  2. Add all ingredients to electric mixer and whip on high until well blended and no lumps remain.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

lindsay October 5, 2011 at 8:49 am
oh. YUM. why haven't i heard of this magicallness before?!
Faith @ For the Health of It October 5, 2011 at 9:20 am
I didn't think you could out-do those bagels but you just did! Too many amazing fall recipes, so little time!
Heather @ girlyeverafter October 5, 2011 at 10:15 am
This would go perfect on pumpkin bread. I always overload on pumpkin in the fall and have a stack of recipes that I'm trying this weekend. It could get dangerous;)
Heather October 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Mmm....pumpkin cream cheese on pumpkin bread- what could be better than that?! ;)
Amy @ A Little Nosh October 5, 2011 at 11:42 am
If only any of the store around here had any canned pumpkin.... Post stumbled.
Heather October 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm
I know, it's so hard to find! I'm still using some cans I stocked up on from last year- haven't found it anywhere around here yet this year.
Theodora October 5, 2011 at 11:43 am
Homemade bagels AND pumpkin cream cheese? Be right there, looking up flights to NC right now.
Heather October 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Oh, so now I know what it takes to get you to NC. ;)
Caitlin October 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Yum yum yum that cream cheese looks amazing! You should try pumpkin hummus next, saw that at the farmer's market last weekend! Those bagels look so nice and fluffy too, fresh out of the oven, I bet they beat any bagel bakery.
Heather October 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Pumpkin hummus...hmmm, interesting. ;) Anything fresh out of the oven is just the best!
JDaniel4's Mom October 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm
This looks like a perfect fall treat! Stumbled this!
Alison Golden - The Secret Life of a Warrior Woman October 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Wow, did you make those bagels? Very impressive!
Charise @ I Thought I Knew Mama October 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm
Yum! Great idea! I love pumpkin everything ;-) Stumbled ;-)
Jennifer October 7, 2011 at 10:25 am
Yummy! I think I need to come over for a visit.
Kristl Story October 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm
I've been on a pumpkin kick all week, and I'll have to give your recipe a try! Right now I'm working on a recipe for pumpkin fudge and pumpkin truffles that I hope to publish on my blog later this month...stay tuned!
Heather October 8, 2011 at 7:39 am
Ooo yum- I've seen some pumpkin fudge and truffle recipes on Pinterest that look pretty yummy. Can't wait to see what you come up with. ;)

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