I had my first pumpkin cream cheese muffin when I started working at Starbucks. Well... I think that was the first time I ever had one. If I had one before then, I don't remember it. I got a job at Starbucks when we lived at Camp Lejeune and one of the things we had to do when hired was taste the product so that we'd know what it was like when a customer asked. We had to taste the pastries, the regular coffees and the coffee specialty drinks. I started working at Starbucks in the Fall, so the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins were the most popular item we had. Those and the Pumpkin Spice Lattes sold like hot cakes.
I was hooked. The Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins actually made me fall in love with cream cheese, which made me fall in love with the Cream Cheese Danishes from Starbucks... but I'll have to save that for another post. Anyways, the Starbucks pumpkin muffins are fabulous, but want to know what's even more fabulous than a Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin??! A homemade Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin! I am so pleased at how these came out. Fluffy and Wonderful! That's what these muffins are. I also added oats to the top of mine (I think the Starbucks ones have pumpkin seeds if I remember correctly)
I have no idea how Starbucks makes their muffins, but this is my take on them :)