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Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes
Makes:
18
Prep Time:
15
minutes
Total Time:
50
minutes
based on
137 reviews
Miniature chocolate chips dot these rich pumpkin and cream cheese cupcakes. No frosting required for these treats.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) pound cake mix
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 325° F. Grease or paper-line 18 muffin cups.

BEAT cream cheese, egg and granulated sugar in small mixer bowl until smooth. Stir in morsels. Set aside.

COMBINE cake mix, pumpkin, water, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda in large mixer bowl; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. Spoon about 1 tablespoon topping over batter in each cup.

BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


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  •  Star(s)

    Yummy Treat

    Pamela Lewis from St. Louis, MO

    These cupcakes were yummy and very moist. My family loved them. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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    Amazing

    Belinda Brothers-McKinnon from Saint John, NB

    I made these for a team meeting. They were an instant hit. They are so moist and full of flavors. I love them.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Sunnie Brown from WESTMINSTER, CO

    I loved these cupcakes! I made them for a Halloween party and everybody really liked them. This one is a keeper.

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    Mmmm good

    sondra escobedo from SAN ANTONIO, TX

    Just want to say that my kids loved these cupcakes! I may have never liked cream cheese, but they didn't realize at first that it had cream cheese in it. They still loved them though!! Thanks again it was Great

  •  Star(s)

    Healthy & Sweet

    Lorrie Jones from Sandy Hook, CT

    So good. And pumpkin is so good for you. Try replacing the water with buttermilk!! Yummy and extra moist.

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    Delicious!

    MEAGHAN HAHN from

    What an easy recipe! These cupcakes are super moist, and so good! I found I didn't have enough topping for all my cupcakes, so next time I will make some extra. These will definitely become a staple in my baking!

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    Lunch Box Treat

    Ning Mendoza from Oklahoma City, OK

    Recipe is very easy to make and makes a good packable cupcake for my granddaughter's lunch box.

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    Polka Dot Pumkin Yummies

    Patrica Genovonski from Tulsa, OK

    This is such a good recipe! If you like polka dots, pumkins, cupcakes, and goodness, then you will like this recipes!!!

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    Awesome

    Lacie Lucero from Morgan City, LA

    These were great! and my kids LOVE them!!

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    Yummy!

    Melissa Atkins from LAKE WORTH, FL

    These were yummy, but my topping didn't mix right so I had little chunks of cream cheese in liquid. Next time I will try using a different mixer. They were easy and my daughter loved them. They were tasty without being too sweet. The chocolate added the perfect touch. I will make them again.

  •  Star(s)

    What's not to love

    Evonne Robertson from Fraser, MI

    These are great, and easy to make. Everyone loves them.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Sandra Barsh from GLENNVILLE, GA

    I made these cupcakes last week for my grandaughter in Missouri while I was visiting. Everyone loved them and wanted me to make more that day. They were really good and very easy to make I might add. Think I'll be making them more than just for special holidays.

  •  Star(s)

    Pumpkin Polka Dot Cupcakes

    susanne morse from BRADFORD, MA

    Outstanding! These are moist, very flavorful and a real crowd pleaser. No need for frosting with the delicious cream cheese topping baked right on. We have had them for breakfast and brunch and I even look forward to trying them with a hearty autumn meal like beef stew as they are flavorful enough to hold their own for dinner as well. Very simple and straightforward recipe makes up in a flash. Enjoy!

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    Kids loved them

    Dana from

    I made these for a family get together. I made half in mini muffin pans. They were very easy to make, and the kids just loved them! They kept going back for more. I liked that once they came out of the oven they were done, no icing, just cool and eat. The adults enjoyed them also.

  •  Star(s)

    Delicious Cupcakes

    Cynthia Dutil from AUGUSTA, ME

    These pumpkin cupcakes were very good.I ate way too many. I gave some to my sister-in-law and her family loved them.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Lisa Wesche from ITHACA, NY

    Wow! This recipe was so easy and so good! I took them to Thanksgiving and everybody loved them! My niece had three of them! This recipe is definitely a keeper!

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    Yummy!

    Katherine Merton from SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY

    I made these cupcakes for my son's Halloween party at school. His teacher didn't want to overload the kids with sugar, so these cupcakes fit the bill. With less sugar than candy bars or traditional cupcakes, these were a great alternative.The chocolate chips made them a hit with the kids, and the adults loved them as well!

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Donna Ingalls from Hanahan, South Carolina

    These recipes scream FALL- Wow. They are delicious. I made a batch yesterday and could not believe how simple and tasty they were. You do not need to like pumpkin to love these. They would be great for classroom parties too-so much better than plain cupcakes. I am going to whip up 2 more batches today to mail to my daughters away at college. They are going to just love them. Enjoy

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Janese Rosevelt from WHITE LAKE, MI

    I was looking for a "fall" recipe. Well, I had to try it first, right?! Now I need to make more!

  •  Star(s)

    MY NEW FAVORITE CUPCAKE!

    Ms. Blaschuk from FARMINGDALE, NY

    I made these last night. . . there are only 2 left. That about says it all. The cream cheese and pumpkin go SO WELL together. I made 3 cupcakes using some of the new NESTLES'SWIRLS caramel/chocolate swirl chips too and they were OUTRAGEOUS.

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    Great recipe

    Debra Grady from OAK LAWN, IL

    My family loves pumpkin and this recipe will be made over and over again!

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    OY-VEY

    DEE ORLOSKI from MENTOR, OH

    TO DIE FOR! GREAT STUFF. REALLY GREAT CAKE.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Barbara Green from VINCENNES, IN

    Who knew that pumpkin and cheesecake would have such an awesome flavor? I used butterscotch chips and it tasted so yummy....I'll definitely make these again!

  •  Star(s)

    Good for a pumpkin lover

    joel tedder from FORT DODGE, IA

    These cupcakes are really good. If you are a pumpkin lover like me, then it really doesn't matter what or how the pumpkin comes in or looks like.

  •  Star(s)

    Polka Dot Cupcakes

    mary janssen from VICTORIA, TX

    These are also delicious with butterscotch morsels instead of the chocolate ones.

  •  Star(s)

    Great !!

    Mary Paliwoda from Brunswick, OH

    I just made these for Thanksgiving and wow are these great !!! They're pretty easy to make, too !! I will be baking these again real soon !!!

  •  Star(s)

    The flavors are great together

    Jacque Vallem from CROSSVILLE, TN

    Made these and took to the place I bank. They went over really big and the flavors of the cream cheese and pumpkin are great.

  •  Star(s)

    so easy

    tammy labelle from NEWARK, DE

    I was looking for something new yet easy to make for my 10 year old son's class party.. This looks so easy.. Punkin and cream chesse is the best flavor. YUM maybe I will have to make them before his party..

  •  Star(s)

    CAROLYN

    CAROLYN POLLINA from MT SINAI, NY

    I MADE THESE YESTERDAY, THEY WERE DELICIOUS. USED A YELLOW CAKE MIX AND NUTMEG (INSTEAD OF PUMPKIN SPICE - DIDN'T HAVE ANY) VERY GOOD THE CAKE WAS VERY MOIST BUT NOT TOO HEAVY LIKE OTHER PUMPKIN CAKES CAN BE. USED PLAIN CREAM CHEESE TO FROST YUMMY!!!

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    Polka dot cup cakes

    Barbara Redman from CHESTERTOWN, MD

    Easy and good, shall have to keep pound cake mix in pantry. Plan to use over the holidays they will fit right in on a deseret table. Thanks for another great recipe!

  •  Star(s)

    Wow!

    Kara Sandford from Las Vegas, NV

    Who ever thought pumpkin and cream cheese would go together so smoothly? It was easy enough for my 3 year old to help with the baking!

  •  Star(s)

    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Marjorie Lustick from Mount Vernon, WA

    Very good. I like the taste of pumpkin with cream cheese.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Sandy Minkel from Raymond, MN

    Very good recipe, my kid enjoyed them and I like the cream cheese in there, seems to add a litte something to the recipe

  •  Star(s)

    A Real Wow

    Gwen Lenker from Santa Rosa, CA

    Starting with some of my favorite ingredients, this recipe manages to top itself with a totally unexpected treat. Amazing that someone thought of it.

  •  Star(s)

    Polka dot pumpkin cupcakes

    Jan Pilch from Wheeling, IL

    Took these to work and they disappeared quickly. Would prefer more cream cheese flavor in the topping.

  •  Star(s)

    Definitely Make Again!

    Pamela Brown from Deptford, NJ

    I made these for our annual Halloween Party. They were a huge hit. Unfortunately, I didn't have any left over for us to enjoy the next day. I will definitely make these again!

  •  Star(s)

    Yummy and easy!

    Samantha Kaminsky from Whiting, IN

    You must try this one, it is very easy and very yummy! Good Luck

  •  Star(s)

    Another Option

    alice Converse from kalamazoo, MI

    These cupcakes are wonderful! However, I tried them also with cinnamon chips for another great taste.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Tanya Knighton from Largo, FL

    These are easy and delicious and I love that you don't have to mess with frosting! I will make them again for the holidays.

  •  Star(s)

    Great school snack

    DONNIA HERRERA from FERNLEY, NV

    This is a great recipe for a school snack. No need to frost and less mess in the lunchbox. Thanks!

  •  Star(s)

    Polka dot pumpkin cupcakes

    Dadra Henry from Westfir, OR

    My two grandsons love cupcakes and when they tried the polka dot pumpkin cup cakes; they couldn't just have one. They loved the cupcakes more then ever with the sprinkles on top and some with faces and some with candy spiders, ghost, bones, orange and black sprinkles. They enjoyed decorating their own cupcakes.

  •  Star(s)

    POLKA DOT PUMPKIN CUPCAKES

    judy ratliff from birchleaf, VA

    ABSOLUTLEY GREAT, EASY TO MAKE, GRANDCHILDREN LOVED THEM.

  •  Star(s)

    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Amy Burkhardt from Conneaut Lake, PA

    The Cupcakes sound really good I am going to have them over the holidays and tell my friends about it.

  •  Star(s)

    Yum, Yum Yummy

    Sandy Kent from Roaring Gap, NC

    Simple to do and great to eat!!

  •  Star(s)

    Polka Dot Cheescakes

    Doreen Krasnovsky from Cheshire, CT

    I made these for mu Aunt's 85th Birthday party. Everyone loved them. I also topped some with candy corns to make the platter festive. Thanks again

  •  Star(s)

    FIRST TIME BAKER

    Le Anne from Ft. Myer, VA

    Okay, I'm 24 and have never baked something in my entire life. :( Okay, I have but THEY ALL TURN OUT TERRIBLE. I try this, and ohmygosh ...I feel like a master chef! LOL I bought an 8 oz of cream cheese and GOOD THING because I had to make the topping again! I used big tablespoonfuls but I PROMISE just one, and I used all but maybe 1/4 of the frosting. Of course I added more chocolate chips.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    Dianne Purcell from Manchester, NH

    My neighbor and I made these yesterday and boy were they a big hit. Now everyone tells us we gotta make them again for Halloween. They were very easy to make and so very moist.

  •  Star(s)

    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cup Cakes

    Nan Marrie from West Chester, OH

    Quick and easy recipe that the kids enjoyed. They made the house smell great!

  •  Star(s)

    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

    catherine byerley from rockford, IL

    This recipe is very easy and fast. great flavor and very moist. the kids just ate it up.

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    Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcake

    betty barrett from oakhurst, CA

    These are great for any occasion. something i will make often.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/18 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 18 

  • Calories: 170
  • Calories from Fat: 50
  • Total Fat: 6g (9% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 3g (15% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 40mg (13% of DV)
  • Sodium: 190mg (8% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 28g (9% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g (4% of DV)
  • Sugars: 18g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 25% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 4% of DV
  • Iron: 4% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Polka Dot Pumpkin Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
  • 1 pkg. (16 oz.) pound cake mix
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 325° F. Grease or paper-line 18 muffin cups.

BEAT cream cheese, egg and granulated sugar in small mixer bowl until smooth. Stir in morsels. Set aside.

COMBINE cake mix, pumpkin, water, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda in large mixer bowl; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. Spoon about 1 tablespoon topping over batter in each cup.

BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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