Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

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You will never need another pumpkin bread recipe! This easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread has a surprise cheesecake ribbon in the middle. You’ll want to eat the whole loaf!

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It’s time for another Trader Joe’s Hack. This time we take the Pumpkin Bread mix to new heights with a few added ingredients.

I think we can all agree that pumpkin bread is delicious. It’s one of the (many) things I look forward to making when the Pumpkin Explosion happens at Trader Joe’s. But, what if we took that box of pumpkin bread mix and took it a little farther.

This easy pumpkin bread recipe adds a layer of cream cheese filling to turn this pumpkin loaf into something really special. It’s like if pumpkin bread married a cheesecake. This would be their love child. And it is glorious!

I used the gluten-free pumpkin bread mix because wheat and I do not get along well, but this easy pumpkin recipe works just as well with the regular pumpkin bread mix. Just follow the instructions on the box, make the tweaks I outline in the recipe below, and get ready to have your socks knocked off.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

What You’ll Need for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

  • One box of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread Mix, either regular or gluten free
  • Eggs
  • Butter or oil
  • Water
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Pumpkin seeds


  • The recipe on the box calls for oil, but I always use the same amount of butter instead. I mean, is there anything that isn’t better with butter?
  • If using the regular pumpkin bread mix, be sure not to over-mix the batter or you will end up with a tough loaf.
  • Let the bread cool completely before cutting, no matter how much you are tempted to eat it as soon as it’s out of the oven.
  • Baking times can vary based on many variables. Let the bread tell you when it’s finished, not the timer.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

You will never need another pumpkin bread recipe! This easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread has a surprise cheesecake ribbon in the middle. You'll want to eat the whole loaf!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Cool in Pan15 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread, Cream Cheese, Cream Cheese Filling, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Bread


  • 1 Box Trader Joe's Pumpkin Bread, gluten free or regular
  • 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 Large Egg
  • ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 4 Ounces Room Temperature Cream Cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
  • Prepare your pumpkin bread mix according to the directions on the side of the box. If you prefer, you can sub an equal amount of melted butter for the oil in the directions.
  • In another bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the cream cheese filling and beat until smooth.
  • Pour half of the pumpkin bread batter into the prepared loaf pan and spread it evenly.
  • Carefully pour the cream cheese filling over the bread batter and gently smooth with an offset spatula so that it is not mixed with the batter underneath.
  • Pour the other half of the bread batter over the cream cheese filling and spread it evenly. Again, be careful to not mix the batter with the cream cheese filling. Scatter the pumpkin seeds over the top.
  • Bake for 50 – 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean of raw bread batter (the cream cheese filling will remain wet).
  • Allow the finished bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then turn the bread out onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Do not cut the bread until it has cooled!

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4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread”

  1. 4 stars
    I’ve made this recipe three or four times and it always turns out yummy. I love the cream cheese filling. The only problem is that the batter is so thick there is no way to add the top layer without mixing it into the cream cheese layer. It’s just a mess. Maybe this is because I’m using the gluten free mix. It would be nice if the comments were visible to see if others found have had similar issues.

    • You’re the first to comment on this recipe!

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed eating this, even if the ribbon hasn’t worked out quite right. I would suggest either adding a smidge more liquid to the batter to loosen it up just enough to spread it or doing a marble with the cream cheese instead of the ribbon. You might have to adjust the baking time to accommodate the changes. If either of those work for you, let me know!


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