Mix the softened cream cheese, with the powder sugar and orange zest together until well incorporated. Mix in the pepitas or leave them separated to toss over once dish is served (optional). Set aside.
Preheat waffle maker.
Whisk together the dry ingredients )first six waffle ingredients).
In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, pumpkin and melted butter; add to dry ingredients. Stir just until well combined.
Cook waffles according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Serve with orange cream cheese mixture, pepitas (optional) and syrup.
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