Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

“These are exceptional muffins. The cream cheese center was a little more tart than expected, but you could add additional sugar if you wanted to. I highly recommend utilizing the sprinkle of sugar on the top of the muffins before baking. I makes for a nice presentation and a sweet, flaky top.” – April Ferre

“Squares of soft, sweetened cream cheese provide a hidden treat when you bite into these muffins. It’s almost like eating a cream cheese Danish!” (From Magazine Clipping.)

Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Course: Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 3/4 Cup + 3 Tablespoons Sugar Divided
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter Chilled And Cut Up
  • 1 Cup Chopped Strawberries
  • 3/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 3- Ounce Package Cream Cheese Cut Into 12 Cubes

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease bottoms of 12 muffin cups or line with baking cups. In medium bowl, stir together flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. With pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in strawberries.
  • In small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg until blended. Gently stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until combined. Divide equally among muffin cups.
  • Dip cream cheese pieces in 2 tablespoons sugar, place in center of each muffin. Press cream cheese until level with batter. (Do not cover cream cheese with batter.) Sprinkle muffins with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until light brown and toothpick inserted off center comes out clean (do not put toothpick in cream cheese.) Cool on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan, serve warm or at room temperature. Store in refrigerator. Makes 12 muffins.

2011 Recipe – Jean Hansen