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Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe

Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe

I have a hard time sleeping and this weekend was no different. I was up every morning by 5:00. I am a morning person and like to get things done, but sometimes on weekends I wish I could sleep in a little. Oh well, being up at the crack of dawn resulted in a glorious batch of blueberry cream cheese muffins.

Blueberry muffins are always popular, but I wanted to kick things up a notch. These muffins are extra special because they have a surprise inside-cream cheese!

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I filled each muffin cup with a little batter and then I added the secret lemon cream cheese filling. I topped the muffins off with additional batter and turbinado sugar. The muffins are great on their own, but the lemon cream cheese filling with the plump, juicy blueberries makes these muffins marvelous.

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When Josh woke up the muffins were done baking and ready to be tested. He didn’t taste the cream cheese filing until the second bite. I knew he did, because mmmm, went to MMMMM! He loved the surprise filling. It reminded him of creamy blueberry cheesecake.

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A fresh blueberry muffin with lemon cheesecake in the mix is the perfect way to start any  morning! Surprise your loved ones with these muffins-they will love them!

If you live in Utah, don’t forget to come out and support the National Food Bloggers Bake Sale on Saturday, April 17th. Come taste treats from your favorite Utah bloggers and support Share Our Strength. Details can be found here.

Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins

Yield: Makes 9 muffins

Cook Time: 17-20 minutes


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
Zest of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Cream cheese filling:

3 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon sugar

Turbinado sugar-for sprinkling on muffins before baking


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin pan or line pan with muffin liners. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.

3. In a small bowl, add the sugar and lemon zest. Rub sugar and zest together, until fragrant. Add to the flour mixture and whisk again.

4. In a separate medium bowl, mix canola oil, egg, milk, and vanilla together.

5. Incorporate the wet ingredients into flour mixture. Add slowly and do not over mix. The batter will be lumpy and thick. Gently fold in the blueberries.

6. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, lemon zest, and sugar until smooth. Fill each muffin cup half way with batter. Next, add about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese filling to each muffin cup. Cover each cup with remaining batter so you can't see the cream cheese filling. Sprinkle each muffin with turbinado sugar.

7. Bake muffins for 17-20 minutes, or until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let muffins cool on a cooking rack.

If you like these muffins, you might also like:

Oatmeal Berry Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod
Rhubarb Apple Cinnamon Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod
Plum Coffee Cake Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod
Strawberry, Almond, and Coconut Muffins from Food Blogga
Apple Cinnamon Chip Muffins from My Baking Addiction
Lemon Ginger Muffins from Simply Recipes

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115 Responses to “Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Muffin Recipe”

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  1. Heather @ Side of Sneakers — April 12, 2010 @ 4:04 am

    Those sound delicious! And you take the most gorgeous pictures!!

  2. katrina — April 12, 2010 @ 4:28 am

    OH! How delicious that looks and sounds! I like the idea of the cream cheese frosting on the inside – which means they’re perfect for picnics and brown-bagging.

  3. Erica — April 12, 2010 @ 5:12 am

    Fantastic! I end up waking up early on the weekends too! I made my parents some applesauce walnut bread on Sunday morning and topped it with turbinado! Love your sweet surprise inside. Hope you have a wonderful week Maria!

  4. Cara — April 12, 2010 @ 5:49 am

    I have sleep problems too and often wake up early. The furthest my productivity has stretched is to get out of bed and chop some veggies to be used in dinner later on! These muffins sound fabulous, but so is anything with cream cheese :)

  5. Barbara Bakes — April 12, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    Great idea!. Reminds me of stuffed French toast that I love.

  6. bellini valli — April 12, 2010 @ 6:24 am

    I would love to start my morning with these.

  7. Katie @ goodLife {eats} — April 12, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    I have made a blueberry muffin with chunks of cream cheese in it before, but I love this idea for the filling!

    Wish I could come over for breakfast!

  8. Margaret — April 12, 2010 @ 6:41 am

    MMMMMM!!! is right. These look delicious.

  9. Kathy @ The Sugar Queen — April 12, 2010 @ 6:51 am

    I’m with Josh! “Lemon-Cream-Cheese Filling” sounds delicious!

  10. kat — April 12, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    Oh cream cheese in the middle, yum! I’m an early riser too but 5 is just too early 😉

  11. Bonnie — April 12, 2010 @ 7:29 am

    Good luck with the bake sale. Wish I could help.

  12. Michelle — April 12, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    OH YUM! I’m making Blueberry Muffins this week for sure!

  13. vanillasugar — April 12, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    oh that sounds good. have fun at the bake sale.

  14. SMITH BITES — April 12, 2010 @ 7:53 am

    Perfect! I’ll be making these as soon as my blueberry bush is full of fruit!

    • twopeas replied: — April 12th, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

      Smith Bites-I am jealous you have a blueberry bush. Enjoy!

  15. LilSis — April 12, 2010 @ 8:05 am

    I can’t wait to try these muffins! I love the lemon zest with the blueberries!

  16. Julie @ Pickley Pear — April 12, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    Your recipes always amaze me! Will try this one too!

  17. Tracy — April 12, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    Yum, how fun!

  18. Jen @ How To: Simplify — April 12, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    I absolutely love blueberry muffins. Cream Cheese makes just about anything taste better!

  19. Jenny Flake — April 12, 2010 @ 9:05 am

    Gorgeous muffins Maria :) They look so pretty!

  20. Bridgett — April 12, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    Enjoy the bake sale!
    The cream cheese in this muffin would make it so decadent. I love this version.

  21. Cookin' Canuck — April 12, 2010 @ 9:55 am

    What a fun filling for these muffins. I’ll bet Josh is grateful that you are an early riser – he gets the benefit of your early morning baking.

  22. sweetlife — April 12, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    these would be perfect with a great cup of coffee..yum


  23. Sarah — April 12, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    Sounds fabulous! I am participating in the bake sale – but won’t see you because… I am in Provo.

    • twopeas replied: — April 12th, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

      Sarah-we appreciate your support and help with the bake sale!

  24. Jessica @ How Sweet — April 12, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    I love a warm blueberry muffin with some organic butter. YUM!

  25. Katherine — April 12, 2010 @ 10:52 am

    These look wonderful! What a unique muffin!

  26. Courtney — April 12, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    Unbelievable! Love this idea of sneaking the cream cheese in. Yum.

  27. Cristie — April 12, 2010 @ 10:58 am

    Cream cheese, what a wonderful addition! They look beautiful with the sugar on top, you know your muffins.

  28. Sarah Caron — April 12, 2010 @ 10:59 am

    Sounds great! I love the idea of the surprise filling — especially since it’s cheesecake-y.

  29. Mary — April 12, 2010 @ 11:00 am

    The cheese is a wonderful addition to the muffins, Maria. These look great. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  30. Joanne — April 12, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    I would like to take a bite into one of those! I love the sound of cream cheese filling!

    I have tons of sleep issue as well. It stinks :(

  31. Julie — April 12, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    It stinks that you don’t sleep well, but at least you are productive! These looks delicious!

  32. Maggy — April 12, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

    YUM! These are making my mouth water. On the menu for this weekend.

  33. Katrina — April 12, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    Ooh, I mean, MMMM! That sounds really good to hide cream cheese inside! I never can sleep in anymore either, used to love it. (But I don’t quite get up as early as you. I’m more like 6:30.)

  34. snookydoodle — April 12, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    oh my!! these look awesome and so yummy!!

  35. Pam — April 12, 2010 @ 1:23 pm

    Oh boy – it looks like I have a new muffin to try. Bookmarked.

  36. stephchows — April 12, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    ooo I wish someone in my house got up at 5 to start baking for me :) lucky man!

  37. grace — April 12, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    sometimes i hate surprises–there’s nothing worse than being caught completely offguard when you’re at your most vulnerable. this kind of surprise, though, is always welcome–excellent creation, maria!

  38. Fuji Mama — April 12, 2010 @ 4:05 pm

    Drool! Those muffins are stunning!!!

  39. Crystal's Cozy Kitchen — April 12, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    Those look so delicious! I really shouldn’t be reading this as I am starving!

  40. susan from food blogga — April 12, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    Blueberries and lemon make the perfect pair. What a sweet way to start off the day.

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