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Peaches ‘n Cream Muffins

Peaches ‘n Cream Muffins

Today is the first day of school for the kids in our neighborhood. I am a little jealous. I kind of miss the back to school butterflies. I wish I could go back to school sometimes, well, at least for a week:) I miss picking out new school clothes, buying school supplies, decorating my locker, and catching up with friends. In honor of the first day of school, I made peaches n’ cream muffins. These muffins are a great breakfast treat for such an important day.

I grew up in a small town in Illinois, actually it isn’t even a town, it is a village. On main street, there is one small cafe, a dentist office, post office, library, and that’s about it. There is not even a stop light. My graduating class had about 60 students. Everyone knows everyone.

We lived in the country, about seven miles from “town.” We looked forward to going back to school so we could see our friends. We felt isolated during the summer since we lived so far from town.  Sure, we invited friends over and went to our friends houses’ to play, but not as often as we would have liked. I got pretty tired of hanging out with my brother and sister all summer long. So back to school time was always exciting.

Because we lived in the country, we had to ride the bus to school. We stood by our mailbox every morning, waiting for the big yellow bus to come around the corner. My brother, sister, and I would usually play games, talk, kick rocks, or pet the neighbor’s horses to kill the time. Once we got on the bus, we had about a thirty minute ride until we got to school. The bus had to pick up all of the other country kids before heading into town.

At the beginning of the school year, we had assigned seats, which I hated. But by the end of the year, we could sit wherever we wanted. On the way home from school, we always tried to sit in the very back. The country roads were not paved and the back of the bus was extra bumpy. It felt like we were riding a roller coaster all the way home. We loved hitting the big pot holes. It felt like our heads were going to touch the ceiling of the bus because we were bouncing so high.

I will never forget riding the bus to school. We had some good times on the magic school bus! When my brother turned sixteen, we rode to school with him, but sometimes I would take the bus home, for old times sake.

Start the school year off right by making a batch of peaches n’ cream muffins. The muffins are light and have a special cinnamon cream cheese filling. The fresh peaches add bursts of juicy, fruity deliciousness. The cinnamon sugar dusts the muffin tops with the perfect amount of sweetness. The peach muffins smell incredible while baking too. If your kids are having a hard time waking up in the morning,  just pop these muffins in the oven. They will hurry down to the breakfast table in no time and I guarantee they will leave with smiles on their faces:)

We hope these peaches n’ cream muffins make the first day of school a special one. Enjoy and hurry up-you don’t want to miss the bus:)

Peaches 'N Cream Muffins

Yield: 6 large muffins

Cook Time: 17-20 minutes


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh peaches, peeled and chopped

Cream cheese filling:

6 tablespoons cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Cinnamon and sugar-for sprinkling on muffins before baking


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease well. Set aside.

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

3. In a separate medium bowl or in a large glass measuring cup, mix canola oil, egg, milk, and vanilla together. Use a fork or whisk and combine well.

5. Incorporate the wet ingredients into flour mixture. Add slowly and gently stir, you don't want to over mix. The batter will be thick. Carefully fold in the peaches.

6. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and cinnamon. Mix until creamy and smooth. Fill each muffin cup half way with batter. Next, add a small spoonful of cream cheese filling to each muffin cup. Cover the cream cheese filling with the remaining batter. Sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon and sugar.

7. Bake muffins for 17-20 minutes, or until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the pan and let cool on a cooling rack.

If you like these peaches n’ cream muffins, you might also like:

Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod
Plum Coffee Cake Muffins from Two Peas and Their Pod
Ginger Peach Muffins from White On Rice Couple
Blackberry Peach Crumb Topped Muffins from Picky Cook

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80 Responses to “Peaches ‘n Cream Muffins”

  1. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — August 23, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    These look so good – i love how you can see the big chunks of peach inside! My husband prefers fruit things like cobblers and pies, while I prefer cakes and cookies – maybe this will be a nice compromise! hehe

  2. indie.tea — August 23, 2010 @ 4:17 am

    Even the name of those muffins is perfect. What a lovely treat…and a great way to celebrate starting a new school year :)

  3. Jamie M. — August 23, 2010 @ 4:28 am

    those look so yummy!! I will definitely be making them this week. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Erica — August 23, 2010 @ 4:52 am

    These are just perfect. Mom’s out there will be loving them. They’re also a great way to use up peaches, which get soft way too fast!! I loved learning a bit about your childhood too.

  5. Maggy@ThreeManyCooks — August 23, 2010 @ 5:01 am

    These look so delicious! Love peaches and cream. Wish I had one of these for breakfast :)

  6. Michelle — August 23, 2010 @ 5:11 am

    WOW…do those fresh peaches look good! Nothing better then a fresh, juicy peach.

  7. Heather (heather's dish) — August 23, 2010 @ 5:53 am

    i have that “peaches n cream” song stuck in my head along with pictures of these muffins…how weird is that?!

    • twopeas replied: — August 23rd, 2010 @ 7:45 am

      I don’t think I know the peaches n’ cream song:)

  8. Jessica @ How Sweet — August 23, 2010 @ 6:02 am

    I LOVE peach muffins!

  9. Courtney — August 23, 2010 @ 6:02 am

    So excited for all these peach recipes I’m finding! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Kristine — August 23, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    Just found out that you can make any muffin batter into waffles! How exciting is that? I made peaches & cream waffles last week, and they were amazing!

  11. Michele — August 23, 2010 @ 6:39 am

    Thanks for sharing your story, it was so sweet. I couldn’t wait to get this recipe after seeing them on FB. They look so yummy. I”ll be getting some fresh peaches soon and will be making these.

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 23, 2010 @ 6:55 am

    These are my kinda muffins! YUM! I loved your story. Since I was a teacher for so long, I really have always hated the first day of school. Just reminds me of the chaos and stress and worry that I experienced every Aug/Sept! Glad my son is headed back on Wed though- Mommy needs a break!

  13. alison — August 23, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    These sound wonderful. I love peach in muffins and a good recipe is hard to find!

  14. Bonnie — August 23, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    I can almost smell these baking. I have a bag of peaches from the Red Barn sitting on my counter just now ripening. I might have to sacrifice a few for this recipe.

  15. kat — August 23, 2010 @ 7:09 am

    I’ve had such a hard time getting a good peach flavor in my baked goods, maybe I’ll have to try your recipe.

  16. Barbara Bakes — August 23, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    I haven’t had a good Utah peach yet this year. I bet these do smell amazing when they’re baking.

  17. Jenny Flake — August 23, 2010 @ 7:26 am

    What beautiful muffins Maria! Love your recipe and pics :)

  18. DessertForTwo — August 23, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    What a sweet story about your childhood! I really enjoyed it!

    And these muffins are perfect for the peaches sitting on my counter-thanks! :)

  19. Pam — August 23, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    Oh how I wish I had one of these for breakfast today!

  20. Jen @ How To: Simplify — August 23, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    These muffins look absolutely delicious!

  21. food librarian — August 23, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    Maria, love this post and story. I too miss back to school time. I went through all the Sunday ads just dreaming about all the folders, pens and pencils. :) Great looking muffins too! – mary

  22. Angie — August 23, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    These look so good!
    I love peaches!

  23. Lori — August 23, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    Now I wish I still had some peaches left! I may need to pick some more up just to make these. They sounds so great! I haven’t been by in a while and I’m catching up. I LOVE the new look!

  24. Oh my goodness, your childhood sounds like mine!!! I graduated in a class of 42, and my school was surrounded by wheat fields. My friend and I loved it when we got the seat in the back of the bus. We either rode on grated dirt roads or roads full of potholes, and we loved it!. At one point, we flew so high in the air that we managed to switch places before coming down.

  25. Small Town Runner Karen — August 23, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    Oh my goodness. These look sooooo good!

  26. Kathie — August 23, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    These look super yummy, can I use nectarines instead of peaches?
    And, I am living in a small town in Illinois right now :o)

    • twopeas replied: — August 24th, 2010 @ 6:53 am

      Yes, you can use nectarines. Enjoy!

  27. Pearl Lee — August 23, 2010 @ 12:16 pm

    those look divine!

  28. I am always looking for new ideas for breakfast for my children and husband. These look perfect! Merci!

  29. Eliana — August 23, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    These are some amazin lookin muffins!

  30. Megan — August 23, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

    I liked hearing your bus memories. I can picture you at the bus stop petting the horses and kicking rocks.
    The muffins look perfect for the first day of school. Unfortunitly for my daughter, she had cereal. LOL

  31. Sarah — August 23, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

    I miss going back to school for the school supplies. Those muffins look great.

  32. Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — August 23, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    I have never had peach muffins; these sound amazing! And anything with cream cheese in it always wins me over :)

  33. grace — August 23, 2010 @ 4:39 pm

    filled with cinnamon-laced cream cheese AND topped with cinnamon sugar? heaven!

  34. Jennifer — August 23, 2010 @ 5:56 pm

    I love anything made with fresh peaches and these muffins are great!

  35. Shannon — August 23, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    ooh, i was totally thinking about making something like these :) they look great!!

  36. Mags — August 23, 2010 @ 6:20 pm

    I always envied you school bus riders. I had to walk to school. Uphill. backwards. In my WRANGLER jeans. Yeah, I know…. pitiful…LOL

    Your muffins look delicious and I’m a muffin whore, so I should know.

  37. Joanne — August 23, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

    Oh back-to-school memories. It’s not quite so exciting when you’re going back to what is supposedly the hardest year of medical school. Oh well! I will make these so that I can start my morning off right.

    • twopeas replied: — August 24th, 2010 @ 6:52 am

      Good luck with school! I know you will do great!

  38. Sharlene — August 23, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    These look so good. I wish my mom had made them when I was growing up! Sitting in the back of the school bus was always the “cool” thing to do. Oh to be a kid again!

  39. Tracy — August 24, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    I miss shopping for school supplies too! 😉 Love these muffins!

  40. Cristie — August 24, 2010 @ 8:09 am

    The beginning of school is a great day of the year, for both the kids and the mothers. At least that was my experience! Summer is great, but some how you’re ready to get back into a regular schedule after 3 months of playing. Your peach muffins do look delicious!

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