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!
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.
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.
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!
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Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Muffins
- 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.
Have you tried this recipe?
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Made this just a few minutes ago and they’re baking now in the oven.
Found that the cream cheese filling just wasnt enough to stretch out for 12 muffins so I had to make more of it.
Cant post how they taste just yet…but they sure smell great.
These are my new favorite blueberry muffin recipe. Absolutely scrumptious – thanks for sharing! A friend recommended this recipe after I shared your orange almond scone recipe, which is also delicious! Thank you for a beautiful blog.
I just made these and they were SO amazing! They were a lot of fun to make and everyone loves them! I’m absolutely making these again!
I am making these today! Can they be stored at room temperature? Thank you.
We store them on the counter, but they don’t last long. If you are going to keep them for more than a day, I would put them in the fridge. Let them come to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!
Just had to tell you I made these over the weekend and they were fantastic.
These muffins sound delicious! Do they freeze well with the cream cheese inside?
Would it hurt the recipe if I omitted the lemon?
I made these delicious muffins this morning. My husband does not like fruity muffins but ate two! I loved the lemon/cream cheese addition. Thanks for another great recipe.
You are welcome!
My daughter’s favorite muffin! I have a jumbo muffin pan i haven’t used yet. What do u think about doubling the recipe for that? Any idea how long to bake?
That should be fine. I would set the timer for 3 additional minutes and check them…it might need longer, but better safe than sorry:)
I think the first reason for such a low review is that it makes 9 muffins. Most muffin tins are in some multiple of 6 so it’s just annoying that it makes 9. The recipe is not clear on exactly how full you should fill each muffin cup. And the batter is so thick and so small, that it is easy to over mix while trying to incorporate all of the liquid.
I have made this delicious recipe several times, and friends just rave about them! The original one I saw on here, listed servings as 9. I just remember that odd number, and that is exactly how many it will make. Enjoy!
My boys love these. Take a bit of time to prepare but well worth it. I squeeze a little more lemon juice in the batter. Give it a try. This is my go to recipe.
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These were perfect in every way! We loved them.
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