Cream Cheese Muffins

filed under: Dessert · Muffins on January 3, 2020

Cream Cheese Muffins are nothing short of perfection. With a cream cheese swirl and a crumb topping, I can almost guarantee that you will be hooked after one bite. The muffins are so moist, to begin with, adding the cream cheese in the center just brings them to a higher level. If you love these muffins, you have to try my Cream Cheese Pound Cake!

Cream Cheese Muffins

Why couldn’t the teddy bear finish his muffin? Because he was stuffed😀. Well, I’m stuffed because I ate so many of these muffins. I don’t think any human will have trouble finishing one of these Cream Cheese Muffins if not more than one! They are really THAT GOOD!

Basket of Cream Cheese Muffins

Cream Cheese Muffins Recipe

There are three parts to this recipe–the cream cheese swirl, the muffins, and the crumb topping.

Cream Cheese Swirl Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Cream cheese

Muffins Ingredients

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • EggsOut of eggs? No problem. Try one of my Egg Substitutes for this recipe!
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cake flour–If you don’t have cake flour, don’t give up on the recipe! For every cup of cake flour, take your measuring cup and put 2 tablespoons of corn starch on the bottom, filling the rest with all-purpose flour. For this recipe, it calls for 1 1/2 cups of cake flour. So, my suggestion is to take a 1 cup and a 1/2 cup measuring cup. Put 2 tablespoons of corn starch in the 1 cup and fill the rest of the space up with all-purpose flour. Put 1 tablespoon of corn starch in the 1/2 cup, filling the remaining space with all-purpose flour. That will be your ‘cake flour’ for this recipe.
  • Buttermilk

Crumb Topping Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Adding Cream Cheese to Muffin Batter and Swirling

How to Make Cream Cheese Muffins

It’s all about swirling the cream cheese mixture into these moist and delicious muffins! You will swirl in the beaten cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar mixture before baking the muffins. To make the cream cheese swirl, simply mix the confectioners’ sugar with the room temperature cream cheese. Set that aside until you are ready to add it to the muffin batter.

To make the muffin batter, it’s a matter of gradually incorporating and mixing the ingredients.

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and line your muffin tin with muffin liners.
  2. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  3. Next, gradually add the sugar.
  4. Then, add eggs one at a time, beating them well after each one has been added.
  5. Add the vanilla.
  6. Mix in all the flour at once and mix it until it is combined.
  7. Pour in the buttermilk and mix on low until incorporated.
  8. Finally, remove the bowl and use a spatula to get every last bit of batter incorporated.

Don’t forget about the crumb topping. I tried one without the crumb topping and thought it was the best thing ever. Then, I add the crumb topping and thought that was even better! So, it’s really your choice…but, to make the topping, simply use your hands to mix together the cold butter, flour, and confectioners’ sugar. Make sure the butter is no larger than the size of a pea.

One Cream Cheese Muffin

How to Bake the Cream Cheese Muffins

Using half the muffin batter, fill each muffin liner halfway. Then, pour in the cream cheese swirl, trying to evenly distribute the mixture into each muffin cup. Top each muffin off with the rest of the batter. Mix each together with a toothpick. Then, sprinkle the crumb topping over each muffin. Bake for 23-26 minutes, and if you want more sweetness (and I do) add some confectioners’ sugar after the muffins have cooled. This recipe will make 12-16 muffins, depending on how full you fill each muffin.

How long will Cream Cheese Muffins last?

Well, that is an easy question to answer for me–a couple of hours, if that! But, I know what you mean. If you leave them out, a cream cheese muffin will last only 1 or 2 days. If you refrigerate the muffins, they will last 2-3 days, but freezing them keeps them good for up to 4 months.

Inside of Cream Cheese Muffin

Looking for More Cream Cheese Treats?

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4.88 from 8 votes
Cream Cheese Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
26 mins

With swirls of cream cheese and a moist crumb, these Cream Cheese Muffins will be your new go-to muffin recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cream Cheese Muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 451 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 package (4-ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (142g or 1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (301g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (192g) cake flour
  • 1/8 cup (30g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Set aside while you prepare the muffin batter.

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a muffin pan with muffin liners.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth, about 3 minutes.

  3. Add sugar gradually and beat until lighter and fluffier.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition.
  5. Add in the vanilla.
  6. Add the flour all at once and mix until just combined.
  7. Add in buttermilk with mixer on low and mix until just incorporated.
  8. Remove bowl from stand mixer and scrape with a rubber spatula to get every last bit of ingredient incorporated.

  1. Using a food processor, fork, or your hands (I prefer clean hands), combine the cold butter, flour, and confectioners' sugar in a bowl. Make sure the butter is broken down and no larger than a pea when you are done.

  1. Pour half the batter into the muffin tin, filling each cup only halfway.

  2. Add cream cheese swirl to each muffin cup, followed by using the rest of the muffin batter to fill each cup.

  3. Using a toothpick, swirl the batter and the cream cheese of each muffin together.

  4. Top with the crumb topping and bake for 23-26 minutes.

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  • Sherry Slack Small says:

    Love your recipez

  • Teresa says:

    I love all your recipes! Thank you for sharing

  • Ida says:

    These muffins are so good and especially when we added strawberry’s to ours

  • Stephany says:

    What do you substitute for eggs

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Stephany! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Here are some egg substitutes you could try. Have a great day!

  • Martha says:

    is there any soda or powder to go in these?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Martha! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. The written recipe is correct; there is no baking soda or baking powder in the recipe. Have a great day!

  • Denise says:

    these looks delicious! But I can only buy the spreadable cream cheese here where I live, does that make a difference in this recipe? I have noticed it does in some others?

  • Sandy says:


  • Eileen Verdegan says:

    What can I substitute for cake flour?

  • Janie Bell says:

    Should I fill the cup to the top or only 3/4 before baking?

  • Bonnie says:

    Thèse muffins are mildly sweet and extremely tender. Very rich taste that will be gréât any time of day. Really a spécial recipe. They absolutely melt in your mouth. Enjoyed them so much.

  • Alivette says:

    They look delicious! My boyfriend is gluten intolerant, can I use almond flour?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Alivette! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tested this recipe using almond flour, but you could try it. Let us know how the muffins turn out. Have a great day!

  • Aimee says:

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  • Rubi says:

    I lov your Recipes too much
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  • Nata Etherton says:

    Hi. I enjoy Amanda’s recipes, but ran into an issue in making her Cream Cheese Muffins. After baking, I felt they were rather heavy. I looked back to the recipe and found that there was no leavening, such as baking soda or baking powder. I know that eggs can act as a leaven, and I added them one at a time and beat well after incorporating. But it did not lighten the batter. If the recipe doesn’t call for leavening is that correct? And can you explain why it the muffins don’t use a leavening agent?