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Cream Cheese Streusel Muffins

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Vanilla cream cheese swirled into muffin batter, sprinkled with a streusel that gets golden, crisp and crumbly in the oven. Have mercy.
Course Breads & Baked Goods
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese, muffins, streusel baking, vanilla
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 403
Author Laurie McNamara



  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar divided
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs divided
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 375° and place paper liners in a muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 3 cups of flour, 1 cup sugar, the baking powder and salt until combined.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the milk, applesauce and 1 egg. Whisk until combined.
  • In small bowl combine the softened cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, the remaining egg and vanilla. With a hand mixer, blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry along with half of the cream cheese mixture. Use a rubber spatula to blend the muffin batter until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Divide the batter among the paper liners. Top each with a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture. Use the spoon to slightly swirl the cream cheese into the batter.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the streusel ingredients. Pinch pieces together in your fingers and generously sprinkle over each muffin.
  • Slide the pan into your preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the pan halfway during the baking.
  • Once golden, remove and allow to cool.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 403kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 443IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 2mg