Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Cream Cheese filled Chocolate Chip Muffins - this easy muffin recipe is filled with chocolate chips and a sweet cream cheese surprise inside!

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Ever since I had my muffin epiphany a few weeks ago I’ve been making muffins like mad. I want to make every single kind of muffin every day! I think muffins could make the world a better place, don’t you think? If politicians could just stop arguing and sit down and enjoy some chocolate for breakfast, I think they’d get more done.

Or maybe that’s just me?

Anyway, my next foray into the stuffing cream cheese into breakfast are these Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Chip Muffins. You guys – if you haven’t tried my muffin recipe yet, you must. 1. It’s so fluffy and perfect, 2. It’s filled with sweetened cream cheese, and 3. CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST.

Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Remember how Jordan is super picky? She won’t eat pasta, she won’t eat mashed potatoes, hates all vegetables, and won’t eat most meat. She’s also picky when it comes to desserts and breakfast foods: no coconut, no fruit, no lemon, and most certainly no whipped cream or cream cheese. Even though Taylor Swift’s favorite dessert is supposedly cheesecake, Jordan won’t even eat it. She’s a lost cause…or so I thought.

Recently, she discovered whipped cream. Now she begs for a whoosh every night…and most mornings too. And after lunch…and any time she opens the fridge. Then I made those blueberry muffins with cream cheese inside. I figured she’d hate them and refuse to eat them. I was wrong – she loved them so much I’d find her sneaking them from the freezer. She’d even shove the cupcake liner in her mouth and chew it when she was done.

(Side note: isn’t it weird the things kids do that us adults did when we were kids but most certainly did not teach them?)

Anyway, when I was trying to decide what special breakfast to make her for her birthday, I thought of those muffins. And then I thought about making them chocolate chip because, well, does that need an explanation?

Cream Cheese filled Chocolate Chip Muffins - this easy muffin recipe is filled with chocolate chips and a sweet cream cheese surprise inside!

How to Make Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Chip Muffins

These muffins are light and fluffy and full of sweetened cream cheese filling. The baking soda combined with the vinegar along with the sour cream (or greek yogurt) gives them a slight rise and lots of air inside. I reduced the sugar from my regular recipe because the chocolate would add so much sweetness and they were perfect.

Feel free to use mini chocolate chips or regular in this recipe. They also freeze and defrost well, either on the counter or in the microwave. The cream cheese filling is a nice surprise inside and makes a regular boring old chocolate chip muffin into something special. You won’t be able to stop at just eating one!

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Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Chip Muffins - this easy muffin recipe is filled with chocolate chips and a sweet cream cheese surprise inside! I love this muffin recipe - it's the best!
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 -18
Calories 303 kcal
Author Dorothy Kern

Ingredients

Muffins:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream or plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips any kind

Filling:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with paper baking cups. 
  2. Stir eggs with sugar and oil, beat until creamy. Add vanilla, vinegar, baking soda, and salt. Mix in sour cream (or greek yogurt) then stir in flour. (Batter may be slightly lumpy.) Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Make the cream cheese filling: stir (or use a hand mixer) together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  4. Fill muffin cups with about 2 tablespoons of muffin batter. Add about 1-2 teaspoons of cream cheese to the center of each muffin, then top with another 1 tablespoon of batter. 
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin. Cool 5 minutes in pan then remove to a rack to cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or freeze for up to one month.
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Nutrition Facts
Cream Cheese Filled Chocolate Chip Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 Muffin)
Calories 303 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 1357mg 57%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 20g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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26 comments

  1. I’ve always been a muffin liner eater, too. I mean, it’s what you gotta do. Those crumbs are GREAT.
    And putting cream cheese into the center of a chocolate chip muffin is nothing short of brilliant, not to mention the best birthday special breakfast ever. Lucky girl!
    Keep the muffin craze going, Dorothy. I’m loving it!

  2. I’m a self-proclaimed muffin fiend. Love these muffins with the surprise cream cheese filling. And YES to eating chocolate for breakfast!!!

  3. First of all I love the phrase “muffin epiphany”. It sounds like a really cool bakery, possibly where everyone wears muffin hats. 😉 These look scrumptious! Yay for chocolate and breakfast. And that yummy center looks crazy!

  4. Insert a row of unicorn emoticons here. I am pleased by this recipe. 🙂

  5. these look amazing! I am a little confused, though – in your directions (#2), you talk about mixing the topping ingredients – is there supposed to be a topping?

  6. What are you topping these with????? Confused…photo shows NO topping.

  7. I love that your muffin epiphany is going strong! On a whim I was making pancakes last week (I rarely make them but had a post-marathon carb attack and needed pancakes like they were my life…lol) but anyway, I was just winging it and not measuring anything and threw in a splash of vinegar and they turned out to be the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten! Vinegar…sounds like the thing to use for muffins or pancakes!

    And you have the patience of a saint stuffing each little muffin with cream cheese and keeping it all neat and tidy!

  8. Cream cheese in baked goods is just the best- pinning!

  9. What are the topping ingredients???

  10. These look incredible!  I’m going to make up a batch of these for my daughter this week!!

  11. muffins are seriously a perfect food. breakfast, lunch snack, pretty much any time, and I LOVE that cream cheese filling – protein right 🙂

  12. Oh, thanks Dorothy!  I didn’t really feel that they needed a topping, but I was reading the recipe and it said to mix the topping ingredients, and I didn’t see any, LOL!  I see now that you said you fixed the error.  Thanks so much for a truly scrumptious looking dessert!  I am making them tonight.  🙂

  13. I wish I had a couple of these to go with my coffee!

  14. I hear ya on the weird things our kids do that we never taught them.  It’s like it is encoded in them 🙂  Loving these muffins, cream cheese and chocolate were made for each other!

  15. I can’t think of a better way to start the day! 

  16. Oh how I wish I had these right now!  They look wonderful!

  17. These muffins look perfect for birthday breakfast! So soft and fluffy and I love chocolate chip with cream cheese stuffing! Jordan must have been so happy that you came up with a new version for her, hope she had an amazing birthday! 🙂

  18. These look like absolute perfection. And as we know, a muffin is really just a cupcake without the frosting. So I am totally in. Give me all 16, cause I ain’t sharing. 

  19. Chocolate for breakfast is always a good idea.  It’s my favourite kind of breakfast.  And I seriously can never get enough when it comes to muffins, I love them.  I make them constantly and no one here ever gets sick of them.  I’ve never filled them with cream cheese though so that is definitely on the list!

  20. These sound ridiculously sinful! And your Jordan sounds just like my Nicholas! Drives me nuts with the picky eating. These sound like THE perfect breakfast in my book. 😉

  21. Oh my goodness, I love cream cheese even more when used on a dessert. This looks fantastic, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  22. These recipes are making my mouth water !!!
    They look so good .
    This is like my favorite website EVER!🍰

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