Cheesecake-Stuffed Blueberry Muffin

Bran muffins beware -- beneath the sugary tops of these dump-and-stir blueberry muffins is a creamy cheesecake surprise that makes them the only muffin you'll crave. Eat them for breakfast or dessert and add a little lemon zest to the batter if you like yours with some citrus zing.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 12 muffins
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Ingredients

Cheesecake Filling:

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/4 cup sour cream

3 tablespoons granulated sugar 

Batter:

Nonstick cooking spray

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (see Cook's Note)

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

3/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup coarse sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. For the cheesecake filling: Whisk together the cream cheese, sour cream and granulated sugar in a small bowl until well combined. Transfer to a medium plastic resealable bag and refrigerate until ready to use. 
  3. For the batter: Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners and coat with nonstick spray. 
  4. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk together the milk, oil, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture until well combined and smooth. Gently fold in the blueberries. 
  5. Fill each muffin cup about three-quarters of the way with batter. Snip the tip off the plastic bag. Insert the tip into the center of each cup and pipe some of the cream cheese mixture into the batter. Sprinkle the top of each cup with 1 teaspoon coarse sugar. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the side the muffins come out clean (not the cream cheese center), 14 to 16 minutes. Cool the muffins in the pan on a rack. Serve at room temperature. 

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)

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