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Decadent Muffins: Raspberry Cheesecake

Because they sort of count as breakfast and also kind of count as dessert, raspberry cheesecake muffins are the perfect snack to enjoy at any time. And once you have a bite, you'll probably be nibbling on them throughout the day, anyway!

If you don't have raspberries on hand or would prefer another fruit, that's fine too you can use this muffin base as a foundational recipe and substitute other fruits that'd complement the cheesecake flavors nicely. Blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries are all solid alternatives. And if you don't have buttermilk on hand, try one of our favorite kitchen tricks: Put a tablespoon of lemon juice into a measuring cup, and then fill the rest to the one-cup mark with milk. Let it set for five minutes, and voila homemade buttermilk!

This recipe makes about two dozen muffins, so there will be plenty to share.

Decadent Muffins: Raspberry Cheesecake

Raspberry Cheesecake Muffins

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen; can also substitute other berries)
  • Zest of one lemon
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Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix the cream cheese and butter together in a large bowl, then beat with a mixer on high speed until well-blended.
  3. Add the sugar to the mixing bowl and beat until fluffy; then, add the vanilla, egg whites, and egg and beat well.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then, gradually add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the cream cheese mixture while beating on low speed. Make sure to start and end with the flour mixture.
  5. Gently fold the raspberries and lemon zest into the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Place 24 cup liners in muffin cups, then spoon the batter evenly into the liners. Bake them for about 25 minutes, and test them with a toothpick in the center to make sure it comes out clean. (If not, let them bake for a few more minutes.)
  7. Remove the muffins from the pans and let them sit on a cooling rack for several minutes before serving.

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light

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