Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cake Muffins

Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe l
Since trying to get more spring in our home, it has been below freezing and snowing everyday. . . You can bet that we've been eating a lot of those brown butter white chocolate M&M cookies! I've also been baking a lot to warm the house up! One of the recent baking days included these carrot cake muffins.
Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe l
Carrot cake is a favorite around here. We both would choose it over just about any other cake. So, to be able to eat it in muffin form for breakfast is perfect! Stuff them with a sweet cream cheese filling and these muffins disappear in a hurry!
Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe l
All of the traditional spices of carrot cake are found in these muffins. However, there is significantly less oil and sugar than is typically used in carrot cake. In fact, these muffins contain mostly yogurt instead of oil and about half of the sugar. So, since they are healthy, they not only make a good breakfast, but a good any time of day snack!
4.8 from 4 reviews
Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cake Muffins
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Serves: 18
For the Muffins
  • 2¼ C all-purpose flour
  • ½ C sugar
  • ¼ C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ C non-fat milk
  • ¼ C plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 C grated carrots
For the Filling
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg ⅓ of the fat cream cheese
  • ¼ C sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line muffin tin with cupcake liners or lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, yogurt, and oil until well-combined, Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until just combined.
  4. Fold in grated carrots with a spatula.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  6. Spoon one heaping tablespoon batter into each muffin cup. Place one heaping teaspoon cream cheese mixture on top of batter. Cover with one more heaping tablespoon of batter. Repeat until batter and cream cheese mixture are gone.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until tops just start to turn golden brown.
  8. Transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.

This recipe is adapted from King Arthur Flour and is linked with Weekend PotluckWhat’s Cookin’ Wednesday, What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday.

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  1. I love the hidden surprise of cream cheese in the center! And the fact that these are healthier than traditional carrot cake. We usually make carrot cake for Easter, but I might start a new tradition and make these instead. :)

  2. This filling is a great idea! I have been craving carrot cake lately. I think a muffin would satisfy that craving, especially with cream cheese inside!

  3. LOVE carrot cake in muffin form – I made some a few weeks ago and it’s (sort of) helping to solve the carrot cake cravings. So cool how you stuffed these though! I feel like all muffins should be stuffed with something 😉 YUM.

  4. I live and breathe for carrot cake! Oh my goodness, these sound amazing!

  5. I’ll have a dozen for breakfast, thankyouverymuch. :)

  6. YUM. These are the perfect Easter breakfast :)

  7. They look amazing!

  8. Carrot cake is all I can think about lately! These are awesome with the hidden cream cheese pocket!!!

  9. Mmmmm, I love carrot cake too!! I make it almost exclusively around this time of year so I need to get on it. Maybe I’ll start with muffins because these look wonderful!

  10. Oooh, love this! So much easier than making a whole cake!

  11. Love this! It’s like an inside out carrot cake!

  12. Hello, addictive little muffins. What a great idea to tuck the filling inside!

  13. ohh carrot cake is a favorite around here too, I love that you’ve made it healthy (and still kept a little cream cheese goodness) I hope you get some spring weather soon!

  14. These look so delicious!! Seriously – how decadent and yummy. The cream cheese filling sounds ridiculous!

  15. I loooove carrot cake, so these muffins look like pure perfection to me. YUM!

  16. Winter hasn`t been too bad where I am, but I use the excuse of warming up the apartment to bake. Haha. I love that you added the cream cheese filling in these muffins. Definitely a nice treat for breakfast!

  17. Love the fact the filling is on the inside! These look great :)

  18. This looks like the perfect spring time muffin :)

  19. What the what?? It’s like an inside out Carrot Cake Cupcake! Brilliant!

  20. This is the second carrot cake recipe I have seen today. I am SO craving it now!

  21. It’s official, I need these! What wonderful muffins for Easter!

  22. I am counting the days until spring too! I am glad we dont have snow though! I hope yours melts off soon :) These muffins look amazing! Carrot cake is a favorite in our house too :)

  23. THIS is literally like my perfect dessert.

  24. Carrot cake makes me think of spring! I love it in muffin form…especially with the cream cheese filling!

  25. I love these! They must make your house smell awesome when they’re cooking

  26. These look amazing. I love carrot cake. Your liners are adorable, too… love those polka dots.

    I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  27. I love carrot cake… but these cream cheese filled muffins look outstanding. What a fun surprise when you bite into it. :)

  28. Hey Jessica, these sound so yummy! I would love for you to share them at my link party :
    It goes from 9pm Fridays until Midnight on Mondays (Mountain Standard Time.) I hope to see you there!
    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  29. I love cream cheese with carrot cake and I’ve made a version of these before and my kids ate them up so quick…I think I only had two! Time to make them again I think!

  30. OH.MY.GRACIOUS! Carrot cake is my most favorite cake and cream cheese is my most favorite ingredient. These look fabulous. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Pinning!!

  31. Wow! So delicious muffins and lovely cream cheese filling!

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