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May 8, 2013

Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins


I haven't been doing a lot of baking or cooking lately. Just the bare minimum to keep us from falling over in hunger. And with our cupboard doors & drawer fronts covering every available surface, there isn't much room to get creative anyway.

But these muffins made me change my mind. I first saw them on The Recipe Critic, and I couldn't help but be drawn to words like "pockets of jam" and "cheesecake". Plus I had all of the ingredients in the house. At the same time. That's a miracle in itself.

Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins

I'm trying out this recipe as part of the spring Pinterest Challenge, created by Katie Bower (Bower Power) and Sherry Petersik (Young House Love), with help this time from Emily West (Sparkle Meets Pop) and Renee Starzl (RedBirdBlue).


The Pinterest Challenge is a get-off-your-butt-and-make-that-thing-you-pinned motivational party that's been going on for a couple of years now. For past challenges I've made a fold-up patio bar, photo bottles, yarn-wrapped eggs, a poop factory dog costume, and most recently I tried my hand at cerusing a nightstand.

This recipe truly is easy, though you will need several bowls to mix up the different parts. And it takes twice as long if you're constantly taking pictures - most of which you don't end up using. You do that too, right?

Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins


What you'll need:

For the muffin batter:

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 cup oil (I used sesame)
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups strawberries cut into small pieces

For the cream cheese filling:

4 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cinnamon streusel:

1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp butter


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or just grease the pan really well.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In another bowl, beat the milk, oil, vanilla extract, egg, and sugar. Add the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture slowly. Do not stir too much.

In a third bowl, beat the cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla together until smooth. Set aside.

Fourth bowl. Yes, fourth. To make the streusal topping, mix together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Using a fork, blend in the butter until it looks like coarse sand. Mine turned out a little creamier than I think it was supposed to be, possibly because I used margarine instead of butter so it softened quickly. No matter though, it will still taste good.

Now you're going to "build" the muffins. Scoop a tablespoon of the muffin batter into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Sprinkle a few pieces of strawberries, then add about 1/2 tablespoon of the cheesecake mixture. Sprinkle some of the cinnamon streusel topping on the cheesecake filling, followed by another layer of the muffin batter. Add a few pieces of strawberries on the top and finish with another sprinkle of the cinnamon mixture. You can be pretty heavy-handed with the berries if you want - I was and had plenty to make 18 muffins.

Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan or on a rack.

Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins

Look at all that berry goodness. These muffins are very moist in the middle and they have the perfect amount of sweetness. I made a few of them with a mix of strawberries and blackberries too. I think they're even better.

Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins

There are so many flavours going on - berries, cheese, vanilla cake, cinnamon. It's like the old Bits & Bites commercial - every handful bite is different. I'm afraid these didn't last very long in our house. Luckily (or not so luckily), I don't have any more cream cheese so I can't make another batch right away.


Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins


Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins

Now, head on over to each of the hosts' pages (go to the links at the top) and see what everyone else challenged themselves with this week. Or link up your own Pinterest Challenge project - we all need a challenge once in a while.


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I'm also linking up here this week!







25 comments:

Barb said...

Wow, that looks delicious! I'm going to have to pin this one.
Toodles,
Sara

Barb said...

Pinning this!! Strawberry muffins always taste, to me, like they need a little sumin-sumin.....cheesecake IS THE ANSWER!!
Stopping by from Bloggy Friends - have a great week!!

Barb said...

Did you say strawberries? Did you say cheesecake...???

HOLD that thought! I am coming over!!

LOVE that combo... yum yum!!

Happy Wednesday..… :)



hugs xx

Crystelle

Crystelle Boutique

Barb said...

Wow! These look amazing! Strawberry cheesecake anything is a win in my book. Pinning! ~Jenna

Barb said...

YUM! Sounds divine! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series - "Create It Thursday." It's live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-1.html

Barb said...

Get in my mouth now!! You're photos are awesome Barb as is this recipe! Thanks for sharing it at the party this week! I am featuring it on my Facebook page as well as pinning it to my You're Gonna Love It board on Pinterest :-)

Barb said...

Ooo, looks so good! Love srtawberries, cheesecake, and muffins...so all together they must be even better! Visiting from the Pinterest Power Party and pinning :-)

Barb said...

Yum. These look amazing! Pinning now!

Barb said...

YUM-MY! Thanks so much for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what you bring next party ;)
Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

Barb said...

They look delicious. I am a new follower. Saw your recipe on Weekend re-treat

Barb said...

These look amazing, Barb! Thank you for linking up to our Simply Create Link Party! I can't wait to try these out. :)

Barb said...

Looks amazing!

Thanks for sharing!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Barb said...

I would love one of those muffins!

Barb said...

Looks yummy... Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party - we're featuring this in tomorrow's party! Hope you'll come back and link up again - and grab a featured button too!

Happy Tuesday!
Danielle
SewMuchCrafting.com

Barb said...

These muffins look incredible Barb! Pinned!

Barb said...

Congratulations...this post is featured on Create It Thursday this week! Thanks for contributing such a fabulous idea! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-2-plus-features.html

Barb said...

These look amazing! I'm featuring them today! Thanks for sharing at our Pinteresting Link Party!

Barb said...

I must try these -- they look delish. Thank you so much for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME. XOXO

Barb said...

Ummm...YUM! Can you make me some?!

Barb said...

Ha! Sure!

Barb said...

Thanks, Liz!

Barb said...

Thank you!

Barb said...

Thanks, Kat!

Barb said...

This made me laugh so much! Thanks!

Barb said...

These muffins look incredible Barb! Pinned!