Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins Recipe

Homegrown strawberries add so much flavor to these strawberry muffins! This strawberry muffin recipe is perfect for brunch or a snack, it’s easy, and the muffins are beautiful!

There is nothing better than fresh, homegrown strawberries. Combine them with cream cheese and all I can say is YUMMO! This recipe for Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins is simple and packed full of flavor.

There is nothing better than fresh, homegrown strawberries. Combine them with cream cheese and all I can say is YUMMO! This recipe for Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins is simple and packed full of flavor.

How to Make Strawberry Muffins with Cream Cheese 

  • The original recipe I found gave instructions for layering the muffin batter, cream cheese, strawberries and topping. I thought that was a lot of trouble so I simplified the process by folding the strawberries into the batter.
  • I also used a small scoop to drop in the cream cheese layer and it worked great. I just swirled the cream cheese and batter mixtures together with a knife. 
  • Make sure to dice the strawberries very small. 
  • Are frozen strawberries OK? It’s fine to use frozen strawberries to make these strawberry muffins. Defrost the berries, dice them into small pieces, and place them in a bowl. When you are measuring out the flour, take 2 teaspoons and add it to the bowl of berries. Toss them gently. Add the flour-covered strawberries to the batter as specified in the recipe card. (This way you are not adding any additional flour to the batter.)

There is nothing better than fresh, homegrown strawberries. Combine them with cream cheese and all I can say is YUMMO! This recipe for Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins is simple and packed full of flavor.

Tips for Using Muffin Tulip Wrappers

I love these tulip wrappers, and I think they make these strawberry cream cheese muffins look extra special. They are also very easy to open after the muffins have been baked. When they are first set into the muffin pan, they don’t sink all the way to the bottom like a normal wrapper. Once the batter is scooped in, they drop right down. Using a scoop for both the muffin batter and cream cheese makes filling the tulip wrappers super simple and quick. 

There is nothing better than fresh, homegrown strawberries. Combine them with cream cheese and all I can say is YUMMO! This recipe for Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins is simple and packed full of flavor.

One of the tricks for getting muffins or cupcakes to rise in the middle is to bake them at high heat for several minutes followed by more baking time at a lower heat. It’s important NOT to open the oven door during the bake time. Opening the door will affect how quickly the high temp adjusts down to the lower temp. 

There is nothing better than fresh, homegrown strawberries. Combine them with cream cheese and all I can say is YUMMO! This recipe for Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins is simple and packed full of flavor.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

There is nothing better than fresh, homegrown strawberries. Combine them with cream cheese and all I can say is YUMMO! This recipe for Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins is simple and packed full of flavor.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1.5 to 2 cups strawberries cleaned and diced
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • For the topping: combine first four ingredients with a fork. Set aside.
  • For the muffin batter: In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In a smaller bowl combine the egg, oil, milk and vanilla.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the egg mixture in the well. Stir just until mixed. Fold in strawberries.
  • For the cream cheese mixture: In the bowl of a standing mixer combine cream cheese and sugar until fluffy (2 minutes.)
  • Add the milk and vanilla until mixed well.
  • Using a large scoop, divide muffin batter into the twelve vessels filled with cupcake liners.
  • Using a small scoop, add the cream cheese mixture to the batter. Swirl with a knife to combine.
  • Top each muffin with streusel mixture.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 6 minutes. Lower oven temp. to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes more or until a knife inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Notes

Small scoop = 1 inch
Large scoop = 2 to 2.5 inches
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24 Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    5 stars
    Good recipe. I had fresh strawberries to use so I decided to try these strawberry muffins. They were yummy. A friend stopped by just after they came out of the oven so I gave her some to take home. She texted later saying they were scrumptious and I should keep the recipe.

  2. Do you store these in the refrigerator?

  3. Barbara Murray says:

    Hi Ann, the link for the Tulip Wrappers did not work, so I went in search of one that did. Here it is:

    https://amzn.to/3dPiWyz
    Can’t wait until we have fresh strawberries from our garden to try to recipe!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thank you! I just actually checked all the links in this post because I forgot to do it yesterday…so they are all current now. Enjoy!

  4. Just curious — if I don’t have tulip wrappers but use a “regular” liner, will the batter overflow? Your photo of the batter-filled cups looks as if the top of the batter is the same level as the pan, so the tulip liner would support it but a regular liner would overflow (using the 1″ and 2 – 2-1/2″ scoops) . ?? Thank you.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      If you are using a regular liner, it’s a safer bet to fill the cups just below the rim. Enjoy the muffins!

  5. I love everything strawberry! 🍓 I made these this morning and my husband loved them. I wasn’t sold and will change a few things I did next time. I used a professional deep muffin pan and not the tulip wrappers. That was my first mistake…I won’t make them again without the wrappers since the entire top grew out. I’ll also add less liquid to the cream cheese portion. It seems a bit too runny. Think I’ll try 1/2 the recipe in a small bundt pan using the layering method. I’m always looking for new breakfast treats to make on the weekend…thanks for indulging my strawberry addiction!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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  7. I made these muffins today and they are by far the best muffins I have ever had! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      You are so welcome! Thanks for taking the time to let me know!

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  9. Glenda Childers says:

    This muffin is so pretty and it sounds delicious.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    ps. Ann, I finally posted about the wedding. :)

  10. Miz Helen says:

    Your Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins look delicious! Thanks fo sharing and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  11. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    These look positively scrumptious! One thing I do make is muffins! So yummy! Thanks for you wonderful recipes!

  12. Grace @ sense and simplicity says:

    Those look fantastic. I bet the tart cream cheese tastes great with the strawberries. We don’t have local strawberries yet, but I’m looking forward to them and am enjoying California ones for now.

  13. I just finished picking 3 gallons of strawberries…to throw away. I’ve had a prolific crop and then the spotted fruit fly from Asia wiped out my entire garden. In one week I went from giving them away to anyone and everyone, to setting out apple cider vinegar traps and picking rotted berries. So disappointing. If anyone else has battled this tiny beast and won please post some help here!

  14. YUM!! You always have the best recipes Ann. Have a great weekend.

    Cynthia

  15. Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog says:

    Looks delicious, Ann.

  16. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    How can you go wrong with strawberries and cream cheese! You’ve got a winner on your hands! We’re still getting a few strawberries out of the garden, but I’ll have to admit that when I pick them, I eat them! But I really must try your recipe!

  17. Hi Ann,
    I think you’ve got a winner here, these muffins sound and look delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe.
    Hugs, Ciny

  18. Lisa at Texas Decor says:

    I love strawberries. I think I’ll make these this weekend. My son has been on a chocolate chip muffin kick lately, and I’d like to convert him to something a little more healthy. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Strawberries are my favorite fruit. Oatmeal with a cup of diced strawberries and smoothies with frozen bananas and fresh strawberries and Greek yogurt. Summertime!
    I enjoy muffins and have been keeping your recipes for a summer brunch in the planning.

  20. These look soooooo good. I am pinning them right now!

  21. Perfect, the strawberries are being picked daily here. I normally just eat them straight from the garden, but think I will give one of your recipes a try:)