Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins Recipe

Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins Recipe

How To Make Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins

Soft and moist, these spiced zucchini muffins hide the veggie undertone with cream cheese filling and coarse sugar topping for delightful baked treats.

Preparation: 33 minutes
Cooking: 22 minutes
Total: 55 minutes



For Zucchini Batter:

  • cupsall-purpose flour,spoon and leveled
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • ½tspsalt
  • 2tspground cinnamon
  • ¼tspground nutmeg
  • ½cupcanola oil,or vegetable oil
  • ¼cupbrown sugar,packed light or dark
  • ½cupgranulated sugar
  • 1large egg,at room temperature
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • cupszucchini,(1 medium zucchini), no need to blot dry
  • sugar,coarse for topping, optional

For Cheesecake Filling:

  • 5ozblock cream cheese,softened to room temperature
  • 1egg yolk,at room temperature
  • ½tsppure vanilla extract
  • 3tbspgranulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners.

Zucchini Batter:

  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a large bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, and vanilla extract together. Whisk in the zucchini.

  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk or stir until just combined. Avoid over-mixing.

Cream Cheese Filling:

  1. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy. Beat in the egg yolk, vanilla extract, and sugar until combined.

  2. Spoon 1 heaping tablespoon of zucchini muffin batter into the muffin cups. Layer with 1 tablespoon of cream cheese filling, then another heaping tablespoon of muffin batter– or however much batter is needed to fill the cups all the way to the top.

  3. Sprinkle muffins with coarse sugar, if desired.

  4. Bake for 5 minutes in the preheated oven, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce heat to 350 degrees F and continue baking for another 15 to 17 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes in the pan before serving.

  5. Serve and enjoy.


  • Calories: 301.77kcal
  • Fat: 16.85g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.88g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8.48g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.52g
  • Carbohydrates: 34.41g
  • Fiber: 0.95g
  • Sugar: 19.27g
  • Protein: 3.84g
  • Cholesterol: 48.80mg
  • Sodium: 199.91mg
  • Calcium: 66.16mg
  • Potassium: 96.96mg
  • Iron: 1.24mg
  • Vitamin A: 66.64µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.80mg
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