9/1/11

Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins

I can't go very many days without baking muffins. I love muffins, and I have tried many recipes. If someone told me I could only have one muffin recipe, this very well could be the one I would choose. There is nothing else that quite measures up to a batter flavored with cream cheese. I think these muffins would also be great made with fresh blueberries or any dried fruit.






 
Cream Cheese Cranberry Muffins
1 cup butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Drizzle
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons 2% milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Fold in cranberries and pecans.
Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pans to a wire rack. Makes 20 muffins.
For glaze, combine confectioners' sugar and milk; drizzle over warm muffins.










The glaze is pretty and adds an extra bit of sweetness.



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6 comments:

  1. They look amazing! I'm a muffin fanatic - seriously, if it's in muffin form, chances are I'll eat it. Blueberry is my favorite, and I can only imagine what the cream cheese would add to the batter...yum! Glad I found you today at Sugar Bananas! :)

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  2. This sound so good! I love cranberry anything, so I'll give these a try. It's even better with the cream cheese & a glaze, too!!! YUM!!

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  3. Look amazing Anita, love them!! gloria

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  4. Anita-- YUM!!!! I'm sold on these. Will be trying them very soon!

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  5. Finally got to make these. DEEE-LICIOUS! They are so good, I'm eating one for dinner. Along with 1/2 the batter, which is almost as good as the finished muffin :-) Love them!

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  6. Just pinned this recipe and can't wait to try them. Sound delicious!

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