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Surprise Muffins

These muffins are great for a snack, or even a special brunch. It has a little surprise inside each one, filled with some cream cheese and your favorite jam. I like using Apricot jam for a light delicate flavor that compliments the cream cheese well.
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of bran, I used oat bran
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil (I used 1/4)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 of a 8 oz package of cream cheese cut into 12 squares*
  • apricot jam (or Jam of your choice)
  1. Combine all the dry ingredients.
  2. In a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and stir gently til all flour is moisten but still a bit lumpy.
  4. Fill greased muffin tins til about 1/3 full.
  5. Add the cream cheese, and top with 1 teaspoon of jam (I did more).
  6. Top with remaining dough.
  7. Bake at a 375 oven for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Remember your oven temperature may differ slightly so you want the tops to be golden brown and spring back when gently pressed on top.
  9. I have never frozen these because they disappear rather quickly.
*I only had a half a package of cream cheese before I realized it and doubled the muffin recipe, so your chunks of cream cheese will look bigger. I found this amount of cream cheese to be just fine too.


  1. thank you so much for this recipe it sounds so good. I will definetly be making these!

  2. This recipe is just what I was looking for! Thanks!!!

  3. Love the idea of a surprise in the middle!

  4. I'm thinking I could go for one of those today. Your muffins look perfectly scrumptious.

  5. What a great idea! I've made surprise cupcakes before with chocolate chips or candies in the middle but haven't done it with muffins. Thanks for this yummy variation.

  6. Mmmm these look super yummy! I bet the cream cheese and the jam really puts these muffins over the top with deliciousness. Thanks for sharing. :)


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