Apple Cream Cheese Muffins

AppleMuffinsIt is the season for birthdays in this house. Happy Birthday Mom! It was also my daughters big day yesterday, so slumber party will commence on Friday evening. This makes for a pretty busy  week and wouldn’t you know it I have been coughing through the whole thing. It is very tiresome. Cold season is upon us and my family has been hit with a vengeance! Here’s hoping we all get well quickly. Cough and all I still made muffins. I probably should lay off of sugar for a while but these comforting homey muffins were just too good to resist. So I made them, and ate them and all seemed well in my world at least for a wee bit.

Recipe from Betty Crocker

Makes 12 muffins

                            1 3/4   cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour    
                            3/4 cup brown sugar                      
                            1    teaspoon baking powder                                             
                            1/2  teaspoon ground cinnamon                                             
                            1/2  teaspoon salt                                             
                            2     eggs, beaten                                             
                            2/3  cup oil                                             
                            1/4  cup applesauce                                             
                            1      teaspoon vanilla                                             
                            1      large apple, peeled, shredded (about 1 cup)                                             
                            1/3  cup cream cheese (from 8-oz package)                                              

                Streusel

                            3  tablespoons packed brown sugar                                             
                            2  tablespoons Gold Medal® all-purpose flour                                             
                            1  tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
 
1. Place cream cheese in small mixing bowl. Measure out brown sugar, remove 1 Tbsp. and add to cream cheese. Place remaining brown sugar in large mixing bowl. To brown sugar add flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
2. Beat eggs in separate small mixing bowl. Remove 1 Tbsp. of egg to cream cheese bowl. To eggs add, oil, applesauce, and vanilla.
3. Beat into dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in grated apple.
4. Beat together cream cheese, brown, sugar and egg.
5. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Place a spoonful of muffin batter into each cup. Top with a heaping tsp. of cream cheese. Top with additional spoonful of muffin batter.
6. Mix together streusel ingredients and sprinkle on top of muffins.
7. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool.
8. Eat and enjoy!

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