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moist and delicious carrot cake muffins with cream cheese filling
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Carrot Cream Cheese Muffins

Moist, easy and delicious these carrot muffins are stuffed with cream cheese filling!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake muffins, carrot muffins, cream cheese filled muffins, recipe for carrot muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12


For Muffins:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil (or vegetable)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 lb grated carrots (1 1/2 to 2 cups)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt


For muffins:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugar and oil. Add in eggs and vanilla extract and whisk to combine. Stir in carrots. Add in salt, flour, baking soda and cinnamon and stir to combine.

For cream cheese filling:

  • In a large bowl with a hand held mixer (or bowl of your electric mixer) beat together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt until fluffy.
  • Spoon 2 tbsp of carrot cake batter in each paper liner. Top with a tablespoon of cream cheese filling. Then top with remaining muffin batter until each cup is 3/4 of the way full.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake part of the muffins (slightly off center) comes out clean. Let cool completely before enjoying.



OPTIONAL: These have a Mild spice flavor and are perfect for kids! If you like more spice in your muffins add 2 tsp total cinnamon and 1 tsp nutmeg! That will give you a good kick of spice flavor.
Cream Cheese Filling: This makes a lot of filling! I like to fill up my muffins with the cream cheese filling and then my kids help clean up any leftover, but you can also easily cut the cream cheese in half to have no waste. 
Freezer: These carrot cake muffins can be frozen! Place muffins on a baking sheet and freeze for an hour. Then place in a large freezer zip lock bag and freeze for up to 3 months!
Recipe From: Everydaydishes