Melt-in-your-mouth Mixed Berry Cream Cheese Muffins are bursting with your favorite juicy berries and swirled with a lightly sweet cream cheese filling.
With Independence Day right around the corner, I’m in the mood to infuse my attire, my decor, and my menu with some good ol’ red, white, and blue. And when it comes to culinary endeavors, what easier way to channel those vibrant hues than with some fresh, juicy berries?
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a scrumptious Chicken Berry Pasta Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette and some pretty darn cute (if I do say so myself) Patriotic Stuffed Strawberries, both of which would be perfect for any 4th of July shindig. So call me unoriginal, but today I’m replicating the red and blue berry theme with these yummy Mixed Berry Muffins!
I studded my muffins with triple berry power using raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, but feel free to include your favorites (or whatever type of berries you have on hand). I also decided to make these muffins covertly wholesome by baking them up with whole wheat pastry flour instead of all-purpose white flour. Both work great, so again, it’s up to you what you prefer. However, my rockin’ regular readers already know that I’m a big fan of whole wheat pastry flour when it comes to baking, because it’s light in flavor and texture (akin to white flour) despite being 100% whole wheat. Can’t beat that now, can ya? 😉
So we’ve got the red and we’ve got the blue, but you may be wondering…where does the white come in? Never fear, my friends, because these muffins have it covered with a surprise swirl of cream cheese filling! That’s right…when you bite into one of these baked beauties, not only will your taste buds be greeted by luscious bursts of berry, but they’ll also encounter a lightly sweet, delicately decadent filling of cream cheese deliciousness. Yep, it’s the W in the RW&B…but it also takes these muffins up a notch or twelve.
Have I mentioned how easy these muffins are to throw together? I basically just jazzed up my favorite Classic Blueberry Muffin recipe. It’s such a simple, delicious recipe to begin with, and I make it year-round using fresh or frozen blueberries. Similarly, these Mixed Berry Cream Cheese Muffins are loaded with juicy berries of your choice, but the cheesecake-like center is a fun, tasty surprise. And while you could certainly top these muffins with your favorite streusel or crumb topping, I decided to keep things simple with a sprinkling of crunchy sparkling sugar. You can’t beat easy, pretty, and sweet!
Red, white, and blue? I think I love you. And I love these Mixed Berry Cream Cheese Muffins without a doubt!
This recipe was originally shared as a guest post at Simple As That.
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