Pear and Cream Cheese Muffins

It’s  a good thing my children never get tired of muffins. I love to have muffins on hand all the time. They are my favorite option for a quick, grab-and-go breakfast. They make a perfect snack. Sometimes, they even double as dessert in a pinch. Muffins freeze beautifully and there is no end to the different varieties.

Obviously I could sing the praises of muffins all day long. But I’m sure that’s not what you came here for. I’m sure you’d rather I just get on with the recipe for these delicious, moist, flavorful and hearty Pear and Cream Cheese muffins. Fine, I guess I can accommodate. I’ll save the “Ode to the Muffin” for another day.

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Pear & Cream Cheese Muffins

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. nutmeg
  • 1 large, ripe pear, peeled and diced

1. In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, butter or margarine, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Stir into the liquid mixture just until combined, being careful not to over mix. Fold in the pears.

3. Spoon into greased or lined muffin tins and bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown and fully cooked.

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Note – My muffins pictured above were topped with a simple streusel that added a nice crunch. To make the streusel, combine 1/3 c. flour, 1/3 c. brown sugar and 1 t. cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine until crumbly. Sprinkle over muffins before baking and bake as directed.

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8 thoughts on “Pear and Cream Cheese Muffins

  1. Great sounding muffins. I’ve been cooking a long time and have never seen pear muffins. I love pears, they are perfummy and soft and filled with sweet nectar! So I am so happy to have this recipe. Thanks!
    Yvonne

  2. When I saw this recipe yesterday I knew I had to try it! We’re heading out of town on Sunday for over a week and I had 8 pears sitting on the counter waiting to be used. We made these this afternoon, with the streusel, and they were DELICIOUS!

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