Cream Cheese & Cranberry Muffins

Cream Cheese & Cranberry Muffins

This is a mix of two of my favourite ingredients: cream cheese and cranberries. These muffins contain a lot of milk, so they're fluffy. How about having them for breakfast or as a snack.

Ingredients: 12 small muffins

Cream cheese
120 g
Dried cranberries
50-60 g
Plain white flour
150 g
50 g
50 g
180-190 ml
Baking powder
2 teaspoons
a pinch


1. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Warm the butter to room temperature to soften.
2. In a second bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar together.
3. Beat the egg and add to the second bowl with the butter and sugar. Mix well and don't worry if the mixture is lumpy.
4. Add the contents of the first bowl to the second with the milk and mix. I used 190 ml this time. Adjust the quantity of milk to the size of the egg. So at first, just add 150 ml then keep adding little by little until the batter is smooth like pancake mix.
5. Line the muffin pan with cupcake liners (or if you don't have any, lightly grease with butter) and add about 2 tablespoons of the batter into each cup. Add the cream cheese, about 10 g for each muffin. (If you're using blocks of Kiri Cream Cheese, then cut each one in half and add half a block to each muffin). Scatter cranberries on top.
6. Cover the muffins with 2 more tablespoons of batter. If you do it this way, the cheese will melt into the cake and you don't have to worry about burning the cranberries. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
7. Once baked, take out of the oven and leave for 5 minutes. Since they contain a lot of milk, the muffins will be quite soft so they will be easier to take out of the tray if you leave them for a while.
8. Chill in the refrigerator.
9. 10 minutes after removing them from the oven, I tried one and the cheese was nice and melted. Of course they're great just out of the oven but they're also delicious cooled. You could eat them warm the next day by either warming them in the oven at 50°C for 3-5 minutes or microwaving one at a time for 20-30 seconds.
10. The muffin pan I used was just 2 cm deep so I could make 12 muffins, but if you use a regular pan you'll only get 9.
11. These muffins are great if you use dried fruit such as blueberries, cherries or cranberries soaked in rum or brandy.
12. Here's a related recipe for Cream Cheese and Cranberry Bread (Recipe ID: 562421).

Story Behind this Recipe

I made cranberry and cream cheese bread the other day and had ingredients left over, so I decided to make these for my tea tomorrow. When I used a lot of milk, they came out better than I could have imagined.