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Apple butter muffin split in half and smeared with apple butter.

Cream Cheese Apple Butter Muffins

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  • Author: Pate Giltner
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Category: Muffin
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These apple butter muffins are swirled with a cinnamon cream cheese topping and are filled with spiced apple butter! 


Units Scale


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup apple butter

Cream cheese topping:

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Then mix in the vanilla.
  2. Next, mix in the apple butter.
  3. Followed by the flour, salt, and baking powder. Sit the bowl aside.
  4. Add the batter to a prepared lined muffin tin, filling 3/4 of the way up. 
  5. Make the cream cheese mixture by beating the cream cheese, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and egg yoke together until smooth. 
  6. Add about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese to the tops of the muffins and use a toothpick to swirl the mixture into the muffin batter. 
  7. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then lower to 375 and bake for 15 -20 minutes more.


  • Don't over-mix the batter; the key to the perfect muffin texture is just mixed batter. 
  • A toothpick is the best method to swirl the cream cheese; a knife works, but it's harder to swirl in a muffin tin.