A homemade baking mix gets jazzed up with two forms of chocolate and a cheesecake like topping. Delicious and easy to pull together!
As you may know, we’re in the midst of a Pantry Challenge over here. While I’ve not completely sworn off grocery shopping this month, I am “shopping my closet” as it were before buying something more. I love the Pantry Challenge because it really encourages me to be creative with what I already have. These muffins are a great example.
I had a bag of homemade muffin mix in the freezer just begging to be used. And I’d been wanting to choco-fy it for some time. So, in went cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Then, to gild the lily — and use up one of many cream cheese packages in my fridge — I added a cheesecake topping.
We tested these muffins twice this week. I say “we” because my kids all had opinions about it. Yesterday’s cheesecake topping was better than today’s. But, today’s chocolate mixture was better than yesterday’s. So, I’m giving you the best of both worlds.
This recipe is an awesome way to jazz up a homemade baking mix.
Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins
Cream Cheese Topping
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese softened; neufchatel cheese can also be used
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup neutral oil
- 2 egg
- 1 batch Mix and Match Muffin Mix
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375°. Line a 12-cup muffin cups with muffin papers.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the neufchatel cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the milk, oil, sour cream, and eggs. Whisk until well blended.
- In a bowl, whisk together the muffin mix and cocoa powder. Add this to the liquid ingredients. Add the chocolate chips. Fold just until combined.
- Divide the batter among the muffin cups. It's okay if the cups overflow. Divide the cream cheese mixture among the cups.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
- Cool the baked muffins on a wire rack.