Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins (50% Whole Wheat)
Can you think of a better way to start your day than with a decadent chocolate muffin with ribbons of cream cheese running through it? These chocolate cream cheese muffins make for happy, happy mornings!
I have friends (lots of them!) writing cookbooks and it’s just the coolest thing ever. The amount of work that goes into a cookbook is insane (or so I’ve heard!) and I’m incredibly honored to be surrounded by so many motivated, hard-working, entrepreneurial women. It’s truly inspiring to see so many women
chasing living their dreams.
My dear friend Jocelyn is no exception. Jocelyn wrote a cookbook while simultaneously running her blog (Inside BruCrew Life), taking care of her children, and moving across the country. Amongst many other things, I’m absolutely sure. Jocelyn is one of the best people I’ve ever met and I’m so happy for her and her beautiful work of art, Cheesecake Love.
It’s an amazing cookbook full of CHEESECAKE. Basically, what dreams are made of. The book is divided into 8 sections:
- Full-Size Cheesecakes
- Cheesecake Cupcakes
- Cheesecake Bars and Bites
- No-Bake Cheesecakes
- Cheesecake Brownies
- Cheesecake Pies
- Breakfast Cheesecakes
- Out-of-the-Box Cheesecake Desserts
What section would you start in? I flipped through the book and landed on these chocolate cream cheese muffins, but here are some other recipes that are on my list:
- Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Cake Roll
- Mini Orange Cream Cheesecake Pies
- Apple Crumb Cheesecake Pie
- No-Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecake Tarts
- Turtle Cheesecake Cookie Bars
- Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake
Okay, I have a very hard time not including every single recipe on that list, but you get the idea. So much good stuff in this book – it should be your go-to resource for all things cheesecake!
I did make a couple very small changes to Jocelyn’s recipe. In the text of the recipe, you’ll see her original recipe and in the Notes section, the small changes I make.
I substitute 1 cup of whole wheat flour to make these muffins 50% whole wheat. Our family is very accustomed to eating 100% whole wheat baked goods and with the 50/50 combination, the muffins have great texture and better nutrition.
I also use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, because I always have Greek yogurt on hand. While Greek yogurt is lower in fat than sour cream, either would work fine in this recipe. I use whatever I happen to have in the house. Other good substitutes are buttermilk, regular milk, or even applesauce.
Tip: Sift your cocoa powder through a fine mesh strainer or sifter to get a lump-free texture!
In regards to the nutritional information on this recipe – it’s calculated with my substitutions, including using reduced-fat cream cheese and 2% milk. Remember that my nutrition information is always just a guideline and you are responsible for calculating it exactly if you desire or need to. It can vary wildly based on what type of ingredients you buy, and even the brand that you buy!
Buy Jocelyn’s book here to get this recipe for chocolate cream cheese muffins and MORE!
More muffin recipes and breakfast cheesecake:
- Breakfast Cheesecake – Cinnamon Swirl
- Triple Chocolate Banana Muffins
- Morning Glory Muffins
- Gingerbread Muffins with White Chocolate Chips
- Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling
- Blueberry Pancake Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling
- Pumpkin Bran Muffins
- Banana Oatmeal Muffins from Well Plated – my kids love these!
For the Muffins
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup sour cream - see note
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspooon salt
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour - see note
- 2/3 cup milk - see note
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
For the Cheesecake
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature - see note
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
For the topping
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a 12-well cupcake pan with paper liners. Line eight wells of a second cupcake pan with liners.
- For the Muffins: Beat the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add the egg, vanilla, and sour cream and beat until smooth.
- Stir together the cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and flour in a bowl. Slowly add the dry mixture and the milk to the butter mixture, alternating between the two.
- Stir in the mini chocolate chips by hand. Set the batter aside.
- For the Cheesecake: Beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add the granulated sugar and beat until smooth.
- Add the egg and beat until fully incorporated. Do not overbeat the batter.
- Place one spoonful of the muffin batter in the bottom of each cupcake liner. Spoon the cheesecake filling evenly over the top of the batter in the liners. Top each liner with the rest of the muffin batter.
- For the Topping: Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with the mini chocolate chips.
- Bake the muffins for 16 to 18 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently remove them from the pan and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
I replace the sour cream with plain Greek yogurt (nonfat) - it's what I had in the fridge. Both will work!
I use 50% whole wheat flour (1 cup) instead of 100% all-purpose.
I use 2% milk and reduced-fat cream cheese.
Nutrition information reflects all my substitutions.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 175Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 165mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g
RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.
Husband’s take: Ben loved these muffins and the kids were O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with them. These are definitely closer to a cupcake than a muffin, so they were on cloud nine.
Changes I would make: None are necessary!
Difficulty: There are two components to these muffins, so there are slightly more time consuming than a typical muffin. It’s worth it, but it takes a little extra time. Put some good music on and enjoy some baking therapy!