I live in the land of Starbucks. I visit one often. I don’t think they are corporate scum like some people do. They provide me with yummy pumpkin latte’s and baked goods. So gladly throw me on the corporate sell out list. Plus I have several friends who work for Starbucks and are happily employed, so they can’t be that evil.
This time of year the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin comes out. If you don’t think about the calories it is a yummy treat. 😉 Though while others eat them, I find my self starring off into space thinking what other kinds of muffins could I do this with the cream cheese center concept. A carrot cake type muffin would go nice of course with a cream cheese filling, as would a spice muffin. But me being the lover of all things hot chocolate and our area having hot chocolate weather, I decided to focus on those flavors.
I originally was going to go with a Candy Cane Hot Chocolate but some people are refusing to do holiday stuff yet until American Thanksgiving and so I am putting that on hold. I personally make my own, or if I am going powdered, I am a Stephen’s Hot Chocolate girl.
These turned out pretty darn good. A little too good says the extra pound being carried around in my thighs. I think next time I might use a little more marshmallow cream. It didn’t have that much marshmallow flavor. But I didn’t really know what the marshmallow cream was going to do since this was a bit of an experiment. But since I know who it reacts in the oven, I might throw in more next time.
Don’t be confused by the pictures, these aren’t baked in cups. They are just regular muffins. I just happen to have a cup that the muffin fit perfectly into. Oh, and that cup is from Starbucks. 😉
Hot Chocolate Muffins with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Center
Hot Chocolate Muffin:
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 ounces hot chocolate (powdered)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup sour cream
4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
Marshmallow Cream Cheese Filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup marshmallow cream (fluff)
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375F.
Spray two muffin pans with baking spray, or butter and flour them. This only makes about 16, but you need two pans, since a standard one only holds 12.
Using a stand mixer, or a bowl with electric beaters, beat the eggs and sugar together on medium-high speed until eggs become pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and beat another 30 seconds.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, hot chocolate, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together sour cream, butter, and buttermilk.
Add half of the flour mixture to the egg/sugar mixture. Mix on low until just combined.
Add the sour cream/buttermilk mixture and mix on low until just combined.
Add the remaining flour mixture and again, mix until just combined. Don’t over mix.
Using a spoon or a piping bag, divide batter evenly, filling the cups ½ way up.
If using stand mixer, clean bowl. If using electric hand beaters, just get a new bowl. Beat the cream cheese and marshmallow cream together on medium-high for about 2 minutes. Until it is nice and smooth. Add sugar, egg, flour, and vanilla and beat an additional 2 minutes.
Spoon into piping bag (this will be the easiest). Place tip into the middle of the muffin and fill until you see the cream cheese on top. Repeat with all of the muffins.
Bake for 16-18 minutes. Insert a knife or wooden skewer to make sure they are done. Be sure to not insert the knife or skewer where the cream cheese is, that will give you a false reading of whether the muffin is done or not.
Cool. I love that you call them muffins instead of cupcakes. Bumps up the health factor. 😉
I just recently had that darn good pumpkin/cream cheese muffin from Starbucks for the first time. Pretty darn good.
The cocoa/mallow sounds de-lish!
Mmmhhh, very comforting indeed!
snooky doodle says
this is awesome! the centre must be really yummy:)
Alisa - Frugal Foodie says
Mmm, now a pumpkin latte muffin sounds good too!
You can add me to the sell out list. They provide me with wonderful hot tea just about anywhere I go.
Well hey, I LOVE the “muffin in the cup” idea, even if it’s not intentional 😉
and you added cream cheese to your marshmallow–girl you just kill me.
I am a huge lover of Starbucks. They know me by name over there and ask me to bring them my baked goods, but we have to keep that on the D/L. This time of year I live off my eggnog lattes.
Um…delicious?!?!? Great idea to use marshmallow fluff in the cream cheese filling. Experimenting is definitely a good thing 😉
At first I thought you baked them in mugs! I guess that could work too, right? You’d just have bigger muffins, not that I’d be complaining. It’s hard to pass up a good cup of Starbucks during the holiday season. Egg nog latte? Yes please!
I love Starbucks. Its just so dependable. No matter what state you are in there is one nearby and a Cinnamon Dolce in Atlanta tastes the same as one in Bloomington, IL. The only thing you have to watch out for is their sneaking that sugar free stuff into your cup.
And I am starting to have to read your blog when I have no access to sweets. Everything just looks and sounds so delicious.
oooh! these look so yummy!! I’ve been in a muffin mood and just made banana chocolate chunk muffins with a crumb topping the other day (of which I promptly gave most of away rather than eat the whole batch myself!!) These look very very good and I love hot chocolate so I think I will give them a go! MMMM! I can’t wait!
I love Starbucks and I don’t even drink coffee. I’m hooked on their Caramel Apple Spice. Next time I’m in I’ll have to try one of those muffins and I’m definitely going to have to try the ones you made above.
You’re killing me here! That sounds down right evil ( and I mean that in the nicest way).
The pumpkin cream cheese muffins are so addicting!
What a yummy looking treat!
oh.my.gosh!!! This has totally revived my cooking excitement again!
Now to go on a hunt for this marshmallow stuff… 🙂
These muffins look hard to resist! I am going to have to make them for my boys!
Wow! These sound unbelievable =D. Pumpkin muffins, and a marshmallow cream cheese filling? Sign me up!
Looks utterly scrumptious. I do love the pumpkin cream cheese at Starbucks, but these look amazing. I love the muffin in the cup. So creative.
Oh, yum yum yum yum YUM.
Love your muffin idea – but I am part of the Starbucks is evil clan 😛
Comforting to the core. this is soo much better that the liquid version LOL!
Hmmm… wondering how it looks like inside..
Gooey and yummy.
Oh yum! When I saw the first photo I thought it was melted butter on top. I love me some butter, but cream cheese filling is infinitely better!
Ohhh yum…. Looks quite delectable
Jill O'Connor says
Oh, the siren song of Marshmallow Fluff! You sing it so sweetly…
My daughter absolutely refuses to go into a Starbucks! Not me though. This muffin sounds like comfort food to me….does the cream cheese hold the marshmallow together or does it ooze out all over when you into it? What a dreamy dish!
Nutmeg Nanny says
What a delicious muffin! I love the marshmallow center…yum!
I could use one (or two) of these today. Cozy for a cold rainy day!
Seriously…that’s just not nice when I’m sittin here craving chocolate like a mad woman. Delish!
Ooh, yummy! Neat idea to mix the marshmallow and cream cheese–I’ll have to try that.
LOVE the cup. LOVE the muffin and I too am not afraid to drink from Starbucks! I love their Pumpkin Spice Latte myself!
Patricia Scarpin says
Pea, I saw one muffin recipe baked in cups in one of my old Donna Hay magazines, and thought you’d done it too! You fooled me. 🙂
These look and sound like my kind of baked good – surprise centers and stuff like that make me happy.. 😀
Julia M says
These look amazing and look ideal for Christmas morning! Wonderful idea! btw.. I love Starbucks too. The one I frequent has the nicest employees and am always greeted with smiles – great way to start the day.
Uuuu that sounds good, I’ll have to try that muffin when it will hit the stores, though I’m not sure that the european starbucks will have it, since we’re not celebrating thanks giving over here. Oh well then I’ll just have to bake me some from your great recipe. Thank you!
Julia @ Mélanger says
Ohhh, som eof my flavourite flavours, candy cane, marshmallow, chocolate. Delicious!
Mrs. L says
Hellooooo Muffin, come to mama! (said from the woman who also sells out and buys from Starbucks).
Nothing wrong with loving Starbucks:) The muffin fit perfect in the cup didn’t it? These sound delish.
I’ve loved Starbucks since I discovered them over 10 years ago. Love my mocha’s. Your muffin looks great. I recently have gotten their recipe for banana bread that was being given out at one of their stores. Love all their goodies, but they are fattening, that’s for sure!
Two words – freaking delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Gotta say, I’m not a Starbucks fan, but their baked goods are always very tempting… But really, this muffin here looks even better than any of their offerings!
Wow, this look so comforting…so creative 🙂
I had leftover cream cheese from a carrot cake and I opted to make a danish braid to get rid of it. Now I’m sad I didn’t wait and make these instead. They sure look good!!
Thank you for being merciful and holding off on Christmas goods until after Thanksgiving. I can barely keep up. I love how you got the inspiration for this muffin. We should all stare off into space more often.
Mmm! These just came out of the oven! I upped the fluff to about a cup and it still doesn’t taste particularly marshmallowy (though still delicious) I just had one question .. did you put sugar in the filling along with the fluff? I don’t see it in the ingredients but it’s in the directions. Just curious! Thanks for another amazing recipe! I just had one of these warm, guess I’ll have to have another one for breakfast when they’re cooled. 🙂
Yum! Sounds delicious – stuff the calories.
I love your blog and have baked quite a few of your delicious treats but I don’t know how often that will happen from now on… I just found out I have a laundry list of food allergies and must give up many of my favorite foods. I’ll just have to enjoy your wonderful photos and dream!
Just made these and they taste great! I used a whole container of marshmallow creme and the flavor is still not super intense, but still nice. Great recipe!
How creative – I love it!
Love it ….. Great photos…
Thank you for this recipe!! I made these this afternoon… OMG sooooo yummy!!!
I put the whole jar of marshmallow cream in LOL but the marshmallow flavor still didn’t shine through… does marshmallow extract/flavoring exist? Maybe I’ll try cutting back on the cream cheese next time… there most definitely will be a next time!!
Love the hot cocoa and marshmallow flavors idea for a muffin. Great directions for putting the cream cheese marshmallow mixture into the batter. I’ve used a similar filling and just plopped some on top of the batter half filling the muffin cup, then spooned some more batter on top. This way you can really tell it has filling….yummy!
Waw!!!! Your muffin looks absolutely georgous!! MMMMMMMMMMM,….all the way!
well HELLO! haven’t been by in a while….and miss you!
I agree w/Katrina – calling them muffins makes it soooo much easier justifying eating them for breakfast! 😉
I adore Starbucks. Unfortunately, living in MA means being surrounded by Dunkin’ Donuts. Ick. But it’s okay… there’s one in Target, thankfully.
These sound amazing. And they make me want hot chocolate now. 🙂
OMG, you’re killing me. love that combo!
I love Starbucks. Hmmm how about a Caramel Macchiato Cupcake?? If anyone can do it, you can.
Just made these without the filling since I didn’t have any of the ingredients. Also substituted the buttermilk with greek yogurt since that’s what I had. I also ended up with 18 muffins instead of 16 even without the filling.
The muffins are a bit plain without the filling but they came out really fluffy with a lightly crisp top. I’m thinking they’ll be nice with a bit of whipped cream on top.
Just made these and they came out great.
How do you recommend storing them?