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Pomegranate Cream Cheese Surprise Muffins

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.


16 muffins

I baked these muffins for the kids I babysit, and they couldn't get enough. Their favorite part? The filling, of course! —Jodie Gharbi, Shreveport, Louisiana
Pomegranate Cream Cheese Surprise Muffins Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/4 cups pomegranate seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. For filling, mix first four ingredients until blended.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together first five muffin ingredients. In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk and melted butter. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Fold in pomegranate seeds.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups one-third full with batter. Drop filling by tablespoonfuls into center of each muffin; cover with remaining batter. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.
  4. Bake until top springs back when lightly touched, 18-22 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.
Health Tip: The sprinkle of coarse sugar on these muffins adds crunch and sweetness like a streusel topping, without adding a lot of calories.

Nutrition Facts

1 muffin: 211 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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