Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins

Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins

These delectable Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins are my way of waving farewell to Summer. With August Bank Holiday in the UK pretty much marking the end of the Summer Holidays it’s time to gear ourselves up for new school year, sort out uniforms and think what’s there still to be done before the first school run in September.  I don’t know about you but I couldn’t do it without indulging in a little comforting chocolate treat and shedding a tear or two for what’s been a fantastic Summer!

Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins

All good things must come to an end as they say although there is still one full care-free week for my eldest and almost three weeks for my youngest who doesn’t start school until mid September. Trying to keep them occupied in between the times when I’ve been leaving them to be “bored” so that I can actually get something done has proven somewhat challenging but I’ve managed on occasion. These muffins were brought to existence one afternoon last week when my kids were “encouraged” 😉 to re-discover some of their once favourite toys they have since forgotten about.

Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins

One thing I really love about muffins is that they are  super quick to make and you don’t need any fancy equipment either – couple of bowls, a whisk and some spatulas and spoons will do. Oh and a sieve…

I thought that adding a swirl of cream cheese mixture to lovely and rich yet fluffy and light muffins will work really well and I was definitely right. The cream cheese layer is fairly thin as it spreads out during baking providing this lovely cheesecakey flavour dimension against the chocolatey richness, I absolutely adore these.

As I’ve used cocoa powder and some dark chocolate chips these muffins are quite rich and almost savoury in flavour but you could uses milk or even white chocolate chips to sweeten things up a bit if you wanted to.

Give them a go, so little effort and such a huge reward plus they will make those last days of Summer Holidays that bit more delicious!

For some more muffin recipes check out these Strawberry Muffins with White Chocolate Drizzle or these gorgeous Pumpkin & Cinnamon Muffins with Plum Jam. If you’ve got more of a savoury rather than sweet tooth then these Cheesy Carrot and Courgette Muffins & my Breakfast Muffin Frittatas might be more up your street. Both easy and delicious!

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5 from 8 votes
Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins
Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Chocolate rich yet light in texture these muffins are super delectable & extremely tempting. Perfect chocolate treat anytime!

Course: Dessert, Muffins, Snack, Treat
Cuisine: International
Keyword: cheesecake, chocolate, chocolate chips, chocolate muffins, cream cheese
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 279 kcal
Author: Jo Allison
  • 250 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 30 g (1/4 cup) cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g (3/4 cup) soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup plain, full fat yogurt)
  • 100 ml (3.4 fl-oz) rapeseed/sunflower/olive oil
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) dark or milk chocolate chips
Cream Cheese Mixture
  • 200 g (little under 1 cup) full fat cream cheese
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 75 g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract optional
  1. Put yogurt, eggs and oil in a large bowl and give them a good whisk. Add brown sugar and whisk until nice and smooth (the mixture will be the colour of caramel). Set aside.

  2. In another bowl weigh out all your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa and baking powder). Sift these directly onto the wet ingredients and mix in gently only until all the dry ingredients are fully incorporated (do not overmix). Add chocolate chips and fold them in gently.

  3. Prepare cream cheese mixture by whisking cream cheese with egg, sugar and vanilla until nice and smooth. 

  4. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Fill 12 muffin cases half way up with chocolate muffin batter. Follow with cream cheese mixture (divide it evenly in between 12 muffin cases - approx. 2 heaped tsp per muffin). Follow with a small dollop of remaining chocolate batter mixture on top of cheese mixture. You can bake these as they are or using a toothpick swirl cheese and chocolate mixture around a bit. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the skewer inserted in the centre of the muffins comes out clean. Remove to the cooling rack to cool completely and enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Calories are approximate and per muffin
  • Feel free to replace dark chocolate chips with milk or even white chocolate ones for sweeter, less savoury flavour

Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins

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Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie

Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Corina at Searching for Spice

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Recipe of the Week hosted by Emily at A Mummy Too

Last one ever We Should Cocoa hosted by Choclette at Tin & Thyme

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Baking Crumbs hosted this month by me 😉

Chocolate rich yet light in texture these Double Chocolate Cream Cheese Muffins are super delectable & extremely tempting. Perfect chocolate treat anytime! #chocolatemuffins #chocolate #creamcheese
August 27, 2018
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  • Reply Jenny walters

    Oh Jo these look incredible!I have never tried them but I am so going to!!Love them. Hope you have had a lovely summer hols xx

    August 28, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jenny! 🙂 What I most like about them is that savoury chocolatey vibe with a bit of cream cheese to round things up nicely! lol Hope you’ve had a great Summer too! 🙂 xx

      August 30, 2018 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Balvinder

    This looks and sounds so delicious! Double the chocolate, double the fun!

    August 28, 2018 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      That’s what I say lol Just chocolate, simply doesn’t cut it ;)!

      August 30, 2018 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply Monika Dabrowski

    These look super gorgeous, great idea to put these flavours into muffins!

    August 29, 2018 at 8:52 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Monika! 🙂 I was going for this rich chocolate, almost savoury flavour and it worked a treat! 🙂 Hope you had a lovely break!

      August 30, 2018 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Choclette

    Oh those muffins look delectable Jo. I remember making similar black bottomed cupcakes earlier on in my blogging career and thinking wow, I must make these again – but have I? Thanks for playing along with #WeShouldCocoa over the years and for joining in this one last time.

    BTW, it’s meant to be good for kids to be bored (or at least think they’re bored). Apparently they need that downtime to process what’s going on and to gather creative energy. Or that’s what I’ve heard anyway!

    August 31, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Choclette! I know what you mean there are so many delicious recipes out there to try that there is hardly any time for remaking ones we’ve already tried! lol Absolutely agree with “boredom” being good for kids, mine always end up getting themselves busy on their own, only sometimes it takes a moment or two 🙂

      September 6, 2018 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook

    These look so divine, Jo!! I wish you could send me some. 😀 Pinned! x

    September 2, 2018 at 8:34 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jhuls 🙂 Wouldn’t it be lovely if only we could exchange goodies electronically and they would materialise wherever we wanted them too! Bliss! 🙂 x

      September 6, 2018 at 11:56 am
  • Reply Moonsparkle (ZM)

    These look and sound really nice! I’m pinning them to make later. 🙂

    September 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you so much Zania! Hope you like them! 🙂 x

      September 6, 2018 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply frugal hausfrau

    Oh yes, please! These look delish! I love that you included both types of measurements for us, Jo!


    September 3, 2018 at 8:09 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thank you Mollie! 🙂 I’m so happy you’ve noticed that I’ve included both type of measurements. x I hope this proves useful as it doesn’t get any more frustrating than liking the recipe but having to work out the measurements you use on your own. 🙂

      September 6, 2018 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Corina Blum

    These look gorgeous Jo! I’d love to make a batch as an after-school treat for my kids. My little girl is going back today and both children are starting swimming lessons after school on Thursdays so I am definitely going to need tasty treats to keep to keep them going! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

    September 6, 2018 at 5:56 am
  • Reply Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    This was our first week of school as well here in Wisconsin, USA. I have to admit: I breathed a very deep sigh of relief [shame face]. I will be making a batch of these gorgeous chocolate cream cheese muffins PRONTO because I’m not sure that my life can go on very much longer unless I get one of these beauties in my face IMMEDIATELY.

    September 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm
  • Reply Jason

    Wow these look and sound amazing! Never tried cream cheese in a recipe like this. Does the cream cheese make them very moist?

    Thanks for sharing

    September 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Jason! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 Cream cheese gives these muffins perhaps not added moisture but almost salty, cheesecake like flavour dimension which works really well with chocolate. These are really moist anyway.

      September 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Kat (The Baking Explorer)

    I need these in my life!

    September 21, 2018 at 8:35 am
  • Reply Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    I love what you’ve done with the chocolate muffins Jo, they sounds incredibly fab with the addition of the creamcheese swirled into the chocolate batter Mmmmmm mmmm yum! Thankyou so much for linking up with #BakingCrumbs 😉 xx

    September 24, 2018 at 10:58 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Thanks Angela! We do love chocolate and cream cheese swirl combo. These are moreish beyond belief lol 🙂 x

      September 28, 2018 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Little Cooking Tips

    Fantastic work Jo! Especially the last photo with the tea on the table is amazing (that’s the one we pinned!) 🙂
    Really looking fwd to trying these out, we’ll use half olive oil/half sunflower oil, we think that the combo makes the muffins moist-ier and not as heavy as they would be if we only used olive oil (which is domestic and therefore strong in flavor here in Greece).
    Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!
    Greetings from Athens,
    Mirella and Panos

    September 24, 2018 at 11:08 am
    • Reply joskitchenlarder

      Hello Mirella and Panos 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and your kind comment, it’s really appreciated! 🙂
      I usually use rapeseed oil or lighter olive oil (not extra virgin) for the same reason you’ve mentioned. Hope you guys enjoy making and eating these if you decide to give them a go! 🙂

      September 28, 2018 at 8:38 am

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