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Red velvet and cream cheese come together to form the perfect breakfast for red velvet lovers.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins on Taste and Tell

Do you know how most people have that “moment” after Thanksgiving and Christmas, where they have eaten so many sweets and treats that they are just ready to start that New Year’s diet? Well, that moment doesn’t happen for me at the end of the year. Or at the beginning of the year. That moment happens for me after red velvet week.

Yep – it’s that time again. Time for Taste and Tell’s 3rd annual Red Velvet Week.

I have been busy baking and eating and staining my fingers red. And let me tell you – going on year 3, and with the popularity of red velvet, it sure is hard to come up with new ideas. I have been actually thinking about it since the end of Red Velvet Week last year. Some of this year’s ideas have been tested and re-tested. And I had a couple that still need more tweaking. (So maybe they’ll be ready for next year??) But I sure do hope you will all love the 5 recipes that I am bringing to you this year. It sure has been fun, and thank goodness I still love red velvet just as much as when I began!

I thought I’d start the week off with breakfast, because if I’ve learned anything, it’s that red velvet is not just for dessert. I’ve done pancakes. I’ve done waffles. I’ve done crepes.

And this year – I’m doing muffins.

I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing muffins before. Especially considering how much I love muffins. But I have the good ol’ Target to thank for this one. I was shopping a little while back, and while walking through the bakery section, I noticed red velvet muffins. And then I had one of those “duh” moments.

I didn’t try their muffins, and I decided to change it up a little bit. Theirs had white chocolate chips in them, but I knew that I had to somehow incorporate cream cheese. I didn’t want to do an icing – that’s too cupcake-y. And that’s when the idea of doing cream cheese muffins popped into my head.

These muffins worked out just how I wanted them to. They definitely have a muffin texture (vs. a cupcake texture). They aren’t too sweet, but are perfect for a breakfast splurge. We enjoyed snacking on them for breakfast for several days. (Which is probably one reason I’m ready to make best friends with Jillian Michaels again!!)

I can’t wait to share all of the red velvet treats with you this week – so make sure to come back for more!!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins recipe

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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins
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Red velvet and cream cheese come together to form the perfect breakfast for red velvet lovers.
Serves: 24 muffins
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, cut into cubes
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line 24 muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 1 cup of the sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, mix together the buttermilk, cocoa, food coloring, oil and eggs. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix just until moistened.
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese and remaining ½ cup of sugar. Fold into the muffin batter, being careful to not overmix. Fill the muffin tins about ⅔ full with the batter.
  4. In another small bowl, mix together the flour and sugar. Cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the muffins.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 17-20 minutes.

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32 Responses to Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins {Red Velvet Week}

  1. Rosa says:

    Divine looking muffins!



  2. Cant believe it’s already that time of year again…time flies!

    Great job on these from-scratch muffins!

  3. I love this idea of making red velvet muffins! Makes you feel a tad healthier… Yours look fabulous! 🙂

  4. Okay, I’m moving to your house for the week! Red velvet week sounds like the best week of all!

  5. Abby says:

    Those muffins are so pretty! Love this series.

    (Also, I just typed “albums” instead of muffins. Wha?”

  6. Red velvet is by far my favorite. I can’t wait to see all the red velvet recipes this week. You definitely are starting with a bang! These muffins look amazing!

  7. Yay, red velvet week! I’ve been looking forward to it!!

  8. YAY, it has begun!! These look incredible. I wish a batch of them would appear on my counter 🙂

  9. I love red velvet week! these look amazing!

  10. Karly says:

    Hooray for red velvet week! 🙂 These look fabulous!

  11. teresa says:

    nice! i love these, they’re beautiful and i want one in my belly 🙂

  12. Kristen says:

    Oh these are so pretty! What a beautiful thing to wake up to.

  13. Pretty muffins, I love your streusel topping!

  14. Kristy says:

    Oooh these look fabulous! Can’t wait to see the rest of red velvet week!

  15. carrian says:

    These look amazing! I love your red velvet weeks!

  16. Ashton says:

    These look UNREAL! I can’t even tell you how much I love cream cheese muffins!!! But with red velvet??? omg….

  17. Joanne says:

    Yay! This is my favorite week of the year. Seriously. I so want to wake up to these tomorrow!

  18. sounds like a perfect breakfast to me!

  19. Emily says:

    LOVE red velvet! Can’t wait to see what you bring us this week!

  20. Oh my – red velvet for breakfast? You are my hero, Deborah.

  21. I’d love to have a couple of these for breakfast!

  22. What a beautiful muffin…looking forward to this week!

  23. Genius! Totally pinning this to make soon!

  24. Dezi A says:

    The recipe calls for 1 cup of vegetable oil but I can’t see that anywhere in the directions… And that seems like a TON of oil…

  25. I love muffins, these look amazing! I can’t believe you have come up with so many red velvet ideas, and they are all so good!

  26. Kelly says:

    I made your Red Velvet Cupcakes this weekend for my husband’s birthday. Unfortunately, I think something is terribly wrong with your recipe. The first problem that I encountered is that the oil isn’t listed in the actual steps, so when I added wet to dry ingredients, I knew something was missing. Then, I added 1 cup of oil (even though I knew that couldn’t be right) and they never fully baked. I think the oil was WAY too much. They were disgusting; had to throw them out. I was SO disappointed–not only did I not have muffins that I promised the birthday boy, but the time & money was wasted. The topping didn’t turn out, either. Bummer. 🙁

    • Deborah says:

      @Kelly, I’m so sorry they didn’t work out for you. And I’m sorry the recipe has the oil omitted in the instructions – I’m fixing that. These were delicious when I made them, so maybe I will try them again tomorrow to double check the recipe, but I really liked them.

  27. Ella Greene says:

    Could we clarify the oil?

    • Deborah says:

      @Ella – the amount of oil is correct. The recipe does make 2 dozen muffins, so maybe that’s why it seems like a lot. You could probably cut back on the oil but I don’t know how moist they would be or if they would turn out dry.

  28. melanie says:

    I used a a cup of buttermilk and jumbo eggs vs large…I hope I did not ruin these…:(

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