Cream Cheese Filled Cupcakes

Do you remember bringing birthday treats to school? It’s one of the highlights of your birthday when you’re a kid.

Most kids brought in store bought treats or chocolate chip cookies. Me? Thanks to Mom’s baking skills, and my requests, I brought in cream cheese filled cupcakes. It’s a basic chocolate cupcake but with a hidden cream cheese and chocolate chip center.

In fact, I decided to surprise my preschoolers with a batch of these cupcakes as a special treat – just because I love them. They quickly devoured them, found the surprises and asked for seconds. It was worth the extra time cleaning chocolately faces and cupcake crumbs from the table.

These cupcakes are worth it.

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Ingredients:

Any flavor cake mix for your cupcakes (plus those ingredients)
1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, mix your cake mix, according to the package directions. I prefer chocolate, although any flavor can work.

In a mixer, beat the cream cheese, egg and sugar. Add in vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips.

Fill your muffin tins half full with the cupcake batter. If you’re using a Pampered Chef cookie scoop, use the medium scoop to fill the tin half full.

Now, drop the cream cheese mixture by spoonfuls into the middle of your cupcake batter. It will sink as you bake. If you would add a bit more batter for a fuller cupcake, you can. Just add a spoonful (or 1/3 of a scoop) to cover the cream cheese mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. If you are using a dark pan, don’t forget to lower your temperature to 325 degrees.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and the tins. Allow to cool completely before frosting. Frost with your favorite icing or perhaps my homemade chocolate frosting.

Now, enjoy surprising everyone with this twist on a basic cupcake!

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