Baked Apple Cheesecake Muffins
2 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, chopped small
1/4 c. sugar
1/8 c. water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cornstarch
----> In a saucepan, combine apples, sugar, water and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat until apples begin to soften and water starts to evaporate. Whisk in cornstarch until combined, cook for another minute and remove from heat. Allow to cool while preparing the batter.
1 stick butter or butter flavored shortening
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
----> Blend together
1/4 c. milk
1 pkg. cheesecake flavored instant pudding
----> Blend into butter mixture
2 1/4 c. flour (if you live in a elevation under 5,000 ft you might want to cut that down to just 2 cups)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
----> Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Grease muffin tin with cooking spray or use muffin liners. Fill the bottom of the muffin cups, using 1/2 the batter. Spoon 1 tsp. of the apple mixture into the center of each "muffin." Cover each muffin with the remaining batter. My batter was a little thick so getting my fingertips wet and using them to smooth the batter over the apple mixture really helped. Just an FYI. :) Bake at 350 for about 15 - 18 minutes or until golden brown and the middle springs up when touched. I just randomly threw all this together the other day so I didn't plan on putting it on here b/c I had no idea how it would turn out. Therefore, you might want to keep an eye on those muffins b/c I forget how long mine were in the oven for. I'm terrible about setting a timer.
Anyhow, when they come out of the oven, mix up the glaze:
1/2 c. cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. powdered sugar
----> Whip cream cheese, milk and sugar together. Drizzle over warm muffins.
Store muffins in the fridge so you don't wind up with rotted milk on those scrumptious muffins! I think they're pretty tasty right out of the fridge too. Not that I had two of them for breakfast or anything...
The apples are nicely nestled into the middle of the muffin. If you use Texas-sized muffin tins you can get even more of that apple goodness into your muffins.
Hope you enjoy!