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Caramel - Banana Muffins With Cream Cheese

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“From Midwest Living magazine: "Sugar-topped banana slices caramelize as they bake on top of these sweet breakfast muffins."”
READY IN:
30mins
SERVES:
6-12
YIELD:
12 muffins
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Small Bowl for Filling or Topping Ingredients
  • 12 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Large Bowl for Muffin Ingredients
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 14 cup butter, softened
  • 23 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 12 cup mashed banana
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Another Bowl for Dry Ingredients
  • 1 14 cups flour
  • 34 teaspoon baking powder
  • 14 teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 salt
  • Other Stuff
  • 2 tablespoons caramel topping
  • 1 medium banana, very thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • caramel topping, for later

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease muffin tins (12 holer).
  2. Mix small bowl ingredients; set aside.
  3. Mix cream cheese, butter & sugar until well-blended; add egg, beat, then banana & vanilla until well combined; set aside.
  4. Combine dry ingredients; add to cream-cheese mixture until JUST combined.
  5. Stir in 1/4-cup of filling ingredients; spoon HALF of batter into muffin tin cups (1 rounded tablespoon); drizzle 1/2 tsp caramel topping (from Other Stuff list) into each muffin cup; top with more batter.
  6. Finish with 2 slices of banana, a drizzle of melted butter and a sprinkle of the remaining pecan mixture.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes; cool for 5 minutes (well, try to wait that long!); remove from pan.
  8. Serve warm, drizzled with more caramel topping.

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