Creme Brûlée Muffins

Almost a year ago, I joined my husband at the Wynn in Las Vegas for one of his business trips. It was fabulous. When he was off doing business, I lounged around in my incredible hotel room and relaxed. We left the babies with my parents. Silence is not something I hear very often being a mom to two kids 3 and under (and at that time they were 2 and under), so being by myself, in the quiet, was definitely a much needed experience. I blogged, napped, read and ate for both days I was there.

Inside the Wynn is this yummy little bakery. It was then and there I sampled their “Creme Brûlée Muffins.” Yes, you did read muffins plural. I brought a few of those up to the room with me and lets just say, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” isn’t always true… I wish, I definitely took home a couple pounds and had to do some extra cardio when I got home because of those muffins. BUT I vowed to try and re-create it.

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Since then, I have been on the hunt for a good muffin base. I have had so many muffins fail me. Too crumbly, too dry, you name it. FINALLY, I opened up the question to my lovely Facebook friends. Thank goodness because it was SO helpful! It seems sour cream is definitely a key ingredient to soft muffins. I adapted a recipe from Smitten Kitchen that appeared to be pretty delicious and the end result was great!

Now disclaimer, these do not taste exactly like the Wynn’s muffins. In fact, I will still be trying to get more of the true Creme Brûlée flavor, BUT these muffins are delicious nevertheless and have some Creme Brûlée Coffee Creamer to give it a creme brûlée flavor and a coffee cake sugar crumb both inside and on top.

Creme Brûlée Muffins from ...The flavors of a fancy dessert in a simple, soft and delicious muffin! #breakfast #recipe #muffin

Creme Brûlée Muffins

Creme Brûlée Muffins from ...The flavors of a fancy dessert in a simple, soft and delicious muffin! #breakfast #recipe #muffin

By Chef in Training March 20, 2013

The flavors of a fancy dessert in a simple, soft and delicious muffin!


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  1. First make sugar crumb filling. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Cut in COLD butter until a crumb is formed. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
  4. Beat in egg.
  5. Add sour cream and Creme Brûlée Coffee Creamer and blend until well combined.
  6. In a small-medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  7. Pour half of dry ingredients into batter and stir in with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  8. Add in remaining half of batter until just combined. Don't over stir. Note that the batter WILL BE THICK. Totally normal and perfect.
  9. Grease a large muffin tin (6 muffins) with cooking spray. If using a regular 12 muffin tin, adjust your measurements accordingly.
  10. Drop enough batter in the bottom of each muffin tin to coat. Sprinkle some crumb mixture over batter. Layer another layer of batter over the top of crumb. Layer a second layer of crumb. Layer a third layer of batter over the top and top with one final layer of crumb mixture. Muffin tins should be about 2/3 to 3/4 full so plan layers accordingly. You can freeze any left over crumb for later use.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

(recipe adapted from: Smitten Kitchen)

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  1. 1

    Flavored coffee creamer and me are BFFs. I would love these :)

  2. 2

    Beautifully photographed… they look great!

  3. 3

    What a discovery!! Theses look so delicious with that crumb topping!!

  4. 4

    Wow! Those muffins look too good to pass up! I’d imagine they were worth the extra cardio that was needed when you got home!

  5. 5

    These look great! Such a smart idea to use the creamer for flavoring. I can’t wait to try them.

  6. 6

    Oh goodness, these look fantastic. Tabbing this recipe for a Saturday morning breakfast treat! YUM!

  7. 7

    I am so glad you recreated these! They look great!

  8. 8

    wow…tats sound and looks drooling :)

  9. 9

    Ohhhhhhh! heart be still!

  10. 10

    Oh my word ~ I think I just gained about 10 lbs. drooling over these! I love, love Creme Brulee so will definitely try this recipe.

    Just found your blog and so happy I did! I’m a new follower and will be looking around at other goodies you’ve created.


  11. 11

    MMM coffee creamer and sour cream sounds like these muffins would be delish!

  12. 12

    What perfect muffins. I am a bit of an addict with creme brûlée. Will definitely keep this recipe. Awesome site you have. Have a question or two. 1. What plugins do you use for your related posts and generating a mobile site? Have been trying to create a mobile version of The Dish with no luck. Thanks Chef. Fun site you have. I will certainly be coming back to visit and loiter. :)

  13. 13

    Super delish Nikki! Ah, time alone as a mom, it’s priceless!

  14. 14

    Oh my goodness these look heavenly! The pictures are amazing and I definitely can’t wait to try these. :)

    • 15

      What if you put them under the broiler for a minute or so to caramelize the sugar topping? That might up the creme brulee flavor.

      • 16
        Chef in Training says:

        Great idea Aislinn :) If you give that a try, let me know how it goes! I would love to hear and I may just test it out myself.

  15. 17

    What a great idea to put flavored coffee creamer into your muffins! And I agree, sour cream definitely makes for a soft muffin! Love it!

  16. 18

    Creme brulee creamer is a staple in my house – I can’t live without it so I will be making these this weekend!!

  17. 20

    Nikki, these look amazing! I’ve never had that flavor coffee creamer before!

  18. 21

    I can’t find Creme Burlee’ creamer anywhere. Where did you find it?

  19. 23
    Heather says:

    Just saw this recipe and HAD to try it! Didn’t have any Creme Brulee creamer so I used French Vanilla instead…also sub’d plain greek yogurt for the sour cream. They came out delicious!! Can’t wait to try the Creme Brulee version cuz I think they’re going to be even more delish!!

  20. 24

    Yesterday I looked at the recipe and bought the creamer, today I can’t find the recipe, just the pictures and all the description about it. Why can’t I find the recipe now?

    • 25
      Chef in Training says:

      Sorry about that, I don’t know what happened. But I fixed it and it is back now :) Thanks for making me aware of that problem. All is well again :)

  21. 26

    Love your site. Going looking for creme-brulee coffee creamer. Is it liquid or powder?

  22. 27

    I made these today and the batter was so thick that I could only do two layers..I added extra sour cream and creamer…they do taste pretty good..

  23. 28

    Just made these and they were awesome! Followed the recipe exactly. I was only able to do one layer though and made extra muffins.

  24. 29

    Silly question for you- is the creamer liquid or powdered?

  25. 31
    Jennifer S says:

    I’m making these tonight for a potluck at my church tomorrow.
    I’m wondering if “bruleeing” some sugar, and putting the bits in the batter would give you the flavor you are looking for?

  26. 32
    Angela Evans says:

    I made these this morning and they were DELISH!! Creme Brulee creamer is my fav :) I did change things up a litte bit in the hopes of making them a little more healthy, that way I won’t feel so bad when I eat a bunch ;) I used plain non-fat greek yogurt in place of sour cream, replaced 1/4 cup of sugar with Splenda and replaced 3/4 cup of flour with white whole grain flour. I will be making these again very soon, Thanks!

  27. 33

    In the muffin part of the recipes, I’d try browning your butter, cooling it and adding to the recipe. I would also add some vanilla. You might achieve the flavor you are looking for.

  28. 35

    wow nice pictures, the best crumb ever :-)

  29. 36

    Are you using a liquid or dry Creme Brulee creamer? Thanks in advance, looking forward to making these!