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.

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

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

5.0 from 2 reviews
Creme Brûlée Muffins
The flavors of a fancy dessert in a simple, soft and delicious muffin!
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup Creme Brûlée Coffee Creamer
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup flour
  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 ⅔ to ¾ 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)

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

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining and/or #chefintrainingblog. I would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens.

Filed under: bread, breakfast

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe


  1. Leslie

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

  2. patsy

    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!

  3. Leslie Moore

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

  4. Leslie

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

  5. Sally

    wow...tats sound and looks drooling :)

  6. Pat

    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.


  7. Tara

    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. :)

  8. Tina @ Tina's Chic

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

    1. Aislinn

      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.

    2. Chef in Training

      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.

  9. Kathy

    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!

  10. Colleen

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

    1. Ramona

      May I ask where do you find Creme Brulee coffee creamer? What brand?

  11. Ashley

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

    1. ashley

      i found it in the cold section where the milk and creamers are . all i could find was the big jug of it.

  12. Heather

    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!!

  13. Sue

    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?

    1. Chef in Training

      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 :)

  14. kitten

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

  15. Donna

    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..

  16. Judy

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

  17. Heather

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

    1. Chef in Training

      it is a liquid creamer :)

  18. Jennifer S

    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?

  19. Angela Evans

    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!

  20. Susie

    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.

    1. Chef in Training

      great suggestions! Thank you!

  21. J S

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

    1. Chef in Training

      Liquid Creme Brûlée Creamer

  22. Rena

    What I can use to substitute for the Creme Brulee Creamer? What flavor is it? I can't get that here in Brazil so I'd have to use something else.
    This recipe looks SO good and easy!

  23. Cheryl

    I can't find the Creme Brule coffee cream in Dartmouth, NS. :(

  24. Tiffany

    These look amazing. What kind of creamer do you use, liquid or powder?

    1. Chef in Training


  25. J

    Maybe dip the tops in sugar when they come out if the oven and use a flame for a few seconds to carmelize the sugar and give it a little crunch like Creme Brûlée

  26. Suzi


    Love, Love, LOVE your recipes!!! Keep em comin!! P.S. where did you find Creme Brule coffe creamer?? Cannot seem to find any

    1. Kris

      Looks like Coffee-Mate makes one and Wegmans and Walmart carry that flavor. I'm shopping for mine on the way home from work today. Can' wait!

  27. Kristen


    These turned out perfect. Will definitely make again. I think you could use this recipe to make any kind of muffin.

  28. Nancy

    could you make these in a scone form? as well?

  29. Laura

    Stupid / obvious question, but this recipe only makes 6 muffins, yes? Thank you!! Can't wait to try!

  30. Vera L Stouten

    Thank you these are super yummy! I love baking with coffee creamer. It seems to give baked goodies an extra dose of flavor and creaminess.

  31. Heidi

    Made them this morning. I doubled the recipe because we have a largish family. It's a hit. I ran a little low on sour cream, so added a little more of the creamer to compensate. All's well that ends well.