Cherry Cheesecake Muffins

Cherry Cheesecake Muffins make a great snack or sweet breakfast. Cherry pie filling and a simple cheesecake filling are stuffed into the center of tender, flaky crescent dough muffins to create a delicious explosion of cheesecake in every bite.

cherry cheesecake muffins stacked on a plate the top one has a bite missing.

We love muffins because they’re easy and so versatile. They’re great for afternoon snacking, a sweet start to the day, or for any kind of gathering. We got creative with these muffins, combining cherry cheesecake filling with crescent dough muffins.

cherry cheesecake muffins stacked in a pyramid on a plate.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It only uses a few simple ingredients.
  • It looks fancy, but it’s very easy to make.
  • Cherry cheesecake is a classic flavor everyone loves.
  • The crescent dough creates a tender, flaky muffin that feels like a pie crust.
  • The filling is a nice little surprise for everyone who has one.


bowls of brown sugar, crescent rolls, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, cream cheese, melted butter, and cherry pie filling.

You’ll only need a few simple baking ingredients to make these muffins, and you can find them all in your kitchen or at your local grocery store.

All the ingredients are listed right here, but you’ll find their exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Crescent dough
  • Cream cheese – softened
  • Vanilla
  • Sugar
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Butter – melted
  • Brown sugar
  • Powdered sugar for dusting – optional

🔪 How to Make Cherry Cheesecake Muffins

Making these muffins is an incredibly straightforward process. Although they might look complicated with their cheesecake center, they’re easy enough for beginners!

Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray. Set aside.

cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract being mixed in a small bowl.

Step 2: Make the Cheesecake Filling

Stir the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth.

crescent roll dough being rolled out and pinch together on a cutting board.

Step 3: Prepare the Muffins

Unroll the crescent dough and press out the perforated seams to create a solid sheet. Then, cut it into 8 equal squares.

cream cheese and cherry pie filling being wrapped in crescent roll dough.

Step 4: Fill

Place a rounded teaspoon of cream cheese mixture in the center of each square, then top with about 3 cherries. Pull opposite corners of the square together and pinch closed to create a rounded muffin shape.

brown sugar being sprinkled on top of dough into a cupcake pan.

Step 5: Bake

Place the muffins in the muffin tin, seam side down, and brush the tops with melted butter. Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top and bake the muffins for 15 to 16 minutes until lightly browned.

Step 6: Cool

Remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • Use your favorite pie filling to create different cheesecake filling variations.
  • You can make these with phyllo dough for a tasty variation.
  • Try serving your cheesecake muffins topped with a dollop of whipped cream for extra richness.

If you think these cherry cheesecake muffins look good, we think you’ll enjoy our easy cherry muffins.

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring spoons
  • Muffin tin
  • Mixing bowl
two cherry cheesecake muffins stacked on top of each other. The top one has a bite missing.

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate these cherry cheesecake muffins for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze them for up to a month in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag.

What to Serve with Cherry Cheesecake Muffins

Serve these muffins with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. They’re also delicious when paired with fresh fruit, a scoop of ice cream, or your other favorite sweet treats as part of a larger dessert spread at gatherings.

💭 Tips

  • Evenly coat your muffin tin with non-stick spray, but don’t use so much that it pools.
  • Be sure your cream cheese is fully softened to avoid a filling with little bits of raw cream cheese.
  • Be careful not to overfill your crescent squares. If you overstuff them, they’ll come apart.

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How do you know when the crescent dough is done?

The crescent dough is done when it’s a golden color and flaky.

What kind of fruit goes with cheesecake?

Almost any kind of fruit works well with cheesecake. However, berries tend to be the most popular choice.

Why can’t I freeze these for longer than a month?

Cheesecake can’t be frozen for longer than a month because of the ice crystals that form in it as it sits in the freezer. While frozen, the cheesecake develops more and more ice crystals inside it. At a month, the crystals aren’t noticeable. However, after that, the cheesecake begins to take on a grainy texture.

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🧾Recipe Card

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cherry cheesecake muffins stacked on a plate the top one has a bite missing.

Cherry Cheesecake Muffins

These cherry cheesecake muffins feature rich cherry cheesecake filling surrounded by tender, flaky crescent dough muffins.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 8 Muffins
Calories: 193kcal


  • muffin pan
  • mixing bowls
  • Knife


  • 8 ounces crescent dough
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup cherry pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Optional: powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and set it aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  • Unroll the crescent dough and press out the perforated seams.
  • Cut the dough into 8 equal squares.
  • Place a rounded teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each square.
  • Scoop about 3 cherries on top of the cream cheese.
  • Grabbing opposite corners, pull up to form a square and press the edges together to create a seal and form into a rounded shape.
  • Place each ball into one muffin tin, seam side down.
  • Brush each top with the melted butter and sprinkle a little brown sugar on top.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-16 minutes, until lightly golden brown.
  • Remove and let cool before dusting with powdered sugar.


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 275mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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