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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Living In: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
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Hey guys, I came across a recipe for Strawberry Cheesecake Steusel Muffins that caught my eye. I want to make them Thursday night to bring into work on Friday morning but they have cream cheese in them. I am always unsure if I need to refrigerate items if they contain cream cheese. I normally do to be safe but for these it seems like they would be so much better warm or at room temperature. Am I being over cautious? Here is a link to the recipe let me know what you think. Thanks!

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Last updated: May 2, 2013 8:56 am
Posted: May 1, 2013 5:24 am
Answered by: sueb
May 1, 2013 5:33 am
Due to the fact that it is baked, I would serve at room temperature without refrigerating overnight. If there are any left after your morning coffee break, I would refrigerate them at that point.
May 1, 2013 6:55 am
Baking does not change the fact that cream cheese items need to be refrigerated. They are safe for two hours at room temps. Keep them in the fridge and replenish the tray as needed.
May 1, 2013 9:32 am
Livestrong says that if it's a recipe like cheesecake where cream cheese is the main ingredient then it needs to be refrigerated but if it's a smaller amount of cream cheese mixed with flour and other ingredients and baled, then it doesn't: Recommendations If the cream cheese is mixed into a dough with flour, salt and baking soda, it does not need refrigeration, just as doughs that contain eggs and butter don't need refrigeration once baked. When in doubt, however, refrigerate baked goods that contain cream cheese. For longer storage, wrap the product tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month. Read more:
May 1, 2013 11:22 am
I agree that doughs made with cream cheese do not need to be refrigerated. I believe this has a filling that will remain moist. That was my thought on refrigeration for this recipe.
May 2, 2013 8:56 am
Thanks guys! I really appreciate the help and the info. I think I will refrigerate overnight and take out about an hour before serving just to get the chill off them. With the way we eat in my office they won't last long enough to spoil. ;-)
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