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Strawberry Muffins: A Dupe for the Ones at Central Market

Strawberries and balsamic vinegar combine with goat cheese to make these memorable and tasty bakery-style Strawberry Muffins. Use 6-Minute Strawberry Balsamic sauce (directions included) to avoid wet spots in your muffins that often occur when using fresh strawberries.

Strawberry, Balsamic Muffins with Goat Cheese

Have you ever gathered wild strawberries?

Every spring, we picked tiny but incredibly sweet and flavorful berries from the ditches of the tar-covered road in front of my childhood home.

There are no thorns or stickers like some berries, but there is something much worse in my book. POISON IVY!

Unfortunately, those “leaves of three” scattered throughout the wild strawberries held an unpleasant surprise. Within a day, I would start to itch and scratch and itch some more.

For your sake, I hope you can not relate to this story. I’m starting to itch just thinking about it so let’s get on with the good stuff.

Creating the Recipe for these Bakery Style Strawberry Muffins:

The inspiration for these muffins comes from the strawberry balsamic muffins I used to buy from the Central Market Bakery in Ft. Worth.

Please understand I’m not claiming to have the authentic recipe. After much experimentation, this muffin seems to be a good clone. No matter what, it is delicious on its own merits.

A few weeks ago, I shared my super quick and easy method for making a strawberry-balsamic sauce using frozen strawberries. It has two ingredients and cooks in only 6 minutes.

microwave strawberry reduction in a pyrex measuring cup

The result is something similar to strawberry preserves but not as thick or sugary. Cooked strawberries won’t leave soggy spots inside your baked muffins like sometimes happens with fresh berries.

The secret ingredient in Strawberry-Balsamic Muffins:

Goat-cheese crumbles give these muffins a distinctive flavor.  The recipe shows a range of amounts so you can customize according to your love for goat cheese.

You could also leave it out of the cheese or use toasted pecans instead. The results will be equally scrumptious.

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    Yield: 9 muffins

    Strawberry Balsamic Muffins: Goat Cheese is the Secret

    Strawberry, Balsamic and Goat Cheese Muffins

    An easy strawberry-balsamic sauce combines with goat cheese to make a memorable breakfast muffin.

    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 30 minutes


    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 1-1/2 cup all-purpose, unbleached flour
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon soda
    • 1/2 cup unflavored, non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 1 egg
    • 1/2 cup strawberry-balsamic sauce (See note)
    • 1-2 ounces crumbles goat cheese (depending on how much you like goat cheese)
    • Sanding or sparkling sugar for sprinkling on top


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    2. Melt butter in microwave for one minute on HIGH. Allow to cool.
    3. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and soda in a medium mixing bowl.
    4. Combine yogurt, egg, and melted butter in separate bowl. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Do not overmix.
    5. Lightly fold in strawberry-balsamic sauce and goat cheese.
    6. Portion evenly into muffin pan that has been greased and floured. (I use an aerosol flour/butter mixture.) Muffin pans vary, but I usually end up with 9 smallish muffins.
    7. Sprinkle liberally with sanding sugar.
    8. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before removing from pan.


    To make strawberry-balsamic sauce:
    Chop 1-1/2 cups frozen strawberries. Place in a Pyrex dish no smaller than 1 quart. Add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar. Cook in microwave, UNCOVERED, for 6 minutes, no stirring required.

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 192Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 6g

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    Friday 17th of April 2020

    I was trying decide between yours and another recipe for strawberry goat cheese muffins, and your strawberry balsamic "jam" won me over. I'm really glad I made these, they were great and the texture of the cooked down strawberries were perfect. I did increase the sugar a bit and was generous with granulated sugar on top to create a crust. Looking forward to making these again soon!


    Friday 17th of April 2020

    Callie, Fantastic! I'm sure a little more sugar made them even better. Thanks for writing.


    Monday 1st of April 2013

    I just made these muffins. The only changes I made were using 2 T of honey in the sauce (Heavenly) and using the goat cheese crumbles over the top before baking, instead of inside the muffins. Oh, and I added a tsp of vanilla to the recipe. I wish you could see them! They are very good and I thank you for the recipe. The batter WAS stiff, but it stayed moist in baking.


    Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

    Hi Deb, Glad you liked them. Love the idea of putting the goat cheese on top. Sounds very pretty. I will try the honey too. Thanks for writing.


    Tuesday 9th of October 2012

    I was just looking for a good recipe to use up some extra stuff in my fridge (yogurt and strawberries) and this turned out to be perfect! I didnt add the cheese simply due to lack of it, however, I bet it would be delicious!

    I also had to add some milk because my batter was a little more like stiff dough without it.

    Nonetheless, great, easy recipe! Thank you.


    Tuesday 9th of October 2012

    Glad you liked them, Ivy.

    Simply Life

    Tuesday 21st of February 2012

    what a fabulous idea for muffins! I would never think to make something savory like this but I can imagine how good it tastes!


    Saturday 18th of February 2012

    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago when your "salad in a jar" video made its way to my Pinterest page. I have since done that and found it to be THE KEY to eating salads. When the lettuce is "at the ready," there is no excuse to not have a salad. Thanks for sharing that great tip.

    Anyhow, these muffins sound delicious. I've pinned the recipe to my page. A muffin with a piping hot cup of Earl Grey would be a delightful morning treat.

    Thanks...have a blessed day, Patti


    Sunday 19th of February 2012

    Hi Patti,

    Thanks for taking the time to write. Glad you like the salad. It is so convenient to have it ready to grab and eat! pr