We Bust Out Some Guava Jam to Make These Pastelitos-Inspired Muffins

Talia Cortez (@taliacor)

Meya Cortez (@meyarrr),
Jerome Jocson (@emowredge)

Jica Simpas (@jicasimpas)

Our chef admittedly stocks jams, spreads, and other jarred stuff in bulk. They function as very versatile ingredients as they work with almost anything, and they’re so easy to work with. So we took her cue and whipped up a bottle of guava jam (and some cream cheese) to make these guava cheese muffins.

Guava-ry good.

This recipe was inspired by pastelitos de guayaba con queso, Cuban puff pastries filled with guava and cheese. But it skips the puff pastry part. (Although it’s great with it, too.) Instead, it brings the flavors in an effortless muffin medium. You really just throw everything together and pour it into your muffin tin!

Are you muffin or out?

Guava and cheese is a classic combo. If you haven’t tried it, you’re really missing out. The sweet guava pasta complements the slight tartness and creaminess of cream cheese. Pair these babies with a cool drink, and you’ve got yourself a refreshing merienda.

Guava Cheese Muffins Recipe



Serving Size

4-6 people

Active Time

1 hr

Total Time

1 hr 30 mins

Special Tools

  • 12 pc. muffin pan


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda


  • 12 oz. cream cheese, softened, divided
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup guava jam

Instructions for Guava Cheese Muffins

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a 12 pc. muffin pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat 8 oz. cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.
  6. Add eggs and mix until incorporated.
  7. Whisk in melted butter and milk until combined.
  8. Fold in the flour mixture until batter is just combined, taking care not to overmix.
  9. Divide the batter evenly amongst the 12 cup muffin pan.
  10. Divide the remaining cream cheese into 12 pieces and push down one piece into each muffin mold then spread the batter over to cover.
  11. Add about a tablespoon of jam over each muffin and swirl with a stick or knife to create a pattern.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the side of the muffin comes out clean.
  13. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from the pan and letting cool completely.​

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