Step 1: Ingredients and Equipment
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour
8 oz cream cheese - try to get a block instead of a tub
powdered sugar for dusting
muffin pan with optional liners
Step 2: Mix the Batter
Melt the butter on a stovetop or in the microwave.
Mix the butter, milk and sugar into the eggs.
Add the extract, juice, salt and baking powder. If you're using a fresh lemon add some zest, too.
Mix in the flour immediately. It's okay to leave some chunks in the batter. I've read many times to barely mix muffin batter for fluffier muffins, but I've never noticed a significant difference when I under or over mix.
It's important to mix in the flour right away because there's a slight risk of a chemical reaction between the eggs, milk, acidic lemon juice and alcohol in the extract. The flour should be more than enough to displace any potential issues!