Coffee Break Muffins

My husband Andrew is a coffee addict. He drinks it black every morning. I don’t know how he does it. Blah. I don’t drink coffee but I love the coffee taste in baked goods and ice cream. Strange, right?

These muffins are flavored with freshly brewed coffee and instant espresso powder to give you that extra shot of caffeine to get you through your mornings. Coffee is used for the liquid in these muffins instead of milk so the coffee flavor is more intense than if you only used espresso powder. They are amazing right out of the oven, but I found that the flavor intensifies as they cool. They also freeze beautifully, so you never have an excuse not to eat breakfast. Super moist, exploding with chocolate chips, and delicious coffee flavor. The perfect way to kick-start your busy day!

Coffee Break Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup strong coffee, cooled
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly grease 12 muffin cups or line with muffin papers.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour sugar espresso powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the brown sugar, breaking up any lumps. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the coffee, melted butter, egg and vanilla extract until well combined.
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently but quickly stir to blend until just combined.
Distribute the batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Bake 18- 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in muffin pan on a wire rack for five minutes then transfer muffins to wire rack to cool.

Source: adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours


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20 Responses to “Coffee Break Muffins”

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    Lori — September 1, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    These look absolutely perfect! I think I may have to make these for my first official day back to work after summer holidays!!

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    Michael Ann Riley — September 1, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

    I subscribe to your blog by email so I won’t miss your yummy recipes :-) This came through this morning and I KNOW this is one I will try. LOVE coffee and love coffee flavored foods. Good one, thank you!

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    sportsglutton — September 1, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    Very creative recipe and one that coffee/non-coffee drinkers can appreciate!

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    Caroline — September 1, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    I actually don’t drink/like coffee either, but often don’t mind the mild taste in baked goods. I love that these muffins can freeze. Perfect!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — September 1, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    I really like the idea of using actual coffee as well as the powder. We use a jar of Folgers our friends gave us about four years ago instead of espresso. It was either that or toss it. Anyway, great recipe, as always.

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    6 — September 1, 2011 @ 2:29 pm

    I can’t wait to make these for my husband. He’s a coffee addict who could mainline it! As for me, I think coffee and chocolate is a mocha-flavored marriage in heaven. Looking forward with great anticipation to tasting one of these babies!

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    Mrs. Jen B — September 1, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    Yum!!! I love coffee and like your husband can drink it black. I don’t always choose to, but I definitely can if I need to. :) These muffins look deeeeelicious!

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    ChgoJohn — September 1, 2011 @ 3:59 pm

    I am a coffee addict and I approve this recipe! :)

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    Miriam @ Overtime Cook — September 1, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

    Oh wow! I love the sound of this recipe! Yuuum! I bookmarked it, gonna add it to my list of “must bake” muffin recipes. Thanks for sharing!


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    chicaandaluza — September 1, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    I adore coffee…strong and black too so I´d be in the same coffee queue as Andrew. These would be perfect – coffee with coffee!

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    Bluejellybeans — September 1, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    I don’t drink coffee either, but love the smell of freshly made coffe and I’m sure will love the taste of these amazing muffins. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Sandi — September 1, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

    Don’t get the whole coffee craze either but there are tons of people that do. But your recipe makes coffee sound much more manageable!

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    Jenny — September 1, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    Wow i need to try this!

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    happywhennothungry — September 2, 2011 @ 8:33 am

    Wow I def have to try these muffins! I’ve never put coffee or espresso powder in muffins before, but I love my coffee, so I’m sure I’d love these. Great recipe!

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    Stefanie — September 2, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    Great muffins!!The combo of coffee and espresso powder makes for some strong muffins :) My husband would love these!

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    Liza — September 3, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    I don’t like coffee either, but I love coffee flavored ice cream, yogurt, and baking with it. Delicious. Normal coffee in a cup- wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole. These mocha muffins look fantastic. I have to try these. Thanks for posting.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 3, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    Muffins looks great! Not a huge coffee fan though. My MIL would LOVE these though!

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    Lauren — September 8, 2011 @ 10:37 pm

    Do you think I could replace the melted butter with oil?

    • Christina replied: — September 20th, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

      Yes, you can replace the melted butter with oil in a one to one ratio. :)

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    Shannon — July 5, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

    I actually made this recipe on a whim a few minutes ago and it’s one of the best muffins I’ve made to date! I put a slightly modified version on my own food blog with credit to you if that’s okay :)

    Thank you for this lovely blog!

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