This week we’re bringing you one of Dorie Greenspan’s perfect recipe – Coffee Break Muffins. The recipe is simple and has an intense coffee flavor. Now when I first read the recipe, I immediately wanted to add some white chocolate, either chips in the batter or a sprinkle a few on top and at the very least give it a glaze but I did no such thing.
Baking these first thing in the morning is a really good idea, the aroma of coffee and caramel kickstarts your day like nothing else.. There is no milk or buttermilk required to moisten the batter. Instead we use a cup of strongly brewed coffee. Never hold back when the recipe calls for strongly brewed coffee!
When I say these can be made in 10 minutes, I really mean it. I did a quick step by step post to show you the simplicity of this recipe.
Line a muffin pan with paper cups or I used these disposable muffin cups which do not need to be put in a pan. I lined them directly on a baking sheet.
Fill the cups till they are 2/3 full. They’ll rise and you don’t want them to be spilling off your baking sheet.
And ta-da. That’s it! Your muffins are ready. The picture was taken 5 minutes after they were out of the oven.
Over to the recipe: Caramel–y sweetness with a coffee kick perfect to give you that extra dose of caffeine this monday morning.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup (packed) light brown sugar
- 1 cup strong coffee, cooled
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400F
- Butter and spray 12 moulds in a regular sized pan or fit in the moulds with paper muffin cups. Place the pan on a baking sheet.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, espresso powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Stir in the brown sugar making sure there are no lumps.
- In a large measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the coffee, melted butter, egg and vanilla extract together until well combined.
- Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and with a whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don’t worry about being thorough – a few lumps are better than over mixing the batter. Divide evenly among muffin cups.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to the rack and cool muffins for 5 minutes before carefully removing it from the mould.
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76 Responses to Muffin Monday: Coffee Break Muffins
Love the step-by-step photos! I was a bit worried considering how watery the batter was but then the muffins were ever-so-fluffy!
Great muffin choice, as always :)
These look so good. I love the muffin paper thingos too. Nothing clever like that here. bugger.
I want to make these coffee break muffins – they sound delightful.
This is the second muffin I’ve seen this morning that I want! Love those little cups you baked them in! You are most definitely the Muffin Queen!
long live coffee:) I bet white choc would be great in these…We really enjoyed these and it feels so good to be back to muffinland this week;) hope you’re feeling better!
They look yummy. I do like a good muffin. :-)
Wow – they look like perfection in a muffin cup! I love the combination of coffee and cinnamon. I may be allergic to cinnamon – but I love it!
I love Dorie Greenspan’s recipes. :) I really think these look fantastic and I love the cups you baked them in!! What a great idea. :) Have a great week! ~ Ramona
Fabolous recipe! I could use one of these muffins for my coffee break!! Have a great week!
Delicious muffins in ten minutes! What’s not to love about these little cups of morning deliciousness!
Sounds like a great way to start the day! Where did you get the cute cupcake wrappers?
What sweet little muffins. Great post and photos!
Loved this recipe – definite keeper. Such strong coffee flavour! Dorie does it again :)
Would you move next door to me so every Monday I have a muffin delivery?! :) Coffee!! Mmmm
Just as I was about to get into your blog for your latest post, I saw your comments on mine. With the strong coffee addiction I have, this is one of those I will enjoy very much. Simple baking is what I can do and your step by step is good for someone like me who bake once a while.
I just baked some choc muffins yesterday and was quite worried over the little cracks on top but after seeing yours, I think its acceptable. Wow, now I feel better and can be ready to post my recipe.
Just wanted to let you know that I made this today and it was so delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe.
Oh do this muffins look delicious! And I love the disposable muffin cups, I’ll have to find them.
Really! I need something like this which is easy and quick. Its like eating coffee in breakfast.
Coffee break muffins sound right up my alley. I could use one (or three) right now! I love your muffin cups too!
Now that I think of it, I have never had just a coffee flavored muffin. It has always been paired with something else. I am interested in the purist version here where you can get all that rich coffee flavor as a stand alone. I have that book, but it is funny how a post from a blogger can get more attention than the recipe in the book! Well done!
These look amazing. I could so use one right now.
I want one for the breakfast! They look so yuuuuuuuuuuuuum!
I love coffee flavoured muffins, they would be perfect with my breakfast tomorrow morning. =D
My husband will definitely go nuts for these muffins! It’s so easy and quick to make so I’ll go for it! Thanks for sharing!
Absolutely dainty looking.
These muffins look beautifully moist – a very classic and delicious recipe which definitely could kick start the morning :D
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Oh yes – I could easily replace my morning coffee with these muffins! I’m not even sure my morning coffee does anything but make me extremely tired after a couple hours – at least with these delicious muffins I’d get some satisfaction! Good job resisting the white chocolate – I have to stop myself from throwing it in everything! These sound great & I love those little muffin cups, so stinkin cute!
A muffin that can be made in less than 20 minutes and will jump start my morning?! YES please!! These sound incredible!
Mondays are definitely a lot sweeter with Muffin Monday! ;-)
These look awesome! I’d need one every day of the week! I’m adding to my list of muffins to try :-)
5 mins!!! that is so cool. Perfect for parties too. I love espresso in cakes and cup cakes, Specially since I am not much of a chocolate fan!
I am in muffin heaven!
Oooooh. I may be in love – this looks simple enough that even I might not make a terrible mistake and who can resist caramel? :)
I’d love one of these at coffee break. They sound and look delicious. Cute little cups!
Wow, these muffins look delicious, I can almost imagine the aroma as these muffins are pulled out from the oven…awesome!
Coffee and caramel! I love the flavor combo of these muffins!
After reading your post I am actually craving coffee and these muffins. I think I will have to settle for just a cup of coffee for now.
Muffins look fab!
I had these muffins on my list of baking wants. Now they are moving up to the top. Love the little cups – perfect fit for the coffee muffins.
You’re my hero! We’re having a pot-luck breakfast at work, and this is what I’m going to bring! These muffins look easy and delicious.
I love coffee, so you know I would love your coffee break muffins! This muffin cups are adorable!!! Hugs,Terra
Always look forward to muffin mondays! These ones are great! Would love to eat them on a break or really whenever!!
Ooh I bet these taste wonderful. There’s something about coffee that enhances the flavor of chocolate that I love.
By the way the veggie pasta I posted isn’t really pasta at all. You might want to read it again to see what it really is!
oooh, these coffee break muffins look so good, i bet it would go perfect with a cup of coffee, of course.
I’ve never thought of muffins with coffee before, but these sound fabulous! I would have to enjoy them with a cup of coffee of course :-)
love how powerful the coffee flavor was in thsese muffins!
These sound delicious and very coffee-y (sorry!)… I think my husband would love these muffins! Thanks for sharing :)
easy and the kick of strong coffee!! what’s not to love! yummy!
I’m going to try these for sure! YUM!
Oh Dorie, she always comes through with the best recipes. These look and sounds so fantastic and I love how quick they can be thrown together. Pretty muffin liners too!
Those look fabulous! I love coffee flavored treats.
I love the idea of a coffee muffin! You know, I usually bake muffins to drink with my coffee….so I’ve never considered making coffee the main flavor of the muffin….until now! These looks beautiful. And I love your muffin cups! I’ve never seen them so cute….where do you find them? Beautiful photography as always! : )
These look just incredible!! I love anything coffee flavored, and these look so simple to make. I’ve pinned them to try soon!! Thanks.
Coffee and caramel smells first thing in the morning–that sounds downright dreamy. I can see what you wanted to add white chocolate, and I think that would be a fun addition, but these muffins look perfect just as they are!
I love muffins and I love coffee. I especially love super quick and simple recipes. Great post.
These look delicious! I like the combination of coffee and cinnamon.
Unfortunately as I began to bake I didn’t have the coffee or espresso powder which I thought I had so I had to adapt but I need to give these a try the original way because they sound just incredible!! Lovely pick this week.
You always have the most marvelous flavored muffins! Love these, and I would very much enjoy them with my coffee!
These sound exactly what my fiance would love first thing in the morning along with his cup of coffee. Thanks for sharing :D
I really love the cups you used! the muffins look delicious
I love your muffin Monday posts :) They are such an awesome start to the week. Coffee and caramel? I’m all in.
Wow, these look great! A cup of coffee will definitely give these muffins a nice, intense coffee flavor which I love in my baked goods! And those liners are adorable, I’ve got to get me some :)
I have to make these for my mom, she’s a coffee fiend!
“Caramel–y sweetness with a coffee kick ”
Holy moly these look good! Give me anything with a cup of strong brewed coffee in it and I’ll gobble it down in a second. I am pinning this one for this weekend. What a great recipe!
Strong coffee in it? Hmm how perfect it is to start a day with these muffins and a cup of coffee! You always make great muffins. I wish I can sample some of yours all the time. =P
I am going to love these coffee muffins. Though I am not a coffee addict but anything with coffee in it sounds irresistible to me!
Yum yum Definitely perfect with a good cup of latte :) Thanks for sharing!
I have this book of Dorie’s and have even made these and just love them. How easy they are AND how lovely they taste.
I love the little muffin cups you use, they look adorable!
You have the BEST muffin cups…and these are filled with such deliciousness! Love the coffee flavor…mmmmmmmm.
Wow! Your muffin Monday segment is always a treat :D
Aww.. Thanks. :)
I can’t wait to make these coffee break muffins. Is it possible to make the batter the night before and bake it the next morning?
Absolutely not. Never make the batter ahead. If its your first time making muffins then please read: http://bakerstreet.tv/muffin-monday/muffin-101/
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