Rich Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe
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Rich Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Recipe

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When I was a teacher, this recipe was recommended by one of my student's parents. I've made it so many times, I can't imagine hosting a brunch without it. Chocolate chips add sweet bursts of flavor to the rich and tender coffee cake. —Michelle Krzmarzick Torrance, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:10-12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 474 calories, 29 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 360 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and 1-1/4 cups of sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Pour into a greased 9-in. springform pan. Combine the pecans, cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle over batter.
  3. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Cool completely before cutting. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p39

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Reviewed Sep. 17, 2015

"Devine! Doubled recipe. Put into two pans. Worked great. It looks beautiful. It tastes great warm. Is not too dry, because of the cream cheese and the amount of butter. I should have added more chocolate chips. Love it. Will see how well it keeps."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"I made this the night before Thanksgiving brunch, since several reviewers said it keeps well. However, I thought it was dry and wished I hadn't made it ahead. I followed the recipe to a "T", so don't know what happened. If I try it again, it will be the same day I serve it."

Reviewed May. 3, 2013 Edited Jul. 26, 2014

"Actually, I HAD made this recipe when it first came out in Taste of Home and the recipe was delicious! It is a keeper! I prepared this recipe again 7/26/14. I used

part packed brown sugar and part granulated plus 2 Tbsp. of each to equal 1-1/4 cups sugar!
I adjusted the amount of salt, baking powder and baking soda by using 1 tsp. of each! I also used 1/8 cup of all-purpose flour to mix in with the chocolate chips and I used 1 cup of butter-flavored shortening (Crisco) with 2 Tbsp. water to equal 1 cup of butter. With the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, I used 1/4 cup cinnamon-sugar mixed with 1/4 cup chopped pecans and mixed together. I sprinkled over the batter. I also greased and floured my 9"
springform pan and baked 50 to 55 minutes! Thank you, Michelle Krzmarzick, for sharing your recipe with Taste of Home! delowenstein"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"Every time we make this cake for guests we get requests for the recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2012

"I have made this recipe 3 times so far. It is great! It keeps really well for a week! My spouse is not crazy about nuts, so if I am making it for home, I use a streusel topping rather than the nut topping; however I prefer the nut topping. Will be added to my Christmas brunch recipes."

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