Total TimePrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
Makesabout 14 muffins (3/4 cup spread)
- ESPRESSO SPREAD:
- 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
- In a food processor, combine the spread ingredients; cover and process until well blended. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until serving.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine milk and coffee granules until coffee is dissolved. Add the butter, egg and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm with espresso spread.
Nutrition Facts1 muffin with 1 tablespoon spread: 273 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 261mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
Nov 3, 2019
I have made this recipe dozens of times. They are some of the most requested items I make. The only change I make is that I double the spread recipe and I make the muffins as mini muffins.
Apr 15, 2019
Yummy muffins, even the folks in my house who say they don’t like coffee (!) liked them! I swapped out the instant coffee for brewed coffee: in place of half the milk and also a couple of teaspoons in the frosting. Delish!
Dec 26, 2017
Made these muffins last year for New Years Day, and plan on making them again for the new year, the family especially loves the espresso spread. The muffin is moist, flavorful and simple to make.
Apr 17, 2017
We gave these as gifts and everyone loved them. Love the spread!
Mar 30, 2017
Followed exactly and these were excellent. Will be adding these to the recipe book. Thanks for sharing!!!
Dec 16, 2016
I've been making this muffin for years. I actually got a proposal out of it. ( true humor- my friend is a coffee fiend if I ever met one!) will have to try the sour cream and chai version listed by lots_a_smiles. The Espresso Spread is wonderful.. I might have to figure out how to get it like a caramel macchiato too. Love this recipe, it will be a staple of yours too!
Oct 14, 2016
Very easy to make, but just a bit dry for my liking. Next time I'll add some applesauce to bring up the moisture. The frosting is good. They are at their best if served warm.
Sep 22, 2016
Delicious! I skipped the frosting and instead of the milk, I added 8 oz sour cream and 1/2 cup hot water steeped with chai tea. Amazing!
Sep 20, 2016
OMG Amazing. I didn't make the espresso spread - but the muffins were so moist and tasty. I was dancing in my seat eating them and I am not normally a chocolate eating muffin person. You have to try them!!!!
Sep 16, 2016
These muffins...are superb. Presentation? Beautiful. They have those decorative little cracks over smooth, lightly rounded tops, perfectly baked. Flavor? Delicious. Rich, warm, coffee-chocolate goodness. Texture? Fantastic - perfect balance of moist and crumbly. Spread? Like coffee cream cheese cookie dough. Give a muffin a quick, refreshing zap in the microwave and pair it with some of this spread - you get warm, sweet muffin crumbles paired with cool, creamy, tangy-sweet espresso spread. I used espresso powder for the instant coffee, and these were magnificent with a cup of tea in the mornings. Because espresso and tea can get along.