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Cappuccino Muffins Recipe

Cappuccino Muffins Recipe

These are my favorite muffins to serve with a cup of coffee or a tall glass of cold milk. Not only are they great for breakfast, they make a tasty dessert or midnight snack. I get lots of recipe requests whenever I serve them. The espresso spread is also super on a bagel. —Janice Schulz, Racine, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:14 servings


  • 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


  • 1. In a food processor, combine the spread ingredients; cover and process until well blended. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm with espresso spread. Yield: about 14 muffins (3/4 cup spread).

Nutritional Facts

1 muffin with 1 tablespoon spread: 273 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 261mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 264776
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2017

"We gave these as gifts and everyone loved them. Love the spread!"

[email protected] User ID: 5774466 264066
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2017

"Followed exactly and these were excellent. Will be adding these to the recipe book. Thanks for sharing!!!"

Sandra User ID: 8966927 258216
Reviewed 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!"

Highmtn52 User ID: 395621 255428
Reviewed 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."

[email protected] User ID: 6501613 254493
Reviewed 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!"

airuscopeland User ID: 6689655 254358
Reviewed 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!!!!"

Irascible_Baker User ID: 8765838 254178
Reviewed 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."

GStaelens User ID: 1765741 235939
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Dense but good taste"

k_s9 User ID: 8089062 229363
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"easy to make quite dense. I gave it 4 stars cuz it doesn't taste like coffee atall..more like cinnamon time if I make these will reduce cinnamon to half a tsp, perhaps add cappuccino powder instead of coffee granules.....glaze was ok...I used a tbsp or two of honey to sweeten the glaze to my gave a touch of coffee flavouring to the cupcakes....these r better next 8 yr old loves coffee flavour but didn't go any where near these ....I think it needs coffee bits instead of chocolate chips to truly enhance its cappuccino flavor."

Lynn_Geland User ID: 8358348 225805
Reviewed May. 3, 2015

"This recipe is ridiculously simple and easy to make with regular store cupboard ingredients. Tasted AMAZING!"

IslandWife User ID: 6007790 219199
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015 Edited Jan. 7, 2017

"Very yummy! The only change I made was I used 1/4 C applesauce and 1/4 C butter and lessened the sugar to 1/2 cup. I have made these many times and they can be a little dry, so this last time I baked them at 350 for 20 minutes and they were very moist. This is one of the recipes my family requests the most! Thanks for sharing!"

Brenda2772 User ID: 2165447 215677
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2014

"Nice flavor , dense, we thought they were slightly dry, but the cream cheese spread "fixed" that."

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 72798
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014 Edited Apr. 9, 2016

"I made these today with all whole wheat flour (reduced the amount by about 2 Tbsp.) and added a second egg. They are still very good."

Hmama User ID: 6759672 27929
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"Very good! Next time I think I'll add more coffee."

yuehching User ID: 224401 25594
Reviewed May. 28, 2014

"The muffins were dense but delicious. They tasted more like chocolate chip muffins. We enjoyed the espresso spread. It is also good on toasted bagels. Thanks for sharing."

mamaof13 User ID: 3705332 81813
Reviewed May. 24, 2014

"We all loved this! I hope to make them again! They have an amazing flavor and texture!"

LourdesDz User ID: 5548431 30165
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"I don't understand all the five stars this recipe has gotten. I thought it was just ok and not very moist. The spread was bitter and I had to modify it with, of all things, hot cocoa mix.. I was disappointed because it has all my favorite things in it, cream cheese, butter, coffee, and chocolate!"

JaniceBaer User ID: 1723673 203307
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"Oh yum!!! I love these! I made the espresso spread as listed, which is good, but also made a different mocha spread (cause I wanted to try one without cream cheese in it) and found I liked the other one better. This way though, people can choose which to top their muffins with. This is definitely a keeper though!"

ebabca User ID: 7698029 70087
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"Lovely Made the spread with ricotta cheese as I had no cream cheese. will reduce the cinnamon next time and maybe use expresso granules"

sallygirl7 User ID: 7182986 81464
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"these were absolutely delicious. Why we allow people like IslandGirl66 on this board. I do not know. Why don't you submit your own.? You totally changed the whole recipe and what you submitted as changes sounds like a mess."

IslandGirl66 User ID: 7352985 71647
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"This is pretty tasty recipe. I changed it up a bit though. I substituted one of the cups of flour with whole wheat flour(less about 2 tablespoons) and added 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed. I also added essence of orange to the recipe and used espresso coffee granules instead off regular coffee granules. I wasn't crazy about the chocolate chips in the topping and would perhaps next time just add a bit of cocoa. We really enjoyed this recipe!"

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 36227
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"I made these for a company breakfast I catered and they were a real hit! They were easy to make and I found the flavor to be delicious. I used decaffeinated instant coffee granules because that's what I had on hand since I can't have caffeine. I didn't make the spread because of the logistics of keeping it cold while the muffins were served during the meeting. I will definitely be making these again."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 26804
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"I made these muffins for a company breakfast I catered and they were delicious! The coffee lovers especially liked them. I didn't serve the spread, they were very good on their own! I used the decaffeinated instant coffee I had on hand and found the flavor to be excellent."

Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 26803
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2013

"I absolutely LOVED this recipe! I didn't make the spread but it was delicious without it. I am a big coffee drinker and each muffin had the perfect amount of flavor. The batter made exactly 14 which I liked. I will definetly b making this again!"

McNut User ID: 7246944 74699
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"PERFECT!!! it tastes so good even w/o the spread. it has a strong coffee flavor wc i like and easy to make."

3froggiekids User ID: 7232760 59124
Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"This is one of my favorites! I do cut the butter to 6 T. and the sugar to 2/3 c. in the muffin portion. You will not be disappointed in these! Delic!"

McNut User ID: 7246944 71646
Reviewed May. 5, 2013

"I have yet to try this. What can i substitute for 2% milk, can i use whole milk instead?"

parksville User ID: 1598935 25588
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2013

"We really enjoyed these muffins. Coffee and chocolate are such a great combo!! Didn't make the spread, we liked the muffins as is."

hazell77040 User ID: 3200279 58888
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"great coffee and chocolate taste... the spread was great by itself."

sarahutz User ID: 4311480 36223
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"Just made these muffins for the second time. Delicious and easy!"

BeckiMOTB User ID: 7152148 81463
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"I made these in mini muffin tins for a bridal shower. They are delish!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 203306
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"Very yummy muffins! I didn't think they had a ton of coffee flavour but still really liked them."

quaintcook User ID: 6329556 203305
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"I followed the recipe except I used 1T. of baking powder because I had a similar recipe that I liked for blueberry muffins that called for 1T. These were really very good. There seemed to be a lot of butter that came through the paper baking cups on the bottom. I am wondering if we couldn't use a little less butter in the recipe. I tried this recipe so I could bring the muffins as a hostess gift this evening. I will certainly be proud to offer these up."

NevadaRose User ID: 4283670 88685
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"Really great - and easy to mix up in the morning."

debekard User ID: 1969710 70086
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"I could not wait to make these and was not disappointed. Delicious. Can't wait to share them....well maybe I can!!!!"

ntrester User ID: 977449 72797
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"I have been making these for years and they are absolutely wonderful! I don't always make the cream cheese topping. They are great without it, but I sometimes serve these with cinnamon butter."

acuda73 User ID: 7098245 21456
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Doubled the spread ingredients......coworkers LOVED them:)"

Shiflet User ID: 6881216 72796
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Very Good! My husband eat them as soon as they were out of the oven."

lisa8251 User ID: 5618573 74697
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"What a nice recipe! Very tasty and the cream cheese topping is delicous. I made the recipe as written, except I didn't have mini-chocolate chips, so I rough chopped milk chocolate chips."

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 74696
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Very good.Only extra I did was to add some chopped walnuts. We love nuts in our muffins."

Foreverdixie User ID: 6641314 36219
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"I love these muffins! I used the idea of lowering the fat mentioned in the posts, and it still tasted wonderful!!!! I love the spread - even my siblings who don't like coffee love these muffins!"

JkayC User ID: 5673362 88684
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"Excellent flavor!"

threedee User ID: 6766655 30156
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2012

"These muffins are amazing! A great combination of coffee flavor combined with sweetness and chocolate. What could be better? I made them for an early morning meeting at work and they were a huge hit."

herosquad User ID: 2340275 72792
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"These are the absolute best. Perfect with a cup of coffee and a friend."

Pianogirl22 User ID: 6495641 50396
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"Most amazing muffins ever! I gave them to a friend and he comsumed three jumbo size in one sitting! That's how good they are! And the cream cheese spread is delectable! Tasty treat for any occasion!"

KmMcK User ID: 4696823 71644
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"good especially the cream cheese spread"

gloriaphn User ID: 6412602 36217
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"very good"

Abern User ID: 4902046 71643
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2011

"I have made these SEVERAL times and LOOOVE them. Sometimes I make the espresso spread but most of the time I do not because they are good on their own and it saves calories. I also make mine mini size and cut the baking time to about 6-7 minutes. Try em, you'll like em!!"

musicmom05 User ID: 6385999 34978
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"These are delicious! My daughter is gluten free so when she comes up to visit, I make these with 1 cup of rice flour, 2/3 cup of Bob's All purpose flour, 1/3 cup of cornstarch, and 2 tsp. of xanthan gum instead of the flour. You can barely tell that they're gluten free and sometimes they even taste better than the normal recipe!"

AnnKup User ID: 5232649 26802
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"These are delicious! I did replace the melted butter with 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. I only used 1/2 cup mini chips in the batter. For the spread I used Neufchatel cream cheese. My goal was to make them a tad more diet friendly! :) My friends at work loved them!"

rhduc User ID: 4772246 72790
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"Delicious! quick! Simple! Had no cream cheese to make the spread, but great on their own. I like MuffinMazing's idea of putting the spread in or on the muffin before baking, too!! My co-workers will love them!!"

Suzzzannna User ID: 5775505 74695
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"These were delicious. I only made 12 muffins, because I filled them almost to the top. I didn't make the spread. My son took a couple to work, and texted me to tell me they were an excellent breakfast. I guess I'll be making them again!"

ashley_sackrider User ID: 5529682 34976
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"Moist and delicious!"

honeymutton User ID: 5587518 21453
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2011

"these muffins are delicious! i didn't even make the spread and i thought they were just right as is. thanks for the recipe!"

NEllenson User ID: 6108264 72782
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"I LOVE these muffins, and so do all of my friends! When I bring these anywhere, people beg for the recipe!"

kbeav_09 User ID: 6070395 70085
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"These muffins are amazing! My sister absolutely loved them and would hide them from the rest of the family so that she could have them all to herself. I doubled the cream cheese recipe because we thought it was so good. You can even eat the cream cheese on regular bagels as well. This is definitely a make again and so easy!"

MuffinMazing User ID: 6064140 203304
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"These were super good! They made my house smell like a coffee shop! I ended up putting a sprinkle of cappuccino mix on top and 2 Tbsp in the batter too. That made them!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 74694
Reviewed May. 2, 2011

"O.K, after I was all done filling the muffin cups I realized I forgot to fold in the chocolate chip! Didn't matter . They are delicious! Will make them next time, this time with the chips!"

diane hixon User ID: 3130250 25587
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"The best ever! I have made these as gifts as well!"

FoodandMoney User ID: 5932964 72781
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"I think they're okay, though the spread was less than exciting. I'd definitely go with whipped cream on top instead. Also, the instant coffee made for a very fake coffee flavour. I think using an espresso milk mix would have been better."

gogogo User ID: 1595664 21450
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This is a regular in my house and we don't even make the espresso spread. My kids LOVE these muffins."

enassar User ID: 351746 34975
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2011

"These are so tasty and easy to make! I bake them often on the weekends for breakfast. Took a batch to a bake sale one day and they were the first to go! Delicious!"

HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 72779
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"This has been a favorite recipe for years! We often eat just the muffins as an everyday sort of breakfast that's healthier. But, it's a wonderful treat to have it with the spread! I do tend to leave the miniature chocolate chips out of the spread (makes it easier to spread) and then increase the sugar from 1 T to 4 T to avoid any loss in sweetness. I also add 1-2 T of milk to help with spreadability as well. But, it's still a good recipe as is."

Allie Joy User ID: 4517236 36216
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"These are really delicious! My friends and family liked them too. I wasn't crazy about the cream cheese spread, but they are plenty tasty without anything extra."

kel dehnert User ID: 4315865 70074
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2010

"I made these delicious muffins for a brunch and they were a big hit. Everyone loved the unique flavor and the spread was to die for! Very simple to make and they taste even more delicious the next day."

gitrumm User ID: 3690284 71641
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"Yum! Great muffin. I followed the recipe exactly, except I used espresso powder rather than coffee. I was very pleased with the result. I took them to a bridal shower and they were a hit, especially the cream cheese spread! This recipe is a keeper and I will be making them again very soon."

vt_pure_angel User ID: 4785804 34974
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2010

"Great recipe as it is written! Use of miniature choc chips a must in my book for the muffins - we tried reg size and did not like it as much. We did add a full tsp of instant coffee granules to the espresso the second time :)"

Gina23 User ID: 47869 70073
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"Moist, tender and very flavorful muffin. The spread just takes it over the top! You've gotta give these a try."

debleblanc User ID: 1408491 27928
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"These are AWESOME! We served quick breads and muffins at my niece's bridal shower and I had many requests for the recipe. Be sure to make the spread to go with them. It is delicious."

g456 User ID: 937330 30154
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2009

"These need to be wrapped or put in plastic storage and enjoyed the next day, they will be super moist. You will love this recipe!"

Mae0926 User ID: 2593293 21447
Reviewed May. 8, 2009

"These are amazing. So tasty, and not overly coffee or chocolate flavored. My husband, who isn't a cappuccino(or coffee) fan LOVES these!"

Maria Verg User ID: 3898177 70072
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"Absolutely gorgeous!"

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