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Java Muffins

If you love your morning java like I do, get a double dose by paring this crunchy pecan-topped muffin with your favorite hot cup of Joe. They travel well and are ideal to take to work—for that mid-morning coffee break, of course. —Zainab Ahmed, Mountlake Terrace, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs; mix well. Beat in applesauce. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, coffee, coffee granules and vanilla until granules are dissolved; gradually add to butter mixture.
  • In another bowl, whisk flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to butter mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans.
  • Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners; fill three-fourths full. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 muffin: 220 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • 123faye
    Mar 11, 2019

    Added mini chocolate chips. These muffins are delicious!

  • alfoa
    Feb 11, 2019

    These have nice flavor and texture. They were a hit at work.

  • jon.ruth.alumbaugh
    Feb 12, 2018

    Taste of Home Field Editor Review;These muffins are the bomb! With all the flavors melded together, they were wonderful. Moist, tasty, even without the semi-sweet chocolate chips that I added. I had to use them up! I omitted the nuts due to allergies of the folks I would serve them to. And substituted coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar. They turned out perfectly. They were light and fluffly and melt in your mouth.

  • SABM
    Nov 3, 2013

    why this named as Java Muffins ?

  • homemadewithlove
    Jul 17, 2013

    Wonderful! These moist muffins are delicious for breakfast, snack, or coffee break. I have even made them substituting the whole wheat flour for buckwheat and the all-purpose for gluten free flour blend.