Monday, February 22, 2010


capuccino cc muffins (3)
Is there anything better than chocolate, coffee and cinnamon?  Cappucino muffins are right up there with my top faves, and these muffins are a-ok.  Oil, sour cream and buttermilk  make these tender, light and moist.  Instant coffee, coffee essence and vanilla provide great aroma and taste.  Some white whole wheat flour adds fiber, texture and more flavor.  You can top them with cinnamon-sugar, or a coffee glaze.  Either way, these are very good muffins.
capuccino cc muffins
You will need 14 standard muffin cups – a 12-cup tin plus two extra.  I put the extra batter in my 4-1/2” springform pan to make a little cappuccino muffin cake (top picture).  If you don’t have a small cake pan, you could use two aluminum foil cups placed on a baking sheet.

Cappucino Muffins
Source:  Judy’s Kitchen
Rating:  8.5 out of 10
2 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar (or 1/2 cup sugar + 1 Tbsp. Nu Naturals Stevia)
3/4 cup lite sour cream
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk (or 1/2 cup milk + 1-1/2 tsp. vinegar)
1 Tbsp. instant coffee, espresso or decaf instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla extract
optional:  1 tsp. coffee essence (equal parts instant coffee + coffee brandy)
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour + 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda 
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips + 1/2 cup for tops

Heat oven to 425F.  Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.  In large bowl, whisk together oil, eggs, sugar, sour cream, buttermilk, instant coffee, vanilla and coffee essence.  Whisk in applesauce; set aside.

In separate bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Add to liquids all at once, stirring with a spoon or spatula just till barely combined. 

Divide batter evenly among 14 muffin cups, using about 1/4 cup batter for each.  Sprinkle tops with reserved 1/2 cup chocolate chips.  Place in oven; immediately reduce heat to 350F.  Bake 17-20 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted near center returns almost clean.  Cool on wire rack.

Coffee Glaze:  3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. coffee essence or strong coffee
Milk or cream, as necessary to make a glaze consistency

In small bowl, whisk ingredients together till smooth.  Add only enough milk to make glaze the right consistency.  With fork, drizzle over cooled muffins.
capuccino cc muffins (4)


Trish said...

Oooooooooooooooh....I am SO making this today! Yummers!

Janice said...

Goodness Judy, I'm trying to lose weight and those buns will not help me, they look just delicious.

buffalodick said...

Those in one word... elegant.

theUngourmet said...

I don't think there is anything better than chocolate, coffee and cinnamon! These look amazing!

Katherine Aucoin said...

these are definitely up my alley! They look gorgeous!

Pam said...

Now that is the way to start the day with a good cup of coffee. I like your style and they look yummy!

Debbie said...

They look delicious! I love the flavor of cappucino!

Barbara said...

No, Judy. There isn't anything better! :)
What a super muffin recipe. Love the coffee glaze.

Juliana said...

Judy, these muffins look so good, love the glaze on is a must try recipe :-) Would love to wake up in the morning with one of this muffins ;-)

Kerstin said...

What unique muffins - they sound addicting!

grace said...

again with the awesome texture, and this time with the added bonus of CHOCOLATE. what a marvelous breakfast treat. :)

À LA GRAHAM said...

Oh my...this looks amazing. I am def going to have to try this one out! Just ran across your blog and I love it!

Linda said...

They look wonderful!

Katy ~ said...

Smacking my lips at the thought of glaze? Oh my stars. I'll be bouncing off the walls, but cannot resist. Many thanks....

Simply Life said...

seriously? these look amazing!!! I need to eat breakfast at your house! :)

Bridgett said...

I made some similar muffins just the other day and looked almost as heavenly as yours. You have such a lovely blog!

Sweet and Savory said...

I baked last night, cookies and muffins. Now, why didn't I have this recipe then? I would have made them. I will save this for the future. Printed it and will keep it, in a prominent place.