Coffee Cake Muffins


Any kind of breakfast pastry or baked item has my vote. Coffee cake is one of my favorites, but making a whole cake in our house just goes to waste. I always believe if you can make it smaller, go for it. Baking coffee cake in muffin portions is a great way to grab your breakfast to go + share with others!


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Coffee Cake Topping:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp cold butter, cut into small pieces

Muffin Batter:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted + cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Put your oven rack on the center placement + preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper cups or spray with nonstick baking spray.

Make the filling: mix brown sugar, pecans, cocoa powder + cinnamon in a small bowl with a spoon until well combined; set aside.


Make coffee cake topping: In a separate bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon + cocoa powder. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to use.


Make muffin batter: In a stand mixer, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon + salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, butter, milk, eggs, sugar + vanilla. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and blend with the paddle attachment until well combined.


Using a small cookie scoop {or spoon}, fill each muffin cup 1/4 of the way with batter; approx 1 tbsp.


Layer on top of that 1 tbsp of the Filling mixture + then another scoop of batter.


Finally, sprinkle the coffee cake topping on each muffin.


Place your muffins in the preheated oven for 21-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes + serve warm!


I hope you like them as much as I do! Enjoy!


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