I frequently ship baked goods,  like these Coffee Cake Muffins, to Betsy’s office so I can get them away from my mouth.  As a result, this gchat conversation happened this week with one of her coworkers:

I think I need to change my tagline on this site.

Macheesmo: Making Betsy’s Coworkers Fat Since 2008

Coffee Cake Muffins

5 from 1 vote
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Simple ans delicious coffee cake muffins with a sweet streusel center and topping. These muffins are the perfect way to start the day!



Coffee Cake Batter:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract, or vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk

Streusel Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Quick Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk


  • For Streusel, mash together ingredients in a small bowl until it is in small crumbs. Set aside until later. Also, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl for batter. Mix together wet ingredients in a separate bowl including melted butter.
  • Stir together wet and dry ingredients to form a thick batter.
  • Butter muffin tins and spoon batter into each tin. Fill each tin ⅓-½ full. You should fill 10 tins and use about half of the batter.
  • Pack a spoonful of streusel onto each muffin. You should use half of the streusel.
  • Top streusel with the rest of the batter. Then add the final ½ of the streusel to the muffins. It’s okay if they overflow a bit out of the muffin tins.
  • Bake muffins for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until they a tester comes out dry.
  • For icing, whisk together milk and powdered sugar.
  • Let muffins cool for a few minutes and then remove them from tin. Let them cool for another 10 minutes and then drizzle on icing.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 95mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 354IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breads, Breakfast & Brunch

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Coffee Cake Muffins

Lots of Streusel

Let’s be real… the best thing about any coffee cake is the streusel. Really, the coffee cake is just a delivery system for streusel.

So don’t go light on it!

crumb for Coffee Cake Muffins
Basic stuff.

You might think that this is more streusel than you would need, but that means that you aren’t using enough.

You should use every single morsel for these muffins.

To make the streusel, just mash together all the ingredients in a bowl. Try not to eat it all.

mixed up - Coffee Cake Muffins
Try not to eat this all…

The Batter

This is a really simple coffee cake batter. Basically just stir together your dry ingredients in a large bowl and your wet ingredients in a smaller bowl.

Then stir the two together.  Doesn’t get much easier than that!

wet stuff - Coffee Cake Muffins
The wet and the dry.

This dough should be pretty thick. It should be so thick that you can’t really pour it. You’ll need a spoon to scoop it into the muffin cups.

That said, if the dough looks dry then add a bit more milk.  This looks about right.

thick - Coffee Cake Muffins
A thick batter.

Making the Muffins

I’m calling these muffins because A) they don’t have a frosting and B) they don’t have cupcake papers around them.  That’s really the only thing that makes them muffins instead of cupcakes!

Plus, if you call them muffins, you can eat them for breakfast.

This recipe will make ten large muffins. You could make them a bit smaller and get a full dozen out of it if you wanted.

Most importantly, make sure you butter or lightly oil your cupcake tins. You don’t want these guys sticking at all.

Add a large spoonful of batter to each muffin tin. It should fill up the tin about 1/3-1/2 of the way.  You should use half of your batter for this bottom layer.

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Butter those tins.

Then pack on a good amount of the streusel.  You should use about half of your streusel for this step.

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Nice layering.

Then add the rest of your batter to the top of the streusel.  Don’t worry if you don’t cover up the streusel entirely. It doesn’t really matter.

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Top it off!

Finally, top each muffin with another generous spoonful of streusel.

It’s completely okay to fill these guys to the brim. Mine were even overflowing a bit.  This is fine because these won’t expand a huge amount as they bake.

top ready to bake - Coffee Cake Muffins
Piled high!

Baking the Muffins

Bake these guys at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  A tester should come out dry from the center of one.

Let them cool for a few minutes and then you can easily lift them out of the tins (assuming you buttered them well).

baked Coffee Cake Muffins

Ice Ice Baby

This is an optional step. The muffins are plenty good as-is, but if you want to jazz them up a bit, just whisk together some milk and powdered sugar to make a quick icing.

Drizzle that over all of the muffins and you’ll be all set.

icing on Coffee Cake Muffins
Simple step.

I cut into one of mine just so you could see the layers.

Coffee Cake Muffins recipe
So good.

These Coffee Cake Muffins would be perfect for a brunch or to bring into work because everyone gets their own individual cupcake.

Oops. I mean muffin.

These are definitely muffins. No doubt…