Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins feature a mocha muffin base that's studded with chocolate chips and topped with a crunchy toffee streusel for the best combination of flavor and texture!
12 to 15 muffins
Tessa's Recipe Rundown...
Taste: These muffins have so much more flavor than almost all store-bought muffins I’ve ever tasted. Texture: The muffins are soft with bits of melty chocolate chips throughout but the best part is definitely the crunchy toffee topping. It adds a whole new layer of texture to muffins! Ease: Super easy. Appearance: I love the contrast of the dark chocolate muffins with the light tan toffee topping. Pros: Fun way to say and eat muffins. Cons: None, though I may try to use a 50/50 ratio of whole wheat flour to white flour next time and see if it tastes good. Would I make this again? Yes!
Don’t you just love the crazy fun name of these muffins? They’re almost as fun to say as they are to eat!
The name is what caught my attention at first, but the flavor concept sounded too delicious not to try!
I’m happy to report that these muffins are not only moist and tender, but loaded with cocoa and coffee flavors. Plus that crunchy toffee topping is just to die for. So much better that most boring, bland, and dry grocery store muffins.
I can’t even think about muffins without thinking about Jenna Maroney from 30 Rock and her Muffin Top song. Try not getting that stuck in your head all day long.
When I want to watch something light on TV I almost always stream one of the following: The Office, Parks & Rec, Friends, or 30 Rock. What’s your favorite comedy series to rewatch over and over?
How to Make The BEST Muffins
How to make muffins from scratch:
Whisk together your dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, beat together your wet ingredients. Pour into the dry ingredients. Don’t overmix or you’ll have rubbery muffins. A few streaks of flour remaining is perfectly normal!
Add your toppings or flavor variations.
Divide among muffin tin, bake, and enjoy!
How to prevent muffins from sticking to the liners:
Hint: Chilling your muffin batter overnight makes for the BEST ever muffins!!
How to store muffins:
Muffins are best served the day they’re baked. If you have leftovers, store them for up to 1 day in an airtight container at room temperature. Refresh in a 300°F oven for 5 minutes or reheat in the microwave for 10 seconds.
For best results, freeze leftover muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight at room temperature or reheat in the microwave for about 1 minute.
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1/2cuptoffee bits (such as Heath brand or homemade, recipe linked in directions)
1tablespoonbutter, at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups.
For the muffins:
In a large bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, sifted cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a small bowl combine the melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Do not overmix.
Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.
For the toffee crunch topping:
In a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, and toffee bits. Cut the butter into the mixture using the back of a fork until it is coarse and crumbly. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of the mixture over each unbaked muffin.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before removing the muffins to the rack to cool completely.
*This can be found at many grocery stores and gourmet food stores. If you can't find it you can also use dark roast instant coffee.
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This post was originally published in 2013 and recently updated with weight measurements and new photos by Ashley McLaughlin Photography.
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