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Muffin Mondays | Coffee Break Muffins

I like to muffinize things. I muffinize desserts, like cheesecake, so they are cute, compact and individual sized. I muffinize flavors I enjoy, like apple pie muffins or pancake muffins or donut muffins. You get the picture right? In my quest to muffinize the world, I attempted this Monday to adapt Dorie Greenspan’s Coffee Break muffins and muffinize Vietnamese iced coffee.

Imagine thick fudgy coffee and sweetened condensed milk in a fluffy muffin form. Brilliant, I thought. Well the execution was not as brilliant as I would have liked. Don’t get me wrong these were tasty muffins bursting with bigger sweet coffee flavor, there just wasn’t anything Vietnamese about them. I think next go around I will try adding more or stronger Vietnamese coffee and topping the muffins with a sweetened condensed milk glaze. If all goes well I will report back with my muffinized Vietnamese coffee muffins. Until them, enjoy these coffee break muffins. They are great with a cup of coffee on your next coffee break!

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Coffee Break Muffins

adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home To Yours

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar

1 cup Vietnamese coffee with two teaspoons sweetened condensed milk mixed in

2 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk

1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400F

Butter and spray 12 moulds in a regular sized pan or fit in the moulds with paper muffin cups. Place the pan on a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, espresso powder, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

Stir in the brown sugar making sure there are no lumps.

In a large measuring cup or another bowl, whisk the coffee, melted butter, egg and vanilla extract together until well combined.

Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and with a whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don’t worry about being thorough – a few lumps are better than over mixing the batter. Divide evenly among muffin cups.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to the rack and cool muffins for 5 minutes before carefully removing it from the mould.

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  • lynn @ the actor's diet
    March 25, 2012

    i like to waffle-ize things the same way you like to muffin-ize them!

  • marissa @ the boot
    March 26, 2012

    this is so creative! now i want to try to muffinize my morning italian espresso! 🙂

  • Stay-At-Home-Chef
    March 26, 2012

    I think a sweetened condensed milk glaze would be fantastic with these muffins! I’ve already made two batches (the first disappeared too fast!) Happy Muffin Monday 🙂

  • Gastronomer
    March 26, 2012

    Vietnamese coffee muffins? I had this same idea a few months ago but never executed. Girl, our minds are MAGICAL LIKE THAT. Here’s to hoping round 2 is a huge success.

  • Elliott
    March 26, 2012

    I love this one. I love your muffinization of all things and I think the recipe looks inspired and delicious!

  • Nastassia
    March 27, 2012

    Lynn – i need to get a waffle maker and start waffle-izing 🙂

    Marissa- italian espresso muffins sound amazing make them and share the recipe!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 27, 2012

    these sound so good! the spices are perfect and coffee is always perfect 🙂

    love the muffin monday concept!

  • Baker Street
    March 27, 2012

    a sweetened condensed milk glaze sounds like a great idea N! 🙂

  • Let Me Eat Cake
    March 27, 2012

    A- Definitely going to make that glaze next time!

  • Kate @ FoodBabbles
    March 27, 2012

    I love that you just used the word “muffinize.” 🙂 You’re too cute! And I love your idea for these muffins, even if they didn’t necessarily come out as planned. They sound delicious and should you give the Vietnamese muffinization again, I’ll be on the look out for it.

  • Esi
    March 28, 2012

    Ah, bummer they didn’t turn out quite the way you wanted, but they still sound good.

  • Nomsnotbombs
    March 28, 2012

    “Muffinize” is an excellent verb.

  • Darin Pye
    March 29, 2012

    I admired your useful site. great work. I hope you write more. I will carry on reading

  • elena @3greenonions
    March 31, 2012

    I also suffer from the horrible muffinizing-disease:) I’m sure the glaze would be great on these. I love them.

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