Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins


Brown Butter.

That’s the word on the street that makes everything baked taste even better. Don’t you know it’s a fact that everything tastes better with butter and everything tastes amazing with brown butter.

Well, that’s what I have read in baking journal’s.

I love coffee cake, yes, I really love coffee cake, any excuse for making a coffee cake is my perfect morning. But since I didn’t have an excuse to make coffee cake, I made coffee cake muffins.

I knew my kids would love to have one of these before they went off on their merry way to school…..I was so right and voted Best Mom of the Year because of it….well maybe I am exaggerating this point a bit!

Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12 muffins
These are the best muffins ever! Delicious streusel and the perfect way to start your morning or afternoon!
  • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean ( I used a vanilla bean, cut the bean in half, scrape seeds with a sharp knife or use your thumb nail like I did)
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • For the Topping
  • 3 Tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3½ tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Put a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line muffin pan with paper or foil liners.
  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Keep an eye on the butter.
  5. Melt and cook down the butter until little brown bits appear in the pan.
  6. The crackling will subside and butter will begin to brown fairly quickly after that.
  7. Keep a close eye. I burned my first batch.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. If using vanilla bean, split the vanilla bean down the center, scrape the seeds out, and in a small bowl, rub the vanilla beans into the granulated sugar.
  10. I used my fingers.
  11. Set aside.
  12. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla.
  13. Add the brown butter and stir to combine.
  14. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl
  15. Add milk and butter mixture all at once, and stir gently to combine.
  16. To make the topping combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and rub together with your fingertips until crumbly.
  17. Sprinkle evenly over the batter in the cups.
  18. Bake until golden and crisp and a wooden pick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes.
  19. Keep an eye on them… they dry out quickly.
  20. Cool in pan on a rack for 15 minutes then remove from the pan.
  21. Serve warm or at room temperature.


This recipe is semi- adapted from Joy The Baker’s Coffee Coffee Cake Muffins


  • Bernadette

    Mmmm, it occurs to me that I haven’t done a recipe swap with you yet 😉 Soon!

    • nettiemoore11

      Sounds like fun Bernadette! Nettie

  • crumbsinmymustachio

    You had me at “Crumbs”!! Lol!! They look yummy!!

  • crumbsinmymustachio

    You had me at “Crumbs”!! They look super yummy!!:)

    • nettiemoore11

      Thank you sweet Amy! nettie

  • http://Lookyummyindeed,butI'malitleconfused-there'snocoffeeintherecipe?! Jan

    They do look yummy , but I’m slightly confused…there’s no coffee in the recipe!?

    • nettiemoore11

      Hi Jan,

      Yes, this is a coffee cake muffin to be eaten with your cup of coffee. That’s why they call it Coffee Cake.


  • Karen

    I followed the recipe precisely and the batter was chunky and the muffins came out flat. Also, the streusel proportions are off. Very dissapointing.

    • nettiemoore11

      Not sure why? I have made these muffins many times. This recipe has been reviewed by other bakers with great results also. Sorry the recipe didn’t work out for you.

  • Temera Gurisa

    great easy to find and receipes

    • nettiemoore11

      I do not have a video Temera…yet!

  • Temera Gurisa

    great easy to find and Make receipe

    • nettiemoore11

      Thank you Temera!

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    • nettiemoore11

      I am so grateful for being nominated as top 10 Food Bloggers! Nettie

    • nettiemoore11

      Thank you for sharing my favorite muffin recipe! Nettie

  • taranoland

    I love muffins like this and yours looks delicious!!!

    • nettiemoore11

      Thank you Tara!Nettie

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  • Emily

    ahh… why did you do this to me? Now I am drooling! LOL This reminds me of the ones I get at Dunkin Donuts! =)

    • nettie

      Thank you Emily! Nettie