Coffeecake Muffins


For as much as I love them, I make far too few muffins. When the urge to bake suddenly hit last week, I wanted to make something different, something I hadn’t made in awhile, and something that wouldn’t necessarily be a dessert either. Muffins seemed like the perfect choice, and great ones can serve double duty as breakfast OR dessert, and these coffeecake muffins definitely fall into that category. The pecan and dark brown sugar streusel is mixed into the batter as well as sprinkled on top of the muffins for a full blown sugary-spicy flavor that rivals the best of coffee cakes.


Although you don’t necessarily have to include the glaze on top of these, it really would be a sin not to. The muffins are certainly fabulous on their own, but the glaze puts them over the top, especially if you want to keep the dessert option on the table (no pun intended!). The glaze soaks into the streusel on top leaving just enough sitting on top to look pretty, and runs down the side. These muffins would be perfect for a brunch or wedding or baby shower.

A food processor is used for this recipe because it can be used both to chop the nuts and mix the batter. If you don’t have a food processor, first chop the nuts with a knife. Proceed with the recipe, mixing the ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon or spatula, then use a wire whisk to cream the butter-sugar mixture.

What are your favorite muffins?


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Coffeecake Muffins

Yield: Makes 12

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


½ cup pecans
¼ cup (1¾ ounces) dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces and softened
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Glaze (optional):
1 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tablespoons water


1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.

2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon until the nuts are the size of sesame seeds, about ten 1-second pulses. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of the food processor bowl and transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and set aside.

3. Return the bowl and metal blade to the food processor, add the flour, granulated sugar, and salt and process until combined, about five 1-second pulses. Sprinkle the butter evenly over the flour mixture and process until the butter is the size of oats, about eight 1-second pulses. Remove ½ cup of the flour-butter mixture and stir it with a fork into the reserved brown sugar mixture until combined to make the streusel. Set aside ¾ cup of the streusel for the muffin batter and the remaining portion for topping the muffins.

4. Add the baking powder and baking soda to the remaining flour mixture in the food processor bowl and process until combined, about five 1-second pulses. Whisk together the sour cream, egg, and vanilla in a 1-cup glass measuring cup and add to the flour mixture. Process until the batter is just moistened, about five 1-second pulses. Add the remaining ¾ cup of the streusel to the flour mixture and process until the streusel is just distributed throughout the batter and the batter looks crumbly, about five 1-second pulses.

5. Using a large spoon sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to prevent sticking, divide the batter among 12 muffin cups. Sprinkle with a scant tablespoon of streusel on top of each muffin, pressing lightly so that the streusel sinks slightly into the batter. Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out with several crumbs clinging to it, about 18 minutes, rotating the pan from front to back halfway through the baking time. Avoid overbaking. Place the muffin tin on a wire rack and allow the muffins to cool in the tin for 2 minutes. Using the tip of a paring knife, loosen the muffins and gently transfer them from the tin to the wire rack. Cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

6. If glazing the muffins, place a sheet of parchment paper beneath the wire rack as the muffins cool. Whisk the confectioner's sugar and water in a medium bowl until smooth. Spoon about 2 teaspoons glaze over each muffin, letting the glaze run down the sides of the muffins. Serve warm.


72 Responses to “Coffeecake Muffins”

  1. BAKING is my ZeN on September 7, 2009 at 7:01 am

    These muffins look great! Corn muffins are my favorite. Got a great recipe?


  2. Liz Brooks on September 7, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Love these! Yum, muffins are perfect for three day weekends:)


  3. shelly (cookies and cups) on September 7, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Well, just to let you know, I made these this morning! I wanted to make the kids something special for breakfast and woke up and saw your post. They were so good and love that I did it all in the food processor…Usually when I see food processor I dismiss the recipe…too many things to clean, but when I saw that I didn’t use anything else, I thought…I’ll give them a try. They were great!! I made my glaze a maple glaze and that was really good too.


  4. Kerstin on September 7, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    These look absolutely fabulous, I’m glad you decided to make muffins 🙂 The glaze looks like the perfect touch on top too!


  5. Heidi on September 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I love pumpkin muffins ( We make lots of muffins in our home for breakfast and snacks. Can’t wait to try these.


  6. Angelia McGowan on September 8, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Those look fantastic, I love your photo, and the way the glaze is dripping off of them, so tempting!


  7. Laura on September 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Wow, these sound amazing! I will have to give these a try soon.


  8. Pam on September 8, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Those look so scrumptious!


  9. Krystle on September 8, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Oh wow…I love coffeecake and I never make it. But these look pretty simple so I just might have to try these out soon!


  10. bridget {bake at 350} on September 8, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Oh MY! ♥


  11. Ashley on September 8, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    I’m a streusel addict so the sound of a muffin with streusel both inside and on top sounds perfect!! Yummmmmmm.


  12. stephchows on September 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    mmmmmmmmmm they look so good!


  13. Quiltingdaisy on September 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    My favorite are Apple muffins. But if I could find an Orange Cranberry to die for, I wouldn’t hesitate to jump ship.


  14. Shauna on September 8, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    My husband has been begging me to make coffee cake lately. I just may have to surprise him with these little babies!


  15. Danielle on September 8, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    oh boy….I’d love a batch of those. I’m going to have to save this recipe and make them very soon! YUM!


  16. Tracey on September 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Oooh those look great! I don’t think I’ve ever made coffee cake in muffin form. What a terrific breakfast these would be!


  17. Eliana on September 8, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    These muffins look super yummy. My favorite kind is lemon poppy seed. Hmmmmm


  18. Amy on September 9, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Made these on Monday and they are DELISH! Very easy, i loved that you only used the food processor, turned out perfectly. Will make again FOR SURE!


  19. Julie on September 9, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I made these this morning for my 4 kiddos. They LOVED them. I used fresh ground wheat and succant with honey. YUM!! YUM!!Thanks for all the delicious recipes!! Blessings!


  20. sugar&spice on September 11, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Wow these muffins look great I can’t wait to try the recipe! Personally I just love simple blueberry muffins, so easy to make and so tasty too.


  21. Lucy on September 11, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I made these muffins today and they were delicious and easy to make! I think I can say these are my new favourites, although I can never go past chocolate 🙂


  22. Lianne on September 14, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    wow! these looks super yummy! (: Thanks for sharing! Oh yes. Is it alright if I link you to my blog? Thanks!


  23. Mathilde's Cuisine on September 16, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Great cupcakes for a nice Afternoon Tea. Looking forward to trying them soon!


  24. Alta on September 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I am not sure I can choose a favorite muffin. Right now, I’m in love with these. My other favorites? Zucchini or carrot cake muffins (or cupcakes, depending on what you feel like calling them), lemon poppyseed, banana nut…


  25. Jessie on September 16, 2009 at 10:02 am

    oh gosh, there are so many muffins I love but to name a few; blueberry, coffee cake, banana, apple spiced muffins are my favorites


  26. accessoryalamode on September 16, 2009 at 11:04 am

    These look soooo tempting! I had a German Chocolate Muffin the other day, could swear it was like eating cake. Your muffins look YYUUMMYY!


  27. gwyn on September 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    If you overbake it, does it get crumbly? I cooked mine for 20 minutes cause i didn’t think they were done at 18 & they were falling apart as i was taking them out of the muffin tins. Anyone else have this problem? i’m making a 2nd batch for a friend so i’ll try cooking them less to see if that helps… Taste-wise they are DELICIOUS!


  28. gwyn on September 28, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    just wanted to say that i baked batch #2 & pulled them out at 18 minutes & they held together & were not crumbly. this will definitely be a favorite in our house! (with icing!)


  29. Michelle on September 28, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Gwyn – I’m happy to hear that your second batch was a success! Mine didn’t turn crumbly at all so it seems like it just may have been a case of overbaking. Thanks for the comment!


  30. sara on October 2, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Hi nice muffins. pls tell me recipe for walnut muffins without egg i want to try it for weekend. drop in sometime. you have a nice blog. Pls mail me at thanks


  31. Alana on October 29, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I made these for a bake sale and I got rave reviews! They are absolutely delicious. I did two batches and for half I used the streusel topping and for the other half I used cream cheese frosting and topped it with some ground pecans. Thank you!


  32. Alex on May 15, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I made these for my mom’s breakfast meeting and boy were they a hit. People wanted to take an extra home with them. I even got a text message praising me for baking the muffins!

    Thanks for a great recipe!


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  34. Jessie on March 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I love your blog! I have made several of your recipes and they all are wonderful! I made these muffins yesterday, divine! Do you think instead of muffins you could put the mix in an 8×8 or a 9×13 pan?


    • Michelle on March 21st, 2011 at 12:05 am

      Hi Jessie, You could try putting this batter in a pan. I’ve never done it so can’t attest to how it would turn out, but I would use an 8×8 and increase the bake time just a bit and start checking for doneness after about 20 minutes.


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  36. ZC on July 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    So excited to make these!!!! They look DANGEROUS!! I’ll let you know tomorrow how they come out 🙂


  37. ZC on July 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    And yes, i was right- they are soooooo dangerous. Best muffin i’ve ever tasted. I was short on time so i skipped the glaze and it was heavenly even without it, but i plan on glazing the very few that are left 🙂 Can’t wait for my sunday breakfast in bed-these muffins will bring it to new levels!!! I was just wondering, do u think i can make it by hand after running the nuts mixture through the food processor? Cuz it was a bit annoying as the blade kept getting stuck in all that dough…


    • Michelle on July 20th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      Yes, I think you could definitely do it by hand. Glad you enjoyed the muffins!


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  39. Kim on August 18, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    These muffins are incredible! Michelle, do you know why these sank in the middle? I’m by no means an expert baker!


    • Michelle on August 18th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Hi Kim, When cakes or muffins sink in the middle it’s usually due to the center not being baked the whole the way through, and as it cools it starts to sink down.


  40. Kim on August 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for your response! They had actually already sunk when I opened the oven door. They seemed done in the middle. Could I have done something wrong? They were still delicious!


  41. Mondo on August 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    ok…these muffins look crazy good! my favorites are pumpkin butterscotch and donut muffins.

    p.s love your site!


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  43. Summer on April 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Wonderful muffin everyone at work went wild for these! Very sweet and perfect with a cup of coffee!


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  45. Shanna on June 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Wow! Made these muffins, along with your oatmeal applesauce & lemon poppyseed muffins this morning! These were my favorite, but all three delicious!!


  46. star on July 20, 2012 at 12:06 am

    can you make these without the pecans, i don’t have time to run to the store but i really want to try them 🙂


    • Michelle on July 28th, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Hi Star, Absolutely! Enjoy!


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  48. Angela on October 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Made these the other day. So good! I used a mini-muffin pan instead of a regular one, and got nearly four dozen mini muffins out of the posted recipe. I had to make them ahead of time for an event, which ended up being good because I actually thought they were a little dry at first. I iced them the night before I needed them, and I found that after about twelve hours the icing had moistened the muffin just the perfect amount.


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  51. Michelle Garringer on June 8, 2013 at 11:29 am

    these are outstanding! thank you so much for posting 🙂


  52. Amber on June 18, 2013 at 12:20 am

    My daughter and i made these this morning. They are by far the best muffins I have ever made! Thank you for sharing this recipe!


  53. Natasha Yubroskiva on July 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Well , where do i start my friends. my husband love them and i make them for him as much as i could. he like the cinnamon taste


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  56. Matt on September 18, 2013 at 2:07 am

    I have never baked before. For some reason, this recipe was my first! I was unprepared, and nearly fell at the first hurdle. It turns out the machine I thought was a processor was a juicer!! But I had all the ingredients so I made it by hand. A few times i thought i had messed up and when i put the mixture in the tins i was pretty sure it would be 18 mins to see a pathetic mess.
    But it was amazing, they worked! My girlfriend is a foodie so I consider it a great result that she dived in and proclaimed them edible! The fact I found her stealing one later was the true validation they were tasty!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe and starting me on a road to a new hobby!


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  58. Annemieke on February 7, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Delicious. Although I had too much batter and – enthusiastic enough to fill 12 cups – ended up with heavy mushroom shaped hats that the muffins struggled to carry. Next time filing up no more than 1/2 – 3/4. For the rest awesome recipe!

    (Substituted pecan for walnut, simply because I didn’t had any pecans).


  59. Tanya/TiggerRD on March 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    My younger daughter wanted to surprise us with a special breakfast and the first place she came to look up a recipe was your website…she has got good taste! She didn’t happen upon it, she came here by choice…it is because we make your thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies so often. The muffins were good (even without the nuts) and I can’t wait to see what she wants to make next time she visits your site. Thanks!


  60. Gillian on March 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Thanx for this recipe! It is a heavenly cupcake. Everybody I shared with really enjoyed it too. I was wondering if I could reduce the sugar. Would that affect the way it comes out?


    • Michelle on March 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Hi Gillian, If you reduce the sugar, it will affect the texture of the muffins.


  61. Meagan on April 21, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Just made these last week for the family and they were a huge hit!! I came home after work anticipating one and they were all gone 🙁

    I didn’t have a food processor so everything was mixed by hand…which took FOREVER. Highly recommend using the whizzer like the recipe states.

    Excited to make another batch :9


  62. Kendall on May 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I just made these and I hope they turned out okay!! had to substitute 1 cup of flours with rolled oats


  63. Allison on May 27, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    I found your site by accident and made these muffins Memorial Day morning for the family. Major major hit in my house!


  64. Sarah on June 13, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I have a hard time finding unsalted butter. Would this recipe work if I used salted butter and omited the salt in the recipe?


    • Michelle on June 13th, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Sarah, Yes, you could do that.


  65. Robyn A on November 9, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I made these today, and only had 1/4 c of sour cream and 1/4 c half & half, so I used that along with 1/4 milk. They still tasted soooo good!

    Love your recipes! Thank you brown eyed baker!


  66. Lisa Musumeci on September 4, 2015 at 4:38 am

    These were honestly the best muffins I have ever made and I’ve made a lot. I made them with without a food processor and I baked them a couple minutes more than the eighteen minutes specified. The flavor was incredible, they were so moist and they looked appetizing as well. Thanks for posting!


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