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Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"I made these coffee cake muffins for my partner who requested them for his birthday. These are slightly more wholesome as I have substituted applesauce for half of the butter needed."
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55 m servings 187
Original recipe yields 24 servings (24 muffins)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Place pecans on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven until fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl with brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix until coated; set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl. Mix milk, vanilla extract, and coffee granules together in another bowl.
  5. Combine sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer until sugar granules have dissolved and mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating briefly after each addition. Beat in applesauce until smooth and creamy. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with milk mixture, beating only until incorporated.
  6. Spread 1 tablespoon batter into each prepared cupcake liner, making sure it covers the bottom. Add 1/2 tablespoon of pecan filling on top of each. Cover with remaining batter and top with remaining filling.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 18 to 25 minutes. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes before putting onto cooling racks to cool completely.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use 1 packet of Starbucks® Via® Instant Italian Roast coffee in place of the coffee granules.
  • You can also bake this in a greased 9x13-inch pan or glass casserole dish. Alternate batter, filling, batter, and filling, and serve it right out of the pan/dish. Adjust baking time accordingly.
  • You can also use a greased fluted tube pan (such as Bundt®). Because you will be flipping the cake after baking, alternate filling, batter, filling, and batter. Adjust baking time accordingly.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 187 calories; 8.2 26.4 2.8 42 107 Full nutrition

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I halved the recipe and got exactly 12 muffins. The bake time and the amount of the ingredients was spot on. I thought they were very good and tasted even better as they sat. I will make these a...