Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins

Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins are almost as fun to say as they are to eat. Mocha muffins are studded with chocolate chips and topped with a crunchy toffee streusel.
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Don’t you love the crazy name of these muffins? I was inspired by my food blogger BFF Ashley who posted a recipe for Toffee Coffee Chocolate Chip Blondies a few months ago. Both the name and the idea of the flavor combination sounded wonderful so I knew I had to take it as inspiration to make some other scrumptious sweet treat. So I came up with chocolate coffee toffee crunch muffins! Weeeee.

Also, I can’t think about muffins without thinking about Jenna Maroney from 30 Rock (rest in peace) and her Muffin Top song. Try not getting that stuck in your head all day long.

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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!


Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins


For the muffins:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tablespoon espresso powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the toffee crunch topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup toffee bits (such as Heath)
1 tablespoon butter, 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.

Recipe by Tessa of Handle the Heat

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19 Responses to “Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins”

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    Tieghan — August 26, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Yes, I love the name of this post. You are right, it just sounds good!! Plus, they looks delicious and any chocolate muffin is normally a winner in my eyes!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 26, 2013 at 7:48 am

    How amazing are these, Tessa? I love recipes that rhyme. It makes me smile. I’m so corny! But these look delicious and I wouldn’t mind jumping out of bed any morning for one!

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    Ada ~ More Food, Please — August 26, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Chocolate, coffee, and toffee?? This muffin looks and sounds amazing! Will have to give this a try–thanks for sharing!

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    Robin — August 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

    These look amazing. I can’t wait to try them.

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — August 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

    These muffins look beyond amazing and the toffee crunch is making me swoon! And they’re beautiful too, I love pretty food haha

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — August 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    I love the name and I love the muffins – homemade muffins are one of my favorite things!!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — August 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Love the flavors in these muffins! Wish I were snacking on one right now!

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    Kiran @ — August 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I would love to have this for breakfast. Everyday :)

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    Des — August 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Loving these! I am always looking for things I can make for breakfast that we can have around for a few days. Although, I’m guessing these wouldn’t stay around that long :)

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    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — August 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Wow! Are these real life?! They look absolutely incredible. Pinning!

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    Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker — August 29, 2013 at 9:17 am

    These sound so good…way to take the classic double chocolate muffin and make it new again! I haven’t had a chocolate muffin in ages, but they used to always be my favorite. Adding the coffee and toffee would make them even better, I’m sure!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 29, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Yum – I am a huge muffin person, and that toffee topping sounds incredible!

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    Carla — August 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Love every word of this recipe title! Wish I had that basket in front of me for breakfast tomorrow.

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — September 2, 2013 at 7:23 am

    I am loving every single thing you have in these muffins! I could definitely go for a few of these with my coffee this morning!

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    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — September 13, 2013 at 10:10 am

    These muffins look amazing Tessa!! And they look like the perfect thing to use the buttermilk that is sitting in my fridge!!

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    christina (sisters running the kitchen) — September 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

    WOW. this look phenomenal! just pinned this recipe to try…thanks so much for sharing. I love toffee flavored things! Have you ever had the hersey nuggets? its like milk chocolate + almonds + toffee? so good!

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    Sally — October 12, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I was so excited when I saw this recipe it sounded amazing. So for a party three of us all made this recipe three different homes. They all turned out the same and all three of us were disappointed. Flavor was nothing what the name would lead you to believe it tastes like. :0( hope the next recipe I try of yours is better.

    • Tessa replied: — October 12th, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

      Hi Sally, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe. I’m not sure what makes you say the flavor wasn’t like the name, there is plenty of each namesake ingredient in the recipe!

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