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Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins

Recipe By Tessa Arias
May 23rd, 2018
5 from 1 vote
5 from 1 vote

Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins feature a mocha muffin base that's studded with chocolate chips and topped with a crunchy toffee streusel for the best combination of flavor and texture!

Yield: 12 to 15 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Tessa's 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!

Don’t you just love the crazy fun name of these muffins? They’re almost as fun to say as they are to eat!

I was inspired by my best friend Ashley who posted a recipe for Toffee Coffee Chocolate Chip Blondies.

Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins feature a mocha muffin base that's studded with chocolate chips and topped with a crunchy toffee streusel for the best combination of flavor and texture!

The name is what caught my attention at first, but the flavor concept sounded too delicious not to try!

I’m happy to report that these muffins are not only moist and tender, but loaded with cocoa and coffee flavors. Plus that crunchy toffee topping is just to die for. So much better that most boring, bland, and dry grocery store muffins.

Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins feature a mocha muffin base that's studded with chocolate chips and topped with a crunchy toffee streusel for the best combination of flavor and texture!

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

When I want to watch something light on TV I almost always stream one of the following: The Office, Parks & Rec, Friends, or 30 Rock. What’s your favorite comedy series to rewatch over and over?

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This post was originally published in 2013 and recently updated with weight measurements and new photos by Ashley McLaughlin Photography.

5 from 1 vote

How to make
Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins

Yield: 12 to 15 muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins feature a mocha muffin base that's studded with chocolate chips and topped with a crunchy toffee streusel for the best combination of flavor and texture!


For the muffins:

  • 2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (133 grams) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (43 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (170 grams) semisweet chocolate chips

For the toffee crunch topping:

  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits (such as Heath)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups.

For the muffins:

  1. In a large bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, sifted cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. 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.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.

For the toffee crunch topping:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 Notes

*This can be found at many grocery stores and gourmet food stores. If you can't find it you can also use dark roast instant coffee.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    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!

  2. #
    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!

  3. #
    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!

  4. #
    Robin — August 26, 2013 at 9:44 am

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

  5. #
    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

  6. #
    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!!

  7. #
    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!

  8. #
    Kiran @ — August 26, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    I would love to have this for breakfast. Everyday 🙂

  9. #
    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 🙂

  10. #
    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — August 27, 2013 at 8:18 pm

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

  11. #
    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!

  12. #
    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!

  13. #
    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.

  14. #
    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!

  15. #
    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!!

  16. #
    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!

  17. #
    [email protected] — September 20, 2013 at 9:35 am

    These muffins look mouth-watering good! I can’t wait to try them this weekend.

  18. #
    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 — October 12, 2013 at 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!

  19. #
    Rajshree — February 18, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    Any substitute for egg or I can make without egg follows the recipe

  20. #
    Rajshree — February 18, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Substitute for egg or I can make without egg follows the recipe

  21. #
    Gabriella — February 19, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Can freshly brewed coffee be substituted for espresso powder? Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  22. #
    Alaina — March 23, 2016 at 2:07 am

    I love muffins but haven’t made any in a while!! I think I may have to get back in the muffin groove and whip up a batch of these! I mean, toffee streusel, you can’t go wrong!! I can’t wait to try them!!

  23. #
    Kristin H — March 24, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    The pictures alone made me want to try this muffin recipe. I love chocolate and toffee. These were delicious muffins! I followed the recipe except for adding the espresso powder, since I don’t drink coffee. These are a definite keeper! Thanks for the recipe!

    • #
      Tessa — March 24, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Glad you made it work for you, Kristin!

  24. #
    Shanta — March 28, 2016 at 8:27 am

    This looks amazing!! What is espresso powder? Brand name? I went to my local grocers and they don’t carry it.

    • #
      Tessa — March 28, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Sometimes it can be hard to find, but Walmart and Target both carry it near me! There’s King Arthur and Medaglia D’oro. Hope that helps!

  25. #
    Jennifer — April 6, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Is the espresso powder instant?

  26. #
    Amy — July 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I was really disappointed. These looked so good, but I made them tonight and they’re horrible. They have no flavor and a strange texture. I bake all the time, and followed the recipe exactly. What a waste of ingredients!

  27. #
    D Clutter — January 5, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I just made these exactly like the recipe except for adding about a cup of pecan chips. Came out fabulous! Made 12 muffins and small mini-loaf. Thanks!

  28. #
    Marcy — August 17, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    These sound wonderful. I love the flavor of coffeee, but I can’t have caffeine though. Do you think I could use an instant decaf coffee? Or is espresso powder even more fine than regular instant coffee? Thanks.

  29. #
    Amber — January 22, 2018 at 8:54 am

    These made way more than 12 muffins. Were you using a standard muffin tin? I doubled the recipe, and got 36 muffins out of these, so one batch for 24 would have been fine.

  30. #
    Katrina — August 18, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    Oh. My. Gosh. These are amazing! I didn’t have buttermilk so I did the milk & vinegar trick. Worked great.

  31. #
    Judy — January 21, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    A pet peeve of mine is when people alter the recipe and then complain about the outcome…so, the toffee crunch part just seemed too sweet for me today. So, I did zero crumb topping, omitted the chocolate chips, and stirred in a cup of peanut butter chips instead. They are delicious! (See? No complaining!) I’m fighting off the urge to have a third…

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    Sue — June 1, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I would love to actually see this recipe BUT the mobile version has an INSANE amount if ads that pop up. When you try to close them they are on top if other ads which causes you to accidentally click in THAT ad! Nope. Not wasting my time trying to avoid ads, wltgat yes you get PAID for when people click on them!! Nope. I’ll find another recipe. Your ad amount is ridiculous. Shame on you!!!

  33. #
    Ankita nandwani — August 12, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Can I use something else apart from buttermilk

  34. #
    Kate — September 2, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I want to make these so bad today but it’s a holiday where I live and all the stores are closed, do you think I would be able to make the omitting the espresso powder?

    • #
      Tessa Arias — September 2, 2019 at 9:50 am

      Of course! You just won’t get that coffee flavor.

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