Monday Morning Mocha MuffinsPosted: January 30, 2012
If you’re like me, you need a few cups of coffee to get moving in the morning. Without it, I just wouldn’t function properly. I’m not a muffin guy, but this version is the perfect complement to my cup-o-joe. It’s got chocolate, a few scoops of espresso powder and won’t way you down like most muffins. The fact that it came together with just a whisk isn’t too bad either. I made regular sized ones, but I think these would be pretty great in mini form too.
Chocolate Espresso Muffins
– 2/3 cup of 1% milk
– 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
– 3 tablespoons of instant espresso powder (or instant coffee)
– 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla
– 1 large egg, lightly beaten
– About 2 cups of flour (use a about a tablespoon less)
– 2/3 cup of sugar
– 2 teaspoons of baking powder
– ¼ teaspoon of salt
– ½ cup of chocolate chunks or chips
– Cooking spray
– Muffin pan
Heat your oven to 400º.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, espresso powder, vanilla and egg. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and chocolate chunks. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, add the milk mixture and stir until combined.
Spoon the batter into a muffin pan lightly coated with cooking spray (or muffin cups). Bake for about 16 to 18 minutes, or until the tops spring back when gently touched. If not using muffin cups, remove the muffins from the pan immediately and let them cool on a wire rack.