Coffee Cake Muffins

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Buttery, brown sugar muffins topped with a cinnamon streusel are everything you love about coffee cake in handheld form!

Coffee Cake Muffins: Buttery, brown sugar muffins topped with a cinnamon streusel are everything you love about coffee cake in handheld form!

When I sought out muffin recipes to plan for 2018’s Muffin of The Month, I wanted to compile an eclectic mix full of classics, holiday favorites, and bakery style muffins you could recreate at home.

I also wanted to give you a few muffin recipes that were a little unique in that maybe you hadn’t thought to put all those things together in a muffin recipe or perhaps your favorite breakfast item is just a lot of food to have around at one time.

Now don’t get me wrong, when I made that cinnamon streusel coffee cake 3 years ago, I was in coffee cake heaven. For days and days. We shared it with lots of people!

But if you’re not into having a whole bundt cake’s worth of coffee cake, these coffee cake muffins are nature’s way of letting you have your cake and eat it too– plus they freeze really well, so you can keep some stashed away for special cravings!

I’ve made no secret about my love for streusel. In fact, here are all of my recipes that have streusel in/on them. You’re welcome.

Coffee Cake Muffins: Buttery, brown sugar muffins topped with a cinnamon streusel are everything you love about coffee cake in handheld form!

When I dreamed up a coffee cake muffin in my head, there was no doubt it had to be covered in streusel. So I thought… Why not just turn my standard coffee cake recipe into a muffin? Should work nicely, shouldn’t it? I was right.

This recipe is literally that recipe cut in half and put into a cupcake pan. And they are heavennnnnn.

So really and truly, read about all the whats and whys over there, if you’re so inclined.

Because I want to get real for real with you for a minute here.

This two kids business is no.joke. One kid was no joke either, but TWO? Guys. This is hard.

Coffee Cake Muffins: Buttery, brown sugar muffins topped with a cinnamon streusel are everything you love about coffee cake in handheld form!

It’s very likely that since I am not even remotely “a baby person,” I’m finding this harder than the average mom. I’m also not the stay-at-home parent, and it’s been glaringly obvious over the last 9 weeks why. I’m just not as patient as my dear better half is, and I get overwhelmed easily.

Matt has the patience of a saint and also, you have to be pretty crazy and out of control to tick him off. He’s very chill most of the time, which translates well to a toddler barking demands at you and a newborn doing the same but in a really screamy way.

I got a lot of (welcome) advice from my friends during the last few months of my pregnancy. One piece of that advice I held onto was that if the newborn and the toddler need you at the same time, address the toddler first.

The newborn won’t remember you made him wait a minute, but the toddler will. I’ve been doing a fairly good job of this, but it’s sometimes literally impossible while I’m nursing.

I keep saying that I might as well be in a straight jacket while someone hands my toddler a million things he shouldn’t have while I’m nursing. And my toddler is a really well-behaved toddler!!

It just seems he wants to do allofthethings and goalloftheplaces while I’m stuck on the couch nursing.

Coffee Cake Muffins: Buttery, brown sugar muffins topped with a cinnamon streusel are everything you love about coffee cake in handheld form!

Don’t get me wrong– I’ve managed to nurse while standing/walking, making a sandwich, preparing dinner, emptying the dishwasher, sitting in the yard, and, my personal favorite, drawing with chalk on the driveway, but it’s not my first choice, and once I’m parked on the couch, it’s hard to move from that spot.

If there’s a piece of advice I personally have based on my 9 weeks of 2 kids, it’s this: you will have less time to eat than you had the first time around, so sneak as many snacks/meals as you can.


Because toddlers immediately want everything you have. The first time around, that newborn has no clue you’re eating candy and Pirate’s Booty while he’s nursing.

The toddler?

He can smell the jelly beans two floors away and will come running. He will also barge into a quiet room with an almost asleep newborn and yell “MOM!” But there’s no advice that will make that any better. Because if the door won’t open, he will just knock on it loudly anyway.

My muffin stash has been saving me over this phase of 2 kids. Our kitchen is separate from our living room, so it’s possible for me to sneak into the kitchen and steal bites of food without my toddler seeing me and wanting everything I have.

Coffee Cake Muffins: Buttery, brown sugar muffins topped with a cinnamon streusel are everything you love about coffee cake in handheld form!

Sneaking food has been gold, friends. GOLD. So that’s my advice: address the toddler first and hide all of your snacks.

Because as often as I’m able to actually sit down and eat with my toddler, goodness knows nursing makes me hungry every second of every single day, so mom gets more like 12 meals a day, and there’s only so much mom can eat while the toddler naps and the newborn nurses.

Do what you can, folks!

Like I’ve said, we’ve been defrosting muffins here and there from my collection over the last few months, but THESE ones, we decided to toast in the toaster oven after they were thawed.


The tops got extra crunchy and the middles stayed soft and moist. I’d even venture to say that they’re better a little toasted than straight up. But either way, you can’t go wrong with these coffee cake muffins.

So there you go, friends. July’s Muffin of The Month with a side of Real Life With Two Kids.

Coffee Cake Muffins: Buttery, brown sugar muffins topped with a cinnamon streusel are everything you love about coffee cake in handheld form!

What’s your best advice for having 2 kids close in age (ours are 23 months)? And will you please make these muffins and snack on some while you type?

Coffee Cake Muffins

Buttery, brown sugar muffins topped with a cinnamon streusel are everything you love about coffee cake in handheld form!
Prep Time15 mins
Bake Time14 mins
Total Time29 mins
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 9 muffins



  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar firmly packed (light or dark)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into pieces


  • 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour be sure to measure properly
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed (light or dark)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain or vanilla, any fat content-- you may also use sour cream


  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Spray 9 wells of a 12 count muffin pan with non-stick spray or line with cupcake liners. Set aside.


  • Place flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter into a small bowl.
  • Using a fork, press ingredients together until butter is in small chunks. Use your fingers to pinch pieces together until streusel is mostly small crumbles. Some large crumbles are ok. Set aside.


  • In a medium size bowl, toss together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating on medium speed after each until combined. Add the vanilla and the yogurt and beat again on medium speed until completely incorporated.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently with a spatula until no flour pockets remain.
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared wells. I like to use an ice cream scoop with a thumb trigger. Sprinkle a heaping Tablespoon of the streusel topping on each pile of batter. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes, then without opening the oven door, reduce the temperature to 350ºF and bake for another 13-14 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool in the pan at least 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Leftovers can be kept covered tightly at room temperature up to 5 days or in the refrigerator up to one week. Muffins freeze well, up to 2 months. Thaw in fridge overnight or heat up in microwave for 15 seconds on high.


*It is always a good rule of thumb to use room temperature ingredients when using room temperature butter. To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, place in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes.
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  1. These look great, I’ll have to try them when it cools down enough to use my oven again, ha ha. Congratulations on your new baby. 🙂 My kids are 18 months apart, the only advice I can give is sleep when you can and teach them both to wait 1 or even 2 minutes before attending every whim (dangerous situations and emergencies and such excluded, obviously). Learning this is often harder on mom than on the kids, lol.
    While they were growing up we let our kids have unstructured playtime as often as possible (sometimes without mom or dad participating) and as a result they (now 8 and 9.5) are able to entertain themselves without relying on us to keep them busy or think of things for them to do. Good luck and enjoy your family

    1. Thanks, Melisa! Our 2yo is pretty good at playing alone, and we’ve put that into practice a lot more recently. Hopefully baby bro can follow suit so we can eventually sit back and sip a beer while watching them play and/or fight, hahaha!

  2. I sadly don’t have any sage advice for you, I still haven’t figured out how my mom did it with me and my sister who are 17 months apart with an older brother. I used to have way more patients, but I realize the older I get (I’m in my 30’s) the worse my patients is. I can tell you that I am in LOVE with these muffins. Especially the picture of the muffin and you can see there reflection, gorgeous. I think I definitely need to try these. They sounds so yummy. Although we are a jumbo muffin kind of house so I won’t have as many left over. I wish you luck in this whirlwind of parenthood. May there always be a yummy snack hiding in a good place with your name on it. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Courtney!

  3. Louise Savarese says:

    We’re not in the having babies phase yet but I love how real you are about having kids! Also, these look amazing and I’m totally trying the recipe. =)

  4. 5 stars
    Super tasty and moist

  5. 5 stars
    Best breakfast food!! These were so great!

  6. 5 stars
    Very easy to make, I didn’t make the topping just added a simple vanilla buttercream on top. Still delicious gone down well with a cup of coffee.

  7. 5 stars
    These were so delicious! Thanks.

  8. 5 stars
    Great! I will be making a double recipe next time.

  9. 5 stars
    Made for breakfast. Turned out great. Tender and moist.

    1. Great news, Bonita! Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    Yummy and easy to make.

  11. 5 stars
    I feel like I’m eating cake for breakfast when making these! The recipe was easy to follow and the yogurt made them moist! I’m going to need to try them toasted. That sounds amazing!

  12. 5 stars
    I tried it! It came out perfectly. (I did cut back to only 1/4 c brown sugar. Its something I’ve always done. We don’t like overly sweet things.)I also like that it only makes 9 instead of 12. We can never seem to get through a dozen before they get stale.

  13. 5 stars
    These were PERFECT! Not too sweet, moist, flavorful muffins. Thank you!

  14. Leigh Master says:

    5 stars
    I am playing single parent for the weekend and was looking for easy prep/little finger friendly breakfasts. My little lady wanted muffins and we agreed on these delicious handheld (dare I say) treats!
    They are quick and easy to bake; the muffin is super moist (I used Sour Cream, not the yogurt); and it’s a great recipe to bake with your small human. We loved these!

    1. You made a GREAT choice!! Thanks so much for your review 🙂