Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins

Yield: 12 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.

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!

Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins from

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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How to make
Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins

Recipe By Tessa Arias, Handle the Heat
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
  • Directions

    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

    About Tessa...

    Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    33 Responses to “Chocolate Coffee Toffee Crunch Muffins”

    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. # — 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?

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        Tessa — April 7, 2016 at 10:28 am


    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.

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