Coffeehouse Coffee Cake Muffins

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These Coffeehouse Coffee Cake Muffins are so good, they have the streusel on the top and inside!

These Coffeehouse Coffee Cake Muffins are so good, they have the streusel on the top and inside!

These muffins are to die for!

The entire muffin, not just the tops.

When I saw these come out of the oven, I immediately thought of the Seinfeld episode with Elaine and the muffin tops. So big, so crumbly, so good!

But don’t throw the stump away on these babies, no way! Every single bite, every crumb is wonderful. Moist, full of flavor.
There are a few steps to make these but it still only took about 15 minutes to put them together and then pop them in the oven.

The original recipe combined everything in a food processor. I don’t have one of those, just my handy dandy little chopper. But this recipe comes together so easily with a few bowls, a pastry blender and a spatula.

These Coffeehouse Coffee Cake Muffins are so good, they have the streusel on the top and inside!

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Coffeehouse Coffee Cake Muffins

Coffeehouse Coffee Cake Muffins


  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or line 12 muffin cups. Combine pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and salt. Just give it a little stir with your spoon or spatula.
  3. Take 8 tablespoons of your butter, slice into small pieces and drop into flour. Using pastry blender, mix butter into the flour until butter is small and crumbly. It only takes a minute or two.
  4. Remove 1 cup of flour mixture and add it to brown sugar mixture
  5. Stir with a fork to blend and add in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, you can melt the butter or just soften it in the microwave (this is what I did) creating a nice crumb streusel topping. Remove 3/4 cup of streusel and set aside.
  6. Add baking powder and baking soda to remaining flour mixture.
  7. Combine egg, sour cream and vanilla till well blended and creamy. I did this in the 2 cup measuring cup I used to measure my sour cream. Less dishes to wash up.
  8. Add sour cream mixture to flour mixture and stir just till all combined and moist. Batter will look lumpy. Sometimes lumps are good. This is one of those times.
  9. Now add the 3/4 cup of streusel topping to your batter, just fold it in so it's evenly distributed.
  10. Spoon batter evenly into muffin tins.
  11. Now start topping with the streusel. You'll need to press the streusel into the batter a bit to keep it all in.
  12. Place in oven and bake for 18-25 minutes. Start checking at 18 minutes by inserting a toothpick, the only thing that should be on the toothpick might me some of the crumb topping. Mine took about 22 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.


adapted from Alexandra’s Kitchen

These Coffeehouse Coffee Cake Muffins are so good, they have the streusel on the top and inside!

These were so gooooooooood! I ate one still warm, tried it with a little butter smeared on. Heavenly!

One is enough for most people but I found myself grabbing a second one about and hour after the first. And I wasn’t the only one…
It was hard trying to save some for the next day’s breakfast. Good thing they’re not hard to make.

These would also be perfect for a bake sale! A plastic bag and a little twine.

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  1. Looks so yummy..thanks for sharing the recipes! :))

  2. Yum, the tops looks so crunchy and delicious. I make muffins (almost) every Friday; definitely pinning these to make soon!

  3. Oh these look fab! I love the crumb topping on muffins 🙂

  4. WOW!! I love and adore coffeecake. Definitely making these!! Thanks so much for sharing at oopsey daisy, my friend!

  5. Thank you! Big hug for sharing this recipe and step-by-step instructions.

  6. Those tops are stunning! I want one. (The whole muffin not just the top!) 🙂

  7. Two of my very favorite things is:

    1. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    I remember smelling a good ol’coffee cake in the oven when I’d stay over at my grandmother’s house years ago.

    And these muffins look fantastic…what great memories.

  8. Um, yum! I can just taste the moist crumbs laced with buttery goodness!

  9. I could eat the entire tin at this moment, then run behind me with a dirt devil cleaner to get all those beautiful crumbs………..Nice andi

  10. This sounds and look SO delicious! I love muffins with crumb toppings and I am so intrigued by the crumb topping IN the muffin! I gotta try this one… Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Oh Yes, I NEED one of these muffins! Girl, these muffins are making me drool they look delicious! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
    Miz Helen

  12. Made these today and they were a hit! My husband ate three and said I really shouldn’t have made them because they were so yummy. I will definitely be making them again.


  13. Anonymous says:

    Mmmmm! Do these look yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Lol, I love that episode! Top of the Muffin! 🙂 though I agree with Ms. Benson, I have to say this muffin looks irresistible and I don’t think I’d had a problem eating an entire batch, stump and all. Yum!

  15. I’ve been looking for a recipe just like this. Thanks for re-posting it on FB. Can’t wait to try it this weekend 🙂

  16. These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Yum! Stopping over from PinFest 🙂

  18. I love coffee cake! Pinning this one. Found you through PinFest.

  19. Found via Pinfest—and pinned! I LOVE making muffins, going to have to try these!


  20. Anonymous says:

    this looks very yummy and will be willing to try it i love new recipes

  21. Hi, I just made the muffins… very excited to taste them! I noticed that there is a typo in paragraph 7. It says add salt, baking powder & baking soda. The mistake is that you already add the salt in paragraph 2. I looked back at the recipe on Alexandra’s Kitchen and it says to add the salt with the flour and sugar at the beginning.

    • Thanks so much for catching that. I hope you enjoy the muffins as much as we do!

      • Sheryl Salisbury says:

        I made the muffins this morning. Once I figured out the recipe was out of order, I successfully got them made….or at least they tasted delicious! (Should the numbers really be in this order? 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 5, 6, 10,11,12,and 13? Just making sure I did it right.)

  22. I made these today and they are seriously the best muffins I have ever tasted. The structure is so soft, rich and delicious and the streusel crumble topping is just so good. My mum, who is not usually a fan of anything sweet, absolutely loved them as well. Thank you for the recipe, I’m going to save this forever. 🙂

    • So glad you enjoyed these muffins, of all the muffins I’ve had, these are still my favorite. They also freeze nicely so you can make up a batch and freeze some for another time.

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    thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  24. Very nice article, totally wha I wanted to find.

  25. I love any baked good with streusel. I used to make a lemon coffee cake that was made a similar way, with part of the crumb mixture going into the batter. Yummy!

  26. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites really nice,
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  27. I love the Seinfeld reference… “Oh, Elaine. The toll road of denial is a long and dangerous one. The price? Your soul. Oh, and by the way, you have til’ 5:00 to clear out your desk. You’re fired”.

    This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I have to try it!

  28. pat free says:

    Love these can th r ‘re be a way to make using a cake mix

    • they will turn out more cake like but sure, just replace the batter portion of this recipe with prepared cake batter from a box.

  29. I eyed this post when it came across my FB. OMG it’s delish! Made them this morning 🙂 Thank you


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