Coffee Cake Muffins

Topped with a crumbly streusel like their namesake, these melt-in-your-mouth muffins received our Test Kitchen's highest rating.

Prep: 10 minutes; Bake: 20 minutes; Cool: 10 minutes.


Makes 12 muffins

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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, softened and divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature*
3/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups.

2. Combine 1/2 cup flour, light brown sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 4 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender until streusel is crumbly; set aside.

3. Sift together remaining 2 cups flour, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, and kosher salt in a medium bowl. Mix sugar and remaining 10 tablespoons butter in a separate bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until well combined. Beat eggs, 1 at a time, into butter mixture until blended. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, mixing until smooth. Add vanilla, and mix well.

4. Divide batter evenly among baking cups, filling each about three-quarters full. Sprinkle evenly with reserved streusel topping.

5. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until springy and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

*Remove eggs from refrigerator, and place in a bowl for 30 minutes.

Karen Barker,


December 2007