Espresso Spice Pumpkin Muffins

I’ve got just what you need…a fabulous way to start the day – ESPRESSO and PUMPKIN in the same muffin!!

I love muffins because you don’t have to pull out the mixer.  Just a bowl and a whisk will do.  My 4 yr. old had a great time helping me make these and sprinkling on the sweet topping!

Do you ever make muffins that come out flat on top?  It seems to happen to me all.the.time!  And it’s a little bit frustrating!  Look closely at these beauties – a lovely dome of a muffin top – these are an absolute winner.  I loved the way that all of the flavors in this muffin were so balanced – nothing stood out stronger than anything else.  A new fall favorite that’s for sure!


Espresso Spice Pumpkin Muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups FLOUR
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons BAKING POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 6 Tablespoons BUTTER
  • 1 Tablespoon INSTANT ESPRESSO POWDER (or instant coffee, like Starbucks VIA)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
  • 1/2 teaspoon GROUND CLOVES
  • 1/4 teaspoon NUTMEG (freshly ground if you can)
  • 1 1/4 cup BROWN SUGAR
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1 teaspoon VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1/4 cup MILK (whatever you have on hand)
  • Cinnamon Sugar Espresso Topping:
  • 3 Tablespoons SUGAR IN THE RAW (or regular sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Prepare a 12 count muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Melt butter in microwave and add espresso powder and spices, mix well. Add brown sugar and eggs, whisk to combine. Stir in pumpkin puree and vanilla. Whisk in half of flour mixture, then all of the milk and the remaining flour mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients.
  5. Evenly divide batter among muffin cups. Sprinkle topping mixture over muffin batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until tester toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack after removing from the oven.

Recipe Source: Baking Bites


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  1. says

    These look lovely! I always thought coffee didn’t affect me until I ate a candy bar the other night with espresso beans in it and then stayed up until 2 in the morning. Maybe next time I’ll be like other humans and have my caffeine in the morning! I’m loving this recipe.


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