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Cappuccino Muffins With Chocolate Chips: How To Make

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If you’re like me, always on the hunt for the next best thing in the world of muffins, this easy cappuccino muffins with chocolate chip recipe will end your search. Combining the rich, smooth coffee flavor with sweet chocolate chips, these muffins are a treat to your taste buds and also incredibly easy to whip up. Whether you’re looking for a quick dessert or a special breakfast item, these muffins fit the bill perfectly, ready in under an hour.

Cappuccino Muffins on a white plate with a cup of tea in the background.

I love muffins as a snack, so you will find on my websites a collection of different muffin recipes, like these Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins or these delicious Banana Nut Muffins. They are easy to make and perfect all year round, as you can use seasonal ingredients to personalize them. However, let me tell you why I love these cappuccino muffins in particular.

Why You Will Love These Cappuccino Chocolate Chip Muffins

These fluffy and flavorful muffins marry a robust coffee punch with the sweetness of chocolate in every bite. They’re also so easy to make and perfect for any time of day.

They are so spectacular that I’m half-tempted to include them in my will. Picture it: generations from now, my descendants will proudly whip up these little bites of joy, a testament to my (and now, your) baking skills. They are also ready in less than an hour.

Ingredients Breakdown

This recipe uses pantry staples that most people should have in their house. However, this is a list for your convenience or to take it to the grocery store. (Check the recipe card for full amounts and instructions)

Ingredients display for cappuccino muffins.
  • All-purpose flour: The foundation of our muffins, providing structure.
  • Granulated sugar: Adds sweetness and helps with the browning of the muffins.
  • Baking powder: A crucial leavening agent that makes the muffins rise and become fluffy.
  • Cinnamon powder: Introduces a warm, comforting spice that complements the coffee flavor.
  • Salt: Enhances the overall flavors of the muffin.
  • Unsalted butter: Brings moisture and richness, contributing to a tender crumb.
  • Large eggs: Bind the ingredients together, helping the muffin batter to set.
  • Instant coffee powder: This star ingredient infuses the muffins with a deep, smooth flavor. Instant coffee granules also work.
  • Milk: Adds moisture and lightness to the batter.
  • Vanilla extract: A dash of vanilla enhances the chocolate and coffee flavors.
  • Chocolate chips: Provide sweet, melty pockets of chocolate in every bite. You can also use mini chocolate chips.

How To Make This Easy Recipe: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1. Preheat the oven: Get your oven hot and ready. Line your muffin tins with muffin liners.

Step 2. Prepare the ingredients: Dissolve the instant coffee into the milk, add the vanilla extract, and set aside. Melt the butter. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.

Collage of two images of mixing coffee and milk and beating eggs.

Step 3. Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, place the sifted flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.

Step 4. Add wet ingredients to dry ones: Add melted butter, coffee-milk mixture, and eggs to the dry ingredients; mix until just combined (small lumps are okay).

Collage of four images showing the steps of the recipe.

Step 5. Chocolate Chips: Fold half of the chocolate chips into the batter.

Adding chocolate chips to the cappuccino muffins.

Step 5. Fill The Muffin Liners: Spoon batter into the liners, then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.

Muffin batter ready for baking.

Step 7. Bake: Pop them into the oven for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 8. Cool: Let the cappuccino muffins cool in the tin for a bit before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Baked muffins in the pan with blue and green kitchen towel.


  • White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts: For a creamy, crunchy twist, substitute white chocolate chips for chocolate chips and add chopped macadamia nuts.
  • Espresso Glaze: Mix powdered sugar with a little espresso for a glaze. Drizzle it over cooled muffins for an extra coffee kick.
  • Caramel Core: Before baking, spoon a small amount of caramel sauce into the center of each muffin batter.

Serving Suggestions

  • With Coffee or Milk: These muffins are great with a cup of coffee for breakfast. For an afternoon treat, the perfect way is to serve them next to a glass of milk.
  • With Butter: For an extra indulgent treat, slice a warm muffin in half and spread a thin layer of unsalted butter on each side. The butter melts into the muffin, adding a rich, creamy texture.
  • With Ice Cream: For a decadent dessert, serve these muffins with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.
  • Serve Alongside Fruit: For a lighter touch, serve the muffins with a side of fresh berries. 
Cappuccino Muffins stacked on a white plate.

Recipe Faqs

Do I need an electric mixer to make these Cappuccino Muffins? 

Not really. If you have a good wooden spoon or a whisk, you should be good to go.

Can I replace the milk with plant-based milk? 

Yes, a good option would be almond milk or rice milk.

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Cappuccino Muffins displayed on a white plate.

Cappuccino Muffins With Chocolate Chips

These Easy Cappuccino Muffins With Chocolate Chips are a delicious treat you can make whenever you crave a quick dessert.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Breakfast And Brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 277 kcal


  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the 12 paper liners in a muffin pan.
  • Dissolve the instant coffee into the milk, add the vanilla extract and set aside. Melt the butter. Beat the eggs in a small bowl.
  • Place sifted flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl.
  • Add melted butter, milk and eggs to the flour mixture and mix to combine. Do not overmix, some small lumps in the batter are ok.
  • Fold half of the chocolate chips into the batter.
  • Distribute the batter evenly among the muffin liners and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 20 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and let them cool on a wire rack.


Expert tips:
  • Coffee Intensity: Adjust the amount of instant coffee based on your preference. Add a little more for a stronger coffee flavor or a bit less if you prefer a subtler flavor. 
  • Don’t Overmix: Mix the batter just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Overmixing can lead to dense muffins. Some small lumps in the batter are perfectly fine.
  • Bake Immediately: Once the batter is mixed, bake it immediately. Letting it sit can cause the baking powder to lose effectiveness, and your muffins will not rise properly in the oven.
  • Cooling: After removing the muffins from the oven, transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
  • Storage: These treats are best enjoyed fresh but will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. For longer storage, freeze them for up to a month.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 98mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating


Friday 5th of April 2024

Yum! This looks delicious! I never thought to put coffee in my muffins! This is such a great idea for an afternoon snack!


Friday 5th of April 2024

They are really good. I hope you try them, they are very easy to make.