Mocha Muffins

Quinn has been after me for ages to bake more with chocolate and coffee. The problem, you see, is that I don’t like coffee. Love to smell it, don’t love to drink it. Does anyone else have this problem?

It’s no secret that chocolate and coffee are a brilliant pairing. They just seem to enhance each other naturally. Even I have a hard time arguing with that.

Plenty of chocolate and a shot of espresso make these Mocha Muffins a great pick-me-up treat! - Bake or Break

I picked up a fresh shot of espresso at our neighborhood coffee shop, which is just a short walk from home for us. If you have access to good espresso, I highly recommend it for these muffins. In a pinch, try using another strong-brewed coffee.

It may seem a bit odd to have a recipe that makes 8 muffins. But, I worked with the practicality of using one shot of espresso. You can get a dozen by increasing all the ingredients by half. If you’re an espresso drinker, then you just get a bonus half shot to enjoy.

Mocha Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8 standard-size muffins

Mocha Muffins


  • 1& 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3-4 tablespoons espresso (1 shot)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350°. Line a standard muffin pan with paper liners.

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, butter, espresso, vanilla, and egg until thoroughly combined. Add flour mixture in 3 or 4 portions, mixing just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Transfer batter to prepared muffin pans, using about 1/4 cup batter per muffin.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with clean. Keep in mind that you may get chocolate on the pick from the chips.

Cool in pan for 5-10 minutes.

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  1. Debbie April 29, 2013 Reply

    Hi! Thanks for the great recipe… bummer you don’t like coffee – isn’t it one of the four major food groups (chocolate, butter, coffee, and your choice)?!?

    Quick question: can I make my own espresso using espresso powder? One would think that possible, but I always like to ask before I tinker with a recipe.

    Thanks –

  2. jennifer April 29, 2013 Reply

    Hi, Debbie! I’ve only used espresso powder a couple of times, and that’s been a while. My guess is that you should be able to use it. I would dissolve it in hot water first. I don’t know how much you should use, but there’s likely some information on the container.

  3. JEP April 29, 2013 Reply

    I do drink coffee. The espresso and chocolate will make the perfect pick-me-up afternoon snack.

  4. I drink espresso every day, and every time I make something chocolatey, I throw in a little instant espresso powder for good measure. They do just go together. Your muffins look incredible, and I’ll take that extra shot of espresso on the side!

  5. I too dislike coffee. Although I don’t like the smell of it unless it’s one of those mixed beverages that basically smell like dessert.

  6. Oh yum! I love coffee flavored desserts, but like you, I hate to drink it!

  7. Rachel @ Bakerita April 29, 2013 Reply

    Mm, I love coffee so I’ll love these for sure! Definitely trying them out. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. Tracy {pale yellow} April 29, 2013 Reply

    I love the idea of walking into a local coffee shop and ordering espresso to use for baking! I never know what to do when recipes call for espresso when I don’t have an espresso machine. Great idea, these muffins look fantastic!

  9. I adore coffee- but I still think I’d love these muffins- chocolate and coffee go SO well together! They look great!

  10. I love anything mocha flavoured, your muffins look so delicious!

  11. Katie April 30, 2013 Reply

    I agree with Debbie, chocolate and coffee are both definitely considered two of my favorite food groups:) These look perfect.

  12. Joanne April 30, 2013 Reply

    My boyfriend hates coffee also and so I try to avoid making things with mocha so that he’ll eat them…but it means that I miss out! I’ll have to make these and not tell him :)

  13. Jenny @ BAKE May 1, 2013 Reply

    I love coffee – these sound right up my street!

  14. Kendall Stark September 17, 2013 Reply

    Hello there! I made these for my birthday on Sunday and they tasted amazing! The amount of batter I had was actually enough for nine muffins. The only thing was that the batter was really thick and almost stiff, and the tops came out rather crunchy. I followed the recipe to a T. Any ideas on why they came out like that?

    • Author
      jennifer September 17, 2013 Reply

      Kendall, my first guess is that the batter was mixed a bit too much. The more it’s mixed, the more gluten is formed. That can give you thick batter and tough baked goods.

      • Kendall Stark September 21, 2013 Reply

        OK, I figured that was the answer. I won’t mix so much next time!

  15. Z. Ali September 22, 2013 Reply

    Question/Observation: There’s no milk in this recipe? Is that a misprint? I only bake a little and have never seen a muffin recipe without milk or a milk substitute, so I wanted to make sure that it’s not a misprint before I give it a try. This looks yummy! Thanks!!

    • Author
      jennifer September 25, 2013 Reply

      I initially wrote the recipe to include milk, but I decided they didn’t need it once I got the batter mixed. If you’d prefer to include milk, you can add about 1/2 cup. It will change the consistency, but they should still be good.

  16. carol March 31, 2014 Reply

    Do you think I could use regular black coffee instead of expresso? If so, would i use 3 tablespoons still?

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry April 1, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Carol. You can make the substitution, but keep in mind that you’ll get less coffee flavor. I wouldn’t alter the amount, as you’d change the consistency of the muffins.

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