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Coffee cake muffins in a basket on a wooden serving tray.

Coffee Cake Muffins

These easy Coffee Cake Muffins are perfect for brunch, breakfast, or as a food gift. No need to fight over the biggest slice; all of these walnut-studded cinnamon muffins are equally-sized and over-the-top delicious.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 muffins
Calories 301kcal


For the topping:

For the muffins:


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin cups with paper liners and coat with nonstick spray.
  • To make the topping, in a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts; set topping aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. In another bowl, beat sugar, butter, and oil, until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. 
  • Stir in sour cream. Add to flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Batter should be lumpy.
  • Spoon half of the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each one-third full. Top with half of the topping, the remaining batter, and the remaining topping. 
  • Bake until golden and a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes.



  1. Butter: You'll need 9 tablespoons total; 4 cold to cut into the streusel mixture, plus 5 softened for the cake batter. Cold butter usually softens up in about 30 minutes when left out at room temperature (much longer if frozen). To soften butter in the microwave, cut each stick of butter in half, unwrap, and place on a microwave-safe plate. Then cook the butter at 10% power for 1 minute. Gently press on the butter with your finger, and if it still feels too firm, cook for another 40 seconds at 10% power.
  2. Walnuts: The nutty flavor and crunchiness makes the streusel irresistible. Pecans would also work wonderfully.
  3. Sour cream: In addition to the butter and oil, 1 cup of sour cream is key to score a super-tender and moist cake texture. Full-fat plain Greek yogurt can also do the trick.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes 16 regular-sized muffins, ideal for a breakfast buffet, a weekday breakfast with yogurt or eggs, or in a basket as a food gift for a host, new parent, or neighbor.
  5. Storage: Store these muffins at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
  6. Freezer: Morning Glory Muffins can be cooled, wrapped in 2 layers of plastic, and frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature.
  7. Mix-ins: Stir dried cranberries, raisins, or more nuts into the batter before layering with the streusel topping.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 317IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg