Totoro Family Recipe: Cappuccino Chip Muffins

In a previous life, before school-aged children, a teaching career and my writing obsession, I operated a small catering business. I focused mostly on appetizers and desserts, but I was most known for Molly’s Muffins.

mostly muffinsAt the height of my baking career, I would make eighteen dozen mini-muffins a week for my Bible study group: six-dozen each of three different varieties. Suffice it to say, I had quite a repertory of muffin recipes.

Recently my children have started asking for these recipes, I suppose nostalgic for the comfort food of childhood. So for the next several weeks I will post the most popular flavors of Molly’s Muffins.
Today’s recipe is hands-down a family favorite: Cappuccino Chip from my well-worn copy of Mostly Muffins by Barbara Albright and Leslie Weiner.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2.5 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter, cooled
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate mini-chips


  1. Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, espresso coffee powder, salt and cinnamon until blended.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the milk, butter, egg and vanilla until blended.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the milk mixture. Stir just to combine.
  5. Fold in the chips.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and bake at 375 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes.

This recipe yields approximately one dozen regular muffins or three dozen mini muffins. When making mini-muffins adjust baking time to approximately 12 minutes.

Great with a glass of milk for an afternoon snack, or a cup of coffee for a mid-morning pick-me-up.

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Cappuccino Chip Muffins

This post is a part of  BethFishReads’ Weekend Cooking link-up. For more delicious recipes, please visit this weekly blog feature. 


22 thoughts on “Totoro Family Recipe: Cappuccino Chip Muffins

  1. I didn’t know you catered — and I love that you were known for Molly’s Muffins. How fun and yummy. And your lucky family. These muffins sound outstanding — but, then, they have coffee in them. I also like that I have all the ingredients on hand. I think a mid-week baking venture is on the near horizon.


  2. These sound delicious! I love the combination of cinnamon and chocolate and the coffee would make this a nice pick me up. The cover of the book made me laugh a little. When I was growing up my mother had a book with a very similar cover except it was called “The Muffins are Coming”. I think we had muffins every day for a year. My dad and I used to joke that the “the muffins are coming and coming and coming…” I will definitely be trying this recipe!


  3. Why is it that mini-muffins are always so much better than the full size ones? Maybe it is because they are cute and you can half more than one flavor without seeming greedy. 😉 These look delicious–you can’t beat coffee, cinnamon and chocolate chips.
    Aloha, Deb–Kahakai Kitchen


  4. I love mini muffins because you get more of the outside (best) part with each bite! These sound delicious, and I think I’ll try the recipe with gluten-free flour and see how it works!


  5. Love learning a little bit more about you through this post! I had no idea that you catered or loved to bake so much. Though I can’t imagine baking that many muffins each week! These sound really delicious.


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