Cappuccino Muffins With Chocolate Chip Espresso Cream Cheese

Cappuccino Muffins

What is it about heart-shaped things?  I just love them.  I guess I’m just a mushy girl.  But even if you took away the heart shape of these muffins and made them in normal cupcake papers, these are wonderful.  They have a hint of coffee taste as well as cinnamon and chocolate.  They smell wonderful when they are baking. If you are not a cappuccino lover, these Raspberry Lemon Muffins would be cute in a heart shape, but because the coffee flavor in the muffins is mild, I think coffee lovers and non-coffee lovers alike would enjoy them.

Cappuccino Muffins

Then, there is an espresso chocolate chip cream cheese spread to top them off.  It takes them to a whole new level!  This would also be good spread on a bagel.

Cappuccino Muffins

They would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day breakfast for your family or to make for friends as gifts.  Or just make them whenever you decide it is time for a delicious muffin!

Cappuccino Muffins

These could not be easier to make.  It is just a matter of throwing a few ingredients into a bowl, mixing, and baking.  Just make sure, if you are using heart-shaped muffin tins to spray the insides of the hearts very thoroughly with cooking spray so the muffins don’t stick.  While the muffins are baking you can whip up the cream cheese spread.  The muffins can be made ahead and frozen until the day you need them, too.

Cappuccino Muffins

I think I just may start making everything I cook into heart shapes.

Cappuccino Muffins

Meatloaf, pizza, cookies, eggs, toast, pancakes, would all look better as hearts don’t you think?  Maybe if I make salmon in the shape of a heart, Jeff will like it better. Nevermind, even heart-shaped salmon doesn’t sound that great.  I think I’ll just stick with the muffins!:)

Cappuccino Muffins

Cappuccino Muffins With Chocolate Chip Espresso Cream Cheese

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the Muffins:

  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c milk
  • 1 Tbsp. instant espresso powder (instant coffee can be used but won’t result in as strong of a coffee flavor)
  • 1/2 c butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Chocolate Chip Espresso Cream Cheese:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the Muffins:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. In another bowl, stir milk and coffee granules until coffee is dissolved.
  3. In this order, add the melted butter, egg, and vanilla while stirring with a whisk.  Mix well.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  5. Fold in miniature chocolate chips.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups or heart-shaped muffin pans 2/3’s full of batter.
  8. Bake for 17-18 minutes or until muffins test done when inserted with a toothpick.  Watch carefully the last few minutes so you don’t overcook them.  While muffins are baking, make Chocolate Chip Espresso Cream Cheese.

For the Chocolate Chip Espresso Cream Cheese:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine softened cream cheese, sugar, espresso powder, vanilla.  Mix on medium-low speed until well blended.
  2.  Gently fold in miniature chocolate chips.  Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Recipe from Cook AZ I Do, found originally in Taste of Home Magazine, October/November 1999 issue, page 25 and submitted by Janice Bassing






About Shari

My name is Shari, and I am an Arizona native and married mother of 3 who loves to cook and bake and figure out how to garden successfully in our suburban home in the desert. On this blog you will find a combination of savory and sweet recipes that have been tested by me, along with many tips to help you be successful. I hope you enjoy them! (
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34 Responses to Cappuccino Muffins With Chocolate Chip Espresso Cream Cheese

  1. that cream cheese looks heavenly!!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Katy! It was such a unique cream cheese spread with the chocolate chips and espresso flavor. I enjoyed it a lot. I appreciate you stopping by!

  2. Connie rice says:

    Oh goodness! Yes, these muffins look amazing!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much, Connie! How fun to see you here today. I hope you are doing well. It has been fun to see your snow pictures on Instagram. I hope you have a great week!

  3. April Murray says:

    Looks so yummy!! I look forward to following your blog 🙂
    xo April from The Thin Kitchen

  4. Nancy says:

    I love ❤ shaped things too, Shari! These muffins look delicious all on their own…but then you added that flavored cream cheese and oh my…what a fabulous pair they are! (gorgeous photos!)

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much, Nancy! The cream cheese spread definitely made these muffins very special. It was a recipe that I had made before, but had forgotten about and then came across it the other day. I’m really glad I found it. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Have a great week!

  5. Jess says:

    These are so cute for Valentines Day Shari- thanks for sharing 😀

  6. I love cappuccino and chocolate together. This combination looks yummy indeed.

  7. Lety C says:

    How beautiful! And perffect combination of flavors!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you very much, Lety! They are 2 of my favorite flavors. Although, I have to admit, I have a lot of favorite flavors!:) I appreciate you taking the time to comment!

  8. Diana Rambles says:

    If the muffins weren’t amazing enough on their own, you added that FANTASTIC cream cheese! WOW!! I want one now!

    • Shari says:

      Thanks so much, Diana! That is part of what makes these muffins so special, I think. They would be great on their own, though. I appreciate you stopping by!

  9. Looks incredible. ..yummm

  10. nancyc says:

    What a wonderful treat–these sound amazing! 🙂

    • Shari says:

      Thank you very much, Nancy! You don’t see these flavors in muffins too often. I think that is what drew me to them. I hope you’re having a good week!

  11. Mmmm – the cinnamon and espresso would be lovely together in a muffin. Yum!

    I agree re: espresso chocolate chip cream cheese spread. That would be fantastic on a bagel, or maybe even on top a plain chocolate cake.

    Now, a question for you: Have you ever come across a recipe that uses a lot of honey (besides your fab homemade almond granola)? My sister has preserved fresh/frozen cranberries in honey, which is dee-lish, but I find myself surrounded by a lot of honey & cranberries these days that I would like to put to good use.

    • Shari says:

      What a great idea, Ruth! (About the cream cheese spread on chocolate cake). I like the way you think! I will have to think about your question regarding honey. That combination of cranberries and honey sounds good! Let me rack my brain for a couple days, and I will get back to you. Thanks for your comment!

      • Shari says:

        Hi Ruth, I have been thinking about your cranberries and honey problem (what a great problem to have). I saw a couple recipes on Yummly that looked promising. One was for Honey Chicken Salad and the other was for Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Crisp. Another recipe I found was on MyRecipes for Cranberry Brie Appetizer. All of these recipes contain honey and cranberries and look wonderful. I hope that helps. I would love to know what you end up making with them!

  12. Lori says:

    This cream cheese sounds amazing Shari!!

  13. cheri says:

    Hi Shari, Iove heart shaped things too, these look delicious. The weather we have been having is so wonderful, isn’t it? Hope you had a great week-end.

    • Shari says:

      Thank you, Cheri! My family really enjoyed these muffins. I agree, the weather sure has been gorgeous! I guess that’s why we live here. I feel sorry for the people back east who are dealing with so much cold and snow. I appreciate you stopping by!

  14. rozpaige says:

    One of the most delicious combinations ever for muffins . . .and with the espresso cream cheese topping, you’ve just outdone any great cook! YUM, Shari, YUM!!!

    • Shari says:

      Thank you so much! I had not seen these flavors in a muffin before until I ran across this recipe. It seemed to be enjoyed by all who tried them. I really appreciate your kind comment!

  15. Shari, I wanna have it with my morning coffee . 🙂

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