Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Wake up and smell the aroma – roll the folgers coffee commercial.

Now you can literally drink your coffee and eat it too!

Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins |
So we’re back with more muffins.

Maybe it’s because I love making mini muffins. 99.99999% of the time I bake muffins in my mini muffin pan.

I think the first time I used my regular muffin pan for a blog post was for these Garden Vegetable and Feta Muffins.

And now the regular muffin pan sits on the shelf. Actually it’s used most often to make mini cheesecakes instead of muffins.

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The mini muffin pan might be my favorite kitchen appliance.. but I did just get a donut pan. Check out the donuts we made!

Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 regular muffins or 24 mini muffins


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp instant espresso
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Place butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl and melt. Stir cocoa power and espresso powder into melted butter while warm. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Add the butter mixture and egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until well-combined. The batter will be thick. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin cups. Cups will be heaping with batter.
  6. Bake for 9-11 minutes for mini muffins or 19-22 minutes for regular muffins, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool muffins completely on a wire rack.

Recipe adapted from Baking Bites.

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21 Responses to “Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins”

  1. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — March 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Love love love a coffe and chocolate combo! In muffins?! I’m so obsessed with these pretty things. Seriously I need to make these ASAP!

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 21, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Good thing it’s the weekend!

  2. Karen@fromthegardentable — March 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    What a unique flavor in a muffin! Very intrigued by these. Can’t wait to try them! Linking from Pin Me Link Party.

  3. Laura@Baking In Pyjamas — March 22, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Hmmmm I love mocha treats, these look very yummy. Perfect for munching on whilst having a nice hot mocha, or dunking in that said mocha..yum!! Now you’ve got me craving a mocha.

  4. Mariah — March 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    These look so yummy :)

  5. robin lorraine williamson — March 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    yummy yummy chocolate and coffee my favourite combo pinning it and thanks for sharing visiting from saturday night hop have a great day

  6. Blair Lonergan — March 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I love the combination of chocolate and coffee in baking, but I’ve never tried it in a muffin. What a great idea! Can’t wait to start my morning with one of these treats. :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Enjoy Blair!

  7. Jelli — March 24, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Beth, these look fantastic. I made muffins yesterday, but they were plain old healthy banana muffins. I’ll have to give these a try next time I need muffins. These would pair beautifully with my a.m. java fix! Pinned. P.S. New design here, eh? Looks good.

    • Beth @ The First Year — March 24, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Ha, so glad you noticed! I’ve been tinkering with it.

  8. JavaCupcake — April 29, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I think mini muffins are better than regular size. Mini = cute. And I like cute! hehe Great recipe!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 29, 2014 at 7:47 am

      YAY! Someone who LOVES mini muffins like me!

  9. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos — April 29, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Yay for baked goods that are mini and include coffee!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 29, 2014 at 6:53 pm


  10. Heather @ French Press — April 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I could really sue one or two right about now

    • Beth @ The First Year — April 30, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      I agree friend!!

  11. Marly — June 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    These muffins look fabulous. Love those photos!

    • Beth @ The First Year — June 25, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      I wish I could share them with you Marly!

  12. Claire — January 7, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Hey! made these tonight and they tasted great however- mine look a lot darker in color than yours? Should they be the color yours are? Also did you make the instant espresso or just add the powder to the butter? I just added the powder but like i said the shade was like a chocolate cake.

    • Beth @ The First Year — January 8, 2015 at 7:18 am

      Hi Claire! Were you using instant espresso powder or instant coffee? That could have made a color difference. And they most definitely do not have to be the same color as mine, as long as they taste delicious any color is fine!

  13. Judy — May 11, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Hey, these look great and I want to try them but I can not find the espresso powder so I got the espresso ground coffee how would that work? Would you just add the grounds or brew it?

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