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These bakery style sour cream coffee cake muffins are cozy and delicious, with a cinnamon sugar ribbon and buttery crumb topping. Made with sour cream (for richness) and melted butter (for ease), top the cake-like muffins with a drizzle of vanilla glaze for the best breakfast. Recipe yields 12 muffins.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins
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There’s nothing better than a batch of freshly baked muffins. Inspired by my streusel-topped sour cream coffee cake recipe, these soft and buttery cinnamon coffee cake muffins taste like individual servings of homemade coffee cake.

Best of all, the stir together muffins come together in about 30 minutes, no stand mixer or special equipment required. The next time you crave a slice of coffee cake, try these crumb-topped muffins.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

Essential Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make coffee cake crumb muffins:

  • Flour – Use all-purpose flour in this recipe.
  • Sugar – The crumb topping, muffins, and cinnamon swirl all incorporate granulated sugar.
  • Cinnamon – Adds a hint of cozy spice to the streusel topping and cinnamon sugar ribbon.
  • Salt – Enhances the flavor.
  • Butter – The crumb topping and the muffin batter are both made with melted unsalted butter. You’ll also need 1 tablespoon of melted butter for the vanilla glaze.
  • Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract flavors the crumb topping, muffins, and vanilla glaze.
  • Baking powder and baking soda – Gives the muffins a lift.
  • Milk – Use room temperature milk in the muffin batter and vanilla glaze. You can use 1%, 2%, or whole milk.
  • Sour cream – Full fat sour cream adds so much moisture and richness to these muffins. If you don’t have sour cream on hand, you can also use Greek yogurt.
  • Egg – Use one large egg, at room temperature.
  • Brown sugar – Adds caramel notes to the cinnamon sugar ribbon.
  • Powdered sugar – For a perfectly smooth vanilla glaze.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

How to Make Coffee Cake Muffins

Make crumb topping: Combine all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk together to combine.

Add melted butter and vanilla extract, and toss mixture with a fork until completely incorporated and mixture is crumbly. Chill crumb topping in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Make muffins: Whisk together all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. 

Combine milk, sour cream, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Whisk together to combine.

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold in with a spatula just until incorporated.

Fill each prepared muffin cup with a scoop of muffin batter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Top with remaining batter and sprinkle evenly with chilled crumble topping.

Coffee cake muffin batter scooped into muffin tin and sprinkled with crumb topping

The Secret to Bakery Style Muffins

For tall, bakery-style muffins start with high heat: Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 5 minutes at 425°F for a quick burst of heat to give the muffins a nice lift.

Without opening the oven door, reduce oven temperature to 350°F and bake another 14 to 15 minutes (for a total baking time of 19 to 20 minutes), until tops are set and spring back to the touch.

Let muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, drizzle with vanilla glaze and enjoy!

Baked sour cream coffee cake muffins in muffin tin

How to Freeze Coffee Cake Muffins

Wrap leftover muffins tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze muffins up to 2 months for best texture and flavor.

The best way to reheat frozen muffins is in the oven. Wrap muffins in foil and warm in a 325°F oven for about 10 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat muffins in the microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins (Bakery Style)

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  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

Sour cream coffee cake muffins with a cinnamon sugar ribbon and buttery crumb topping taste just like homemade coffee cake! Made with sour cream (for richness) and melted butter (for ease), top the cake-like muffins with a drizzle of vanilla glaze for the best breakfast.


Ingredients

Crumb Topping

  • 2/3 cup (93 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup (56 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp (2 g) vanilla extract

Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups (210 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 g) baking powder
  • 1 tsp (6 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (3 g) salt
  • 1/3 cup (80 g) milk, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (240 g) sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (56 g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg (50 g), lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp (8 g) vanilla extract

Cinnamon Sugar Ribbon

  • 2 Tbsp (24 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (24 g) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Vanilla Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp (14 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp (4 g) vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (30 g) milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with paper liners; spray liners lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Make crumb topping: Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl; add melted butter and vanilla, and toss mixture with a fork until completely incorporated and mixture is crumbly. Chill topping in the freezer until needed.
  3. Make muffins: Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Combine milk, sour cream, melted butter, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add sour cream mixture to flour mixture and fold in just until incorporated – the muffin batter will be thick.
  4. Cinnamon swirl: Combine sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Fill each baking cup with one scoop of muffin batter. Top with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon sugar mixture, then top with remaining batter and sprinkle evenly with crumb topping.
  5. Bake muffins: Place muffin pan in the oven and bake for 5 minutes at 425°F. Without opening the oven door, reduce temperature to 350°F and continue baking for another 14 to 15 minutes (for a total baking time of 19 to 20 minutes) or until muffins are golden, tops spring back to the touch, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Muffins are done baking when the internal temperature reaches 200°F.
  6. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing from pan to cool.
  7. Make glaze: Whisk together melted butter, salt, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over cooled muffins and let set.
  8. Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature overnight.

Notes

Sour cream: Full fat sour cream adds so much moisture and richness to these muffins. If you don’t have sour cream on hand, you can also use full fat Greek yogurt.

Nuts: Feel free to add up to 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts to the crumb topping.

Freeze muffins: Wrap leftover muffins tightly in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze muffins up to 2 months for best texture and flavor. When you’re ready to enjoy, reheat in a warm oven (325°F) for 10 minutes or until heated through before serving.

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41 Comments

    1. Hi Andrea, bake time for mini muffins is generally about 10 minutes at 350°F, or until tops spring back to the touch.

  1. Laura, I made these muffins for a department meeting for my former colleagues. These are the best, and one of the attendees said this was her mom’s favorite coffee cake flavor and she would have approved of these muffins. They are like having your own little coffee cake all to yourself! High praise! They just hit the spot with a cup of coffee. We love the Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins too! Can’t go wrong ever with Tutti Dolci!






    1. Hi Lori, yes you can. Baking time will be a bit longer in a jumbo pan, so just keep an eye on them and use the toothpick test for doneness.

  2. Made your blueberry muffins last week (so good!!) and had to try this recipe too. Perfect muffins, the cinnamon swirl and crumb topping make them taste just like coffee cake.






    1. Hi Corinne, you can use a parchment-lined loaf pan (9×5). I haven’t tested this recipe in a loaf pan, so my best estimate for baking time is approximately 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached.