Friday, September 16, 2011

Cappuccino Muffins with Espresso Vanilla Glaze

I'm excited to share with you  a new recipe today!  This morning I made cappuccino muffins, a recipe that I found in one of my favorite seasonal cookbooks The Gooseberry Patch, Autumn In The Country.  

 Made with rich flavors of espresso, cocoa powder and chocolate chips , these muffins are (without saying) scrumptious!  I decided to make a glaze for them, too.  I started out with a simple vanilla/powdered sugar/evaporated milk glaze that I poured right after getting the muffins out of the oven.  We decided a thicker coffee glaze to make them over-the-top amazing!!  

It worked ;)

{The camera was loving these moist decadent muffins, almost as much as we did!}

Mr. Cozy took Step 2 of his board exam, for med school, yesterday. (Yay, it's over!)  If you don't know much about Boards, take it from me....they are very important, very difficult and require a whole lot of studying!  So today I took off work to spend some much anticipated quality time with my husband, and decided to make these muffins for a morning treat.  It was a great way to start off the beautiful, fall-like day.
This high is only about 72 degrees today and the sun is shining!   This is really my kind of day! 

Frost tall glasses of milk, and surprise your sweeties with these sweet cappuccino muffins on your next morning off! 

Cappuccino Muffins with Espresso Vanilla Glaze
Makes 1 Dozen

2 c. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. sugar

2 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

2 T. baking cocoa

1 heaping T. instant espresso granules

1 c. evaporated milk
(it called for milk, but I used evaporated milk for extra yummies!)

1 egg, beaten

1/2 c. butter, melted

1 t. vanilla extract

3/4 c. chocolate chips
(I added a couple more to the batter after putting in the muffin tin.)

(Directions below for muffins)

Espresso Glaze

Powdered sugar, vanilla, espresso powder and evaporated milk.  

(Of course, I just eye-balled the proportions.  So sorry!  I just forgot to measure it out, because I never have done that with a glaze before.  It's easy to make!!)

Only, make sure you don't add too much milk because you want it thick, but if you do just add more sugar. Heat for about 30 seconds in the microwave to blend everything together and allow to cool and thicken slightly before pouring over muffins.

Here's my cozy work station.  I lit my caramel corn candle to set the "baking mood".

Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.

Mix together milk and egg.  Pour into flour mixture and mix together.

Stir in melted butter and vanilla.  Mix well.

Add the beautiful chocolate chips.
I first tossed them in about 1 Tbsp. flour so they wouldn't sink.

Spoon batter into greased muffin tins, filling 2/3 full.

Bake at 375, for 17-20 minutes.  Mine took 18 minutes.

Pour on the vanilla glaze, right out of the oven: powdered sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla.

Allow muffins to cool before adding the espresso glaze.

Add the espresso glaze to the top and allow to slowly drip down the muffin!
The next part is crucial...

Eat right away!!! :)

Here's my reading corner, next to the fireplace.  This is where I drink my morning coffee, and spend time in the Bible.   I find it a very cozy place to snuggle up!

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A Kitchen Witch said...

These look so nice and my oldest daughter would love them because of the chocolate!

Leslie said...

Thank you! Yes, chocolate drew me to the recipe too! :)

elizabeth said...

These look fabulous! I'm on vacation in P.E.I., but when I get back home, this is on my must make list! :)

Leslie said...

Thanks, Elizabeth! Enjoy your time on beautiful P.E.I.--that's one place that on our "travel bucket list"!

Julie said...

I'm not even into coffee and I think these sound great!

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

YUM! I LOVE your recipe ! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow and share your tasty recipe with us?
I hope to see you there!

Amanda said...

I am so glad to connect with you! Love your sweet blog and felt like I was a guest at your house reading this post...on muffins, of all things:)

Making these, by the way!!

I am about to post some pumpkin muffins I found thru another bloggy friend...something about muffins and fall:)

I love your description of yourself in your profile! "old soul" is a great term!!

Looking forward to staying in touch thru the blogs.

4Sisters said...

These look amazing! I'm going to have to make these soon!

Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

Pam said...

As soon as I saw Cappuccino I knew I would love this recipe I can not wait to make these muffins.

Leslie said...

Thanks everyone for such thoughtful comments on these muffins!!! Looking at the pics here remind me that they were so delicious!

I truly appreciate every sweet things you all take the time to say. :)

Thanks again and have a blessed day!