Coffee Cake Muffins

I cannot believe how much has happened since that Baked Rigatoni post went out a wee 48 hours ago.

Coffee Cake Muffins

I’m currently sitting in my nice comfy bed, propped up with the computer on my lap, and all is well. Or, getting well. But here’s a little reader-friendly recap of where I’ve been over the last two days:

on the couch, covered with blankets, freezing cold, and news flash: that’s not normal
taking my temperature and confirming a fever
at the mall, buying a new computer to replace Bjork’s almost broken one (of course)
keeled over a case of iPhone covers, holding my stomach in pain

Coffee Cake Muffins

in the doctor’s office getting my stomach prodded
at the hospital getting tested for parasites
in the car driving to a different hospital for more testing
getting an ultrasound to check for appendicitis
having blood drawn to prep for possible CT scan
in the CT scan waiting room trying to get the quickest appointment
on an international call with my dad, Dr. dad, at 4am, in the middle of a hospital hallway
back home in bed after getting an alternate diagnosis and deciding to wait on the CT scan
at the pharmacy picking up more Gatorade
at the airport picking up my sisters
(yes, at the airport picking up my sisters! eep!)
on a chat with my dad about how many of each pill to take
in bed watching My Best Friend’s Wedding and drinking Gatorade
vowing never to eat anything again

Not really, but food and I aren’t really friends at the moment.

Sometimes… I have no idea what I’m doing in this life. Like did this all really just happen?

Coffee Cake Muffins

During this mini-whirlwind, people have been so supportive of me and I feel like I can never say thank you enough. I’m getting tears in my eyes as I write this. THANK YOU. The orphanage staff that have given up parts of – no, their entire day – and taken me on a hospital runaround to get all the necessary tests and appointments. The doctors who have given their medical expertise just on seeing us in the hospital hallway. The teachers at the school who have covered my classes for two days, having no plans whatsoever to work from. My parents and in-laws who have called, texted, messaged, and even been willing to take calls in the middle of the night to offer medical and emotional support. My friends who have prayed and emailed and checked in to see how I was doing. My sisters who have pretended to be excited to sit around the house all afternoon on their first day in the Philippines while I lay in bed.

Sometimes life is crazy.

And now I will talk about muffins.

Coffee Cake Muffins

I made these muffins last weekend when my life was still somewhat put-together and I was still eating things.

These muffins are not crazy. They’re predictable and normal and classically delicious in that way that coffee cake can be. They were fluffy with a thick struesel layer in the middle. And you could even add a little more struesel to the middle. I think that’s everybody’s favorite part anyways.

Don’t have a jumbo muffin tin? Me either. Still worked. But if you have one, use it. These deserve to be jumbo.

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Coffee Cake Muffins
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Serves: 6
  • scant 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ stick butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (more to taste)
  • ½ stick cold butter, cut into small pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, sour cream or yogurt, and vanilla. Whisk the egg into the mixture; add the sugar and mix until well combined.
  3. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until just moistened.
  4. For the struesel, combine the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a small bowl. Cut the butter into the sugar and flour until coarse crumbs form. You can also use a food processor for this.
  5. Spoon the batter into buttered and floured jumbo muffin tins, filling about ⅓ of the way. Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of crumbs (or more for a thicker struesel layer in the middle) on top of the batter. Cover with more batter until ¾ of the way full and sprinkle struesel crumbs over the top of each muffin. Bake for 15+ minutes, depending on the size of your muffin tins.


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  1. oh dear! that was a crazy whirlwind you went through. i do hope you’re feeling better now with some rest and with some of these muffins, they sure would make my day :) i love how moist they look on the inside!! perfect breakfast to me.

  2. Oh my, I hope you feel better soon! Being sick away from home is the most awful feeling, especially in a different country altogether!

  3. Oh Lindsay, I hope you feel better soon and can enjoy the time with your sisters. I’m impressed you can even think about muffins after the couple of days that you’ve had but I very much appreciate your dedication to bringing us tasty treats : )

  4. I hope you feel better soon! Being sick is the worst :(

  5. Oh wow that sounds awful! Hope you are feeling better! What ended up being the problem and how did you get sick?? Food poisoning??/
    Dave and I have been traveling for almost 4 months now (always in fear of getting food poisoning) but so far have made it through Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam without anything series. Hoping our luck continues to carry us through the rest of SE Asia! But we have heard our fair share of nightmares from other travelers! Truly is scary!

  6. Oh no! Feel better! And have fun with your sisters. P.S. The muffins look delicious!

  7. Wow! I’m so sorry that you had to go through all of that. Being sick is one thing, but not knowing what’s wrong and running around like that sounds horrible. I’m glad that you are surrounded by good people to help you through it. Feel better soon and thanks for posting a yummy treat in the midst of it!

  8. Oh my goodness, that IS a crazy 48 hours!! I hope you’re feeling better, though, so you can spend time with your sisters! These muffins looks SUPER delicious!

  9. Oh no! I hope you start feeling better ASAP! That sounds completely horrible. Those muffins sound completely fantastic. Hang in there!

  10. Oh my goodness, sounds like you’ve had a rough past few days. Being sick is never fun, it’s even worse when you’re far from home. Hope you feel better soon!

    Those muffins look to die for, I agree, the struesel part is the best part of the muffin!

  11. So sorry to read this. It is really stressful to be sick in a foreign country, especially when you don’t speak the language. Hope the meds are working and you’re feeling better now.

    These muffins looks amazing.

  12. Eek! I hope that you feel better soon! That sounds terrible. Being sick is the worst.

  13. I hope you are feeling better ASAP! Have a wonderful time with your sister. Also, re: muffins–thanks for putting the streusel on the top AND in the middle. Really, why stop at just one spot, when you can have two?

  14. Oh my goodness, what an ordeal!! I hope you feel better, and figure out what is ailing you!!

  15. Oh my, feel better! I always drink young coconut water when I’m feeling sickly. Lots of potassium and electrolytes. You probably have lots of fresh options there in the Philippines!

  16. I hope you heal quickly! Sending prayers and good thoughts your way. And thank you for posting these muffins, they look incrrredddible.

  17. Oh, no! This is terrible, especially not being at home! Did you get a diagnosis yet? So glad your sisters are there to take of you, though :) Thinking of you, friend!

  18. Oh no!! Glad you are starting to feel better! These muffins look amazing. I love the middle layer of streusel idea. Must. Try.

  19. I love reading your blog and stealing the quick, tasty recipes. It’s terrible to hear about that kind of pain so just know your readers are sending you get well vibes from oceans away!!

  20. I hope you feel better soon! I bet it’s so nice to have family there!

  21. I am so worried about you!! What’s going on with your diagnosis or what are they saying you have and what’s the treatment? I hope you’re on the road to recovery!

    • E.Coli or some other bacterial G.I. issue from eating contaminated food/water. Meh. I am definitely on the road to recovery – it’s amazing how different I feel compared to even just a few hours ago.

  22. I hope you feel better soon. This muffin/coffee cake looks delicious. I’ve pinned ya to try this sometime. Do you think it would be as good if I substituted whole wheat flour?

  23. Wow, lady, get better soon! I can’t believe you went through all of that and are still holding strong enough to post! You’re one amazing woman and I hope you feel better soon!

  24. You poor thing…….that sounds dreadful…….I’m really crabby when I’m sick and I don’t make good company. Hopefully you’ll be back to normal to visit with your sisters while they’re visiting you. These muffins look great…..I love coffee cake muffins.

  25. Wow-that sounds like a crazy 2 days. I hope you get to feeling better & kudos to you for having the energy to post!!

    We make a lot of coffee cake in our house. I love the idea of making them into muffins! Looks fabulous.

  26. these look incredible!!

  27. Wow, sounds like you’ve been through quite a bit! I hope you get to feeling better soon!

  28. Feel better soon! Hope the worst of it is behind you and that you feel like yourself again. Enjoy the time with your sisters!

  29. Those muffins look so yummy…especially withe a steaming cup of hot coffee for breakfast. Being sick sucks! Especially when it involves your tummy :(

  30. How do you make the struesel?

  31. Thoughts and prayers for you. No fun to be sick in another country!

    Love your muffins! Xo

  32. I do hope you are better…..the recipe and pictures are yummy sounding and looking…

  33. Oh, no! I am so sorry to hear this news! I’m sending prayers and loads of sympathy your way.

  34. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear you are so sick and having to run around doing so many different things to try to get well. Being sick in another country is one of the hardest parts for me. I hope you recover quickly!

  35. okay. today is friday which means i will be making these first thing saturday morning! perfect for our big breakfast. these look so moist and delicious. gorgeous pics! :)

  36. I am so sorry and hope you are on the mend soon! I taught in Sudan a few years back and lost about 12 pounds before we figured out that a parasite was to blame, so I am with you on the delight that is the international version of Guess What’s Wrong With My Innerds. Way to stay thankful! Hang in there!

  37. Carolyn Bellanti says:

    Hope you are feeling better and can enjoy your sisters’ visit. Muffins look like a great recipe using ingredients we almost always have in the house–love that!

  38. Donna Howard says:

    oh ugh, not a good way to start the year. Well maybe get all the yucks behind you and go on for a wonderful year.

    Muffins look great – can’t wait to try them! Take care of yourself.

  39. We are hosting a tea today for my mom’s 82-year-old mother in law. I’m supposed to produce muffins on top of everything else I’ve made and here I am, 6 hours to lift off with no muffin plan. Enter Pinch of Yum. Thank you so much! Seriously. I sure hope you’re feeling better!

  40. Mmm… these look delicious. I LOVE anything with cinnamon sugar!

    Hope you feel better!

  41. Lindsay, So glad you are feeling better! Unfortunately and coincidentally Bjorn was suffering of crazy bad stomach symptoms all of last night… so we can relate your pain. But you’re at the finish line, just pound down the Gatorade, jello and saltines and all will be better… at least that is what we are hoping! :) We miss you and we will keep you in our prayers! Love, -Maureen, Bjorn, Favi and Milo

  42. Love this recipe! Made it this morning for breakfast and it came out deliciously moist, tangy, and sweet! Easy, too. We made the jumbo version of the muffins. Glad I have leftovers so I can take one to work tomorrow as a treat!

  43. Oh my – hope you feel better. Being so sick in a foreign country is truly disconcerting but it’s wonderful you’ve received great care and support. And these muffins look like the perfect recovery food!

  44. These look so delicious probably gonna try a gluten free version, thanks so much for all your hard work hope you feel better soon.

  45. Glad to hear that you’re feeling better Lindsay! That must have been especially difficult when you are so far away in another country, although it sounds like you have been blessed with a plentiful amount of support.
    When are you guys coming back to the US?
    Muffins look amazing!!

  46. Hi – how much is 1/2 stick of butter? We don’t have butter in sticks here and I’m dying to try this recipe. Thanks!

  47. Hope you’re feeling better! I wish I can send you some soup or something that you can hold down.

    Oh and these muffins – yeah, I really need these in my life! I wish I could wake up to this tomorrow morning.

  48. Oh Lindsay!
    I’m so sorry to hear that you were so sick! I wish I would’ve read your blog sooner to find out and pray for you earlier. But, I’m now praying that you get better very soon. You are so special!!
    These muffins look delicious, by the way.
    Miss you!
    Love, Jamie

    • Thanks Jamie! I’m finally feeling a little bit better, so that’s a relief! :) Hope you and your sweet boys are doing well!

      • Hey Linds!
        Yes, we’re doing good. We all ( and i mean ALL 4 of us) got the flu 2 weeks ago. It was awful…but gratefully better. Glad to hear that you’re feeling better. :)
        I SO enjoy reading your blog….it’s like you’re talking to me! I love it!!!

  49. I hope you feel better soon! I remember getting sick while in Europe and it was terrible. Never fun being sick away from home.

    On the brighter side the muffins look great. I love coffee cake (with lots of streusal). Its an acceptable dessert for breakfast.

  50. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies says:

    Coffee cake in a MUFFIN… don’t think I’m not making this. Like tomorrow! Love it!

  51. Oh my, bless your heart, you went through such hell! I hope you are much better now :)

    but I have a tiny question, how long do you bake if you’re making them in regular cupcake pans? i’d love to try these out big and small! :)

    • Just the same (they will just pop over the top more and the jumbo ones will have a rounded top). Does that makes sense? It affects the shape more than the size. I used the baking time listed for my regular pan.

  52. Feel better soon!!!

    Coffee cake muffins?! So perfect! If it was a whole cake, I wouldn’t know how to stop!

  53. Stacy Hanbury says:

    These look so good, they are going to be on my table tomorrow morning for breakfast!

  54. Made these for a snack and boy! They turn out good. Just be sure to use 1 cup flour for the main batter, 1/2 for the crumbs or it won’t work

  55. Yum!!!!! So moist and got rave reviews. Will make again. So great with tea or coffee.

  56. Thanks for the recipe! These were perfect for our snowy no-school morning; my kids loved them.

    I only had banana yogurt, which was extra yummy!

    Thanks again!

  57. laribrook says:

    Got these in the oven now – the batter is yummy. However it only made 4 muffins (and i have a ton of streusel left over.) Also i would suggest creaming the butter and sugar and adding the yogurt later. When i added cold yogurt to room temp butter, the butter got really lumpy and never creamed up again. However I don’t think it’s really going to affect the outcome that much. It just bugged me 😉 Thanks for the recipe tho!

  58. Thanks for the delicious muffin recipe! I had some problems with it, though. I did’t realize until I’d already started measuring ingredients to double the recipe that I needed to use a jumbo muffin pan. At any rate, I ended up with six small, perfectly baked muffins (baked for 14 minutes) and six underbaked jumbo muffins (baked for 22 minutes). I think your original recipe needs to call for a regular sized muffin pan, and I think that would make 6-8 regular sized muffins. If baking jumbo muffins, there will be six short muffins, but they’ll probably be better baked than mine were. I know that sounds a little convoluted, but now I’m realizing I am one of those annoying, picky commenters. Sorry about that. It’s a great muffin, just had trouble with the pan size. :/

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