Monday, July 15, 2013

Liquid Cocaine (Espresso and White Chocolate) Muffins

Having fun with muffins:  Our Muffin Monday ingredient today is coffee.  My younger daughter/art director suggested that I research alternative Starbucks recipes and then turn one of them into a muffin.  (The photo set up above was also her brilliant idea.)  Who knew there is a whole list of secret drinks that aren’t on the Starbucks menu?  Neither did I!  But a simple search turned up lots of fun and delicious choices.  I couldn’t resist the one called Liquid Cocaine.

Here’s how to get one at your nearest Starbucks:  Order 4 shots of espresso and 4 pumps of white chocolate syrup over ice in a grande cold cup.  Stir and enjoy.

Or make these muffins.

1 cup or 160g white chocolate chips (reserve about 1/8 cup or  20g to sprinkle on muffins before baking)
2 cups or 250g flour
1 cup or 225g sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup or 80ml milk
4 shots espresso (1/2 cup or 120ml), cooled
1/2 cup canola or 120ml other light oil
1 egg

Preheat your oven to 350°f or 180°C and prepare your 12-cup muffin pan by greasing or lining it with muffin papers.

Put your white chocolate chips (reserving some to sprinkle on before baking) in a microwaveable bowl.  With the microwave on 50 percent power, heat for about 1 minute.  Remove from the oven and stir.  If it’s not completely melted, microwave for 30 seconds more.  Stir well and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

In another small mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, canola, egg and espresso.

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones, until just mixed.  Some flour may still show.

Pour the melted white chocolate into the bowl and fold gently until just mixed.  There should still be some swirls of while showing a little bit.

Divide your batter between the 12 cups.

Sprinkle with the reserved white chocolate chips.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes and them remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy the pick-me-up!

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  1. These look amazing. Can I have one for breakfast?!

  2. You bet, Sarah! They'd make a great breakfast and you wouldn't even need coffee.

  3. Stacy, your daughter is brilliant. "Liquid Cocaine" <-- love it! Although if I were to order that drink, I'd go into overdrive from all that espresso. I'll just take it in muffin form. These look fabulous!

  4. Thank you, Nancy! Yeah, the muffin was full of coffee flavor but I doubt it would live up to its name caffeine-wise. It was fun making them though and shooting the photo.

  5. My 26 y/o son saw my tweet regarding these muffins and told me I MUST make them. I agreed!!!

  6. I think you and your daughter make a great team because this was a fabulous post with photo! I love white chocolate but have never had expresso so I must try it! I also want to thank you for helping my post this morning (morning to me) Krylon has asked me to post it on their FB page and I'm not exactly sure what going viral means - but over 25,000 people have viewed it just on Hometalk and it has been shared on FB and Pinned (last time I looked) over 10,000 times. It helped that I put it on the Folger's page you helped me find because it was picked up by others there! xoxoxoxo

  7. The name is hard to resist, don't you agree? I looked through pages of recipes but stopped short when I got to that one. And looked no farther. :)

  8. Woo hoo! That is fabulous news, Kelli! How exciting for you! My only sort of viral post was one that got Stumbled and got a few thousand hits in just a couple of hours. I was thrilled so I know you must be OVER THE MOON.

  9. Coffee of all forms is DEFINITELY my liquid cocaine! I love that you turned one of their drinks into a muffin! Such a fun idea.

  10. These coffee muffins look so good. I don't mind having them anytime of the day!

  11. Thank you, Joanne. I had a lot of fun with this one!

  12. Thanks, Cheah! Muffins are great all day long.

  13. OH YUM! These muffins look amazing! Love the flavors :)

  14. Stacy....I love baking with coffee and these look pretty amazing to me. The name definitely suits them! Your new iced coffee creation and one of these muffins would start my day off right! GREAT opening photo, too!

  15. Oh gosh that opening photo is hilarious and what a great name! Would get you in a whole lot of trouble though where you live though!

  16. I did consider that, Nancy, and then figured no one would really take it seriously. And it was a lot of fun. Especially drinking the created "dregs" of a drink at 8 a.m. :) When you live here, you do NOT throw out alcohol. It's too hard to come by.

  17. Thank you, Anne! With iced coffee AND a muffin, you'd be set. :)


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