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Mocha Chocolate-Cheese Muffins


My friend has been requesting a recipe for mocha cheese muffins for quite some time. She tried many variations, but none came out just right. Never afraid to take on a challenge, I set out on a quest to develop perfection. I thought it would be a piece of cake (pardon the pun), but it proved to be a real challenge. Still, not wanting to go back on my word, I kept at it until I got it: the perfect mocha chocolate cheese muffin. Rochie, this one’s for you.


Make the Muffin Batter

1. Whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
2. Place milk and vinegar in a small bowl. Allow mixture to stand for two minutes.
3. Add eggs and oil. Whisk together.
4. Dissolve coffee granules in hot water. Add to milk mixture along with vanilla extract.
5. Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk together until combined and smooth.

Prepare the Filling

1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave at 15-second intervals, stirring well in between.
2. Place all ingredients in a small bowl.
3. Beat or whisk until smooth and combined.

To Assemble

1. Prepare 18 muffin liners in muffin tins.
2. Place one tablespoon muffin batter in each liner. Then add one teaspoon chocolate-cheese filling. Top with another tablespoon muffin batter. Sprinkle with one teaspoon crumb topping.
3. Bake for 22 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.


Photography: Hudi Greenberger

Styling: Janine Kalesis