Coffee Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins

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My grandmother Bunny ran a bed and breakfast in Seattle when I was little.  I was there all of the time hanging out with the woman who cleaned, Kathy and playing with the dog Dinah.  The smell of her famous coffee walnut chocolate chip muffins would waft from her busy kitchen.

My dad doesn’t like the taste of coffee, but even he loves these muffins.  Bunny would make them for him every Christmas.  I decided to take a wack at her family recipe and make them myself.  The smell was so familiar and comforting and they turned out great.

This super simple recipe is perfect for any time of year, but especially around the holidays.

Makes 8 to 10 muffins

  • 1/2 cup butter (Bunny always melted it first)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons instant coffee (dissolved in 1/4 cup or less of water)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all of the items except the last two, and stir.  (Bunny said about 50 turns).  Add the last two items, grease muffin pan and fill not quite full.  Bake for 25 minutes and cool on a rack.

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