Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife

Chocolate Espresso Muffins (aka Get Your Ass Outta Bed Muffins)

Hey Beautiful! How are you? How’s the weekend treating you? I made us chocolate espresso muffins that doubles as an excellent cupcake. We load in heaps of chocolate chips + espresso and call it breakfast on-the-go. The espresso comes in the form of fresh-brewed espresso + finely ground espresso…in a pinch you could use some strong-brewed coffee in its place. So no worries there.

My days have been filled with heaps of planning for The Cookie Book — we are just one month from release day and I can hardly wait to share it. Frankly, I worked my ass off for a really long time and now I feel like we just get to party and clink wine glasses and small talk butter and sugar. Not sure life gets much better.

There are lots of logistical things happening now, like organizing signings and parties and events and giveaways (see below) and lots of fun stuff. There will be a chocolate chip cookie baking class in Brooklyn (so looking forward to this…you have no idea), Lucini is throwing a swanky little release party (which I’m so flipping excited about) and there will be signings in NY, LA, SF, OC and maybeeeee Chicago and Portland. Keep an eye on this page for updates (there are some dates in there now) and always email (or comment below) with any questions. The most exciting part is getting to see all of you, sip some wine and talk cookies.

Pre-sales are very important to a book — they inspire bookstores to carry it + you get the book first, before anyone else! I am starting pre-sale giveaways next week and they include The Cookie Book Luxe Sprinkles (yep, I had a sprinkle blend custom made just for us); really cute canvas shopping bags that say Get Stuffed (the name of the stuffed cookie chapter and PS these are SO CUTE); my favorite madeleine tin (I have two sets of these to giveaway); and OF COURSE I will be giving away some signed copies of The Cookie Book before it even hits the stores. All you have to do is email your receipt/proof of purchase to (just need a screenshot/photo of proof of purchase). Keep your eyes peeled in your inbox and/or on Instagram for when I announce the giveaways for more details. I’ll be doing one pre-sale giveaway a week until the book releases! ***US + Canada addresses only.

Get your copy of The Cookie Book here!

OK, back to these espresso muffins… they are endlessly adaptable. You could easily ditch the espresso and just add an extra 1 tablespoon of buttermilk in its place and skip the ground espresso. You could add a heaping tablespoon of raspberry jam to the middle of the batter (are you feeling me on this?)…or maybe peanut butter? I think they’re quietly whispering that they’d like cacao nibs sprinkled over the tops for some crunch. Sea salt flakes? Why not? You do you.

Bottom line is, we’re getting jacked up on basically a cupcake masquerading as a muffin for breakfast. You’re welcome and my love for you runs deep.

Let’s get our espresso muffins on, shall we?

Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife
Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife
Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife
Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife
Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife
Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife

Chocolate Espresso Muffins
(aka Get Your Ass Outta Bed Muffins)

Makes 15 Muffins


For the Cakes

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, packed 
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground espresso*
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken and at room temperature
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate chips

*I use a Nespresso espresso pod for this. You could sub in any finely ground coffee or as noted in the comments below, espresso powder.


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F and place a rack in the top 1/3 of the oven, at least 6-inches from the heat source. Grease a regular muffin tin or use muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, espresso and vanilla until completely blended together.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, ground espresso and sea salt. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk into the butter mixture in two batches, ending with the buttermilk. Stir until barely combined and you still see streaks of flour. Fold in the chocolate chips, reserving about 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips for the tops of the muffins. Scoop the batter into the muffin liners and fill until just barely ¾ full. Let the muffins sit for 15 minutes before putting in the oven; this helps them get a wee more rise (and is optional). 
  4. Coarsely chop the 3 tablespoons of chocolate that you set aside and sprinkle over the tops of the espresso muffins.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes in the top third of the oven or until a toothpick comes out clean. You want the tops to be puffed up. For best results, bake one tin at a time.
  6. Let cool in the muffin tin for about 10ish minutes, then use a butter knife to help get them out to finish cooling on a rack.
  7. Thank you for making these espresso muffins!! Tag me on social @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so that I can see your beautiful creations!!!


Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife
Chocolate Espresso Muffins Recipe by Rebecca Firth | DisplacedHousewife


*First, WordPress changed its interface for inputting blog posts and I’m really digging the photo thing and I am loathing the formatting. It feels stiff. And I can’t figure out how to make a bulleted list unless I copy and paste from Word or Google and ain’t NOBODY got time for that.

*If you’re looking for something simple, fluffy, funny and easy to watch, might I suggest The Good Place on Netflix? 

*I really want to talk about what is happening with The Affair but I don’t want to blow it for anyone that isn’t caught up but HOLY SHIT.

*Feeling excited for fall. I’m already thinking about all the things I get to make with pumpkins and apples. Do you love me or hate me for this?

OK, that’s all I got. PEACE.

Rebecca xoxoxo















  • Laura 2019/01/09 at 2:25 AM

    I have all ingredients but the buttermilk, and would love to try this recipe sooner rather than later. Can you suggest a substitution? BTW I’ve loved every recipe I’ve tried so far!

    • Rebecca Firth 2019/01/09 at 4:40 PM

      Hi Laura! You can measure out 1 cup of milk, take out 1 tablespoon out and then add in one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice in its place. Or, you can just substitute it with milk. I would sub in 2% or higher. Let me know how it goes. And thank you for your sweet words!!! xoxo

  • Anne Pik 2018/12/10 at 8:23 PM

    I made this recipe over the weekend. All I had was espresso powder & I used semi-sweet (but will definitely do dark chocolate chips next time) and can I just say AMAZING!!!!! BEST chocolate muffins I have EVER had. These are a keeper, they are professional bakery worthy & the flavor is truly wonderful! Thank you for sharing Rebecca!

    • Rebecca Firth 2018/12/11 at 4:31 AM

      Hey Annie — thank you so much!!! It is so nice to read a comment like this. I absolutely love these muffins too and now you’re making me want to make them again soon!! xoxo

  • Barbara 2018/11/16 at 11:18 AM

    They look a good start for breakfast!
    I will try this!

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci 2018/09/07 at 4:38 AM

    Bring on all the espresso! These muffins are my dream! :)

  • LoveCompassionateLee 2018/09/01 at 11:25 PM

    I feel you Rebecca! I’m ready for all thinks apple and pumpkin. TBH I made my first pumpkin pie of the season last week.

    Thanks for sharing this muffin recipe. It will be a welcomed surprise for my family on Monday morning.

    Happy Saturday

  • Colette 2018/08/29 at 10:31 PM

    I’d get my ass outta bed for these !

  • Lulu 2018/08/25 at 3:17 PM

    I love you. Baked these muffins and they are INSANE!!!! I licked the batter while they were bakig in the oven and I was BLOWN AWAY. Then I took a bite of the muffins and I almost cried. First time I try any of your recipes and I gotta say I’m IN LOVE!!!!!!! THANK YOU THEY ARE SO SO GOOOOOOOD!!!!

    • Rebecca Firth 2018/08/25 at 4:32 PM

      PS LULU, I love you too!!!! I am so happy that you loved them — my kids and I couldn’t get enough!! Stay tuned, I have another muffin recipe going up any second and it’s a good one!!!! xoxo

  • Traci | Vanilla And Bean 2018/08/22 at 12:51 PM

    I can imagine after all your hard work, you’ll want to take a year off – a year long vacation (!!) Can you imagine?! So excited for your release… it must feel amazing! Now, these muffins… with the espresso – get my ass outta bed!? Yes please! Love all that chocolate goodness. And no, I’ve not installed the new WP editor. I’m scared :/

    • Rebecca Firth 2018/08/23 at 1:07 PM

      I already have Thanksgiving and Christmas blocked off for long breaks — I can hardly wait!!! xoxo

  • Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen 2018/08/20 at 9:46 PM

    I’d definitely get my ass outta bed for one of these Rebecca! Need my caffeine! Can’t wait to whip up a batch! Ordered my signed copy!! Counting the days love! May need to day trip it to Brooklyn for that cookie baking class! Sounds so fun!

    • Rebecca Firth 2018/08/23 at 1:09 PM

      Ohhh, I love that you ordered a signed copy!!! I hope I can see you when I’m in NY — that would be amazing!!! xoxo

  • Ana 2018/08/19 at 12:51 PM

    Yummy! Is instant expresso powder or other type? Thanks

    • Rebecca Firth 2018/08/19 at 1:37 PM

      That’s an excellent question!! I use a Nespresso espresso pod…so it’s actual finely ground espresso bean. You could use any really finely ground coffee or omit. I haven’t tested these with espresso powder, but I’m guessing in a pinch you could 1-2 teaspoons in place of the ground espresso. I’ll add a note above. Thank you! xo.

  • Shiv 2018/08/19 at 7:28 AM

    Love these but when do you add in the espresso powder? :)

    • Rebecca Firth 2018/08/19 at 8:06 AM

      Hi Shiv! Thank you for the note!! You add it in with the dry ingredients!! I hope you love them!! xox

      PS Just a quick note…it’s finely ground espresso, not powder. Although if you look at the comment above, you could sub that in in a pinch!

  • Sabell 2018/08/19 at 5:54 AM

    Yum! These look amazing, Thank you! I think they’ll be putting me to bed as well ;) .. cocoa café dreams.

    • Rebecca Firth 2018/08/19 at 6:12 AM

      Thank you so much!! I hope they give you heaps of sweet dreams!!!


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