What's better when you need a pick-me-up than a muffin straight out of the oven?
Servings: Makes 12 muffins
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 cup hot, strong-brewed coffee
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules   or instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
In a medium bowl, combine raisins and hot coffee; allow to steep 30 minutes. Strain out liquid; set raisins aside.

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together milk, butter, egg, vanilla, and coffee granules until blended. Add to flour mixture along with strained raisins and walnuts. Mix with a spatula until just blended, taking care not to overmix.

Spoon batter into 12 paper-lined muffin cups. Sprinkle with remaining 3 Tbsp. sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm straight from pan.


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