Coffee Cake Chai Muffins

Try these Coffee Cake Chai Muffins for a spiced up breakfast or snack break. These muffins are topped with a cinnamon streusel crumble and a vanilla glaze for the perfect pastry combination.

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What is Chai?

According to Wikipedia, chai originated from India and came from the Hindi word “chai”, which was derived from the Chinese word for tea. Traditional masala chai is a spiced beverage brewed with different proportions of warming spices. The spice base is ground ginger and green cardamom pods. Other spices usually added are cinnamon, star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorn, nutmeg, and cloves.

How to Make Coffee Cake Chai Muffins

Prepare a Muffin Tin and Mix the Streusel Topping

Preheat the oven to 400F and prepare a muffin tin with liners or grease each well with butter and set it aside. This recipe is a small batch and will fill 8-9 muffin sections.

Prepare the streusel topping

In a small mixing bowl place the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Cut the cold butter into small cubes and then cut into the mixture with a pastry cutter or fork until you get a nice crumble.

Mix the Dry Ingredients and Cut in the Butter

In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves and stir to combine. Chop the cold butter into cubes and cut into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork.

Combine the Wet Ingredients

In a small bowl add the sour cream, milk, and egg and beat to combine. Add to the dry mixture and stir with a spatula to combine. The batter will be lumpy and thick.

Layer the Batter and Streusel Topping

Spoon some batter into each well of the muffin tin about halfway full. Sprinkle the top with some of the streusel topping then place another spoonful of the batter on top of the streusel. Gently spread out the batter to cover the top and then sprinkle on another layer of streusel on top.

Bake the Chai Coffee Cake Muffins

Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5minutes before removing them and cooling them on a wire rack.

top of baked chai muffins with streusel topping

How to Make a Quick Vanilla Glaze for Muffins

If you are adding the vanilla glaze on top, add the glaze ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Drizzle on top of the muffins before serving.

chai coffee cake muffin with vanilla glaze

Can you Double this Recipe?

Yes, you can easily double this recipe. Because of the layering of these muffins, this recipe only yields 8-9 muffins. So if you would like more muffins, just double the ingredients.

How to Store These Chai Muffins

Store any leftover muffins in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Can you freeze these muffins?

You can freeze these Chai Coffee Cake Muffins. Allow the muffins to completely cool before storing them in an air-tight freezer-safe container. When ready to serve, allow the muffins to defrost in the fridge or on the counter. Do not drizzle with the glaze until you are ready to serve the muffins.

baked coffee cake chai muffins

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Coffee Cake Chai Muffins

Try these Coffee Cake Chai Muffins for a spiced up breakfast or snack break. These muffins are topped with a cinnamon streusel crumble and a vanilla glaze for the perfect pastry combination.
5 from 22 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 muffins
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

Ingredients

Streusel Topping

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
  • ¼ heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold

Chai Muffins

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (or ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cold
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg

Optional Vanilla Glaze

  • ½ cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Streusel Topping

  • In a small mixing bowl place the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  • Cut the cold butter into small cubes and then cut into the mixture with a pastry cutter or fork until you get a nice crumble. Set aside.

Chai Muffins

  • Preheat the oven to 400F and prepare a muffin tin with liners or grease each well with butter and set it aside. This recipe is a small batch and will fill 8-9 muffin sections.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, ground cinnamon, ground cardamom, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and ground cloves and stir to combine.
  • Chop the cold butter into cubes and cut into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a fork. Similar to the crumble, you will have small pieces of butter throughout and a crumbly texture.
  • In a small bowl add the sour cream, milk, and egg and beat to combine. Add to the dry mixture and stir with a spatula to combine. The batter will be lumpy and thick.
  • Spoon some batter into each well of the muffin tin about halfway full. Sprinkle the top with some of the streusel topping then place another spoonful of the batter on top of the streusel. Gently spread out the batter to cover the top and then sprinkle on another layer of streusel on top.
  • Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5minutes before removing them and cooling them on a wire rack.

Optional Vanilla Glaze

  • If you are adding the vanilla glaze on top, add the glaze ingredients to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Drizzle on top of the muffins before serving. These muffins are delicious when served warm. Store any leftover muffins in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Notes

  • You can easily double this recipe. Because of the layering of these muffins, this recipe only yields 8-9 muffins. So if you would like more muffins, just double the ingredients.
  • Store any leftover muffins in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • You can freeze these Chai Coffee Cake Muffins. Allow the muffins to completely cool before storing them in an air-tight freezer-safe container. When ready to serve, allow the muffins to defrost in the fridge or on the counter. Do not drizzle with the glaze until you are ready to serve the muffins.

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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