sour cream coffee muffins

It’s rainy here. As in: I can’t remember what the sun looks like. Day after day of rain, and day after day of rain in the forecast. I’m getting kind of cranky, and I’m not sure where to direct this anger, so I’ve decided to whine about it.

I’m wondering just how the heck my newly planted veggie garden is supposed to grow with no sun. Because I’m pretty sure that most of my elementary school education centred around the concept of plants needing rain and sun to grow. Also, 2.0 says he saw a robin in the garden eating some of my seeds, which can’t be helping the situation. And my stomach has been sore for three days. I’m starting to wonder if there’s glass or sumthin’ in there. Is it possible that I swallowed glass and didn’t notice? Does that happen? Oh, and in a couple of hours ebony has to go to the animal hospital for the night and won’t be sleeping beside us tonight.

To sum: I am feeling very whiny. I guess the rain has finally defeated me, and I’m feeling a little deflated. No… I’m feeling soggy.


I think something breakfasty and warm is in order. Something to make me forget the rain and the glass shards that may or may not be in my belly. Something like these muffins – my family has been eating them for years. I made them for 2.0 a couple of weeks ago, and he really liked them. If I try something new on him, and he doesn’t say much, I know the recipe is a flop, or, at the very least, needs tweaking. But when he likes the recipe, he invariably yells, “you hit this one outta the park, honey!” That’s what he yelled when he ate these for breakfast – and he threw in a fist pump.

These muffins are basically your reward for listening to my whining. They are kind of like a wee coffee cake without the coffee – just brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts. They are delightful when still warm from the oven, and 2.0 gives them his ballpark stamp of approval. Go forth and bake!

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Sour Cream Coffee Muffins – a recipe passed on to me by Rosie Beaucoup, original source unknown – print

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Makes a dozen muffins.

Grease or line a muffin tin (12 wells).

Make the filling/topping by rubbing together the brown sugar, walnuts or pecans and cinnamon.

In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and eggs with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add the sour cream and vanilla and combine well. In a smaller bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine well.

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin well. The batter is thick – just press it down/spread it with your fingers a little if necessary. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of filling in the middle of each muffin. Top with 1 tablespoon of batter. Sprinkle remaining filling on top of each muffin. Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on rack.


  1. emmalina73 on May 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    When I saw the title of your muffin recipe I was all like ‘oh no I hate coffee but I really want to make some muffins’ very emotionally conflicted. But then I read the recipe and I was all like “oh they are muffins you eat with coffee but don’t contain coffee” and then I was going to be all like ‘High Five!” to my kids but then I realised a)I’m not American b)I’m not 12 and c) I don’t want to waste energy on that kind of nonsense when I could be making these muffins and then eating them alone in the middle of the night.

    Happy Birthday! Le Creuset is the way to celebrate for sure. Hope you have had mucho cake and celebrations of your loveliness. In England you would be given Swans to ride on and unicorns would serve you pancakes in your blossom bower. I miss that.

  2. lorrielorrieb on May 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Yum. I love sour cream anything!!

  3. Emma on May 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I also was concerned when I saw the title… as I hate coffee. But the colour of the muffins was decidedly un-coffee like, so I read on…

    I may make these this weekend. Or this afternoon… since your blog causes me no end to the procrastination I suffer while working from home…

  4. haru on May 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Looks delicious! I could eat these for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  5. movita on May 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I’m not sure what to say. I guess I’m concerned that some of my readers don’t like coffee. So, so sad.

  6. Michele, Movita's cousin on May 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I’m baking them as we speak…they smell soooo good! 2 minutes left!
    Later..They are delicious! Steve thinks so too! He’s travelling tomorrow- I’ll let him take some with him on the road!
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • movita on May 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      And the torch has been passed…

  7. Amy @ Elephant Eats on December 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    If you’re not allowed to whine on your own blog, then where ARE you allowed to?! I’m happy to listen since I’m a known whiner, and it makes me feel a little less guilty when I whine if I at least can listen to others whine…and hopefully make them feel better. I hope your tummy feels better soon. Drink some hot tea and take ‘er easy. Probably all that fatty christmas food! Oh, and these little muffins sound delightful 🙂

  8. Lan | angry asian on December 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    j’adore coffee, just not dairy doom stuff like sour cream and butter. i’m glad 2.0 enjoyed these. hoping for sunny skies and that it’s really not glass in your tummy!

  9. wee eats on December 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    aw you poor thing! don’t worry i’m sure the sun will shine again …. or it will at least feel that way with a warm one of these in your hands 🙂

  10. shannon on January 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    whoa; did you just ghost-post? because it showed up on the google reader and i see (after being abundantly impressed by how you’re managing a veggie garden in JANUARY) that it’s from may 2011. Either way, these muffins make me feel warm inside, which is something, considering it’s maybe 20 degrees out.

    • movita beaucoup on January 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Well, this explains a lot! I kept wondering why all my bloggy friends were commenting on this post from MAY 2011!! I’m not sure why it flew out to google readers everywhere, but I will say that the muffins are way tasty! Maybe I’ll pretend it’s spring and make some tomorrow morning…

  11. shannon on January 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    well, i can say for certain these muffins would make me happy; basically all one needs to do is say the words “sour cream” and (insert cake/muffin type) here, and i’m in. Ghost-posts are the BEST.

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  13. mommymish on September 12, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Hi, I found your recipe on Pinterest. Good to know you’re in WordPress. Anyway, I just posted a link for this coffee muffin and hopefully I get to make these delicious-looking muffins soon. Love this post!

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  16. Kari Hanson on November 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Found these on Pinterest and I made these this morning They were SO good! I actually didn’t have any sour cream but used lemon greek yogurt so I could make them anyway. Still delicious, and accidentally healthier. 🙂

    • movita beaucoup on November 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      Actually, Kari, I updated the recipe last year to include Greek yogurt! {} – great minds think alike!! So glad you liked them… thanks for stopping by to say so!

  17. movita beaucoup on May 11, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Comments on this post are now closed as it was published in May 2011. Happy baking!