Anyone exhausted after a night up watching the Super Bowl? I’ve got the perfect coffee kick for you!
Personally, I’m not a coffee drinker. I’m fairly wired as it is, so I don’t need any chemical help getting going every day. And I was on a decaf kick for a while because it tastes nice, but it also stains your teeth. I guess some people don’t fall prey to that, but I do, which also explains why I gave up green tea. Hot beverages are not my friend.
As a result, I like to get my caffeine kick through dessert, and what better way than with the best muffin I’ve had in quite a while? These pack a nice coffee punch while not being overly sweet, making for a gentle start to the day. We all need that on a tired Monday morning!
In the meantime, I’m doing okay because I did not stay up late. I’ve mentioned before that my body turns off at nine, and I’m not ashamed of that. It’s also wired to wake up in the 4s, and I’m very upset about that. I should have been a farmer.
The thing is, once anyone wakes me up, that’s it. I’m up. My brain starts racing and I just can’t sleep any more. Kenny, on the other hand, sleeps through pretty much everything and if he does wake up, he’s snoozing again within seconds. It’s very tempting to throw things at him in the wee hours of the night out of sheer frustration at his sleep skills.
Over the past week, I have been awakened by the following: a child with a nosebleed, a child needing her nose to be blown, someone slamming the toilet seat shut at maximum volume at two A.M., Kenny accidentally turning the light on in the middle of the night, little feet running down the hall at top speed back and forth (I don’t want to know), and a nonstop looping nightmare that I’m drawing My Little Ponies nonstop for my daughters. Which actually did happen in real life, but the nightmare is worse.
While this level of sleep deprivation runs nowhere close to what we experienced when the children were babies, I have to wonder if I’ll ever sleep well again. When they get older I’ll just wonder where they are, who they’re with and what they’re doing. I can see myself doing a lot of waiting up. And by the time they’re responsible adults, I’ll have forgotten how to sleep properly at all.
But then, I can always throw things at Kenny while he sleeps if it makes me angry. He’ll never know. And I can make breakfast muffins with lots of coffee in them to get me going.
A few weeks ago during our big snowstorm, I decided to bake my way through Dorie Greenspan, and these muffins were part of that. As happens a lot with any recipe I make, I added chocolate chips. My mother pointed out that no coffee dessert recipe is nearly as good without chocolate, and I agree with her wholeheartedly.
These are pretty easy, and they make for good motivation after a night of little sleep to get up and at ’em. We’re all tired, but let’s see what we can do to make today happen!
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder (or instant coffee will work)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup coffee, cooled
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 egg (room temperature is best)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 400. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In one bowl, combine the flour, sugar, espresso powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar. Set aside.
- In a smaller bowl, mix together the coffee, melted butter, egg, and vanilla. Be sure to have fully cooled the coffee and butter, or your egg will cook. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
- Using an ice cream scoop, portion the muffin batter equally among the 12 prepared cupcake liners.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool and serve!