Catherine Dodman ’23 makes these muffins on Christmas morning.

Coffee Cake Muffins

Freshman Catherine Dodman loves to bake these coffee cake muffins as a cake on Christmas morning.


  • One and one-half cups of all-purpose flour
  • One-half cup of Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • Two teaspoons of baking powder
  • One teaspoon of cinnamon
  • One-fourth teaspoon of baking soda
  • One-fourth teaspoon of salt
  • Three-fourths cup of milk
  • One-third cup of canola oil
  • Two large eggs


  • One-third cup of Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • One-third cup of Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar
  • One teaspoon of cinnamon
  • One-fourth teaspoon of salt
  • One-half cup (one stick) of unsalted butter, melted
  • One and one-half cups of all-purpose flour


  • One-fourth cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • One-half teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • One teaspoon of milk


1) Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners or coat with nonstick spray.  Set aside.

2) To make the crumb topping, combine sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.  Whisk in melted butter and add flour.

3) Stir using a rubber spatula until moist.  Spread out mixture on parchment paper to dry until ready to use.

4) In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

5) In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together milk, canola oil, and eggs.  Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.

6) Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray and sprinkle reserved crumb topping, using fingertips to gently press the crumbs into it.  Place into oven and bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

7) To make the glaze, combine confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and milk.  Whisk until smooth.  If the glaze is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar as needed.

8) When the muffins are done, cool for ten minutes and drizzle the glaze on each muffin.

9) Allow glaze to set before serving.

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