Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins


Scott Finley and John Schulman’s Two Old Tarts was a superpopular farmers’ market stand before becoming a brick-and-mortar café in Andes, New York. It’s famous for the sour cream coffee cake sold at the pastry counter; this is a muffin version. Slideshow:  More Breakfast Muffin Recipes 

Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins
Photo: © Cedric Angeles
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins


  • 1 cup pecans

  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 400° and line 18 muffin cups with paper or foil liners. Spread the pecans in a pie plate and toast in the oven until fragrant and lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely.

  2. In a food processor, combine the pecans with the brown sugar, cinnamon and 4 tablespoons of the butter and pulse until the pecans are finely ground and the crumb topping resembles wet sand.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter with the granulated sugar at medium speed until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time until incorporated, then beat in the sour cream, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of water. Beat in the dry ingredients.

  4. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle with one-third of the crumb topping. Top with the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining crumb topping evenly over the batter. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the tops are browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer the muffins to a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The muffins can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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