Friday, December 10, 2021

Peppermint Mocha Muffins from @MaddieDayAuthor #giveaway

MADDIE DAY here to get you into the holiday spirit even before our #Christmas recipes launch into full swing! I bring you a delicious recipe from Candy Slain Murder, last year's Christmas mystery. 

The muffins are easy and tasty and festive, and Robbie Jordan offers them in her country store restaurant.

I hope you love these muffins while you're wrapping or sharing a coffee with a friend. I'll send one commenter a signed copy of the book!

Peppermint Mocha Muffins


1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons instant espresso granules

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup white sugar

1/3 cup dark brown sugar or light brown sugar

1 large egg

1 cup milk

1/2 cup oil

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy canes or candies


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Crush the peppermint canes or candies by putting them in a bag on a cutting board and whacking them with a rolling pin until they are all broken. (It's fun, too!)

In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, coffee, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugars. Mix well.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, oil, and peppermint extract.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened.

Fold in the chocolate chips and peppermint bits.

Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups three-fourths full.  Sprinkle a few peppermint bits on the tops. 

NOTE: The batter was a bit too much for a standard muffin pan. Not sure why!

ANOTHER NOTE: The bits on top melted and lost their color. Try sprinkling them on just after the muffins come out, instead.

Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes. Without opening the oven, lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Bake for an additional 12 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean.

Allow to cool before removing from the pan . Enjoy with a good mystery!

Readers: What's your favorite kind of muffin?

My most recent release is Murder at the Lobstah Shack, the third Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery, is up for preorder and releases at the end of November.

The next up is Batter Off Dead, Country Store Mystery #10, to release in February 2022.

We hope you'll visit Maddie and her Agatha Award-winning alter ego Edith Maxwell on our web site, sign up for our monthly newsletter, visit us on social media, and check our all our books and short stories.

Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. Banana! I recently bought a donut muffin pan, and it makes the perfectly sized little baked donuts!

  2. Thank you for the delicious sounding Peppermint Mocha Muffins recipe. I will be trying it in the near future.
    Haven’t met a muffin I didn’t like. Where most muffins are an any time treat, one of my favorites is a breakfast muffin. It has it all in one one handy serving and oh they taste so good – hot or cold. This is the recipe.
    All In One Breakfast Muffin
    1 ¾ cup flour
    1 cup 3 minute oats
    ¼ cup sugar
    1 tsp. baking powder
    ¼ tsp salt
    1 egg, slightly beaten
    1 cup milk
    1/3 cup oil
    ½ pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
    ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/3 cup onion - finely chopped
    1/3 cup bell pepper – finely chopped
    In bowl combine the dry ingredients (first 5) and set aside. Mix milk, egg and oil.
    Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients all at once. Stir only until moistened.
    Stir in bacon, cheese, onion and bell pepper.
    Fill greased muffin pan 2/3 full.
    Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes
    Makes 1 dozen muffins

    Thank you for the wonderful chance to win a copy of “Candy Slain Murder”. Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. Chocolate muffins are my favorite! And I am team Peppermint Mocha as far as my coffee goes! It’s my all time fav 😁 What would be better than peppermint mocha muffins paired with my peppermint mocha coffee?!?

    Thanks so much for the recipe and your awesome books!

  4. I LOVE peppermint mochas as well as muffins, so this recipe is definitely being added to my repertoire.

  5. I love Cinnamon Crumb Muffins. Thanks for your great generosity. Linda May

  6. Thanks for the recipe and the giveaway. These may jump to the top of my favorites list. I like a variety of muffins, with pistachio a favorite.

  7. The peppermint muffins sound delish. My favorite are banana nut muffins.
    Love this series.
    Happy Holidays!
    Thanks for the chance.

  8. I wonder if it makes any difference if you measure the candies before or after crushing?
    I love the photo with the muffins and candy canes. Somehow they make me think of reindeer antlers!

  9. The peppermint mocha muffins look very festive and delicious. My favorite muffin is a chocolate chip muffin.

  10. I love Banana Nut Muffin. Yum

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    1. You are the lucky winner! Congratulations, and please check your email.

  11. thank you for the recipe. hands down, my favorite muffin is still cranberry. made just like blueberry only substitute cranberries.
    I love this cover. And the story sounds like fun.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  12. I dont think there's a muffin I won't eat. Haha! Blueberry lemon may be my fave now.

  13. I dont think there's a muffin I won't eat. Haha! Blueberry lemon may be my fave now.

  14. I dont think there's a muffin I won't eat. Haha! Blueberry lemon may be my fave now.

  15. I do love mist varieties of muffins, but my favorite is cranberry orange.

  16. My answer would have been a double chocolate that I usually get - until I saw this recipe. The added peppermint sounds scrumptious!

  17. A chocolate muffin with milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips added is my favorite muffin.

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  18. I love chocolate chip muffins but these look yummy!!!!!

  19. Thank you for the generous giveaway! I tried this recipe last year and it was a huge hit. Just the right amount of peppermint and espresso to balance out the cocoa powder, I used Hershey's dark. Everyone raved about them and I raved and reviewed the book, Candy Slain Murder.

  20. Definitely a chocolate chip muffin fan!

  21. Blueberry is my favorite, thanks for sharing your recipe!

  22. My favorites are banana nut muffins!! The more nuts the better! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

  23. My favorite muffin is blueberry. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  24. My favorite muffins are pumpkin chocolate chip. My nieces request that I make them when I visit. I love your recipe I think I will have to give it a try. Thank you for this chance at your giveaway! pgenest57 at aol dot com

  25. Thank you Maddie! These look delicious!!! I will attempt to bake them, thanks to your recipe, but if they don't turn out edible, at least I know I can buy them at Robbie Jordan's country store restaurant:-) Thank you so much for sharing. Luis at ole dot travel HO, HO, HO, MEERRY CHRISTMAS!!

  26. My favorite is pumpkin cheesecake muffins, but chocolate and peppermint sound so festive. lindalou64(@)live(dot)com

  27. I like almost every kind of muffin, and this sounds delectable. Thanks for the added tips, Edith! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  28. So many great muffin ideas. Thanks, all!

    Our lucky winner is Kiki. Congratulations, Kiki, and please check your email!

  29. I love muffins with a cup of coffee or tea. Banana nut muffins are my favorite but these Peppermint Mocha Muffins sound like a perfect accompaniment to a good cup of English Breakfast tea.

  30. I love corn muffins. I will toast them in the oven and slather them with butter. cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

  31. Blueberry muffins are my favorite.