Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Coffee Shop Doughnut Muffins and New Release News from @CleoCoyle

From Cleo Coyle: As we count down this final week to the release of the 19th entry in our Coffeehouse Mystery series Honey Roasted (with recipes fit for a queen bee :)), we are delighted to re-share one of our most popular coffee-break treat recipes. But first...

Here's a peek at a few early 
reviews that have posted for

Are we exctied to get our new 
culinary mystery into your hands? YES!

"The powerhouse writing duo that makes up
Cleo Coyle has done it again with this
19th installment of the Coffeehouse Mysteries.
What do I love about these books? EVERYTHING…
HONEY ROASTED needs to be on every mystery
lover’s to be read list."

Fresh Fiction

"Red herrings pop up at every turn and
relationships aren’t what they seem.
Coyle knows how to please cozy 

Publishers Weekly

On Sale Feb. 1st

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Barnes & Noble

+ Many More Pre-Order Links

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Now for today's recipe...

☕ A Note from Cleo

Cleo Coyle writes two
bestselling mystery
 series with her husband.
To learn more, click here.

Tender and sweet, these melt-in-your-mouth muffins are dusted with cinnamon sugar and one bite will remind you of an old-fashioned cake doughnut, the kind you might order at a diner counter with a fresh cuppa joe. 

These babies are always on the menu at our fictional Village Blend, the century-old Greenwich Village coffee shop that serves as the setting for our Coffeehouse Mysteries and they're a delightfully cozy way to warm up your winter kitchen, too.

Since our amateur sleuth Clare Cosi bakes these for her customers, these Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins are also a great treat to enjoy as you read or listen to our Coffeehouse stories. Served with a hot cup of coffee or tea, these wonderfully tender muffins will make your enjoyment of Clare's latest murder-mystery adventure even more cozy...


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Muffin Recipe PDF.

 Cleo Coyle's
Cinnamon-Sugar Doughnut Muffins

Makes 12 standard-size muffins 

For the batter:

12 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten with fork
1 cup whole milk 
2-½ cups all-purpose flour
2-½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the cinnamon-sugar topping:

½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Step 1—Prep your oven and pan: First preheat your oven to 350° F. This recipe should be made in a standard muffin or cupcake pan. Because it bakes up nice-sized muffins with generous tops, lightly spray the tops of your standard muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray. This will prevent the tops from sticking to the pan. Line the muffin cups with paper holders.

Step 2—Make the batter: Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in the eggs and milk and continue mixing. Stop the mixer. Sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg and mix only enough to combine ingredients. Batter will be thick. Do not over mix at this stage or you will develop the gluten in the flour and toughen the muffins.

Step 3—Bake: Using two tablespoons (one to scoop, the other to scrape in the thick batter), fill each cup to the top, dividing any remaining batter among the 12 cups.

Bake for 20-25 min­utes, or until the muffin tops spring back lightly when touched and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. After a few minutes out of the oven, remove muffins from the pan and cool on a wire rack. (Muffins that remain long in a hot pan may end up steaming, and the bottoms may become tough.)

Step 4—Finish with cinnamon-sugar topping: Mix together the sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Melt the butter, brush it lightly over the muffin tops...

Roll the buttery tops in the bowl of cinnamon-sugar. 

Eat (and read) with joy!

New York Times bestselling author
of The Coffeehouse Mysteries and
Haunted Bookshop Mysteries

This is me -- Cleo (Alice) 
with my husband Marc.

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Coming in One Week!

Our New Coffeehouse Mystery...

On Sale Feb. 1st

Learn More or Pre-Order at:



Barnes & Noble

+ Many More Pre-Order Links

and fast-paced…This is one of the best books
in the series and I can’t wait to see what
adventures await Clare and her friends."

—Dru Ann Love, award-winning reviewer,
Dru's Book Musings

* * * 

"An ENGAGING premise combines


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  1. love your Village Blend series!!!! Thanks for the recipe

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Sandra. Marc and I hope you have a great time reading HONEY ROASTED and baking up our cinnamon-sugar doughnut muffins. In short (as we like to say) may you read and eat with joy! xoxo


  2. I'm eager for dinner and now you show me these! What a temptation!
    Hurray for another reading delight!

    1. Thank you, Libby. Always a pleasure to see you in the Kitchen. And we hope HONEY ROASTED proves to be a sweet read for you. :) xoxo

      ~ Cleo

    2. It just arrived and is on the top of the TBR pile! Many thanks.

  3. Thanks for sharing the recipe on MLK. Should be perfect with a good cup of coffee! Love the coffee cup too.

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe on MLK. Should be perfect with a good cup of coffee! Love the coffee cup too.

    1. You're very welcome. And thank you for stopping by the Kitchen, Linda! xoxo

      ~ Cleo
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