Vanilla Shortcake Muffins

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These simple Vanilla Shortcake Muffins are the ultimate pairing with a cup of coffee. The muffins are flavored with sweet Italian creme creamer.

Vanilla Shortcake Muffins I Tastes of Lizzy T I

I have always loved waking up early in the morning.  There’s something about those early morning hours that is refreshing and hopeful for a new day.  When the kids were little, those early hours were the only quiet time in the day.  If I got up before the kids got up, I felt like I had time to wake up before the lovely little ones started needing me for every little thing that little ones need their mommies for.

Even with the kids being older, I still love the morning.  During that hour or so of quiet in the morning, I enjoy having a hot cup of coffee. I switched to decaf a couple of years ago out of necessity.  This lady and caffeine don’t mix well. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting a hot cup of coffee with creamer each morning.

Vanilla Shortcake Muffins I Tastes of Lizzy T I

Last week I tried Coffee-mate’s Sweet Italian Creme creamer for the first time.  This creamer was the perfect balance of creamy and sweet. I loved how smooth it was! And I love a little sweet in the morning, so this creamer made my morning cup of coffee so much better.

I knew as soon as I tasted this Coffee-mate creamer that it would be so good baked into a muffin.  After all, what goes better with a cup of sweet & creamy coffee than a muffin?  I wanted to make a muffin that was simple and didn’t take away from the taste of the coffee that I was enjoying so much.  These Vanilla Shortcake Muffins were the answer.

Vanilla Shortcake Muffins I Tastes of Lizzy T I

Think shortcake…think muffin…think vanilla…and then think of a sugary streusel on top. That is what you’ll get with these simple muffins.  A sip of coffee…a bite of a muffin…you’ll look forward to waking up even if you are not a morning person.

Vanilla Shortcake Muffins I Tastes of Lizzy T I

Try Sweet Italian Creme or Original, Sweet Italian Creme and Extra Sweet & Creamy.  No matter how you like your coffee, you’re sure to find your ideal creamer in this line-up!

Vanilla Shortcake Muffins with crumb topping
Vanilla Shortcake Muffins with crumb topping

Vanilla Shortcake Muffins

5 from 4 votes
These simple Vanilla Shortcake Muffins are the ultimate pairing with a cup of coffee. The muffins are flavored with Coffee-mate's Sweet Italian Creme creamer.
Servings 12 muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

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  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened, but not melted)


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  •  In another bowl, combine the oil, vanilla, sugar, egg and creamer. Mix well. 
  • Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not overmix! 
  • Divide the batter among 12 muffin cups that have been lined with a cupcake liner.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the topping until you have coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon streusel topping on the top of each muffin.
  • Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425 degrees, then, without opening the oven, lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for an additional 8-12 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin should come out clean.


The baking method for these muffins is based on Sally's Baking Addiction's muffin making tips . Her awesome method of starting the oven at 425 and lowering the oven to 375 after 5 minutes works every time for getting a tall muffin!


Serving: 52g | Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Calories 213

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3 years ago

Cannot wait to try this recipe!!! We bought the creamer for our coffee but found it to be way to sweet for us. Love Making muffing so I was looking for a recipe to use the creamer. Thank you so much and will be doing this today!!!! Pretty sure they will be amazing!!!

3 years ago

5 stars
I added chopped strawberries to the batter. Came out delicious. With the added strawberries it made an extra 4 muffins. I needed to increase the topping recipe too to cover the extra four muffins. Very easy recipe, a keeper.

5 years ago

Very dry, very bland. Bleh!

Ethnic Food
9 years ago

Vanilla shortcake muffins are undoubtedly the most scrumptious ones I have ever tasted. In my opinion, it will be best for my birthday. Thanks for creating fabulous post.

10 years ago

I was just wondering, mine turned out really funny shaped, and the batter was fairly thick (definitely not pourable). Do you think next time I should add more coffee creamer perhaps? My local grocery store didn’t happen to have coffee mate when I went shopping, so I bought Bailey’s Irish Cream (non alcoholic) creamer and used that instead, thinking they would have the same effect…

Thanks though! They turned out great 🙂

Lauren G.
10 years ago

Thanks for the great recipe! I made these yesterday and they came out perfect 🙂

10 years ago

Great breakfast treat! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

10 years ago

I love flavored creamers. I even use it when I make pancakes too. Visiting from Bewitch Me & Titi blog party.

10 years ago

Looks fluffy and delicious. Coffee with coffee-mate is the perfect partner.

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10 years ago

they look yummy!

Kim @ {enjoy the view}
10 years ago

These look so yummy! Thanks so much for joining us at #SoMe2 this week. Hope to see you again next week!!

10 years ago

what is the trick to getting a light colored muffin like that? Everytime I make them mine are golden around the outside

10 years ago

What a fabulous idea! This opens the door for so many great recipes to include this sweet creamy milk. I have used this in my coffee for years now and absolutely love it…as you shared it is your little time in the morning with that first cup of coffee of the day that is something we look forward to. I can’t wait to try it in a muffin!