Dirty Chai Latte Muffins #MuffinMonday

Dirty Chai Latte Muffins combine the  flavors of masala chai  tea with espresso for a twist on your   coffee shop latte favorite all in a  baked  treat.
Dirty Chai Latte Muffins

Dirty Chai Latte Muffins

By  Sue  Lau | Palatable Pastime

Dirty Chai Latte Muffins is my recipe of the day with the blogging group Muffin Monday. We meet once per  month on the last Monday to post our latest and best muffin recipes we have come up with.

The temptations of ideas are many. I have been  teased this month with ads from  a local bakery  who has been making any  number  of baked goods a dirty  chai.

What is a Dirty Chai Latte?

Chai  latte made with  tea and lots of milk is a dirty chai  latte. Then it gets “dirtied” with  espresso  which bumps the flavor into a new  zone, neither entirely chai or  entirely espresso.

On the one hand, it  offers coffee flavor without being as strong as an espresso  would. On the  other hand, it is softened with the  spiced milky flavors of  chai tea.

Dirty Chai Latte Muffins

I love tea infused bakery things of all types so this works out great for me. Plus spices are perfect  for autumn and the punch of an  espresso glaze on top adds the right amount of flavor and sweetness.

Besides, who doesn’t love a little coffee flavor to go  with their  morning coffee? As well,  if you love tea but can’t decide, this is the one  for  you.

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Dirty Chai Latte Muffins

Dirty Chai Latte Muffins

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Dirty Chai Latte Muffins

Dirty Chai Latte Muffins

Dirty Chai Latte Muffins

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Course Bread, Muffins, Quick Bread
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • Baker's release spray


Muffin Batter

  • 3/4 cup steaming hot milk
  • 2 spiced chai flavored tea bags
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup cooled melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder

Espresso Glaze

  • 3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon half and half (or milk)


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Spray a twelve cup muffin tin with Baker's Release spray.
  • Heat milk and add tea bags; allow to steep until cool, then remove tea bags and discard.
  • Stir in the cooled melted butter, vanilla and egg, whisking well.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients and fold into the wet batter, stirring gently to mix.
  • Divide batter among muffin cups.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean.
  • Cool ten minutes, then turn out muffins from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.
  • When muffins are cool, whisk together glaze ingredients and drizzle over muffins, allowing glaze to set up and dry.


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6 responses

  1. I love a dirty martini (make mine with anchovy stuffed olives, please!) but had no idea what a dirty chai latte entailed so I was looking forward to your recipe, Sue. I am ignorant no longer! Love that glaze as well!

  2. I love the flavor profile of chai, but for some reason don’t really like chai as a drink; I bet I would love these muffins though! I know what those couple chai tea bags I have in the pantry are going to be used in. Thanks!!

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