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Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins

Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins are wonderfully flavorful without being overly sweet. They’re quick and easy to make, too!

an unwrapped Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffin

The flavor combination in these Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins is one of my favorites. I often use brown butter versus plain melted butter or oil in muffins to add a richer flavor. With the addition of coconut and pecans, you also get sweet, nutty flavor with a little crunch. It all works together without being too much. In fact, these muffins are pretty perfect in my book.

Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins on a white plate

As with most of my muffin recipes, these muffins are not too sweet. I usually dial back the sugar and focus more on the other flavors so you get less of a cupcake experience and more of a muffin. I do like to sprinkle a little coarse sugar on top of the muffins before baking to add a hint of sweetness and sparkle. Either white sanding sugar or turbinado sugar will do.

If you want to take an extra step for even more flavor, you can toast the coconut and pecans before adding them to the batter. To do that, spread them in an even layer on a lined, rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. Alternately, you can toast them in a skillet over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes.

Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins on a light surface

As with most muffin recipes, these Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins are quick and easy to make. You’ll have these mixed and in the oven in short order. If you need a refresher on the finer points of making muffins, be sure to review my tips for mixing with The Muffin Method.

Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast, a simple brunch addition, or a sweet snack. These are certainly in regular rotation in my muffin baking lineup!

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Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins

Yield 18 standard muffins
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes

Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins feature wonderful flavors in a quick and easy muffin!

Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins on a white plate


  • 10 tablespoons (141g) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup (170g) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (60g) chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (43g) sweetened shredded coconut
  • sanding sugar or turbinado sugar, optional


  1. Place the butter in a medium saucepan or skillet. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and begins to foam. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until brown specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan and the butter has a nutty aroma. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line or grease 18 standard muffin cups.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the sugar and brown sugar. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  4. Place the eggs in a small bowl and beat lightly. Add the cooled butter, sour cream, and vanilla, and stir to combine. Add the egg mixture to the well in the flour mixture. Stir just until combined.
  5. Stir in the chopped pecans and coconut.
  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans, using about 3 tablespoons of batter to fill each cup about 3/4 full. (I like to use a 3-tablespoon scoop for easy portioning.)
  7. Sprinkle each muffin with a pinch of sanding sugar or turbinado sugar.
  8. Bake 18 to 22 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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    4 Comments on “Brown Butter Coconut Pecan Muffins”

  1. This flavors combination sounds so delicious and I bet these muffins spread the most delicious aroma while baking. Perfect for brunch!

  2. I have to say… these are the BEST MUFFINS IN THE WORLD!!! As soon as I finished eating one, I had to let you know. Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us and the tips were so informative.

  3. Who doesn’t like muffins, right??? Brown butter… coconut… pecans… a great trio! I am also thinking about swapping out the all-purpose flour with pecan meal/flour to create a gluten-free version for our gluten intolerant daughter. We have had good luck with this type of subbing. We’ll see!

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