Better-than-bakery chocolate muffins! These richly chocolate muffins are made entirely from scratch using cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Read on for tips on how to get soft, fluffy muffins every time, and the key ingredients that make this muffin recipe crafted for perfection.
I quit my job this week. 😳
On Monday I turned in my 2-weeks notice to my wonderful, fantastic job of over 4 ½ years so that I can work full time on Sugar Spun Run. I’m an emotional melting pot of anxiety, excitement, elation and trepidation right now. “But what if the internet explodes?” Zach has rolled his eyes at that question roughly 6 million times so far, but here we are, and as nervous as I seem to be about the stability of the internet, I’m really happy to be here.
I’ll publish a post in the future to go into more detail about how this all came to happen (and so quickly), but for now I just wanted to share that fun bit of news with you, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along with my blog (or just clicking over to this recipe from Pinterest or Google, I love that, too, you rock).
But let’s get into what you really came here for — today’s recipe for double chocolate muffins.
These double chocolate muffins are a very welcome recipe for a lazy morning. They’re entirely from scratch, but only take a few seconds to mix together, and the flavor is better than anything you can get out of a pre-packaged pouch.
To attain this perfect texture and flavor, we actually are going to use oil instead of butter here.
As with my chocolate cupcake recipe the cocoa powder and chocolate chips (and other ingredients, more on that below) provide more than enough flavor to stand alone. Because butter actually has a certain percentage of water in it, it actually can dry out our muffins where oil keeps them soft and moist, but sometimes is necessary to use anyway to attain a desirable flavor. Here, we have plenty of other elements contributing to the flavor of the muffins, so we can nix the butter and use oil for fluffy, flavorful muffins, no butter required.
We also use sour cream, which (very subtly) adds to the flavor of the muffins, but more importantly also helps to keep them nice and moist.
As you may be able to tell in the above photos, this chocolate muffin batter isn’t super smooth, it’s a little lumpy, and that’s not just because of the excessive amount of chocolate chips that we’ve stirred into the mix!
It’s because the batter has been mixed just enough, which, in the case of these chocolate muffins (and most muffins) means never, ever over-mixing the batter. Doing so usually results in tough, dense, dry muffins that don’t rise above their muffin liners. Since we’re already topping these muffins off with some fairly heavy chocolate chips, we don’t want to do anything to the batter to keep it from rising.
So, yeah, a few dry lumps in the batter are totally OK here.
Look at that 👆🏼
Perfect muffins, every time.
That’s all for today, but if you’re wondering how/if things are going to change around here now that I’m no longer going to be spending 50 hours a week at my day job, they absolutely are (in a good way!), though a lot of it will be behind-the-scenes at first.
Within the next month or so I’ll be bumping up the number of posts that I’m publishing each week, working on a lot more video, and probably dabbling on Facebook Live. Speaking of which, how do you feel about Facebook Live? Do you ever watch them? What recipe would you like to see made first?! If you’re not already, you can follow me on Facebook here.
Thanks again for reading.
Full recipe just below the video.
Double Chocolate Muffins
- ½ cup canola oil vegetable oil would also work (120ml)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
- ½ cup whole milk (120ml)
- 2 large eggs lightly beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup sour cream ¹ (165g)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
- ½ cup natural cocoa powder (50g)
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips divided (340g) (I use a mix of mini and regular sized chips)
- Preheat oven to 375F (190C) and line 18 muffin cups with cupcake liners (or lightly grease and flour).
- In a large bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, and milk. Stir in sour cream, eggs and vanilla until well-combined.
- In separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Fold flour mixture gently into wet mixture, folding until 50% combined. Stir in 1 ½ cup chocolate chips then continue to mix until batter is just combined.
- Scoop chocolate muffin batter into prepared muffin tin, filling ⅔-¾ of the way full.
- Sprinkle tops of muffins with remaining chocolate chips.
- Bake on 375F (190C) for 17-18 minutes (toothpick inserted in center should come out with few slightly fudgy crumbs).
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more.
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