Since posting the Double Chocolate Chunk Muffins recipe in 2009, I’ve made it maybe six times. The muffins are good — not too sweet and definitely muffins rather than cupcakes. These are originally from Epicurious. I’ve made little changes here and there, but not too many.
Melted chocolate makes these a little richer than my other chocolate muffin recipes. You only need 2 oz, or you can use 1/3 cup of semisweet chips or chunks. For the flour, be sure to weigh or measure carefully so that your muffins won’t be dry. The leavening agents are both baking powder and baking soda, so for the cocoa powder you can use natural (which is acidic) or Dutch (alkaline) and still get a good rise. I prefer natural in these. For the yogurt or buttermilk, just use what you have. Since these are called Double Chocolate Chunk Muffins, you may want to use chunks rather than chips. I recommend the Belgian chocolate chunks from Aldi.
Half Batch Version
Here’s the older version of the recipe. I’ve halved it since I usually halve the recipe. The full version is in the recipe card below.
Half Batch Double Chocolate Chunk Muffins
3 tablespoons unsalted butter (42 grams)
1 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped (28 grams)
1 cups all purpose flour (130 grams) – spoon and sweep if no scale
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
1/3 cup granulated sugar (65 grams) OR use half granulated and half brown
2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp unsweetened natural cocoa powder (14 grams)
5 oz yogurt or buttermilk (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons lightly beaten egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (handful)
1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners or use a silicone muffin tin and skip that.
Melt butter and chocolate together in a microwave-safe bowl.
Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, espresso powder, sugar and cocoa powder together in a large bowl. Make sure they’re thoroughly mixed.
Mix the buttermilk (or yogurt), egg and vanilla together in another bowl; add yogurt mixture and melted chocolate/butter mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until just until ingredients are mixed, but don’t over-mix the batter or attempt to remove lumps.
Stir in the chocolate chips/chunks. Divide batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups and sprinkle tops lightly with cinnamon sugar (optional).
Bake on center rack for about 22 minutes or until done. — Makes 6.
Double Chocolate Chunk Muffins
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (84 grams)
- 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks or 2 oz semisweet chocolate (56 grams)
- 2 cups all purpose flour,stir and aerate before measuring (260 grams)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder
- 2/3 cup sugar (130 grams)
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (55 grams)
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cups yogurt or buttermilk (270 grams)
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or bittersweet chips (84 grams)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or just grease.
- Melt butter and 1/3 cup of chocolate chips or chunks (OR 2 oz chopped chocolate) together in a microwave-safe bowl. Set aside to cool slightly.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder. Whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk (or yogurt), egg and vanilla, then whisk in the melted chocolate/butter mixture.
- Add the dry mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir until blended, then stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
- Divide among the muffin cups and bake at 375 degrees F. for 22-25 minutes or until done.
I love that you come up with things I’ve never tried before. I’ve been baking a long time but I’ve never made chocolate muffins. I guess they’ve always seemed too decadent to serve for breakfast and not decadent enough to call dessert. Thanks for sharing these.
How was the movie? I wanted to go this weekend, but it didn’t work out.
Wow! That is a big, beautiful muffin.
Yum. I love Garfield there ready to snatch that muffin.
My husband really wants to go see Harry Potter. Sadly, I’ve never gotten into the movies or books and have only seen most of the first movie. He’ll have to find a buddy or go by himself.
Enjoy it though, I heard it’s the best one yet.