Saturday, February 10, 2007

Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins

This recipe is an adaptation of Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins, which was recently featured on Stella Bites.

The adaptation part of this recipe was really an accident. I didn't have enough milk to make the recipe, but I did have some leftover coffee from the morning and still desperately wanted muffins. So I made some substitutions, performed some muffin magic, and enjoyed the results quite a bit.

muffin magic

Mocha Chocolate-Chip Muffins

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, and more for sprinkling on top
3 Tbsp good quality cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup strong coffee, room temperature
1/3 cup, plus 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a large measuring cup, mix all wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir ONLY till moistened. It's very important not to over-mix quick breads, such as muffins, or they can get very tough.

Line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill with batter. I wanted substantial size muffins, and to wash only one tin, so I squeezed all the batter into just 12 muffin cups, but if I had cut back a little in each, I could have easily gotten about 4 to 6 more muffins. I sprinkled with some of the remaining chocolate chips and then baked for 18 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

muff muff muffins

The muffins were tender and soft, not overly sweet and very chocolaty. Thanks to Nigella and Stella for the inspiration.


  1. Toni said...
    Gotta love those accidents!!! These look so yummy, I want to bite into my screen! Great photography, and I think I would prefer the mocha to the plain chocolate. So I'll take 2 dozen, please.....;-) Have you considered entering these into "Muffin Monday"?
    sher said...
    Wow!! This is how great recipes happen. Those look fabulous!!!!!!!!! I'll take some too. Maybe you need to start a mail order muffin and Whoopee Pie business.
    Toni said...
    By the way, I've put a link to your blog on mine. Hope it shows up for you in Technorati.
    teeth whitening said...
    You should try and sell this idea to Starbucks!! I am surprised they do not already have a muffin like this.
    Karin said...
    These look so good. I was googling for a mocha chocolate chip loaf recipe as I tasted one today at a festival and your link was the first to appear. I think I may have to try them. Thanks for sharing!
    Laura said...
    I had a craving for this...made them this morning. They were yummy. Good for breakfast because they weren't too sweet.
    Anonymous said...
    i am gonna make some RIGHT NOW!! they look so yummy:) i am guessin that is already brewed coffee not ground coffee????
    Amy said...
    I made these muffins last night and they were great! I substituted a 1/3 cup applesauce for the egg and buttermilk in place of milk and they were very light and fluffy and tasty! I also used mini chocolate chips. Will definitely use this recipe again.
    Suzanne said...
    I just pulled a batch of these out of the oven and i must say i'm a bit disappointed. I used mini choco chips and white chips for a little variation. Everyone of these muffins stuck to the bottom of the pan. I did spray both pans-maybe it was the type of spray i used. I couldn't taste the coffee in them either. I also used a bit less milk than the recipie called for but i made up the difference with some mocha mudslide coffee creamer. These tasted okay but i think i'll stick to my cappuccino recipie.

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