Perfect Chocolate Chip Muffins

Soft and fluffy bakery-style muffins. Your search for perfect chocolate chip muffins ends here! These chocolate studded muffins are divine!

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Eeek! I’m so excited to be wrapping up #kidsweek with THIS recipe. It’s one we absolutely love!

I’ll be the first to admit that chocolate for breakfast isn’t really my thing. Of course there are exceptions like this amazing granola or these muffins, but generally I prefer fruit-filled breakfast goods. How about you? Every once in a while my sweet tooth gets the best of me (especially when I’m pregnant) and we end up making chocolate chip muffins for breakfast. No regrets. These are moist, buttery and crunchy on top. Simple and oh so delicious! We could not stop eating them!

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That may be because these muffins are more like cupcakes… but who’s judging? Please tell me you aren’t. We’re all friends here, right? You’ll start by beating the butter, then adding the sugar and mixing it until it’s pale and fluffy. To do this I highly suggest using a stand mixer.

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Next you’ll and a heaping tablespoon of vanilla extract (yes, you read that right) along with two eggs. Once those are incorporated, alternate adding the dry ingredients along with the sour cream on the lowest speed possible. You don’t want overmix the batter or you’ll end up with dense muffins. Let’s avoid that! Fold in the mini chocolate chips (you can also do half mini and half regular) and then let the batter sit for a good 10 minutes.

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Now you’ve gotta make a decision: big bakery style muffins or cute little mini muffins. The choice is yours! Spray or line your muffin tins and then portion out the batter accordingly. Sprinkle them with extra chocolate chips or coarse sugar for a professional touch.

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Place standard size muffins in the oven to bake at 425 for 5 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 400 and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes or so. The tops should be golden brown and set in the center.

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Enjoy these perfect chocolate chip muffins while they’re still warm. They are amazing, trust me!

Perfect Chocolate Chip Muffins

Soft and fluffy bakery-style muffins. Your search for perfect chocolate chip muffins ends here! These chocolate studded muffins are divine!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 c. + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher sea salt
  • 1 c. full-fat sour cream or real buttermilk
  • 1 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Optional Toppings:

  • 1/4 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. coarse sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a standard size muffin tin with liners OR spray the wells generously with non-stick baking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and beat on medium-high for 4 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Add vanilla extract, mix to combine. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. With mixing speed on low, alternate adding 1/3 of the dry ingredients and the sour cream at a time until everything has been added. Mix just until combined, do not overmix!
  5. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chips. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
  6. Using a large cookie scoop, divide the batter in between the 12 liners. Sprinkle tops with additional mini chocolate chips or coarse sugar, if desired. Place in the oven to bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce the temperature to 400 degrees and continue baking for 14-16 minutes or until full set in the centers.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pans for 6 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

– You can also make mini muffins with this recipe too. Use 2 mini muffin pans and a standard size cookie scoop. Bake for 4 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce temperature to 400 degrees and continue baking for 6-8 minutes.

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