From the Recipe Box: Chocolate Chip Muffins

by sous-chef on January 13, 2011

Okay, so I had a craving for some chocolate chip muffins. My Christmas break here at home is coming to a close, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to just bum about in the glorious kitchen of the Kitchenarian for much longer, so I was determined to track down a recipe and start baking away. Cookies and cakes I’ve baked many times this break already, but I haven’t made any muffins in quite a long time. I wasn’t interested in making anything complex or edgy – I just wanted the simple happiness of chocolate and a muffin.

After finding a decent recipe on, I began the quick work of whipping up some batter. Then to my surprise, my simple little recipe would have to be improvised a bit – I was about ¼ cup short of milk. I sighed, then dug around the refrigerator until I found a jug of buttermilk we’d used earlier in the week for pancakes. What a perfect supplement! I also added a teaspoon of vanilla to the batter, because I am a firm believer that a dash of vanilla will enhance most simple baking recipes such as this. While I am not as bold as the Kitchenarian in changing and improvising on recipes, I jumped right into the process of it and hoped for the best. As I told my youngest brother who had been helping me, “These muffins are either going to turn out really bad… or really delicious.”

When I finally pulled the muffins out of the oven, the touch of golden brown on the top offered such sweet hopes.  I quickly unwrapped one and bit into such a soft and delicious muffin; I was ecstatic. There is nothing quite like having a craving satisfied to its fullest potential, especially when you’re the one to whip it up and bake it! Not only were the muffins a success, but I had to fight my brothers away from the rest of them long enough for the Kitchenarian to sneak a few and take some pictures.

Here is the recipe, including my supplements, hope you enjoy!

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg
¾ cup milk
¼ cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup combination of Ghiradelli semisweet and milk chocolate chips

In large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. In separate bowl, beat egg, milk and oil. Stir dry ingredients into wet just until moistened, then fold in chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups three-fourths full and bake at 400F for 12 to 15 minutes or until top is golden brown and bounces back slightly to the touch. Yields 12 muffins.

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Kate @ January 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I could never pass up a chocolate chip anything! Those muffins look so fluffy and delicious! And I also really enjoy satisfying my cravings :)) … it’s a great feeling!


Steph@stephsbitebybite January 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I love how your muffins are a little golden on the top. I can only imagine these coming out of the oven with melty chocolate chips! Heaven


Veronica Gantley January 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Those muffins look very good. Nice with a hot cup of joe. Thanks for the recipe.


briarrose January 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

This muffin would definitely make me happy. 😉 Looks wonderful.


Annie January 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Simple and delicious! What a classic!


Tiffany January 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

Oh, I bet the buttermilk worked WONDERFULLY! Great thinking! 😀


thecountrycook January 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I bet the buttermilk combined with the oil made a very moist muffin. Looks great!


Happy When Not Hungry January 14, 2011 at 9:56 am

These chocolate chip muffins look delicious! My mouth is watering because my breakfast this morning was nowhere near as tasty as these muffins look!


Chef Dennis January 14, 2011 at 10:51 am

It sounds like you stumbled upon the perfect muffin recipe!!! I do love chocolate chip muffins, but blueberry will always be my fav….the beautiful golden color of your muffins makes me want to get right in the kitchen and bake up a batch!!
Have a great weekend!


Sandra January 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Lovely!!!! Looks so delicious!!!


jaclyn@todayslady January 15, 2011 at 1:04 am

These muffins look absolutely perfect! Really, they could be model muffins!!

I too believe that vanilla can transform a basic recipe into an unbelievable one 🙂


Kate @ January 15, 2011 at 9:09 am

I knew this muffin was a winner! Congrats on top 9! 🙂


The Enchanted Cook January 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

These look absolutely amazing. Sheer perfection in fact. So fluffy and bursting at the top. Wow. Congrats on Top 9! Very well deserved!



Chris January 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

These look amazing! Congrats on the Top 9!


Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen January 15, 2011 at 11:11 am

Nothing like a warm chocolate chip muffin! I love allrecipes for that quick, I need a recipe! moment. Congrats on the top 9!


catherine January 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

will you put the calorie fat, fiber, and carbs. on your recipes


kitchenarian January 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Hi Catherine,
I don’t include the nutritional value on my recipes, but I did a quick search on-line and found a website that looks like you can add the ingredients and it will calculate the nutritional information for you.
Here is the link:

I hope that helps!


Claudie January 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This muffin looks perfectly baked!! So tempting!


Krissyp January 15, 2011 at 10:29 pm

That muffin looks coffee shop quality. So golden and delicious. On my list for this week. Thanks for posting.


Jenn@eatcakefordinner January 16, 2011 at 12:55 am

These look so soft and yummy. I bet the buttermilk added the perfect flavor to these.


Krissyp January 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I held true to my word and whipped up a batch of these muffins today. They were everything I thought they would be…and more! Had to loosen the top button of the pants because couldn’t stop at one. My new favorite muffin recipe. Thank you Thank you Thank you!


kitchenarian January 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I am so glad you like it. We have made several batches of these recently. We really must stop!!


RavieNomNoms January 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

You can NEVER go wrong with chocolate chip muffins!


Mark January 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Love the recipe. Thanks!


sunny January 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

That muffin looks perfect! Just what the doctor ordered for a dreary evening. 🙂 Quick question: how long did you bake them for?


kitchenarian January 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

12 – 15 minutes depending on your oven. Just look for them to get slightly browned on the top. They will bounce back to the touch when done. Enjoy!


Dori Cheng March 23, 2012 at 8:13 am

I found the same “original” recipe and used it with success last night. I doubled the recipe, so I added 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp butter extract. They turned out great but I think I would like it with the addition of buttermilk too.


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