Monday’s Muffin: Chocolate with Peanut Butter Chips

by kitchenarian on March 7, 2011

Monday’s muffin has become an anticipated event in my household. My youngest child starts asking me on Friday and Saturday what type of muffin I plan on making. So this week’s muffin is really for him – chocolate and peanut butter, his favorite flavor combination.

Since I started the series, Monday’s Muffin, I have learned a few muffin lessons: Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until barely blended. Over mixing will create tough muffins. Muffins have a short life; you should freeze what you don’t anticipate eating within 24 hours.

This week’s muffin is moist and more cake-like than the other muffins I have previously made. I couldn’t find the perfect recipe for what I wanted so I combined a couple of different recipes. Even though this is a chocolate muffin, it is not overly sweet. I reduced the amount of sugar from the original recipe, so if you like it sweet, add back ¼ cup more sugar. My junior cooking companion did offer a cooking tip to include in today’s post – “More peanut butter chips. Every bite should have at least three peanut butter chips!”


1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a muffin pan(s) or line with paper liners. Makes 18 muffins.

In a large bowl whisk together the melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.

In another large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the peanut butter chips. With a rubber spatula fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix the batter or you will have tough muffins.

Fill the muffin cups with the batter til almost full. Bake about 15 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing from pan.


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Chef Dennis March 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Wow, now those are truly good looking muffins! How I would love to have had one of those breakfasts, or lunch and maybe even dinner! chocolate and peanut butter are just a match made in heaven, and I can just imagine how delicious they were warm out of the oven!
Thanks for making me so hungry


RavieNomNoms March 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Seriously I love Muffin Monday! I would devour about 8 of these in one inhale haha


Kim - Liv Life March 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

We used to eat a lot more muffins than we do now. When the kids were little I could sneak so many things in, I even had one muffin that was made with black beans and they didn’t know it! These, though, I wouldn’t have to sneak at all.

I was so proud of my daughter the other day.. one of her friends made one of the muffin recipes from our blog and brought it to her at dance. Liv said that the muffin was really tough and then she said, ‘Mom, I advised her not to mix so much next time and I explained how the overmixing caused the muffins to be kind of tough and hard”. She really is listening!!
Love these!! Buzzing!!


kitchenarian March 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

I love that story; I love when I have evidence that my children have listened to me.


Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen March 7, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I am all for a chocolate peanut butter muffin, even if it is like cake for breakfast. Yums!


yummychunklet March 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I agree! 3 peanut butter chips per bite sounds like the perfect ratio!


Sous Chef March 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm

These look too delicious! Save some for me when I come back home on Wednesday!


Claudia March 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Tasty and tender. You have a very lucky family. And your son has grand taste in muffins.


Happy When Not Hungry March 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I am loving your Monday Muffins! These look delicious. I have a bag of peanut butter chips too so will definitely have to try this. Yum!


Kat @ Cupcake Kat March 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

Sounds delicious. I am a peanut butter and chocolate addict


Jamie March 8, 2011 at 12:20 am

Muffins are such comfort food and what is better than chocolate and peanut butter? Fantastic recipe and perfect for a weekend lazy day.


eizel March 8, 2011 at 2:54 am

chocolate on a monday is a must for some of us 🙂

love the green cupcake holder – very eizels green –


Medeja March 8, 2011 at 5:31 am

Great combination! Good not just for Monday but for every day 😀


Tiffany March 8, 2011 at 10:29 am

A muffin for breakfast or dessert! PERFECT!


briarrose March 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Chocolate and peanut butter is an excellent flavor choice. If only my breakfast fare always contained chocolate…I’d enjoy my mornings more….ehehehe.


Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen March 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Monday’s Muffin is becoming anticipated in MY house!!! Oh I looke forward to these posts!! ♥- Katrina


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