Chocolate Chip Muffins

The Super Bowl is over and what a game it was. I always love it when the final game is close. There were too many Super Bowls over the past years that were over by the time the halftime show started. Our family was all happy that the Giants won and Eli showed once again that he is one of the best clutch QBs.

With the end of the Super comes a shift on the Black Peppercorn. Throughout the first 5 weeks of 2012, it has been all about appetizers and snack foods here. But now, in the same way that seasons change, there will be a different collection of recipes popping up here. The last 5 weeks have been all about salty snacks and over the next few weeks there will be a bunch of sweet treats! The next few weeks in our house are filled with all our kids birthdays and Valentine’s Day as well. As a result of those special days I will be highlighting some nice desserts.

Tomorrow is my daughters birthday! Mary is going to turn 5 years old and she is so excited! The kids always get to pick their birthday meal and Mary has chosen a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and Texas chocolate sheet cake. Yes, Mary is turning only 5! She loves turkey and this is the second birthday that she has requested this for her dinner. I was surprised she asked for Texas sheet cake but she watched an episode of America’s Test Kitchen with me in which they made one. She thought it looked delicious, so that was her cake of choice.

Today though, I want to share a simple muffin recipe. These muffins are made with Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Minis. I have a standard muffin recipe that I love to mix up by adding different fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts. These muffins always come out moist and almost cupcake like in texture.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins


  • 2 cups cake and pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chip minis
  • coarse sugar (optional)


  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside
  • With an electric mixer cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs and sour cream until smooth and creamy.
  • With an electric mixer on low, or with a wooden smooth, mix together the wet and dry ingredients until they are just combined. Do not over-mix the batter.
  • Scoop the muffin batter into a greased muffin tray. There should be enough batter to fill 12 muffin cups. If desired, sprinkle the tops of each muffin with coarse sugar.
  • Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes. Check with a toothpick and it comes out of the muffin with no batter, they are done.
  • Cool on a wire rack.




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  • You do sound like you are going to be busy with the holidays and birthdays! I think it is pretty cool that your daughter gets to request a special dinner as well as a special dessert!
    Muffins with a touch of chocolate is always welcome her and with you choice of flour-I know they are light. Also, mini chocolate chips do so much better in baked goods than the big ones. Your ingredient list on the flour does have me confused. Is it a statement that either flour can be used for a total 2 cups or a total of 4 cups (half quantity of each type).

    • Thanks for your comment Tina. Your comment has me intrigued. Up here in Canada there is “all purpose flour”, “bread flour” and “cake and pastry flour”. Here is the kind I buy – click here. From your comment it sounds like in the U.S. there is both a “pastry” flour and a “cake” flour. Is that true? If so then this ingredient list could confuse people. I meant just 2 cups of flour.

  • The classic! 🙂 nothing beats a moist, chocolatey bite of muffin.

  • Happy birthday a day early to your daughter! They’re so cute at that age 🙂 We do the same thing with letting the birthday person pick the meal. It always amazed me some of the things they come up with.

    These muffins look great. I do so love a muffin with chocolate in it 🙂

  • I’ve always gotten to pick my birthday dinner and dessert too. I think my mom regretted it when I was 3. I wanted lobster for dinner. My mom sent my dad to the store for lobster and he thought it was $9 each not per pound so he bought the biggest one in the tank. Then I refused to share until I was done because it was MY lobster.

    You’re lucky your daughter picked turkey.

  • I would really dig into these. Chocolate Chip anything is fabulous. Great Recipe. I have an award for you at my blog on 1-8… head over and check it out. 🙂

  • I see your answer here, yes the US does have cake flour you can buy and pastry flour you can buy. Too many choices here, but now I understand what you meant!

  • Mmmm, chocolate. Impossible to resist! Thanks for sharing this great recipe. Very often, I also add some nuts to the muffin batter. Combine well with chocolate chips.

  • Hi Steve!

    Can I substitute almond flour for these?

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