These are fantastic muffins, but I don't think I can recommend them for breakfast. They're just too indulgent. They really taste like brownies. If you're looking for a sweet chocolate treat that's really easy to make, look no further. These muffins stayed moist and delicious for 4 days after they were baked. The only change I'd make to the recipe as submitted, would be to ease back on the cinnamon (maybe cut it to 1/2 teaspoon). There's so many great flavors going on in each bite, I found the cinnamon sort of got in the way more than it enhanced. (Recipe submitted in 2003. Tested and photographed in August 2013.)
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans - chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 large eggs - lightly beaten
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
additional 2 or 3 Tablespoons chocolate chips for topping
additional 1 or 2 Tablespoons chopped nuts for topping
How To Make Brownie Muffins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a small sauce pan, carefully melt butter over a low heat. Stir in cocoa and chocolate chips and remove from heat as soon as chocolate is melted. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the egg, sugar and vanilla extract. Add butter/chocolate mixture, the flour mixture, and chopped pecans, stirring just until blended - no need to over mix.
In a well greased muffin tin (or paper muffin cups sprayed lightly with cooking spray), spoon in muffin batter - filling cups about 3/4 full.
Sprinkle each muffin with a few chocolate chips and a pinch of chopped nuts.
Bake 20 minutes or until done. The toothpick test works well here - insert a toothpick and if it comes out dry and free of batter, the muffins are done.
Remove pans from oven and let cool before serving.
The batter turns out to be a bit more dense than most other muffin batters. The consistency reminded me of making fudge. It think that's why these are so good. The flavor reminded me of fudge too!
One of the tastiest muffins I've made. A chocolate delight! Sometimes I'll add a teaspoon of orange zest to the batter too. It's a fun recipe to play with.
Mr Breakfast would like to thank Checkers for this recipe.
Recipe number 978. Submitted 5/15/2003.