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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Need Chocolate?

I don't usually share a recipe in a blog but these looked so tasty and the recipe is pretty simple. I like it being chocolate, being less sweet than cake, being an even better excuse for chocolate in the AM. I haven't tried the recipe yet but intend to soon--if not sooner.

Chocoholic Muffins

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1 cup low fat buttermilk (8 oz)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (8 1/2 oz)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch processed) (2 oz)
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, no lumps (10 oz)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 - 1 cup (to taste) semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli) (4 1/2 oz 6 oz)

1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat 425 degrees. Spray a standard 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray, then line with paper liners.

2. In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. In another large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips. Add the wet ingredients and the melted butter to the dry ingredients and fold together with a rubber spatula until just combined. Do not over-mix the batter or the muffins will be tough (it's okay if there are still a few specks of the dry mixture).

3. Using an ice cream scoop or two spoons, fill the muffin cups to the brim with batter. Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes, then turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake for about 12 minutes more, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean (check a few spots as the melted chocolate chips will make the tester look wet). Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5 minutes before removing muffins from pan; cool on rack.

Funny you should post this, I was just wondering if I had stahsed any chocolate around, having a craving, guess I'll go eat some celery.
dannie   Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Are these like the lava cakes? My friend Jen brought me a warm Lava cake over last Friday. I really had to try not to eat the whole thing.
Spike   Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I can't tell Richie about this; I'll just have to make it.

Oh, and what is sooner than soon? Yesterday?
Richie & Ashley   Wednesday, February 3, 2010
oh, gosh, i want one so badly!!!
The Coal Yard   Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Definitely more of a muffin than a cake, Spike. I've wanted to try the lava cakes but they need to be warm to be appreciated. Hard to do that in the office. I'm tempted to make them tonight to give to someone tomorrow but I don't know anyone for sure to give them to--so I'll hold off for now. Unless I come up with someone. :) I liked the idea of them being more muffin than sweet so they really ramped up the chocolate experience.

Dannie, wouldn't you be able to manage some really dark chocolate with lower sugar? I know some folks eat a piece of that for health. Though if you are like some of us one just isn't enough and you'd get in trouble with one. Like potato chips. :)

Here's the site to see what they look like and more about them. I love the look too. Heavenly.

LGrant   Wednesday, February 3, 2010
mmmmmm... can't have those in my house! Not while I'm doing WW!!
girlcarew   Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wish I made them last night and took them to the co-worker who brought me a big Pound Plus bar of TJ's chocolate. I so wanted to make them and thought of her because of her generosity. Darn! :) Girl, probably not a good idea for WW time. Better than cake or cookies, though. :)
LGrant   Thursday, February 4, 2010
Please send me at least 3 dozen immediately!!!! I LOVE CHOCOLATE!!!
dennis...on Gigi's computer!!!
gigi   Saturday, February 13, 2010
HAHA...Dennis needs chocolate. Must be all that snow. :)
LGrant   Sunday, February 14, 2010
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