Chocolate Chip Muffins
There is nothing quite like the heavenly aroma of freshly baked muffins wafting through my home on a lovely spring morning. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and as if that wasn’t enough reason to be happy….. but wait….. behold a warm fresh out of the oven chocolate chip muffin – and the day just got even better. Okay….I’ll admit I am a sucker for most sweets – especially anything containing chocolate. Of all muffin varieties chocolate chip are my children’s favorite. Which means I most certainly have to oblige them in making these sweet little confections from time to time.
Muffins are so easy to make in a relatively short time. There are only a couple things you really need to remember while making muffins which includes: using enough fats/liquids to make the muffins tender and moist (I like to use buttermilk,butter, oil and sometimes sour cream) & to be sure you have the right amount of leavening agents (baking powder, and baking soda) starting to bake the muffins for a few minutes at a higher temperature than you finish them to ensure that lovely domed muffin top. Oh, and be sure not to overmix the batter. So, top of the morning/muffin to you, and happy baking!
Ingredients: Yield:12 regular size muffins
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1-1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
*Sugar for sprinkling on top if desired
Preheat oven to 425°F and line a 12 cup muffin tray with paper liners or spray the tray with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl stir together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and chocolate chips.
In another bowl combine the wet ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla.
Slowly fold in the dry ingredients to the wet. Mixing just until combined.
Pour into muffin tin and bake for 5 minutes at 425°, and then turn the heat down to 375° and continue baking 12-14 minutes.
*optional: before baking sprinkling a little sugar on top of each muffin.
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