September 2, 2010

Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

These are freaking amazing!!!

Now this is what I’m talking about! Finally the trauma and utter madness that is the first week of school is past me and I’m back to making bunches of lovely goodies.

Did I mention that my school week only lasts four days? Thursdays are my Fridays. And yes, I realize that I actually don’t have much to complain about. I just don’t like going to school. As I’m sure you all know by now, I am a highly sensitive and creative soul that cannot be confined to the traditional institutions of academia, especially when those institutions no longer allow me to park in the library parking lot, making my journey to class a very long one.

On the bright side, I’ve decided that all that extra walking must be burning exorbitant amounts of calories, calories that I must make up for by gobbling up copious amounts of chocolate chip mini muffins.

See the critical thinking that I just used? The problem-solving skills exhibited? Is there really any need for me to continue on to the actual class, considering that I already possess such extraordinary mental faculties?

However, as logic would have it, if I were to stop going to class, I would not be burning the necessary calories to outweigh all the muffin-eating. Therefore, I must continue going to class, if only to facilitate my further consumption of baked goods. Plus, something tells me that all that walking—especially including all the stairs—will leave me with fabulously fit legs, which in turn will improve my running.

Do you see how good I am at this?! I should seriously just become a college professor. Except that would involve going to college…forever.

While I contemplate my fate as a Professor of Muffinology, why don’t you give these little beauties a try?

To start off, simply sift some flour and baking soda into a large bowl.

I really like that I can customize these messages.

Then, because you forgot to sift in the cocoa powder, stir that in with a whisk.

I wonder if anyone actually thinks to read them?

Add a bit of brown sugar.

I could totally transmit top-secret baking tips through these captions!

Now, in a separate bowl, whisk together an egg, some milk, and some butter.

And no one would ever know!

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients to get this gorgeous bowl of mush.

Unless of course you were clever enough to read these captions.

Once that’s all mixed, feel free to add double the amount of chocolate chips that the original recipe called for.

In which case, I congratulate you on your brilliance.

These are the chips I used (and am currently obsessed with). They’re milk chocolate, melt-in-your-mouth, and taste almost exactly like Godiva chocolate.

Well done, clever reader.

Most of the time, I just eat them plain rather than put them in any sort of dessert. They’re just that good!

Once the chocolate chips are stirred in, fill a few mini muffin tins with muffin cups.

You're one step closer to discovering all the mysteries of the universe.

Of course you can use regular-sized muffin tins instead, but I find that mini size is perfect for these treats.

Now plop some healthy spoonfuls of batter into each cup.

Starting with muffins.

Toss ‘em in the oven and bake until they’re risen and gawgeous!

Professor Koci's Enlightenment through Muffinology 101 is now dismissed.

As a learned, studied, and very hungry Professor of Muffinology, I highly advise that you make these as soon as possible.

Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

Recipe adapted from “Chili Chocolate Chip Muffins” from “200 Really Easy Recipes” by Louise Pickford

Printable Recipe

1 3/4 cups self-rising flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

2/3 cup light brown sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup milk

1/4 cup butter, melted

1 cup milk chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line several mini muffin tins with muffin cups.

Sift flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder into a bowl, stirring in the sugar. Beat together egg, milk, and melted butter in a separate bowl, then mix into the dry ingredients until just combined. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon mixture into muffin cups then place in the oven for 20 minutes, until risen. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm.


  1. These look seriously delicious! Definitely adding them to my list of recipes to try!!

  2. I would take a class in Muffinology. Then I'd deliberately fail so I could take it again. They look AMAZING. So chocolatey!

  3. All honors to the Professor of Muffinology. I want to be in your class. Even though I have a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree,I am a convert to your philosophy.
    All my wasted years existing without these muffins. The most exciting thing around during my graduate school years was frozen chocolate yogurt. Congratulations on surviving week one, and keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what you create to cope with week 2

  4. These look adorable! I should make them for my chocolate lover husband, except that I would need to make 10 batches at a time to satify him :)

  5. Oh.. these look like they are full of ooey-gooey, chocolately goodness. Thank you for sharing today @ Prairie Story Recipe Swap!

  6. Chocolate with more chocolate, I don't think you can go wrong with those :o) They look scrumptious!

  7. These are a real chocolate treat! They look divine.

  8. Oh yes, such chocolatey goodness!!

  9. Stop! These muffins make me salivate. Wait, no! Do not stop making muffins! ever. Please keep up the recipes. Your college experience benefits us all!

  10. Oh my - I know one thing I'll be doing over the holiday weekend! You are soooooo bad for my diet! Not only do I enjoy your recipes, your writing is quite humorous and entertaining!

  11. @Dana: Thank you! I highly recommend giving these a try. Plus, they're actually pretty easy to throw together.

    @Suzler: LOL! I may start a petition for that class to be offered at college.

    @Lady Cooks the Blues: Thank you, thank you. I spent many years studying the art of Muffinology, although I feel that it will be a lifelong pursuit. :D

    @Sara: Thanks! You can also make 'em as regular-sized muffins, but you run the risk of a severe tummy ache.

    @Prairie Story: Thanks for hosting it! That recipe swap was such a great idea!

    @Susi: Indeed not! Chocolate is always improved with more chocolate.

    @Angie's Recipes: Thanks! The only problem is reining oneself in with just one or two. :D

    @Marisa: Yes! It's like a chocolatey explosion!

    @Becky: Don't worry, I won't ever stop making muffins! They're too yummy! :D

    @Gayla: Thank you! As much as I'm sorry to sabotage your healthy eating plans, I do think these little beauties are well worth it!

  12. These muffins are the perfect way to end the week! So much chocolate is the best introduction to the weekend :)

  13. baking.serendipity, I totally agree. Although, I also think chocolate is a great introduction to just about anything! I may need to have some around when Monday rolls around, too. :D


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