Studded with mini chocolate chips, double chocolate muffins are something I would typically serve with lunch or as an afternoon snack, but we've been known to enjoy them as an indulgent breakfast item from time to time.
These muffins are best served a day or two after they're baked, but they freeze beautifully in an airtight container for up to a month. To thaw, keep in airtight container as they thaw overnight in the fridge. I enjoy these muffins chilled or at room temperature, but my girls enjoy them heated in the microwave for just a few seconds to melt the mini chocolate chips. If you should happen to find yourself with slightly stale muffins, try this indulgent twist - break a muffin into bits, place the bits in a bowl, and drizzle with heavy cream - heaven!
Ingredients: eggs, applesauce, flour, unsalted butter, the best dutch-processed cocoa powder you can find (this one is my current fav), sugar, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and mini chocolate chips.
Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand-held mixer).
Use the paddle attachment or, even better, a BeaterBlade attachment! If you love to bake, do yourself a favor on get a BeaterBlade. It eliminates the pesky task of having to scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl. Love, love, love this thing!
On a side note - I have tried a similar attachment that's made by the company that makes the stand mixer and there's no comparison, the BeaterBlade works much better. They're available for various makes and models of mixers so have that information handy before you purchase.
Back to the recipe - add the eggs, applesauce, and cocoa sifted cocoa powder. Nothing worse than biting into a dry clump of unsweetened cocoa powder so don't forget to sift that cocoa!!
Mix until incorporated. Don't worry if the mixture looks a little curdled - it's fine.
Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; mix until no traces of flour remain.
Stir in the mini chocolate chips. Did you set aside a few to nibble on? I did!
Mmmm... time to dish up the batter.
Using a portion scoop is neat and tidy... and all my muffins are going to turn out the same size. Win-win!
Items used to make this recipe:
Double Chocolate Muffins
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream butter and sugar together until light in color, about 2 minutes.
Add eggs, cocoa powder, and applesauce; mix until smooth.
Add remaining dry ingredients and mix just until combined (don't over mix); stir in mini chocolate chips.
Use a heaping #20 portion scoop to fill cups about 3/4 full.
Bake 22-25 minutes or just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a couple crumbs attached.
Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan, placing on cooling rack to cool completely.
adapted from The Low GI Cookbook