Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins2 I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!  I love Thanksgiving so much.  I was lucky to spend the holiday with Eric and my family this year (last year Eric and I stayed in Chicago).  I feel fortunate that the drive to Springfield from St. Louis is only three hours.  Anyway, I drove down on Wednesday and brought this chocolate turkey cake.

IMAG2601_1 My mom made pecan pie and pumpkin pie and they were excellent!  The pumpkin pie is an old family recipe.  She uses butter Crisco in her pie crusts, and they were incredibly tender.  I think I might have to make an exception and start using shortening. 

IMAG2605_1 My dad roasted three turkey breasts.

IMAG2606_1 All of the other fixins: mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn casserole, green bean casserole, rolls.  And Quorn for my veggie sister. 

IMAG2607_1 I seriously made myself sick.  I didn’t eat all day and then gorged myself.  It was all so good.
These muffins have nothing to do with Thanksgiving.  I guess I could make up some story about how we ate these at breakfast before we Black Friday shopped and they gave us energy all day.  Yeah, let’s go with that.

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins These are your basic chocolate muffins loaded with good chocolate chips.  I also used some orange zest in the batter.   If you’re a chocolate-orange fan, I recommend it.  I always think of chocolate-orange as being Christmas flavors because of those candy chocolate oranges.  Now that Christmas is less than a month away, it’s time to start the cookie baking!

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins3Click for the recipe!

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 tablespoons oil 
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, melted 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest (optional) 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used whole milk) 
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + additional for topping
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper liners.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, chocolate, vanilla, orange zest and egg until well combined.  Stir in flour mixture, alternating with milk, until just combined.  Stir in chocolate chips until just combined.  Divide batter into muffin cups.  Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips, if desired.

Bake 13-15 minutes, or until well risen and set.  Cool 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Makes about 1 dozen small muffins, or 9 large muffins


  1. Wow, what a spread! Those muffins looksdelicious!

  2. What a fun turkey cake! And I do love chocolate and orange. I just made some gluten free chocolate chip cookies with orange in them. They were good. Have always loved seeing your t-day spread over the years. ;) And YES, cooking baking time!

  3. Your turkey cake is beautiful!! These muffins are nothing but fabulous also. Double chocolate is always a good idea!

  4. Your cake is darling, and the Thanksgiving spread looks delicious. I applaud your Mom for using shortening - I use butter-flavored Crisco in my pie crusts as well. In the past I made two butter recipe pie crusts, and while I liked the flavor I was disappointed both times in the lack of flakiness. Would love to have your family corn casserole recipe. :)

    1. Thanks, Linda! She'll be glad to hear that. :) The casserole recipe is Paula Deen's. Eric makes it every year!

  5. That looks amazing...I kind of want Thanksgiving every month! I think I'm in denial that it's over because I'm still baking pies. Yesterday I made an apple caramel pie and had it with homemade cinnamon ice cream. And I had the same thing again for breakfast this morning. Not the healthiest choice- maybe it's a good thing Thanksgiving is only once a year :P

    1. I want that, too! Why can't we have Thanksgiving every month? Who can stop us! Mmm apple caramel pie with cinnamon ice cream sounds amazing!

  6. first of all, that turkey cake is too cute! secondly, i always forget about the orange-chocolate combo. yum!



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