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Easy Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

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Triple chocolate chip muffins

Triple chocolate chip muffins

Triple Chocolate? Yes, Triple Chocolate.

These muffins feature a chocolate batter mixed with chocolate chips, topped off with a chocolate glaze.

This is one of my favorite sweets of all time. I baked some yesterday—and oh my gosh, these are some of the best muffins I have ever made. They are rich and chocolaty, and to make them even more amazing they have chocolate chips, too!

Tips for Making Moist Muffins

There is nothing worse than a dry, rubbery muffin. Do you know the secret to making moist and tender muffins?

The secret ingredient in this recipe is apple cider vinegar. Some bakers might use yogurt or sour cream in order to promote a moist interior, but I decided to try apple cider vinegar this time.

Why Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar works as an acidic replacement for yogurt. One reason yogurt is used in baking is to add moistness and texture to the batter or dough. Take the example of making naan bread. I use yogurt to make the dough soft and fluffy while it's cooking. Also, yogurt imparts a sour taste to the bread.

I found that using apple cider vinegar as a replacement for yogurt or sour cream in this recipe gave a better result. However, you are welcome to try other options. For the 3/4 cup milk I use for this recipe, you can use the same amount of yogurt or sour cream.

One more note: This recipe is called "triple chocolate chip muffins," so please be generous when you are adding the chocolate chips!

Ingredients

For the muffins:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 tablespoons Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups or more semisweet chocolate chips

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 5 tablespoons Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 7 tablespoons sweet condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh whole milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a standard-size muffin tin with baking papers. Set aside.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar into the milk. Let it sit for a while undisturbed.
  3. Combine the cocoa powder and the hot water in a small bowl. Whisk until a smooth paste is formed. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and oil. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the cocoa paste to the sugar and oil mixture and beat for 1 minute.
  6. Add the eggs and vanilla extract into the mixture and continue beating for 30 seconds to combine.
  7. In the meantime, in a separate bowl, sieve the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
  8. Gradually add the flour mixture and milk into the wet mixture. Use a spatula to incorporate the ingredients.
  9. Add the chocolate chips into the mixture. Use a spatula to combine.
  10. Use an ice cream scoop to fill each muffin cup. (Note: You can also add a few chocolate chips on top.)
  11. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Place the muffins on a wire cool rack.
  13. Make the chocolate glaze: Add some water to a medium saucepan or pot and bring to a very gentle simmer. Place a heat-safe bowl on top, but make sure the bottom is not touching the water. Add the cocoa powder, condensed milk, and fresh milk to the bowl and stir with a whisk. Continue to whisk until smooth and melted. Remove the bowl from heat.
  14. Spoon the chocolate glaze on top of the muffins.
  15. Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips as desired. Enjoy!

Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial

Line the baking papers in the muffin tin.

Line the baking papers in the muffin tin.

Combine the chocolate paste into the mixing bowl.

Combine the chocolate paste into the mixing bowl.

Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to combine the ingredients.

Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to combine the ingredients.

In a separate bowl, sieve the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Using a whisk, combine the ingredients.

In a separate bowl, sieve the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Using a whisk, combine the ingredients.

Add the flour mixture into the mixing bowl.

Add the flour mixture into the mixing bowl.

Use a spatula to incorporate.

Use a spatula to incorporate.

Add the chocolate chips.

Add the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the baking papers.

Spoon the batter into the baking papers.

Let it cool on a rack.

Let it cool on a rack.

Make the chocolate glaze by using the double boiler technique.

Make the chocolate glaze by using the double boiler technique.

Glaze the muffins with chocolate topping.

Glaze the muffins with chocolate topping.

Enjoy the triple chocolate chip muffins.

Enjoy the triple chocolate chip muffins.

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