Chocolate Chocolate Muffins and a Giveaway!

I was contacted earlier this year by Debby Maugans of Small Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers. She asked if I’d be willing to review her cookbook and offered to give one away to a lucky reader as well. Life got in the way of me getting around to this until now, and I’m glad I finally found time to make a recipe from the cookbook.

Debby starts the book with an introduction to small batch baking, including details about the various equipment you may need. After that, her recipes are well laid out and easy to follow. In the middle of the cookbook, there is a spread of full color photos of some of the recipes in the book.

After perusing the cookbook multiple times, I had flagged quite a few recipes. I decided I wanted to highlight something chocolatey, since that’s the whole point of the cookbook! I settled on these chocolate chocolate muffins because I had every thing on hand last weekend and wanted a tasty snack.

This recipe yielded 4 regular sized muffins (or 2 giant muffins) and it was the perfect afternoon snack for me and Hubby. I put the other two muffins into plastic bags and we each took one to work the next day as well.

As you can see, these muffins scream CHOCOLATE. The batter is chocolate and there’s 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in there! That comes out to 2 Tbsp of chocolate chips per muffin! I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chips because they’re my favorite. The hardest part about this recipe was waiting long enough for them to cool so I could bite into one!

Giveaway Rules:

  • To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite chocolate treat is
  • Entries must be submitted by midnight (EST) on Thursday, July 28th
  • Only one entry per person

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Chocolate Chocolate Muffins

Yield: 4 muffins

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
3 Tbsp buttermilk
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp well-beaten egg

1/3 cup + 3 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Line 4 muffin cups with liners. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the sugar, butter, buttermilk, vanilla, and egg. Set aside.

Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Place the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the sieve. Sift the ingredients into the bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until moistened.

Stir in the chocolate chips. Divide batter into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

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17 Responses to “M&M Cookies to Celebrate Valentine’s Day”

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    Carrie — February 12, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I love freezing dough but somehow most ends up in my tummy unbaked when I do that ๐Ÿ™‚

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    oneordinaryday — February 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    What a great gift! I’m thinking that would be wonderful for all sorts of occasions. Thanks for the idea!

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    Carly — February 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    These are adorable and I love that idea! Two questions, though: 1) Were these as good as the cookies from the other recipes? and 2) When you freeze them, do you bake right from frozen?

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    Jen — February 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Great questions Carly – As far as comparing them to the other cookies. I enjoyed the chocolate M&M cookies the best, but they were REALLY chocolatey. The other non-chocolate M&M cookies were a bit more chewy and they had nuts in them, so they had a different vibe. This recipe was more of a classic M&M cookie for sure.

    As far as baking from frozen, you can def just go straight from freezer to oven. Bake them ~13 minutes instead of ~11 and take them out when they look done.

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    Cara — February 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    these were delicious!

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    stephchows — February 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    they look so cute all frozen up ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Leanne — February 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I love the pink and red M&Ms. Thanks for the idea of freezing the cookie dough.

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    Memรณria — February 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I was going to ask you the same thing as Carly, well the first question. These cookies are cute. Your freezing method reminded me that I have a bunch of sugar cookies still in the freezer! Do you know how long cookies can stay in the freezer?

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    Jen — February 12, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t know how long they will last in the freezer. I have a tendency to forget about things in my freezer… I’d guess a couple months? Anyone have ideas?

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    nutmegnanny — February 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    What festive little cookies ๐Ÿ™‚ I love them! I also like the fact that you froze them. I bet they were delicious. Make sure to enter the All Through the Year Cheer event for Valentine’s Day ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Julie — February 13, 2010 at 4:49 am

    I think that sounds like a great way to spend valentine’s day. It can be intimidating the way it’s so hyped up. The cookies look very festive, love ’em!

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    Vivian - Let's Try These... — February 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    We don’t do “valentine’s day” either since my MIL was born on the 14th and daughter’s birthday is the 15th – besides, its more important to say you love someone everyday, not just one day out of the year. Love the idea about freezing the cookie dough in preshaped form and giving that away. Wonderful idea!

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    Deborah Dowd — February 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I am looking for cookies that travel well for my soldier adopted through Soldier’s Angels and these look like a winner!!

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    Kerstin — February 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Mmm, these were so tasty! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — February 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    These are just too cute!! I love M&M cookies too!!

    http://www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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    bcallegra — February 17, 2010 at 1:13 am

    Just had to add my two cents on the idea of giving cookie dough frozen and ready to be baked – genius! For some reason, I’ve never thought of that, even though I’ve given cookies frozen to people to be defrosted when they’re ready to eat. I love the dough idea!

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    Megan — February 20, 2010 at 2:16 am

    YUM-these look absolutely delicious! I love the pink and red M&Ms!

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