Double Chocolate Muffins

These double chocolate muffins have been our favorite chocolate muffin recipe for over a decade. I love them so much that I published the easy recipe in my 1st cookbook back in 2014! (We now add even more chocolate chips and a touch of vanilla for extra flavor, as you’ll see in the recipe below.) The muffins are incredibly rich, mega chocolate-y, and loaded with chocolate chips in every single bite. Sour cream helps guarantee a soft and moist muffin that has a denser texture than chocolate cupcakes.

double chocolate muffins in muffin pan

Not pointing fingers or anything but chocolate sweet rolls, you’re kind of high maintenance for the morning. (Worth the hype and effort for sure though.) Here’s something easier that satisfies your chocolate craving and doesn’t require a ton of effort, time, or patience. Ha!

Double Chocolate Muffins Details

  • Flavor: Chocolate. Seriously, that’s all you really need to know! This chocolate muffin recipe comes together with cocoa powder and chocolate chips. In recent years, I began adding vanilla extract to the batter for a touch of extra flavor. You can certainly leave it out if you’d like (and as mentioned above, the cookbook recipe doesn’t include it).
  • Texture: Unlike chocolate cupcakes and chocolate cake, these muffins don’t really have a sponge-like texture. And that’s mostly because we aren’t adding hot water to the batter. They’re more like a bakery-style muffin with a tighter crumb and satisfying bite.
  • Ease: Besides the deep chocolate flavor, what you’ll love most about this double chocolate chip muffin recipe is its ease. The recipe uses common baking ingredients, doesn’t require a mixer, and is super straightforward– 2 cups of this, 1 cup of that, and whole eggs. (No separating needed.)

How do these compare to triple chocolate muffins? Well, those are like fudge brownies masquerading as breakfast! Like this brownie recipe, they’re made with pure melted chocolate and melted butter. As a result, they don’t rise very tall and have crisp/crackly tops. Today’s muffins are like traditional chocolate muffins with big muffin tops.

double chocolate chip muffins on pink cake stand

Key Ingredients in Double Chocolate Muffins

The full written recipe is below, but let’s walk through some key ingredients so you understand their importance. This is always helpful when looking for substitution options.

  1. Cocoa Powder: Use unsweetened natural cocoa powder. You could get away use dutch process cocoa powder, but the muffins may not rise as much. For best taste and texture, stick with natural. Most of the flavor comes from the cocoa powder, so choose a good one! I’ve baked with many over the years and I always go back to Hershey’s.
  2. Sour Cream: If you were to skip the sour cream and replace it with milk, the chocolate muffins would be thin, flat, and wet. Sour cream lifts the crumb and keeps the muffins moist. You can replace it with plain yogurt and I often do– in fact, that’s how the recipe is written in the book!
  3. Oil: We usually use creamed butter and sugar in muffin recipes like blueberry muffins. However, cocoa powder is a very drying ingredient so it’s best paired with oil to keep the muffins moist. If you replace it with melted butter, the muffins will dry out. You won’t miss the flavor of butter because chocolate overpowers it.

By the way, if you enjoy banana + chocolate together, you’ll love these double chocolate banana muffins— they’re whole wheat, too!

dry ingredients in glass bowl and wet ingredients in pink bowl

chocolate muffins batter in bowl and in muffin pan

Expect a thick and sticky batter.

Avoid Overmixing & Use Room Temperature Ingredients

Really all you’re doing here is whisking the dry ingredients together in one bowl and the wet ingredients together in another bowl. The dry ingredients include the sugar and chocolate chips. This way you’re only mixing the ingredients together once– dry + wet instead of dry + wet + mixing in the chocolate chips. Make sense?

  • The reason why you’ll mix the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients is to avoid over-mixing the final batter. Over-mixing muffin batter can lead to a tough, dense baked good. While these chocolate muffins are certainly denser than our soft and spongy chocolate cupcakes, they aren’t heavy as bricks.
  • What will also help you avoid overmixing is using room temperature ingredients. Bring the eggs, milk, and sour cream to room temperature before starting. As a shortcut, place the eggs in a glass of warm water for 10 minutes and– honestly this is what I do– microwave the sour cream and milk for 10-15 seconds to take the chill off.

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chocolate muffin cut in half

Tip: You won’t regret eating one warm out of the oven. Those melty chips!

Double Chocolate Muffins Recipe Video

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double chocolate chip muffins on pink cake stand

Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 21 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes (includes slight cooling)
  • Yield: 12-14 muffins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These double chocolate muffins are incredibly rich, mega chocolate-y, and loaded with chocolate chips in every single bite. Sour cream helps guarantee a soft and moist muffin that has a denser texture than chocolate cupcakes.


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (41g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (315g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (185g) full fat sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) whole milk, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners. This recipe yields about 14 muffins, so prepare a second muffin pan in the same manner or bake in batches and reserve leftover batter at room temperature for when the first batch is done.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the eggs, sour cream, oil, milk, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and fold together with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until completely combined. (Batter is quite thick, so I recommend a spatula or spoon over a whisk.) Avoid overmixing. The batter will be thick and sticky.
  4. Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 15-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 20-21 minutes, give or take. (For mini muffins, bake 13-14 total minutes at 350°F (177°C) the whole time.)
  5. Cool muffins for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack until ready to eat.
  6. Cover leftover muffins and store at room temperature for 5 days or in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: For longer storage, freeze the muffins for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then heat up in the microwave if desired.
  2. Jumbo Muffins: If you’d like to make about 6 jumbo muffins instead of standard size, follow the recipe through step 3 using a greased jumbo 6-count muffin pan. Spoon batter into the liners, filling all the way to the top. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Sour Cream: Use full fat sour cream. In a pinch, you can replace it with plain yogurt. (Full fat Greek style or regular yogurt would be best.)
  4. Oil: For best taste and texture, use vegetable oil. In a pinch, you can replace with canola oil or olive oil. The muffins can taste greasy with melted coconut oil, but if you try it, it’s imperative the other ingredients are room temperature so the coconut oil doesn’t solidify as you mix the batter together.
  5. Milk: Whole milk is best. 2%, 1%, or nondairy milk work in a pinch. Do not use nonfat milk. Don’t use buttermilk. (You could use buttermilk if replacing both the sour cream AND milk, but the muffins taste a little spongy that way. Best to use sour cream and whole milk.)
  6. Recipe excerpted from Sally’s Baking Addiction. This version includes more chocolate chips and the addition of vanilla extract for a little extra flavor. The cookbook version also uses plain yogurt, but you can use sour cream as noted here. *Reprints of the book note the correct gram measurement for cocoa powder, which is 45g.

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210 Comments

  1. great recipe! easy to make especially with weight measurements for accuracy. super chocolate-y. my son requested something chocolate for Christmas brunch and these fit the brief! love your recipe.

    1. Although this recipe is good I am a little disappointed because it turned out dry, particularly in the bottom part of the muffin. I actually have the cookbook in which it is said to cook for 10-12 minutes instead of 15-16 minutes written on the website so could that be the reason before the dryness? My cookbook also has other “mistakes” even though it was recently purchased.

  2. These were so good! I cut back on the chocolate chips by 1/4 of a cup which was perfect. The recipe made 2 dozen regular sized with about a dozen mini muffins.

  3. I love this recipe! So easy to make and one of the best chocolate muffin recipes I have ever used.

  4. Sally – I noticed that there’s no baking powder in this recipe, which is usually present in your muffin recipes, but a teaspoon of baking soda instead. Why the change?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Mike! We typically test recipes using natural cocoa powder (acidic ingredient) with baking soda first. And these turned out wonderfully as is, so there is no need to add baking powder or replace some baking soda with baking powder.

  5. It turned out very well!

  6. I’m sorry but these were the WORST muffins I have ever had. I followed the directions to a T and I almost threw up after the first bite. I highly do NOT recommend. I was so excited too 🙁

  7. My family and myself loved the muffins. Thank you.
    Courtney

  8. I really, really didn’t want to write this but they weren’t great. I’m a good cook and baker; I used high quality, French Valrhona chocolate, weighed everything, watched the time, and they were meh. I love chocolate and didn’t even finish one. The chocolate chips were great (well yea, they’re Valrhona), the muffin texture was good, but the muffin itself was dry and almost flavorless. No clue how, though.

  9. Does it make a difference if I pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Either way works! Some bakers have a strong preference and we usually add wet to dry (I find it combines easier). Just be careful not to over-mix regardless of which method you use. Happy baking!

      1. Me and my family love the muffins they are so good the recipe is easy

  10. Can the batter be kept in the refrigerator and baked the next day?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Hywel, No we don’t recommend it. As soon as the batter is mixed together the baking soda is activated so if they are not baked right away, they will not rise properly.

      1. Oops – they’ve already been in there for two hours! Do you recommend adding more baking soda?

  11. Just meh. It sounded so good and my daughter loves double chocolate muffins. I followed this recipe exactly as written, but these majorly lacked flavor. Very disappointed I wasted almost an entire bag of chocolate chips.

  12. These are unreal. I’m kind of baffled by the negative reviews because they were super easy and came out perfectly. I subbed flax eggs for the real thing because I’m trying to use up a ridiculous quantity of ground flax seed that I bought and used vanilla almond milk and the texture was perfect. Excellent recipe!

  13. How do you make the muffins less dry? It tasted fine, it was just dry. Should I use butter? Then how much? Or put more oil? If so, how much more?

    1. Trina @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Abbie! Dry muffins are usually caused by one of two things (or both) – overbaking and measuring your dry ingredients by scooping instead of spoon and leveling, both easy fixes for next time! You can read more about properly measuring baking ingredients in this post.

  14. I have made these twice for my kids. I followed the recipe exactly and both times they came out great and the kids love them.

  15. Oooh! I stopped walking in my kitchen, stopped thinking about anything except the muffin. It’s really good. Really. Good. I used Ghirardelli cocoa and 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips. Sally, if there were a Nobel Prize for Muffins, you would win.

  16. These were excellent! Forgot to adjust for altitude (Denver) but it didn’t matter,

  17. Karen, the food scientist says:

    These were good, moist, nice texture, however, I will make a few changes next time. First, add a little more salt next time because the finished muffins were a little flat tasting and I found myself wanting salt. Then I would bake the entire time at 350. I had nippled tops, which indicates that the initial oven temp was too hot (the outside set up too quickly, so the batter could only rise in the middle, giving the “nipple” effect.

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