Triple Chocolate Muffins

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These aren't double chocolate muffins, they are TRIPLE chocolate muffins! Easy recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

To really kick Monday into high gear, we’re entering the triple chocolate territory. Double chocolate? Pish posh. That’s old news! Double chocolate simply doesn’t stand a chance next to this decadent trio of chocolate goodness.

These are TRIPLE chocolate muffins. Where fudgy brownies and moist chocolate cake meet coffee’s favorite friend. Crisp tops, melty chips, and moist centers, these not-so-innocent muffins transport you immediately to dessert. Don’t they always say dessert is the most important meal of the day?

Something like that.

These aren't double chocolate muffins, they are TRIPLE chocolate muffins! Easy recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I just arrived back from a busy conference in Salt Lake City. I met with old friends and new ones, taught a cooking workshop for fellow bloggers, and ran a discussion on hiring an assistant. The 5 days were a complete whirlwind full of educational and inspiring ideas, but it’s especially nice to come home to routine, my own bed, and a little peace and (somewhat) quiet. Also, is it weird I dreamed about the dogs while I was gone? (Yes.)

First thing on my to-do list is to begin filming Facebook and Instagram Live videos. Do you have both of those social channels? I hope to begin implementing live baking demos into my weekly schedule on both socials. It would be so fun to show you–live!! and in my own kitchen!!– how to make recipes like salted caramel, soft chocolate chip cookies, frosting techniques, and more. Thoughts?

But first, let’s get back to this triple chocolate muffin business.

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Two Bowls, No Mixer

For a truly unique chocolate muffin experience unlike any others, let’s start with real chocolate. That’s how I begin my favorite homemade brownies, too. Melt butter and real chocolate together, then add some sugar and eggs. Because muffins are supposed to be a little cakey (not really brownie texture, ya know?), let’s add sour cream. That’s not something I add to my favorite brownies. Sour cream lightens up the batter so the final product will be really rich, yet very soft. That’s about it for the wet ingredients.

For the dry ingredients, let’s not waste the opportunity to use cocoa powder. This deepens the chocolate flavor. Use natural unsweetened cocoa powder. (Here is the difference between natural and dutch-process cocoa powder.) Make sure you’re not reaching for dutched! We’ll whisk the cocoa with flour, leavener, and salt. Easy stuff.

For the final and third addition of chocolate, let’s get a little generous with chocolate chips. I REALLY love dark chocolate chips in these muffins, though regular semi-sweet are fantastic as well. Mini chocolate chips ensure there’s extra chocolate in each bite, but I went with regular size since that’s all I had at the time. Use any chips you prefer because this chocolate muffin batter can handle it.

How to make triple chocolate muffins on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Look how thick it is! That’s when you know you’re getting a muffin with a tight and delicious crumb. Doesn’t it look like fudge? Just you wait until these mega chocolate bombs are done.

These muffins don’t rise quite as high as my typical muffins (even after our high temperature trick) and that’s because the melted chocolate weighs the batter down. Certainly not a problem and you’ll definitely still have a little height. But what’s even better are the beautiful cracks and crevices on top, making these triple chocolate muffins perfect for breaking open and dunking in your cuppa joe.

I love that the tops are slightly crisp, too. And those melt chips inside. I mean it’s not a chocolate muffin unless there’s MELTY CHIPS INSIDE!

These aren't double chocolate muffins, they are TRIPLE chocolate muffins! Easy recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’m only sort of sorry for doing this to you on a Monday.

Triple Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

  • one 4-ounce bar semi-sweet chocolate1
  • 1/2 cup (115g; 1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (115g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (80g) sour cream or plain yogurt, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup (32g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder2
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping cup (180-200g) semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (mini size works too!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C). Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or line with cupcake liners. You may need a 2nd pan as this recipe makes up to 14 muffins, though you can always bake in batches using 1 pan. Set aside.
  2. Coarsely chop the chocolate. Place in a medium heat-proof bowl along with the butter. Microwave on high in 10 second increments, whisking after each until completely smooth. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Set aside.
  3. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients and fold to completely combine-- make sure there are no flour spots at the bottom of the bowl! Fold in the chocolate chips. Batter will be thick.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly into each cup or liner, filling each all the way to the top. Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 20-22 minutes, give or take. Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes in the muffin pan, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
  5. Muffins stay fresh stored at room temperature for a few days-- then transfer to the fridge for up to 1 week.

Make ahead tip: For longer storage, freeze muffins for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature or warm up in the microwave if desired.

Recipe Notes:

  1. For the 4 ounces of chocolate, make sure to use high quality chocolate, not chocolate chips. (You will use chocolate chips as the last ingredient.) I suggest high quality chocolate baking bars sold in the baking aisle such as Baker's, Ghirardelli, Nestle, or Lindt. They're all typically sold in 4 ounce bars.
  2. Use natural cocoa powder, not dutch-process cocoa powder. Read about the difference between natural cocoa powder and dutch-process cocoa powder.

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  1. Hi Sally,Just made this amazing Triple choc.muffins..my sons really love this soo delicious sweetie..thank you so much for sharing..this recipe is for keeps..❤❤❤

  2. Hi Ms Sally! This looks delicious!
    Can i make this for a loaf cake? Do I need to change anything in the recipe?

  3. My oven must run hot because I followed the recipe and they were over baked. 🙁 They did taste good, but were definitely dryer than they should’ve been. I’ll have to tweak the temperature the next time I make them. Love your blog and recipes!

  4. Hi Sally, I tried these amazing looking muffins, but they didn’t turn out quite right, the batter was not as thick as yours, I used plain natural yogurt since I didn’t have sour cream available at hand, the batter was thinner than yours, it was like a cake batter and it actually baked like cake too, a light aired cake that is…the taste was good but no melted chocolate chips and no densiness in the muffin, no crisp outer/upper layer like it is with brownies too or like it was with your muffins in the pics…please help because I really want to try to make this recipe again

    1. Hi Sonia, for the richest taste I recommend sour cream. If you don’t have it, make sure your yogurt is a nice thick and creamy kind, I often use plain Greek yogurt.

  5. These are the best chocolate muffins I ever ate. Thank you for this recipe. My daughter (4 years old btw) mixed the ingredients together. She did it on her own, even the measurement. I helped her with a drawing. So simple, so delicious.

  6. Hi Sally!

    I made your chocolate chip and blueberry jumbo muffins yesterday and wow, they are so delicious! I was so impressed with the texture and the overall outcome! Thank you a ton for your expertise.
    Can I make these triple chocolate muffins jumbo size and if so, how should I modify?
    Thank you for all you do for us muffin lovers.
    Joelle

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the chocolate chip and blueberry! For these you do not have to modify the recipe but I’m unsure of the exact bake time for jumbo muffins.

  7. Hi again,

    I did make the triple chocolate muffins but did not make them jumbo size for the first try. I noticed that I only was able to fill up 9 muffin holes out of a 12 pan. But that’s okay, because they were delicious.
    Do you think I can double this recipe in order to make the jumbo muffins? Or would doubling all the ingredients jeopardize the taste and or quality?
    Thank you!
    Joelle

  8. Not much success with the Jumbo size. 🙁 I did double the recipe and all seemed fine. I baked for 5 minutes at 450 then 20 minutes at 350 but the middle was still real soft so I continued the bake them a bit longer then the outter edge was beginning to burn. So, the mystery is trying to find the correct cook time and temp for the jumbo size! The original recipe is perfect!
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you, Joelle

  9. Hi Sally!
    Just tried your recipe and remarked right away to my son that if these turned out well, even he could make them on his own…SOO simple and quick!
    I used plain yogurt because sour cream’s hard to come by in Italy (I usually drain out the excess liquid when substituting it in place of sour cream, but didn’t this time because I was hungry for breakfast!).
    They turned out nothing less than AMAZING! A little less thick of a batter, and I was only able to fill 9 cups while the remaining three ended up smaller, but the muffins were wonderfully chocolatey, with a lightness that’s hard to describe (thanks to the yogurt probably) and nonetheless really filling… despite our excitement and hunger my son and I only managed to eat 1,5 each.
    Thank you SO much for sharing this… we’ve got a new favorite recipe in our home! Looking forward to trying out your other recipes!

  10. I will be making this recipe this week for a breakfast office party. Alot of the co-workers love triple double chocolate recipes and are choco-holics. Is there anyway to make this extra chocolatey or is this rich enough? Thanks!

      1. Thanks so much Sally!!! I love your recipes and I’m super excited to try this one out as well ☺️

  11. So, I’ve made these muffins twice. The first time I’ve ever made them, they came out perfectly. But this second time making them, idk what went wrong. I follow this recipe perfectly and they were a mess.. the batter idk if wasn’t thick enough or what, but they sunk in… the tooth pick came out clean indicating that they’re done. What should I do? They were perfect before. Idk what happened…

    1. Hi Sally! If the batter wasn’t thick enough, the cupcakes would spill over the sides and sink in the centers. Did you change anything about the recipe this time?

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  1. Hi Sally,Just made this amazing Triple choc.muffins..my sons really love this soo delicious sweetie..thank you so much for sharing..this recipe is for keeps..❤❤❤

Questions

  1. Hi Ms Sally! This looks delicious!
    Can i make this for a loaf cake? Do I need to change anything in the recipe?

  2. Hi Sally!

    I made your chocolate chip and blueberry jumbo muffins yesterday and wow, they are so delicious! I was so impressed with the texture and the overall outcome! Thank you a ton for your expertise.
    Can I make these triple chocolate muffins jumbo size and if so, how should I modify?
    Thank you for all you do for us muffin lovers.
    Joelle

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the chocolate chip and blueberry! For these you do not have to modify the recipe but I’m unsure of the exact bake time for jumbo muffins.

  3. I will be making this recipe this week for a breakfast office party. Alot of the co-workers love triple double chocolate recipes and are choco-holics. Is there anyway to make this extra chocolatey or is this rich enough? Thanks!

      1. Thanks so much Sally!!! I love your recipes and I’m super excited to try this one out as well ☺️

  4. So, I’ve made these muffins twice. The first time I’ve ever made them, they came out perfectly. But this second time making them, idk what went wrong. I follow this recipe perfectly and they were a mess.. the batter idk if wasn’t thick enough or what, but they sunk in… the tooth pick came out clean indicating that they’re done. What should I do? They were perfect before. Idk what happened…

    1. Hi Sally! If the batter wasn’t thick enough, the cupcakes would spill over the sides and sink in the centers. Did you change anything about the recipe this time?

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