Dec 05 2011

#MuffinMonday: Chocolate Brownie Muffins

I have arrived at the point where it’s just not Monday without muffins. The rest of the week doesn’t feel right. This made last Monday a very sad day indeed, since I had to sit out on the bread pudding muffins in favor of all the other baking and cooking going on for our two Thanksgiving festivities. It’s great to be back this week!

chocolate brownie muffins

And what a week it is to return! Chocolate muffins so indulgent and delicious, you could smear frosting on top and call them cupcakes. I know I’ve had problems before with an odd taste when using self-rising flour in muffins, but that was not the case this time. It was entirely undetectable–as well as fully delectable.

chocolate brownie muffins

I picked up some bright-red, cherry-flavored baking chips at Target several weeks ago and decided this was the perfect occasion to break them out. Cherries and chocolate? Yes, please! Pistachios appeared in the original recipe, but alas, all I had on hand were onion- and garlic-flavored ones–that did not seem like an appealing combination. Pecans stood in for them seamlessly.

chocolate brownie muffins

The kids couldn’t get enough of these. As soon as they bit into their first muffins, they were asking for seconds. I was a little disappointed that the Nutella wasn’t more pronounced, but I’m sure they added a richness to the muffins that would have been otherwise absent. I wonder what adding a little more would do to the final product…?

chocolate brownie muffins

With all the possibilities for jazzing these up, I can’t wait to see what An at Baker Street and the others have done with theirs! Happy Muffin Monday!

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Chocolate Brownie Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 20
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 60 grams (scarce 5 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup Nutella
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup cherry-flavored chips
  • ½ cup pecans, roughly chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease or line 2 12-cup muffin trays with paper liners and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  3. Add the butter, Nutella, egg, milk, and sour cream, stirring until just combined.
  4. Fold in the cherry-flavored chips and pecans.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, portion out the batter between 20 muffin cups.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes in the muffin pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
The original recipe said it served 12, but I got 20 muffins out of this.

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About the author

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Carrie is a home baker and amateur photographer who dabbles in writing and poetry.


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  1. Baker Street

    I love the idea of cherry chips in this muffin! And big yay for muffin mondays! So glad to have you back this week!


    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      It’s great to be back! :)

  2. Anita Menon

    Cherry chips seems so right with these indulgent babies. Mine were a great hit too.. Good to be baking with you again.

    1. Carrie @ poet in the pantry

      These are definitely one of the best recipes we’ve made so far. So happy to be baking with all of you again!

  3. Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves

    Yeah, looks like a lot of us sat last week out since we were still full from Thanksgiving! I’m so glad these were the perfect muffin to come back with. Yes, I think you busted out the festive muffin cups for the right occasion!

  4. Zee @ The Recipe Code

    Lovely muffins and cherry chips is such a great idea.

  5. Aimee @ Food: Je t'Aimee

    I love the pop of red in your muffins, complemented by your pretty, candy cane muffin cups!

    Add more Nutella? You’re a woman after my own heart, Carrie.

  6. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl

    Anything with nutella in it is a winner in my book. And these cherry chips? Awesome!

  7. Stay-At-Home-Chef

    Cherries and chocolate? Yes, please indeed! Next time I’m going to try this recipe and definitely add a generous blob of Nutella in the middle. Mmmm…

  8. Let Me Eat Cake

    cherry flavored chips are such a great idea! and they add such a beautiful color to the brownie muffins!

  9. Princess Polkadot

    Cherry chips AND pecans… I’d have to beat Dad off with a stick. :-) Maybe I’ll be nice and bring him some for Christmas.

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