Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

by Shawnda on January 29, 2014

in Breakfast,Chocolate,Muffins and Scones

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Let’s cut right to it and talk about my favorite part about these muffins. (Believe it or not, it’s not the chocolate.)

It was the way my hands smelled all day after mixing the orange zest and sugar together.

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

It was the way the baking muffins made my house smell bright and citrusy.

It was the smack-you-in-the-face whiff of orange each time I lifted the cake dome to snag another muffin.

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

And after all the talk about how fabulous those muffins smell… they taste pretty amazing, too. There’s plenty of orange flavor throughout this big, fluffy muffin.

I mean, really – if there’s one place that a big muffin top belongs, it’s on an actual muffin.

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

And I’ll give you one guess as to what her favorite part of the muffins were.

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

She’s only here for the chocolate chips.

Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Tender orange-scented muffins studded with dark chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • 18 muffin liners
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Zest from 2 small oranges
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup plain yogurt or sour cream (I use fat-free Greek yogurt)
  • 12 oz dark or semisweet chocolate chips (I used Special Dark)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, work the sugar and orange zest together for 1-2 minutes until very fragrant.
  4. Cream butter and orange sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition followed by the vanilla.
  6. Beat in half of dry ingredients, followed by a third of the yogurt.
  7. Add remaining dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with the yogurt, until incorporated.
  8. Add chocolate chips to the mixer, mixing for just a few more seconds to distribute evenly (the batter will be very, very thick).
  9. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with paper liners.
  10. Divide the batter evenly among cups, using a large cookie scoop (my scoop is ~2.25 inches across).
  11. Bake for 8 minutes and then decrease oven temperature to 375 and bake for ~10-12 more minutes until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan before removing and cooling completely.
  13. Will keep ~4 days in a covered cake plate, can be frozen.

Notes

Yields: 18 muffins

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated Basic Muffin Recipe

Estimated time: 45 minutes

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pilar. Cook and Spoon January 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I really love the combination of chocolate and orange. Simply perfect!

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2 Courtney @ Neighborfood January 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I seriously need a burst of citrus to get me through this crazy winter cold. A little smell of sunshine would go a long way!

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3 Kelsey January 29, 2014 at 5:36 pm

What an adorable picture of your little assistant!

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4 Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) January 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

These look fantastic! And your little helper is so cute!

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5 Joanne January 29, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Haha well the.boy would only be there for the chocolate also. But you can bet I would be there for the citrus! (Okay…and also the chocolate.)

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6 Helen @ Scrummy Lane February 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Mmm … I can smell that orange! I bet the tanginess from the Greek yoghurt goes really well, too!

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7 Afiqa February 26, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Hi, those muffins look really delicious! And I would love to try baking them. However, is it ok to use milk instead of yogurt? I would appreciate your advice on this, thanks! :)

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8 Shawnda February 27, 2014 at 11:56 am

Your batter will be thinner but you can use milk.

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