Chocolate Chip Muffins

I admit that I have a healthy appreciation for kitchen gadgets. I am quite sure that I would have a hard time giving up my stand mixers, food processor, hand mixers, and a number of other complex appliances that fill my kitchen and pantry. Even with all of that, I do enjoy baking with just a couple of bowls and a spoon.

That’s what this muffin recipe is all about. It is simplicity at its best. Measure, stir, scoop, and bake. Other than the measuring cups and spoons, all you need is a muffin pan, two bowls, a spoon, and a whisk.

Chocolate Chip Muffins | Bake or Break

Lazy mornings were made for muffins like these. Quinn and I made these a joint effort and had them in the oven in a matter of minutes. Eating them warm from the oven (well, after a few obligatory photos, of course) was a wonderful treat. Gooey chocolate with a hint of cinnamon…. You can’t do much better than that.

I love those rare times when I can justify chocolate for breakfast. It just seems like such a treat. It reminds of those times when my mother would let me eat cake for breakfast. What a way to start your day!

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 standard-size muffins

Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • 1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted & slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease or line 12 muffins cups.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in melted butter, milk, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full.

Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean. Serve warm.


Recipe adapted from McCormick.

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  1. Tara April 22, 2008 Reply

    Yum!! I love simple recipes. Can’t wait to try these!

  2. dana April 22, 2008 Reply

    I have to ask… what type of camera are you using? All of your shots are gorgeous! Can’t wait to try this one!

  3. Silvia April 22, 2008 Reply

    These muffins looks delicious. And the best thing in doing muffins is that they really are so easy and quick to prepare and bake that you can do it even just before bkfast..if you are not in a hurry as evere like me 😛

  4. Morgana April 23, 2008 Reply

    OMG. Why isn’t this picture edible? It’s difficult to find chocolate chips in Spain (well, quite expensive) but I think I should try with chopped chocolate, these muffins look so delicious…

    By the way, I wanted to ask you…Do I have your premission to translate to spanish some of your recipes in my blog? Thank you from Spain.

  5. Aran April 23, 2008 Reply

    I love simple recipes like this. That’s why muffins and quick breads are so good but I’m with you… try to steal my kitchen Aid mixer and you will have to deal with one crazy baker! I need my stand mixer, food processor, microplane, ice cream machine, yogurt maker… my husband thinks I’m crazy!

  6. Aran April 23, 2008 Reply

    By the way, the muffins look fabulous with all the chips melting. yum!

  7. grace April 23, 2008 Reply

    you have the unique ability to take pictures that are so crystal clear and perfect, i really feel like i’m looking at the real thing. this is somewhat unfortunate, because then i want the real thing, and i don’t have it. :)

  8. Sarah April 23, 2008 Reply

    I love that first picture! These look delicious. I make muffins a lot because they’re easy, individually portioned (though I still eat more than one!) & they can be justified as breakfast. :)

  9. cindy April 23, 2008 Reply

    Oh my! These look wonderful! I just may have to try these this week-end.

  10. Kim April 23, 2008 Reply

    Fabulous photography, up course and personal. I could be in your kitchen with the views.

  11. Amanda April 23, 2008 Reply

    I feel like I’m from the stone ages. I am the exact opposite of you! I have no kitchen gadgets at all, besides my hand mixer. Oh, how I long for KitchenAid :) I normally grab some rather dry and inedible chocolate chip muffins but whenever I bake them on my own, I remember my love for them.

  12. diva April 23, 2008 Reply

    great food shot, totally taken in by it. looks incredibly moist and just look at em choc chips. mmmm

  13. jennifer April 23, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Tara!

    Dana, we have a Nikon D200 with a 60mm macro lens.

    Silvia, you are exactly right. I don’t understand why I don’t make muffins more often. They’re so quick, easy, and delicious.

    Morgana, translate all you want. With few exceptions, the recipes I use are not my original recipes.

    Aran, luckily Quinn is a gadget fan as well, so he understands the need for all the kitchen tools. They will definitely spoil you!

    grace, you are very kind. Thank you so much!

    Sarah, muffins are quite a breakfast treat. A minor indulgence from minimal effort. Just about perfect!

    Cindy, I hope you like them!

    Thanks, Kim! What a wonderful compliment!

    Amanda, once you cross over to the stand mixer side, there’s no going back. 😉

    Thanks, diva! I’m a sucker for melty, gooey chocolate chips.

  14. Kelly April 23, 2008 Reply

    These look delicious! Any chance anyone has heard of an OATMEAL version of these or similar? I have a friend that loves oatmeal chocolate chip cookies…and I was thinking of doing some experimenting and coming up with a cupcake form for her birthday. Topped with a cinnamon buttercream frosting, I think she would be in heaven. Help!

  15. katy April 23, 2008 Reply

    Those are just stunning. I’m all about muffins lately, but my nearly-fat-free, whole wheat flour, low sugar versions wouldn’t want to get caught sitting next to yours… :-)

  16. Sarah April 23, 2008 Reply

    I love chocolate chip muffins. Simple perfection.

  17. andreea April 23, 2008 Reply

    i saw the first photo in my rss and now i am craving these muffins

  18. furiousball April 23, 2008 Reply

    wow, yes those in my belly, stat

  19. jennifer April 23, 2008 Reply

    Kelly, try these muffins.

    Thanks, Katy! I should be making more muffins like yours.

    Sarah, I agree.

    Andreea, you should make them. Such a quick thing to treat yourself with.

    LOL, furiousball!

  20. megan April 23, 2008 Reply

    looks like a perfect recipe for my daughter to make on Mother’s Day. Score!!!

  21. Patricia Scarpin April 24, 2008 Reply

    What a sinful breakfast, my friend. :)
    They look wonderful, so high! I haven’t made muffins in such a long time…

  22. jennifer April 24, 2008 Reply

    Megan, that definitely sounds like a plan!

    Thanks, Patricia!

  23. Shauna April 24, 2008 Reply

    I LOVE when a recipe comes along that can be done entirely by hand. And if there’s chocolate involved, well, count me in. :)

    I also love how the ingredients list is so similar to chocolate chip cookies, I bet the very edges on the muffins might have that perfect chewy/crisp thing going on with the brown sugar…must try!

  24. Christey April 24, 2008 Reply

    oh how i love homemade choc chip muffins! the pics are making me drool! haven’t had them in years! i think i will make these this weekend for me and the kids! thank you!

  25. My Sweet & Saucy April 24, 2008 Reply

    Again fabulous photos and recipes! I love checking out your blog!

  26. jennifer April 24, 2008 Reply

    Shauna, you’re right – the ingredients are similar to chocolate chip cookies. Hope you like them!

    Christey, let me know what you think if you make them!

    Thanks, My Sweet & Saucy! :-)

  27. Tartelette April 24, 2008 Reply

    Those glistening chips are melting my little taste buds!! Chocolate for breakfast is wonderful!

  28. jennifer April 25, 2008 Reply

    Thanks, Tartelette! I completely agree.

  29. Jessica April 26, 2008 Reply

    I add a slight spin on these, turning them into cappuccino chocolate chip muffins. Add two-three teaspoons of instant coffee granules (depending on how strong you want the coffee flavor to be) into the egg/milk/butter/vanilla mixture and stir until granules are dissolved.

    Sometimes for these I add just a dash more cinnamon and vanilla as well. I think they are my all time favorite muffins, and that’s saying a lot since I’m a big muffin fan.:D

  30. bunny May 4, 2008 Reply

    i’m in muffin heaven!! this looks fantastic!! i’m making these tomorrow!!

  31. jennifer May 4, 2008 Reply

    Jessica, your variations sound delicious! I’m not much of a coffee fan, but sign me up for the cinnamon and vanilla!

    bunny, I hope you like them!

  32. Manali June 9, 2008 Reply

    I added a mashed up banana to the recipe since I had one laying around – freakin’ YUMMY!

  33. jennifer June 9, 2008 Reply

    Manali, I’ll bet those were delicious! Thanks for the tip.

  34. Helen September 28, 2008 Reply

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! This is IT!!!!!!
    I have tried so many variations and this IS the ONE!
    We LOVE them!

  35. jennifer September 29, 2008 Reply

    Helen, I’m glad you like them! Definitely one of my favorite recipes.

  36. Suezi Wolfe October 2, 2008 Reply

    These are so good…and so simple to make!! I just baked these and my kids and I couldn’t wait to bite into them. I warned my 5 y.o that they were going to be super hot but we both bit into them anyway and naturally burned our tongues. Burnt tongues and all we kept gobbling them up. We are waiting for after dinner for a real treat 2 each! I am going to be making another batch tomorrow morning and I’m hoping that these freeze well, cause eventhough they are quick and easy to make they are the sort of thing you want on hand just when you need “something.” Thanks for the add.

  37. jennifer October 2, 2008 Reply

    Suezi, it’s good to hear that they were a hit!

  38. ann October 26, 2008 Reply

    where r the recipes?????!!

  39. jennifer October 26, 2008 Reply

    ann, under the post’s title is a link to the recipe. Here’s another: Chocolate Chip Muffins.

  40. Sharon October 28, 2008 Reply

    Are these a heavy-dense muffin or more cake-like? I have been looking for more cake-like muffin but not a cupcake, can anyone help?

  41. jennifer October 29, 2008 Reply

    Sharon, I wouldn’t classify these as cake-like. You might try these muffins. They might be more like what you’re wanting.

  42. Lacey November 23, 2008 Reply

    These were so easy and quick to make. I’m eating one right now and loving it! Great recipe. My kids love them too.

  43. Cyndy December 21, 2008 Reply

    Made these muffins and my mother and sisters loved them, they ate the whole batch in one day.

  44. Sophia January 14, 2009 Reply

    whoa thats look so good!

  45. sandra January 17, 2009 Reply

    how do you stop the chocolate chips sinking to the bottom?

  46. jennifer January 17, 2009 Reply

    Sandra, many times chocolate chips sink because of the consistency of the batter. If it’s too “thin,” the chips are likely to sink. Differences in measuring methods can contribute to batter variances. I like to measure dry ingredients by weight, while others use a scooping methods. I have read that coating the chips in flour will help. I don’t know if that is true, but it’s certainly worth a try.

  47. Brenda February 5, 2009 Reply

    These were wonderful. Definately a keeper.

    Sandra-I agree with Jennifer. It sounds like the batter was just a little thin. The batter should be something like soft tile grout where it gently oozes into the pan after mixing. LOL

  48. Melissa February 13, 2009 Reply

    I tried these out and was so excited about making them as a valentines morning treat. They weren’t nearly as moist as I thought they’ed be. Mine were done after 20 min. Kinda disappointing.

  49. Heidi February 27, 2009 Reply

    These were a big hit with my boys. I loved the cinnamon flavor. Thanks for the recipe. Just some notes!
    Melissa-These were very moist for me. I have sinced switch to using the silicon baking muffin liners when baking muffins and they help in this area a lot. Although sometimes recipes take longer to bake with these.
    Sandra-I mix in the chocolate chips right before the dough in all mixed up – so they do get a little coated with flour first and they were evenly distributed.
    Katy-I went ahead and used half whole wheat pastry flour with no adverse effect in taste. Next time I may try 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg and I bet they will turn out just fine!

  50. Carley. March 14, 2009 Reply

    I’ve been craving chocolate chip muffins for a few days, I finally made them today, using this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  51. Emily March 18, 2009 Reply

    Could you use butterscotch chips instead of the choc? just wonder (well, all I have in the house is butterscotch chips and the muffins look soooo good!) :)

  52. jennifer March 23, 2009 Reply

    Emily, I’m sure butterscotch would be great!

  53. Julia April 6, 2009 Reply

    Yum! I have made these several times. We just love them. I tried an experiment today (a la Barfoot Contessa) and coated the chips in a bit of flour. It really seemed to help keep them floating through the entire cooked muffin rather than sinking to the bottom. Thanks for your recipes. Keep adventuring!!!

  54. Sonya May 27, 2009 Reply

    I made these this morning and WOW they are so so sooooo good. Thank you so very much for the wonderfully perfect recipe:)

  55. Aaron June 21, 2009 Reply

    I tried these and they are GREAT! Awesome recipe, cinnamon really made them good.

  56. Faith June 25, 2009 Reply

    These are wonderful! But my chocolate chips sank to the bottom too! bummer!

  57. veronica acevedo July 4, 2009 Reply

    love chocolate chip muffins

  58. bailey July 10, 2009 Reply

    i have a question can u substitute salted butter for the unsalted butter or use crisco?

  59. jennifer July 10, 2009 Reply

    bailey, you could probably use Crisco. I don’t really bake with it, so I don’t have that much experience with it. Salted butter in baked goods is generally not a good idea unless it’s specified. The amount of salt in salted butter varies from brand to brand, so it’s not easy to figure out how to adjust the salt in the recipe.

  60. briony August 17, 2009 Reply

    I just followed your recipe and they are actually sooo tasty!!
    thankyou so so so much!! :)
    this recipe is well reccommended !!

  61. Andrea August 20, 2009 Reply

    girl these turned out great! wanted to try a natural sweetner in it(I guess sugar is natural) in a doubled batch I used half cup of milk and half cup of agave necter and just used the brown sugar as the recipe calls for…..lordy they are good! can’t wait to try some of your other recipes…

  62. Angela September 13, 2009 Reply

    yummy in my tummy i want some freakin muffins right now!

  63. Hannah September 13, 2009 Reply

    omg these are amazing muffins! yay

  64. tina October 20, 2009 Reply

    I made these today and to be a little healthier for the kiddos i used some whole wheat flour and substituted apple sauce for the butter and these muffins were still pretty yummy. i do plan on trying this recipe just as it is here for a nice treat for hubby and I. thanks!

  65. Katy N. December 14, 2009 Reply

    OMG!!!!! These look delous. I think I’ll make theys for my Class.
    They’ll LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

  66. Amy February 17, 2010 Reply

    These look so moist and delicious! Chocolate chip muffins are my kids’ favorite and I’ve been looking for a good homemade version of them. Do you think water could be substitued for the milk?

  67. jennifer February 17, 2010 Reply

    Amy, I’m not sure about substituting water for milk. Milk is mostly water, but there’s fat there, too. I would think the consistency and flavor would be affected. If you try it, let me know how it works.

  68. Emily April 3, 2010 Reply

    Lazy weekend mornings of baking are the best :) those look awesome! I can’t wait to try them. Sometimes simple is exactly what a person needs- and who doesn’t need chocolate chip muffins?

  69. Lindsay May 12, 2010 Reply

    Just made these – they were amazing!! The tip for tipping them out of the pan immediately for a crispy outside was awesome! Thanks for this recipe. Glad I stumbled onto this website – it’s now in my favorites :)

  70. Ngoc July 29, 2010 Reply

    I made these for my sister and we bridesmaids to snack on while getting ready for the wedding. They were a huge hit! We munched on them all day.

  71. Sherliza August 13, 2010 Reply

    Hi Jennifer, the muffins look really good. I just bought a huge container of milk choc chips and will bake them 2 year old just love muffins! Pictures look edible. :) Thanks for the recipe.

  72. lola June 13, 2011 Reply

    These muffins are amazing!!! the cinnamon adds just enough flavor to spice them up!! A must bake!

  73. Noa February 4, 2012 Reply

    This has become my go-to muffin recipe! I’ve made them countless times, and they’ve never lasted more than a day in my house! Everyone loves them, and I especially love how easy the recipe is (and clean-up, too!). They’ve never failed me, and I really encourage everyone to try them! Great for a beginner baker (like myself)!

  74. Nina February 22, 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for a tasty looking chocolate chip recipe! My roommates birthday is today and she love chocolate chips…She’s in for a surprise when she gets home from work! Yeah! :) Now, off to baking I go!

  75. Bethan June 5, 2012 Reply

    These sound amazing and delicious! Please check out my blog, I have listed it above. I try to make a wide variety of treats and desserts. :)

  76. Jen November 5, 2012 Reply

    the bake time is way too long. You will end up with overbaked, dry muffins if you cook them for that long. 15 minutes was perfect

  77. Susi January 28, 2013 Reply

    Hello there.
    Do you think buttermilk would work as well?
    Greetings from Vienna

    • jennifer January 28, 2013 Reply

      Susi, I think buttermilk will work. If anything, you might need to increase the baking soda slightly.

  78. samina September 5, 2014 Reply

    I made these but the bottom of the muffins were breaking. Any idea why? By the way they were delicious

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      Jennifer McHenry September 6, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Samina. If you mean the bottoms broke as you removed them from the pan, then try using paper liners or grease the cups really well.

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