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Chocolate Chip Muffins

These homemade chocolate chip muffins are so easy to whip together for busy families. No mixer required!

two chocolate chip muffins stacked with more muffins and chocolate chips scattered around

This recipe, adapted from my basic muffin recipe, uses Greek yogurt and oil instead of butter and milk.

You'll notice the tangy, yet lush richness of the yogurt. The oil also adds a delicate texture to the muffins.

A secret ingredient creates the magic touch in these easy chocolate chip muffins.

I like to use LorAnn's Buttery Sweet Dough baking and flavoring emulsion in this recipe.

It adds the perfect creamy buttery richness along with a soft hint of citrus and vanilla.


Why this recipe works

  • Oil gives the muffins a delicate texture and keeps them moist.
  • Greek yogurt adds richness and offers a bit of tang.
  • My secret ingredient adds "bake-shop" flavor to the muffin batter, making this the best chocolate chip muffin recipe.

This chocolate chip muffin recipe with oil is sure to be a hit with your family! They are so easy to make and even easier to eat.

side view of chocolate chip muffin with a bite taken out so the inside is visible

What you need

My secret ingredient makes all the difference with its "bakery shop" flavor. Let’s discuss just a few of the key ingredients:

Ingredients

This is a short overview of the ingredients I used and why I chose them. The full recipe can be found at the bottom of the post!

  • Dry ingredients: The all-purpose flour creates structure in the muffins, while baking powder acts as the leavening agent. Salt prevents them from being too sweet.
  • Wet ingredients: Eggs act like glue, while sugar adds sweetness. Flavorless oil works best. I prefer whole milk yogurt for this recipe.
  • Flavoring: Vanilla adds a woody, sweet flavor. The secret ingredient, LorAnn's Buttery Sweet Dough emulsion, can be found on Amazon.
  • Chocolate chips: While I prefer semisweet chocolate chips, bittersweet or mini chocolate chips will work in this recipe, too.

Equipment

This is a list of tools I used to make the recipe. Some of the links are affiliate links.

  • Muffin pan: A 12-cup muffin pan is perfect for this recipe.
  • Whisk: This tool takes the place of a mixer.
  • Silicone spatula: You'll need this to mix the batter and fold in the chocolate chips.

How to make chocolate chip muffins

1. Mix the muffin batter

You'll start by whisking the dry and wet ingredients separately. Then, you'll combine to make the batter.

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F.
  2. Then, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar for about a minute.
  4. Then, whisk in oil. Next, add in the yogurt, vanilla extract, and sweet dough emulsion.
  5. Then, add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Finally, stir with a silicone spatula.

2. Add the chocolate chips

The highlight of chocolate chip muffins is mixing in the chocolate chips.

  1. Place the chocolate chips in the batter.
  2. Then, fold into the batter, but do not overmix.

3. Portion and Bake

Divide the batter evenly. Then, bake for 25-30 minutes. Or, use the toothpick test to confirm doneness.

chocolate chip muffin batter topped with coarse sugar in muffin pan lined with paper liners
  1. Divide the batter equally among the muffin cups.
  2. Then, sprinkle coarse sugar on the muffin tops.
  3. Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out with only a few moist crumbs.
  4. Then, cool the golden brown muffins for 5 minutes in the pan.
  5. Finally, transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Jen's Best tips

  • Add some spice! Incorporate 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon with the dry ingredients.
  • You could also add in ½ cup of finely chopped nuts. Walnuts, pecans or almonds will work.
  • Since this recipe does not require a mixer, you'll need to whisk vigorously the wet ingredients.
  • Avoid overmixing the batter once dry ingredients are added. While a few spots of flour are OK, there should not be large pockets.
side view of muffins n baking pan

Storing & Freezing

To store: After muffins are cool, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for no more than 3 days.

You may also refrigerate them for no more than a week.

To Freeze: This chocolate chip muffins recipe may be frozen for no longer than 3 months.

These are great for making ahead of time because you can easily thaw a muffin at a time overnight in your fridge.


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two chocolate chip muffins stacked with more muffins and chocolate chips scattered around

Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

These easy, no-mixer homemade chocolate chip muffins are perfect for busy families on the go. Make them ahead for extra convenience!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (260 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) vegetable oil, or canola oil
  • 1 ¼ cups (284 g) plain Greek yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon buttery sweet dough emulsion
  • 1 cup (170 g) semisweet chocolate chips
  • coarse sugar for sprinkling, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar together until pale in color, about 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in the oil, followed by the yogurt, vanilla, and sweet dough extract.
  5. Add the flour mixture and stir with a silicone spatula just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Don't overmix.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups and sprinkle the tops with coarse sugar if using.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.
  8. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Muffins are best the day they are made but they can be stored for later use, see make-ahead tips in the notes below.

Notes

Oil: Use flavorless oil for best results. Vegetable oil or canola oil are great options. Melted butter will also work with this recipe.

Yogurt: Look for whole milk Greek yogurt. This will yield the best texture. Sour cream or 1 cup full-fat buttermilk will also work with this recipe.

Buttery sweet dough emulsion: This product can be found on amazon. It offers a rich taste of creamery butter combined with a hint of citrus and vanilla. I highly recommend it but if you don't have access to it, use 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract.

Chocolate chips: While I prefer semisweet chocolate chips, bittersweet is also a great option.

Variations:

  • Mix 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon with the dry ingredients.
  • Fold in ½ cup finely chopped nuts - pecans, walnuts, or almonds.

Make-ahead tip

  1. Place the muffins in an airtight container and keep them at room temperature for up to 3 days. Or refrigerate them for up to 1 week.
  2. Muffins can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 289Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 233mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 26gProtein: 6g

* Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy by an online nutrition calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Always seek advice from a nutritionist or medical professional.

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Melissa

Monday 19th of July 2021

Hi Jen, May I ask if the buttery sweet emulsion can be optional in the choc chip muffins please ? As I don’t think I can find this easily at the supermarket . Thank you

Jen Sobjack

Monday 19th of July 2021

You can use vanilla extract instead. Details are in the notes section of the recipe.

Ann

Thursday 6th of May 2021

My muffins always stick to the muffin cups can you tell me why?

Jen Sobjack

Friday 7th of May 2021

This is something that happens sometimes. The only way to truly prevent it is to not use paper liners and simply grease the muffin pan. Foil liners that are sprayed with nonstick spray are also a great alternative.

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