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How to Bake Muffins - 7 Tips to Prevent the Dreaded "Muffins of Disappointment"

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp + 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional – 1 tbsp coarse sugar – the clear kind that’s used for decorating confections,etc
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  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Using cooking spray coat the muffin pan. Make sure that the whole top is covered, not just the part that the batter goes into.
  3. Place paper muffin/cupcake liners into the muffin pan.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and mix with a whisk so that everything is well combined. Stir in 1 3/4 cups of the chocolate chips.
  5. In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients, making sure the eggs are well incorporated as well.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until just combined. IMPORTANT: If you stir too much the muffins will become too dense and more like a puck. You want the muffins to be fluffy and moist just stir everything until the dry ingredients just combine with everything.
  7. Scoop out the batter evenly into each section of the muffin pan.
  8. Sprinkle the tops of the batter with the remaining chocolate chips and the coarse sugar.
  9. Bake in the oven for 7 minutes at 425°F (middle rack) then reduce the heat to 375°F and bake for 15-20 min.
  10. Once the muffins are finished baking cool in the muffin pan for 5-10 minutes.


For more tips on making the perfect muffins, check out my post 7 Tips for Preventing the Dreaded “Muffins of Disappointment”.  ?

If you’re nervous about the change of temperatures during the baking process, no worries! Many of my readers have baked their muffins at 350°F for 15-20 minutes total and have had no issues! Personally, I find that starting with the higher temperature, then lowering it has an amazing effect in creating those lovely large muffin tops we all love! 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 27 minutes
  • Method: Baking