11/20/08

double chocolate muffins

Not much cooking lately--It's cocoon season for me. That means I'd rather be warming my cold body in a down filled cocoon on my bed sleeping winter away only to be awoken when spring shines her brillant sun. That or I'd like to be sitting in a hot jacuzzi tub warming my cold bones up. I only have the first option, wishing I had the second as a hot bath does wonders for me on frigidly cold days. I don't know if it's me getting old or what, but I can't take the cold as I used to. And the dry cold air at night is a pain in the butt for skin care and breathing. I need to look into buying a really good warm-air humidifier. Can anyone recommend a good one?
I think I might go to the local YMCA to use their hot theraputic pool--that sounds so good right now. I feel so old in the winter, anyone else get like this?

These double chocolate muffins are seriously strong in chocolate. If you're not a chocolate fan then don't try these, if you are then go forth my child--enjoy.

double chocolate muffins
adapted from dorie greenspan

1 stick butter
4 ounces bitter sweet chocolate, chopped
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of good quality milk chocolate chunks or chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or butter, then flour a regular size muffin tray.
Melt butter and bittersweet chocolate in a pan over medium heat, do not boil! Let cool for about 15-20 minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Pour buttermilk mixture over dry ingredients and then add the melted butter & chocolate mixture. Mix all together until just combined. Do not overmix.
Stir in milk chocolate chips or chunks.
Divide batter evenly among muffin tins. Bake for about 20 – 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes and remove onto wire racks. Makes 12 muffins

27 comments:

  1. OMG, you have just described me. The minute the time changes in the Fall, the hibernation mode kicks in. I yawn at seven.......I have been doing this my entire adult life. Am I old, well, let's just say I have lots of ground time. I would say DeVibliss (sp?) is a good brand for a warm humidifier. Keep it VERY clean. Warm + moist = mold. I have been without the hot tub for four years now. I am still missing it. Chocolate will save us to see another Spring. Keep up the good work on your blog. Nella

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  2. I love the icing swirls. It is so cold in NJ that I can imagine the cold you're feeling. I have been eating more and craving sweets and stews.

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  3. Those muffins are HYPNOTIZING!!

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  4. These muffins look great! So far the weather here has been pretty good and it's usually damp (rain!) so maybe you should just move to the wet coast!

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  5. I do not get people who are not chocolate fans. Something has got to be seriously wrong with them, IMO. These look awesome- I love the frosting!

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  6. Dawn, you are KILLING me. I could eat at least 3 of these beauties. Love the icing swirl - so pretty. Eat one for me please.

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  7. That is some serious chocolate love!! I agree, the time change has thrown me off, but instead of sleeping more, I sleep LESS! It's awful. Waking up before 7 every singly day. On the other hand, cooler weather makes me want to cook more! I'm strange, I know.

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  8. I love your muffin tops! Now that is the way to start the day...chocolate and lots of it! I hibernate in the winter. I HATE the cold!!!!

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  9. Yes, I also feel older in winter and hate it get dark so early. I don't think I crave more chocolate, but since I allways crave a lot of it year round... What happens to me is that I crave chocolate muffins from my friend's blog. Crazy, he?

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  10. Those look fantastic my friend.

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  11. Ha you are sooo not getting old! I'm getting tired more too with the weird time change too, and I'm def not old :) I think they call it seasonal mood something...

    Anyways, awesome cupcakes, my cupcake :)

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  12. mmmmmmmmm. this looks delicious! i love the icing!! i do some fall hibernating, too. i perk up around the holidays, though... so many fun flavors to play with :)

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  13. You know I never put the 2 together but maybe that's why I feel so tired. And no your not the only one who forgets things, the older I get the worse it gets! My daughter and I are gonna pig out on these muffins, I think that'll make us feel better.

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  14. Oh noo! I've never lived in really cold weather before, and I'm already such a sleepy person-- maybe I'll just turn increasingly somnolent if ever I move to the states :P I love me some chocolate muffins-- in fact, these are the same kind I order when I'm at a Mrs. Fields' :)

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  15. yum-those look great! and double chocolate is always twice as good, don't ya think? thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  16. i feel sorry for the goobs who think that a chocolate muffin is the best thing in the world. clearly a double chocolate muffin trumps any regular chocolate muffin. :)
    and oh, what i wouldn't give to stay under my covers all day. :)

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  17. Oh these look heavenly!! You just can't go wrong with chocolate!

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  18. Those look good! I really like that swirl pattern!

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  19. Yeah pass me one would you, i feel old in the cold too!

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  20. ..but it looks like these cupcakes will cure what ails! :)

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  21. Mighty gorgeous muffins! I can probably easily having 2 of your muffins.

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  22. Yep..i too HATE the time change..doesnt get too cold down here in Florida, but I feel your pain. When I get cold..it feels like my bones get frozen and I cant warm up!

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  23. These look deeply soul satisfying!

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  24. Oooooh, me likey! I have to keep this recipe aside to try. They look so good!

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  25. The muffins are a WOW!!!!

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  26. I have enjoyed browsing your blog and visiting Cape Cod. Thanks for visiting and "I'll be back"

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  27. Can you use muffin cases instead of a muffin tray??

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