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close up on a bite of a chocolate chip muffin

BEST Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Total Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins


These are easily the BEST chocolate chip muffins – baked with a tall muffin top, moist texture, and crunchy crust. 


  • 2 1/2 cups (320g) all purpose flour*
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mini semi sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/4 cup (65g) sour cream*, room temp
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (110g) unsalted Danish Creamery European Style Butter, melted
  • 1 cup (255ml) buttermilk*, room temp
  • 23 tbsp coarse or raw sugar, for sprinkling


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sour cream until completely smooth.
  3. Then mix in the vanilla, maple syrup, and oil followed by the butter and then buttermilk. 
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and gently whisk to combine. Stop right when the batter is fully combined – careful not to over mix.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 1 hour. This will give the leaveners a head start, so each muffin bakes with a tall muffin top in the oven. If you’re in a rush, you can bake the batter right away. They just won’t be as domed on top. 
  6. After 1 hour, preheat the oven to 425F and line a muffin (or cupcake) tin with 12 paper liners.
  7. Using an ice cream scoop, gently run the scoop through the bowl of batter. You’ll notice the batter is very fluffy, so be careful not to disrupt this as you scoop. Just run the scoop through the bowl and pull out the batter. Don’t mix it around or bother it too much. 
  8. Over fill each liner just a smidge (see pictures in post for reference). You may have about 1 scoop of batter leftover which is to be expected. 
  9. Top each muffin with a sprinkle of coarse sugar and a pile of mini chocolate chips. Really lay on those chocolate chips as they’ll disperse and spread as the muffins grow (see picture in post for reference). 
  10. Bake at 425F for 8 minutes. Then, with the oven door still closed, reduce the oven temperature to 350F and bake for another 8-10 minutes. You do not need to wait for the temperature to reach 350F to continue baking, simply just adjust the temperature down to 350F and set a timer for 8-10 minutes.
  11. Quickly test a muffin with a toothpick to see if they’re ready, but try not to keep the oven door open for too long as you do not want the hot air to escape. 
  12. Remove the muffins and let them cool for 10 minutes. Then, carefully transfer each muffin to a cooling rack. The muffins may stick to the pan around the bottom edges, so just use a knife to pop them loose if needed.
  13. Let the muffins cool for another 10-15 minutes. They’re best served warm so enjoy!


FLOUR – For accuracy, I recommend weighing the flour if you can. Otherwise, spoon and level the flour when measuring. Do so by lightly spooning the flour into the measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife. Do not shake it or pack it down into the cup, otherwise you’ll end up with dry and dense muffins. 

BUTTERMILK – You can also make your own buttermilk from whole milk and vinegar or lemon juice. Measure out 1 cup of milk, then omit one tablespoon. Then stir in 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice. Let it sit for 10 minutes to curdle before use.

SOUR CREAM – You can also use full fat Greek yogurt

STORAGE – After the muffins have cooled completely, keep in an air tight container at room temperature for about 2 days. To keep for longer, store in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to 5 days. 

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 16 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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