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Chocolate Chip Muffins

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A kid favorite, these chocolate chip muffins taste like chocolate chip cookies in muffin form.

Muffin pan full of chocolate chip muffins.

These rich chocolate chip muffins are a favorite in my comfort food bag of tricks, right alongside chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip scones. They’re the perfect treat to whip up when someone has a rough day or the weather is dreary. You can mix the batter by hand in just 10 minutes — and the muffins are out of the oven 20 minutes later, ready to make everyone smile!

“Moist, delicious, and the perfect amount of chocolate chips — I couldn’t keep my kids and husband away from them!!”

Sandy

What You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Chip Muffins

ingredients for chocolate chip muffins
  • All-Purpose Flour: Provides structure and volume to the muffins. Measure by spooning it into the measuring cup and leveling it off to ensure accuracy.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda: Act as leavening agents helping the muffins rise.
  • Melted Butter: Adds richness and flavor to the muffins.
  • Granulated Sugar and Light Brown Sugar: Sweetens the muffins and contributes to their soft, moist texture.
  • Vanilla Extract: Enhances the flavor profile, giving a hint of sweetness and depth.
  • Eggs: Bind the ingredients together and provide structure and moisture.
  • Sour Cream: Adds moisture and tenderness to the muffins
  • Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Infuse the muffins with bursts of chocolate flavor. Mini morsels are used as they are less likely to sink to the bottom of the muffins during baking.
  • Turbinado Sugar: Adds a crunchy texture and caramelized sweetness to the muffin tops.
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-By-Step Instructions

To begin, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

whisking dry ingredients for chocolate chip muffins

Next, in a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.

whisking in eggs

Whisk in the eggs, then add the sour cream.

adding sour cream

Whisk until smooth.

whisked liquid ingredients for chocolate chip muffins

Add the dry ingredients.

whisking dry ingredients into wet ingredients

Whisk until evenly combined, then add the chocolate chips.

stirring in chocolate chips

Stir until evenly mixed.

chocolate chip muffin batter

Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the muffin cups about three-quarters full. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining chocolate chips, followed by the coarse sugar.

chocolate chip muffins ready to bake

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until domed and golden brown.

chocolate chip muffins fresh out of the oven

Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. The muffins are best enjoyed fresh on the same day, but leftovers will keep well in a covered container for a few days. The muffins can also be frozen for 3 to 4 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make chocolate chip muffins ahead?

The muffins are best enjoyed fresh on the same day, but leftovers will keep well in a covered container for a few days. (To refresh individual muffins, warm in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds.)

Can I freeze chocolate chip muffins?

Sure, they freeze nicely! The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 to 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Can I substitute yogurt for sour cream in chocolate chip muffins?

Yep, it’s perfectly fine to use Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream with no other modifications. In fact, many recipes, like these banana chocolate chip muffins, specify that you can use either sour cream or Greek yogurt in the batter.

What can I use in place of turbinado or sanding sugar?

You can use brown sugar as a substitute for turbinado or sanding sugar. It will achieve a similar crunchy, slightly caramelized texture on the muffin toppings.

chocolate chip muffins cooling on rack

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Chocolate Chip Muffins

A kid favorite, these chocolate chip muffins taste like chocolate chip cookies in muffin form.

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Heaping ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ⅔ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus about 3 tablespoons more for sprinkling on top
  • About 1½ tablespoons coarse sugar, such as turbinado or sanding sugar, for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk in the eggs, followed by the sour cream. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until evenly combined. Stir in ⅔ cup of the chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared pan, filling the muffin cups about three-quarters full. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining chocolate chips, followed by the coarse sugar. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until domed and golden brown. Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. The muffins are best enjoyed fresh on the same day, but leftovers will keep well in a covered container for a few days. (To refresh individual muffins, warm in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds.)
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 to 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 348
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated fat: 10 g
  • Carbohydrates: 46 g
  • Sugar: 29 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Sodium: 215 mg
  • Cholesterol: 64 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • These never got done after over 40 minutes in the oven. I even brought out my oven thermometer to make sure it was the correct temp. This recipe is a complete fail.

    • — Holly on May 6, 2024
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  • I felt like this was weird- this recipe seemed to either receive a 1star or a 4/5 star vote. I’m in the 5 star- they were moist, golden on top and not too sweet (which chocolate chip muffins sometimes can be). I struggle to understand how this could be a 1 star unless the user made a mistake… who knows??

    PS. I did sub plain yogurt for the sour cream since that’s what I had.

    • — Maggie on March 17, 2024
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  • A perfect chocolate chip muffin. And easy too!

    • — Yvonne D on October 30, 2023
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  • Love this recipe. It tastes great but I’m having trouble getting ours to have that ‘golden brown’ look. Any suggestions?

    • — Nancy on July 21, 2023
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    • Hi Nancy, are you making any changes to the recipe or ingredient substitutions? (And glad you like them!)

      • — Jenn on July 22, 2023
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  • Hi Jen! Would this recipe work baked in a 9×13 dish? I’ve made these several times and they are amazing and always a big hit. Just wondering if it would bake up ok as a “cake” and cut into smaller servings. I also wanted to say that my family loves all your recipes and we have been working through both of your cookbooks. My six year old son calls you the “Chef Lady” and whenever I make something new he is skeptical unless I tell him it is one of your recipes 🙂. We had to switch over to gluten free a couple years ago and every single recipe we’ve substituted the King Arthur 1:1 Gluten Free All Purpose flour for has turned out fantastic! Thank you for sharing all your knowledge and yummy recipes!

    • — Toni on June 25, 2023
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    • Hi Toni, I’m very flattered to be the “chef lady“ in your house! 🙂
      Yes, I think you could convert this recipe and bake it in a 9 x 13“ baking dish. I’d love to hear how it turns out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on June 28, 2023
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  • Moist, delicious, and the perfect amount of chocolate chips — I couldn’t keep my kids and husband away from them!!

    • — Sandy on April 4, 2023
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  • very bad, waste of ingredients very dry and bitter no flavour absolutely horrible
    do not recommend!!!

    • — kakie on April 3, 2023
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  • Very moist, excellent muffin!

    • — Ayl on March 11, 2023
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  • I substituted blueberries for the the chocolate chips because I wanted a muffin recipe with sour cream to use up sour cream about to expire in my refrigerator. The best tasting muffin ever!!!
    Thank you for this recipe.

    • — Gail on January 31, 2023
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  • I usually bake with unsalted butter but did not have any so I used salted. Waiting to see if I messed these up! 🙁

    • — Jennifer on January 24, 2023
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    • Hi Jennifer, I hope they taste okay. For future reference, while it varies by brand, most salted butter has approximately 1/4 tsp. salt per stick, so you can use salted butter and reduce the salt in the recipe as needed. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 25, 2023
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  • These are a favorite around my house. We’ve made them about a dozen times. Thanks for this recipe.

    • — Brenda on November 26, 2022
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  • Can I make these in mini-muffin pans? If so, what temperature and cooking time do you recommend?
    Thanks,
    Ellen

    • — Ellen on September 29, 2022
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    • Sure, Ellen. I’d keep the temperature the same and start checking for doneness around 15 minutes.

      • — Jenn on September 29, 2022
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  • Hi Jen

    Love ALL your recipes. I made these muffins this morning and they are great! I love how there is a bit more structure to them but incredibly moist. Quick question though. I baked them for 18.5 min and they were done with a toothpick test but the tops were still so pale. Do you think this in an oven issue? Should I switch to convection? I ended up broiling the tops a bit to give it a nice colour but would prefer not to have to do that. Or maybe I’m just too quick to take them out for fear of a dry muffin? Isn’t the toothpick test the best guide?
    Thanks so much for all your recipes! They never fail me.

    • — Jennifer on September 22, 2022
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    • Hi Jennifer, so glad you like the recipes! I would not use the convection setting on your oven. Rather, I’d just leave them in the oven for a few extra minutes. These are pretty moist and don’t think you’ll dry them out if you leave them in for an extra two minutes or so. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 25, 2022
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  • I have been making these muffins since I stumbled across the recipe 2 years ago. They are absolutely delicious. They are moist and loaded with chocolate chips. They are requested by family over and over again. The batter will be very thick. I can’t imagine why these would not turn out perfect and delicious like they do every time I make them. I love all the recipes I’ve made from you. Thank you.

    • — Robby on September 19, 2022
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  • I have made these before and they were delicious. So I am making them again for church. They are going to be a hit! They taste like chocolate chip cookies but healthier!

    • — Jaeden on July 9, 2022
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  • This recipe is great! The sour cream makes them moist and the addition of chocolate chips and sugar on top makes for an excellent muffin top. They arent overly sweet but still very tasty. I would make these again!

    • — Olivia on June 18, 2022
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  • These got devoured. Definitely saving this recipe as a go-to for our family.
    Note: 1 1/2 cups of flour was plenty. Otherwise I followed the recipe as is and it came out perfect.

    • — Christi on June 6, 2022
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  • Hi, I strongly recommend this recipe!! Thank you for this!!! I used milk+1tbs of vinegar instead of the sour cream since I did not have the latter. Also I used butter and oil mix instead of only using butter. I would also suggest using good quality chocolate chips like Hersheys – I have noticed it makes a huge difference in the end result! I skipped the sugar topping part, that would be good too. Also one can broil the muffins for a minute to give a brownish top.

    • — Sarah on June 3, 2022
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  • Yum! Great texture — they were really moist and tender. And they tasted like they came from a bakery. I’ll definitely be saving this recipe!

    • — Karen on May 31, 2022
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  • I should have known the muffins would be dry when I saw how thick the batter was so thick. Honestly, believe the one star reviews. There are better chocolate chip muffin recipes out there. The people who say they are good are probably people who don’t mind a muffin as dry as a scone. There are muffins that have a better crumb. This is proof that just because Jenn was a chef, doesn’t mean she knows how to bake. A total waste of ingredients. The chocolate chip muffins were barely edible and yes, I do know how to follow a recipe.

    • — Lola on May 30, 2022
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    • Your comments are not nice. How dare you have the audacity to insult a chef based on a recipe that you made and probably messed up?

      • — Susan on November 15, 2022
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  • Just made these and they are the bomb! The only downside is that I can’t keep my kids away from them! I’m not sure why the recent commenters had a negative experience with these as they are moist, flavorful, and have the perfect amount of chocolate. I’m going to make a double batch next time so I can freeze some for future treats. Thanks Jenn for another winning recipe!!

    • — Becky on May 24, 2022
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  • This recipe is terrible should have listen to reviews

    • — Anisa on May 23, 2022
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  • Moist but largely tasteless! Saved by the extra, expensive Ghirardelli bittersweet Chips I used. Would not make again.

    • — Lutetia on May 22, 2022
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  • Hot mess here. Proportions are out-of-whack for a muffin. Oven baking time is way under.
    Was this created by a bot?

    • — Dave on May 22, 2022
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  • These muffins got rave reviews when I made them for a church event.

  • These are absolute perfection. I used King Arthur flour’s measure for measure gluten free flour instead of all purpose to make the muffins gluten free, highly recommend making these. I’m sure they are equally or even more amazing with all purpose flour. So, so stinkin’ good.

  • I’ve tried many choc chip muffin recipes but this one is the best! I was able to reduce the white sugar down to 1/3 cup and they still came out so tasty and moist. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Hi Jenn,
    These were a big hit! I don’t think they’re going to last very long 🙂
    Quick question; I used parchment paper cups and I don’t know if that made it harder for them to bake, but I had to keep them in there till about 30 minutes. They were still great, but wondering if I did something wrong by using those cups. Thanks!

    • Hi Turtle, The parchment cups shouldn’t make much difference. It’s likely your oven runs a little cooler than mine.

  • Can I substitute blueberries in this recipe. I make these for my husband every week so he has them for breakfast. Such a hit. I thought I could divide the recipe I half – half chips and half blueberries.

  • This is a great recipe the muffins are delicious.

  • Amazing! I sub 1/2 flour ratio with oat flour and protein powder for the kiddos …. they can out amazing. Thanks 4 recipe will add to my monthly bake.

  • Hi Jenn,
    How would you convert this recipe for a 6 muffin cup pan, regular sized muffins?
    Thanks,
    Jan

    • Hi Jan, you can just cut the recipe in half. Enjoy!

  • Jen, I love your recipes but am uncertain if I should use King Arthur flour for these chocolate chip muffins

    • Hi Charlotte, King Arthur is my favorite brand of flour so I’d recommend it. Hope you enjoy the muffins!

  • Fantastic and a great texture; everyone who has eaten one loves them.
    Instead of mini-chocolate chips, I use chocolate wafers ground into smaller chunks, so end up with a mix of chunks/powder, which works very well.
    Recipe is easy to follow and now have to buy two tubs of sour cream each week as children love them so much.

  • Hi Jenn! I have a question, in your recipe metric 2 cup of AP Flour is 260g but in Google, it is 120g for 1 cup so 2 cup will be 240g. Which one should I follow?

    • Hi Evelyn, I know you can find some variation online, but I have measured flour many times and have always come up closer to 130 g per cup. Because I developed the recipe with that amount, I’d stick with the 130/cup. Hope you enjoy the muffins!

  • I love these muffins! I double the recipe and freeze them. When I am ready to eat one, I put it in the microwave for a very short time and they taste like a fresh baked muffin. I will admit that I do not add the topping.

  • Delicous moist muffins!

  • Hi Jenn- I have tried this recipe before with great success. I was wondering- could I substitute one cup of flour for one cup of rolled oats? Thx in advance.
    P.S: Love your new cookbook!

    • Hi Sarah, Glad you’ve enjoyed the muffins! I’ve never put oats in these, so I can’t say from experience, but I suspect it will work (though the muffins will definitely be a bit drier and more dense). I’d suggest keeping the swap of flour to oats to no more than 1/2 cup. Hope that helps — I’d love to hear how it turns out if you make them this way!

      • Hi Jenn,
        As an experiment, I ended up adding one cup of oats. Your feedback made me think to up the moisture content. To compensate, I let the oats sit in milk (2/3 cup) for 15 mins. Followed the rest of the recipe as usual and happy to report they tasted great, good texture, and were not dry. Only thing is I might up the baking powder next time as they were a bit flat. I only wanted to introduce one variable at a time. Thank you so much for your feedback-really appreciated it!

        • Glad it worked out with your tweaks — thanks for reporting back!

  • Used 2% greek yogurt instead of sour cream and they still turned out so well! Light, fluffy, perfectly sweet with a slight tang from the yogurt. Very impressed and husband approved!

  • One word: Delicious!

  • I would like to ask, why should we add the sour cream?

    • Hi Doxene, the sour cream helps with the leavening and adds moisture to the muffins. Hope you enjoy if you make them!

  • Best homemade muffins ever!

    • 1st time ever making homeade Muffins. My son asked if we had muffin mix on the pantry & we did not. So I googled & landed here. I had enough mix to fill 12 ct pan full & baked 21 mins & they look gorgeous!! More importantly taste so good!! I had just 2/3 c choc chips so I chopped 8 kisses up to sprinkle on top with loose brown sugar. Definitely making again!! Tysm Happy Winter break from FL!

  • Making these this evening and I double-checked the recipe, and did add in all the ingredients properly. They’re still in the oven – hopefully they turn out okay! The batter was SO thick. Almost like cookies dough so I added a little milk at the end. Did anyone else have this problem? I didn’t substitute any ingredients but questioned the amount of flour when the batter was so thick! Also, I’m going to end up with 18 large, which may be okay if they’re awesome, haha.

    • I was a lil worried .Batter was thick, I filled 12 ct pan to the max top & ended up with jumbo top muffins!! Perfect consistency IMO & family just wiped em all out!! Saving this recipe for sure!

    • Yes, I had the same problem. I added a small amount of milk.

      • — Lutetia on May 22, 2022
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  • Great chocolate chip muffins! Quick and easy to make. This recipe is a keeper!
    I had to make egg free muffins for my daughter’s kindergarten and I used 1/2 cup of apple sauce instead of eggs, turned out wonderful and kids loved it.
    Thank you!!

  • These are FANTASTIC! I sprayed the pan well and the muffins literally slipped out. They were moist and just the perfect texture and taste. I just know I can come here to OUAC and not worry about making your recipes. Always a winner with us!

  • Delicious! Soft and fluffy just like at a bakery!

  • I sprayed a 9″ X 13″ pan, followed the recipe but added dollops of swirled nutella in the batter… baked for 32 mins exactly and this cake was to die for. A definite keeps! Thanks Jen👍

  • Great taste but the first time in 30 years baking that I couldn’t effortlessly get them out of the muffin tray. They’ve all stuck. I’ll definitely make it again but in paper muffin forms.

    • I just made them today… sprayed the pan well and they effortlessly popped our after 10 mins of cooling in the pan!

  • My family loves these muffins! They are light, fluffy and moist and simply perfect! Question for you…I will be traveling to Colorado in May for a girls’ weekend with some friends and want to make these for everyone. What do I need to adjust for the high altitude?

    • Glad your family likes these! I don’t have experience baking at high altitudes so, unfortunately, I don’t have any wisdom to share – I’m sorry! You may find these tips helpful though.

  • Hello!
    These muffins look wonderful! If I wanted to sub half the melted butter for oil what would be the correct measurements to use for butter and oil? Thank you so much!
    Michele

    • Hi Michele, I would use 1/4 cup of butter and 1/4 cup oil. Please LMK how they turn out!

      • Thanks so much !!!
        Appreciate it
        ox

      • Tried this for the 1st attempt and its also my 1st attempt to bake as a beginner home baker. As the recipe is for 12 muffins, I actually reduced the ingredients by half for 6 muffins instead and it turns out all good. The muffins were delicious and moist…

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