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Dark Chocolate Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

My sister-in-law recently asked me if I would create a chocolate muffin recipe for her. I quickly and happily agreed because like the beloved Dorie Greenspan says,

“I think anytime you can get away with calling chocolate a breakfast food, you should.”

Though I hardly need an excuse to make muffins, one of life’s greatest simple pleasures, I am happy my sweet sister-in-law gave me a good reason to pull out the chocolate and muffin tins. She is a devoted mother to a little blonde angel and a supportive, patient, loving wife to my brother. I couldn’t have asked for a better sister!

If we lived closer, I would make a batch of these and deliver them for Mother’s Day this week. Muffins always make the nicest gifts. 

I adapted this muffin recipe from Dorie Greenspan herself, whose book Baking: From My Home to Yours is always the first book I reach for when a baking mood strikes. With dark chocolate and dark chocolate cocoa powder, these muffins are rich without being overly sweet. They are delicious on their own, but they pair quite well with a cherry jam too.

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Dark Chocolate Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Dark Chocolate Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

With dark chocolate and dark chocolate cocoa powder, these muffins are rich without being overly sweet. They are delicious on their own, but they pair quite well with a cherry jam too.


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces dark chocolate (60% cacao), coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder,
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Streusel

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, or almonds)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare muffin tin with liners or cooking spray.
  2. Melt the butter and half of the chopped chocolate in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until well combined.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients and the melted chocolate and butter over the dry ingredients and, with a whisk or rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend.
  5. Stir in the remaining chopped chocolate. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  6. Prepare streusel by combining all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the muffin batter before placing them in the oven.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when pressed lightly.
  8. Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before removing from pan.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 347Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 36mgSodium 356mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 2gSugar 25gProtein 6g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Carla @ Carlas Confections

Thursday 9th of May 2013

I agree that chocolate for breakfast is always the best ;)

Ali | Gimme Some Oven

Wednesday 8th of May 2013

These look wonderful! I love that cinnamon streusel! :)


Wednesday 8th of May 2013

YUM!! I love muffins, especially ones with dak chocolate!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Wednesday 8th of May 2013

Mmm what a fabulous treat!

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

Wednesday 8th of May 2013

Such a great recipe and I LOVE the cherry jam! Topping a yummy muffin with jam is how I like to eat mine too. And a little bit of Peanut butter (or almond butter). My mom LOVES muffins the most so I think that might be what I'll be baking for her this year as well!

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