Double Chocolate Muffins

A staple in my kitchen, these double chocolate muffins are SO delicious and incredibly easy to make! Toss in a handful of chocolate chips, white chocolate, toffee or even nuts and get ready to swoon.

Double chocolate muffin top.

Chocolate muffins are easily one of the most important recipes a baker (or dessert lover ;)) needs to master. They may not seem as fancy as chocolate cupcakes but to me, I can easily find myself craving double chocolate chip muffins over cupcakes. This is probably because I enjoy a denser crumb, but also having a warm muffin is unbeatable!

This recipe is your basic, no mixer recipe that is so easy and comes together quickly. I love making extra and storing them in the freezer. Muffins are such a wonderful go to breakfast or lunch treat especially for busy work weeks.

Over view of chocolate muffins.

It goes without saying that a muffin top is just as important, maybe more so, than the muffin itself. My favourite trick to getting big, fluffy and tall muffins tops is to bake the muffins at a higher temperature for a few minutes, then lowering the oven temperature until they’re fully cooked through. I do this with any muffin recipe and it works every single time.

Important Tips To Note:

  • A mixture of white and soft brown sugar is used in this recipe. Please make sure that the brown sugar you use is the soft kind like this or this.
  • I love using sour cream in my baking. If you can’t find it easily then you can use thick Greek yoghurt or any plain yoghurt. The chocolate muffins won’t be exactly the same though, so if possible always use actual sour cream.
  • Oil and milk are used to thin the batter and make the muffins lighter. I haven’t tried to substitute these two and although the recipe should work using melted butter and/or dairy free milk, I’d stick with oil and whole milk for best results. The muffins come out so moist and perfectly delicious every time!

Since these muffins are wonderfully chocolate-y, I like using semi sweet chocolate chips but you can totally use dark chocolate chips or even milk chocolate chips. Even better if you use chocolate chunks so that you get nice melty puddles of chocolate, ohh especially when they’re warm!

Tips For Success

  • Use the ingredients stated in the recipe. Try your best not to substitute anything.
  • Don’t overmix. This is crucial as muffin batter is usually on the thicker side so you really need to take care that you only whisk until the flour is mixed through.
  • Bake the muffins at a higher temperature. The oven temperature should be higher so that the initial blast of heat make the muffins rise, giving that luscious muffin tops.
  • Fill the cupcake liner to the top. Since the batter is thick, you can really fill those cupcake cups full so that you get nice, big muffins.
  • Add whatever extras you desire. The chocolate muffins are nice and sturdy so they will hold up well to tons of chips, fruit and nuts.
Inside of muffins.

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Double Chocolate Muffins

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Recipe by Linda @thedutchbaker


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Makes 12 muffins or 1 8×4 inch cake loaf.

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  • 1 cup (125gms) flour

  • 1/2 cup (48gms) cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 heaping teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup (120mls) oil

  • 1/3 cup (65gms) white sugar

  • 1/3 cup (65gms) soft brown sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup (120mls) sour cream*

  • 1/3 cup (80gms) milk

  • Optional: 1/2 – 3/4 cups chocolate chips; milk, dark or white, cinnamon chips, toffee pieces, nuts, chocolate chunks


  • Preheat oven to 200C/400F. Line a muffin tray with cupcake cups.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well combined.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk oil and white sugar and brown sugar together. Add in the egg. Whisk in vanilla until combined.
  • Fold in about 1/3 of the flour mixture then the sour cream, followed by another 1/3 of the flour mixture then the milk. Whisk in the rest of the flour mixture taking care not to over mix. Batter will be thick. Extras can be folded in at this stage too like the chocolate chips or nuts.
  • Spread batter into cupcake cups making sure to fill to the top, and bake for 8 minutes then, keeping the muffins in the oven, lower the heat to 180C/375C and bake until muffins are cooked through, about 10 more minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. While the muffins are still warm, store in an airtight container to continue cooling completely.


  • *Sour cream can be substituted by Greek yoghurt or plain yoghurt.

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  1. These muffins look so yummy! 🙂

    1. Thank you 😊❤️

  2. .👌👌👌

  3. I can’t let my husband see this recipe or he will be knocking on your door! 🤣

    1. Hehe aw thanks Diane 😊

  4. Karina says:

    Definitely one of the best things I’ve ever eaten🔥🔥🔥🤤🤤🤤

    1. Thank you ❣️

  5. Tammy says:

    First I’ll say I was suspicious of this recipe for a number of reasons. As an accomplished baker I found the order of incorporating ingredients was less than traditional as was using a whole egg rather than egg yolk followed by egg white beaten stiff. The baking time was suspect also with 8 minutes at 400 followed by 10 at 375 rather than the standard 5, followed by a drop to 350. I decided I’d give it a try and see. The measurement of a heaping 1/4 teaspoon of salt is also not very standard. There’s also no information regarding the amount of additives to use such as chocolate which can significantly affect baking time . Then in a very standard, half cup muffin tin, not large or jumbo muffin tin, I was only able to get 10 muffins instead of the usual 12. I followed the baking temperature and instructions exactly. The result was ten muffins with a small crown. They tasted rich and the texture was good. All in all for me it was an average recipe.

    1. Hi Tammy, thank you for trying my recipe and stopping by to leave a comment. I make most of my muffin recipes using the same temperatures and instructions mentioned above to get those fluffy textures and domed tops. As for the additives, the amount depends on personal preference as the muffins can also be made plain or with a handful of chocolate chips/nuts (anywhere between 1/2 to 3/4 cups). For easy everyday muffins that don’t require a mixer, these are my go-to. I’m glad they worked for you too 😊

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