Monday, September 17, 2012

Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

The inspiration for these muffins came to me last week when I had lunch with my grandson at his school. His mom packs a lunch for him every day, and inside his lunch box that day was a little package of chocolate chip mini muffins. They were the store-bought kind, and they looked very soft and tasty, but surely a store brand muffin couldn't be as good as a home baked muffin. I went home that afternoon intent on finding a recipe for muffins that would look like, but taste better than, his packaged muffins.


After comparing several recipes, I decided on a recipe from Wilton, and I have adapted it slightly to be more like the packaged muffins that I wanted to copy. The original recipe at the Wilton site has cocoa powder to make the muffins chocolate flavored, and there is a glaze recipe that can be added if desired.


Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a mini muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat the butter into the cream cheese. Add the sugar, egg, sour cream, and vanilla; beat to combine. Stir the flour mixture into the cream cheese mixture just until combined. Gently blend in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly in prepared pan, filling each muffin cup 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 8 - 12 minutes, or until top of muffin springs back when touched. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes in pan. Remove muffins from pan and place on a cooling rack. Makes 24 mini muffins.


Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes.



Remove the muffins from the pan and place on a cooling rack.


With only 1/4 cup of sugar these muffins aren't too sweet, and the cream cheese and sour cream combination gives them a light texture with a wonderful flavor. These little muffins are great for breakfast or for a snack, and if you're lucky there will be a few left to pack as a lunchbox treat!


12 comments:

  1. nice .. lik ethe packaged one ;)

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  2. Lately lately I'm obsessed with chocolate chip everything! These look delicious, thanks for stopping by at It Bakes Me Happy :)

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  3. Perfect! My kids bring their lunch everyday too and sometimes it's such a pain to come up with new ideas. They love the little store bought mini muffins but they are so expensive. These are perfect! Thanks!

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  4. These look yummy--I do love mini muffins. They are so dang cute! And tasty.

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  5. You are such a good Grammy! I'm sure these homemade muffins were much more tasty and not full of extra ingredients that a body does not need. ---------- Shannon

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  6. Great but I'll need to get a mini-muffin pan. Or i could try them in the regular one since I'd just eat more mini's to make up for it! LOL!
    What a great idea though because the less processed food these kids eat the better! Thanks as always!

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  7. Wow, what a great grandma you are! Mini muffins are so much fun.

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  8. I'm sure your grandson will love these little muffins even more. 1/4 cup sugar is not much at all...love that!

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  9. These sound delicious. How could they not be with cream cheese in them? Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  10. Hi Anita,
    These Mini Muffins look awesome and perfect for little treats. Hope you are having a fabulous day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. This would be a great, quick snack or breakfast :) Just wanted to thank you for linking up last week and let you know the party is live now! I can't wait to see what you share this week at All my Bloggy Friends!

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  12. I've got to try this out, as my husband loves those Entemanns Lite Bites. This sounds like a slightly healthier (and cheaper) alternative.

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