The Best Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

These are, without question, the most delicious chocolate chip muffins I have ever made. Or tasted. In my entire life. If you know me then you know I make a lot of muffins. I’ll be returning to this one. Often. Leave it to King Arthur Flour. I know I said it before and I’ll say it again. I ad♥re them! They always have what I’m looking for and never fail me.

The chocolate chips stay suspended in the batter instead of sinking to the bottom like chocolate chips are sometimes known to do.

I can’t help but admire them for that.

Plus, they’re packed to the hilt, enough so you get more than one in every, single, chocolate-filled bite.

They have this crackly, crusty, buttery outside that is dreamy to bite into.

Have you ever wondered what makes a muffin not a cupcake? And a cupcake not a muffin? I have. It keeps me up at night. My theory is based on the experience of eating lots of them and doesn’t take into account any culinary science (that might have everything and nothing at all to do with it).

From what I can tell it depends on the crumb of the cake. Muffins have a more substantial, dense crumb and cupcakes a smaller, more tender crumb. What do you think? It’s something to ponder as you bake yourself the best chocolate chip muffin on the entire earth.

Best Chocolate Chip Muffins

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Best Chocolate Chip Muffins

Crusty outsides with a tender sturdy crumb on the inside packed to the hilt with chocolate chips that stay suspended in the batter makes these the best muffins in the entire world!


1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 cup (4 ounces) milk
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) white whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour (spoon into cup then level off)
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
coarse sparkling sugar, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon until fluffy. Beat in eggs, then stir in the milk. Mix in the flour just until combined, then the chocolate chips
  3. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Sprinkle with a little coarse sugar. Bake the muffins for 30 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out without crumbs clinging to it (a little chocolate is OK!).


Adapted from King Arthur Flour

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  1. The Food Hunter says

    I can tell just by looking at them that these are the best chocolate chip muffins ever.

  2. The Baking Gypsy says

    Oh my goodness! These muffins look marvelous Reeni!I really wish I could reach into my screen and snatch one! So yum!Have a beautiful weekend!xx,Tammy

  3. Heavenly Housewife says

    Yes, I've wondered that too. My guess is that a muffin has less sugar (and is unadorned of course). I think they are more bready than cakey (but this isn't always the case is it?). I just made muffins today.Anyway, cause you say these are so good, I'm bookmarking these. I have some really expensive chocolate chips that need a good cause, and I think I've found them.*kisses* HH

  4. Claudia says

    Oh my Reenie – that does entice. I love that the chocolate chips are through the batter also – how cooperative of them! I'm with you on the "crumb" theory. It would be fun eat my way through an array of muffins and cupcakes to "scientifically" figure that out!

  5. says

    Reeni, I do often think about the difference between a muffin and a cupcake. All I know is that they are both really special and honestly my favorite things to eat. These muffins(there's slightly less guilt associated with muffins)look like something that anyone would adore. I love that you made them square. It gives them character. I will be bookmarking these.

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