Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Chocolate Love Muffins

Happy (almost) Valentine's Day!


Whether you're making these for your loved one, friends or just for yourself, they are sure to make anyone's Valentine's Day sweet.


I have actually made these muffins a few times without any Hallmark excuse, but adding the dusted heart on top gave it the cute factor for this holiday.


While I was in London over the Christmas holidays, I made it over to
Ladurée in Piccadilly for some of those macaroons I've been craving all year. I also picked up a beautiful box of their cocoa powder and I finally got to use it for the first time in this recipe. Good quality cocoa powder really does make a world of difference.




Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins (makes 12)
(Adapted from Feast by Nigella Lawson)
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil (I used melted butter)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

My lovely Ladurée cocoa!


Preheat the oven to 400F.

Measure out all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.

In another bowl measure out all the liquid ingredients.

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix together.

Mix in the chocolate chips.


Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cups.

Spoon the muffin batter evenly into each paper cup.

Bake in the oven at 400F for 20 minutes.

Allow the muffins to cool on a rack.

To create the hearts on top of the muffins, place a heart shaped stencil on top of a muffin and lightly dust with powdered sugar. Remove the stencil carefully and repeat with each muffin.



27 comments:

  1. So yummy!! Love how you decorated with the powdered sugar!

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  2. Those are the cutest muffins! They look like perfection.
    + I really love cupcake stencils.

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  3. So pretty! I would admire, then immediately consume. The Ladurée cocoa powder sounds fantastic and it makes me wonder what other wonderful goodies you brought back. 8-)

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  4. oh wow beautiful muffins. and that heart is really the finishing touch :)

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  5. the decoration is adorable! If make up with DH by Valentine's I might have to make those! lol

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  6. So pretty & romantic! Thanks for the Laduree cocoa tip. I'll make sure to buy some next time I'm there.

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  7. Gosh better watch who is googling Love muffins lol! They look fabulous!

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  8. Congrats! A trip to London
    Darling cupcakes full of LUV'
    Great product - Cocoa = big flavor +
    Perfecto!

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  9. you used the good stuff in the love muffins!

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  10. Adorable Valentine cupcakes, and I love your stencil! That tin of fancy cocoa fills me with envy. I'd love to try that stuff!

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  11. So darling! What a perfect way to finish a muffin on Valentine's Day, or any day! Love your blog.

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  12. Those muffins are beautiful! My hub loves chocolate chips muffins. :)

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  13. You dont really ever need an excuse to make chocolate Muffins ... love them anytime, valentine or no valentine !! Love the little heart on top :p

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  14. Ok. YUM! I would like two of these warm, with chocolate fudge sauce drizzled all over them please!

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  15. These would be great with a cup of coffee. Num num!! Looks delicious! :)

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  16. simple and sweet! perfect to celebrate Love!:)

    Yummy! that would’ve have been a perfect finger food! love the cheesy texture:)

    this would be perfect for the valentine day giveaway I’m hosting on my blog. would be great if you could participate!

    http://www.funandfoodcafe.com/2010/02/valentine-super-bowl-recipe-carnival.html

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  17. These look delicious! A cute start to any day -- Valentine's or not!

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  18. Gorgeous! they are absolutely gorgeous! Next time when I'm in London I will head off straight to LADURÉE to grab that fabulous cocoa powder :)

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  19. Right up my alley. Chocolate anytime of the day is a treat. -- Sherry aka www.rosemaryandthegoat.com

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  20. so cute. i love simple decorating ideas like this

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  21. Oh I ♥ these! Am sure that cocoa powder must have made these muffins the best ever, and the melted butter too. YUM YUM! They are beautiful!

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  22. Oooh I love them. I also have that book and now I know what I'll be making for son this week. Perfect chocolate muffins! Love the hearts. You really are a romantic.

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  23. Oooooh,...your chocolate mini cakes look fabulous, rich & so tasty!!

    MMMMMM,...all the way!!

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  24. These have, like, the perfect domes! They look so cute!

    And I am waaaay jealous of you being able to stop by Laduree! I was in London and Paris not too long ago and, for some strange reason, I didn't think to stop by either location! Super bummed!

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