These bakery-style Chocolate Cranberry Muffins are beyond delicious! They're loaded with tart fresh cranberries and packed with sweet chocolate chips! These beauties are perfect for breakfast, brunch, snack time or dessert! Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.
1CupButtermilk (or Whole Milk) - at room temperature (SEE NOTES)
2/3CupFull-Fat Greek Yogurt- at room temperature
1 ¼CupsCranberries (fresh or frozen) – coarsely chopped (about 4.5 ounces) (SEE NOTES)
¾CupChocolate Chips- plus more for topping, optional (5 ounces) (SEE NOTES)
Coarse Decorative Sugar– for topping, optional (SEE NOTES)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray the cavities of a regular muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside
Dry Ingredients: In a large sized bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix well. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Set the bowl aside.
Wet Ingredients: In a medium sized bowl whisk together the sugar, eggs and oil. Add in the milk, yogurt and vanilla extract. Whisk until well combined and pale yellow in color.
Add Wet to Dry: Add the wet ingredients to the well in the dry ingredients. Fold together, using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to gently mix everything together. Be careful to mix until flour is just combined. (The batter should still be lumpy)
Add Cranberries + Chocolate: Gently fold in the cranberries and white chocolate.
Fill Muffin Tins: Pour the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each tin all the way to the top. Optional: Sprinkle a few chocolate chips onto the top of the batter. Very gently press the chips slightly into the batter. Sprinkle the tops of batter with decorative sugar.
Bake: Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425 degrees F. Keeping the oven door closed, reduce the oven temperature to 350 F. Bake for an additional 15-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean – a few small moist crumbs is fine.
Cool: Remove from oven and place muffin pan on a wire rack. Allow muffins to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove muffins from the pan and transfer them onto the wire rack to cool completely.
Serve: Serve the muffins warm or at room temperature plain or dusted with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
Cranberries: You can either use fresh or frozen cranberries in these muffins. If using frozen, just be sure to rinse them with cold water first and then let them sit on the counter while you grab the rest of the ingredients. There is no need to defrost them first.
Milk: I recommend using buttermilk for these muffins for the moistest texture; however, whole milk works as well. Or, you can substitute almond milk or 2% milk. I do NOT recommend skim milk!
Yogurt: Full-fat Greek yogurt will produce the best flavor; however, you can use full-fat sour cream for a tangier taste.
Chocolate: You can use white chocolate (pictured in post) or semi-sweet chocolate for these muffins. I like to use chocolate chips in the muffin batter and then add chopped chocolate to the top of the muffin batter before baking - just make sure you gently press the chocolate into the batter and then proceed with sprinkling on the decorative sugar.
Decorative Sugar: I used decorative sugar for topping the muffins before baking, which is completely optional, but highly recommended! Decorative sugar is simply coarser, and has a larger crystal than granulated sugar. You should be able to find decorative (or sparkling) sugar in the baking aisle of most major grocery stores.
Jumbo Muffins: Use a jumbo muffin pan. Bake at 425°F for 5 minutes, then reduce oven to 350°F and bake for 22-25 minutes. Recipe makes about 6 jumbo muffins.
Storage: While these muffins are best eaten the same day they are prepared, they can be stored at room temperature (in an airtight container) for up to 4 days. These muffins freeze well (and can be frozen for up to 2 months), so I recommend making a double batch and keeping some in the freezer!
Nutritional information is an approximation based upon 18 muffins Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.