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Muffin Mondays | Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins

Nothing like a rainy day to get you in the mood for baking. And nothing like a Monday to make you want to eat muffins!  For this week’s Muffin Monday I bring you mocha chocolate chip muffins with pecans.

We recently moved to a new house and are nestled in the hills. Things are a little chillier up here especially on a rainy morning, but all the more reason to get my new (old/vintage) oven going to warm things up. I am absolutely in love with my new kitchen, especially the vintage O’Keefe and Merritt oven and stove. They don’t make things like they used to, let me tell you. This oven is not only beautiful, it works like a charm. I get excited for each opportunity I get to bake in it.

So back to muffins…I’m generally not a huge fan of chocolate in the mornings unless it is wedged inside a flaky croissant, but this muffin may just be an exception. The bitter dark chocolate chips melt and fold into the fluffy muffin dough, adding a complexity and sweetness while the coffee gives the muffin a nice balance of flavors.

From past experience with using coffee in baking, I was sure to add a double dose of coffee as well as a sprinkle of coffee grounds to really give the muffins a nice coffee essence. These muffins are chocolatey, rich, toasty and warm and just perfect with a cup of coffee on a rainy morning.

Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins with Pecans

from Bon Apetite

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder or coffee grinds 
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed golden brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (about 4 ounces), toasted

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line twelve 1/2-cup muffin cups with paper liners. 

Stir 1/4 cup hot water and espresso powder in medium bowl until espresso powder dissolves. 

Add buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla and whisk until well blended. Mix flour, sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. 

Add buttermilk mixture and stir just until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and pecans.

Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups. 

Bake until tester inserted into center of muffins comes out clean, about 25 minutes. 

Transfer muffins to rack and cool.

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  • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    January 23, 2012

    IS THIS YOUR VIEW! I wanna come over and have a muffin now.

  • James Jones
    January 23, 2012

    Hello Nastassia,
    Cool Post, My friend and I are planning on buying muffins during our break in school one day a week for the rest of the year, but we can’t decide if we should buy them Mondays or Fridays. Muffin Mondays is an alliteration, but Muffin Fridays would be nice to celebrate the week ending.

  • Baker Street
    January 23, 2012

    I totally agree with you about baking in the rainy season! Your view is gorgeous and the muffins look delicious. 🙂

  • Kate @ Foodbabbles
    January 23, 2012

    Love the view!! Bet these scrumptious muffins taste even better in your new home 🙂 Happy Monday!

  • Esi
    January 23, 2012

    I need one of these right now.

  • Jayasri
    January 23, 2012

    Wow, what a beautiful view, absolutely Fantastic, I would love to have those muffins and the view too…, beautiful clicks, you have a fantastic blog…., do visit me when you have time…

  • Gastronomer
    January 23, 2012

    Can’t wait to see your new home! And I have coffee-flavored muffins on my to-bake list too 🙂

  • Barbie
    January 24, 2012

    Beautiful view! Must be nice to wake up with a view like that. 😉

    Glad to be baking with you this week!

  • bananawonder
    January 25, 2012

    i am totally with you on not wanting chocolate in the morning besides in croissant form so these must be where it’s at. nice work, as always!

  • Cupcake Kat
    January 26, 2012

    These muffins look delicious and your new home sounds lovely

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    January 31, 2012

    I really like the idea of this i might try it I am thinking adding yogurt to them will stop them from drying out.

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  • Julia Page Bosertinos
    February 10, 2012

    Some people throw their coffee in a compost pile, but most of their coffee grounds to throw in the trash.

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