Chocolate Cranberry Brownie Muffins ~ Muffin Monday

by FoodBabbles on December 5, 2011

So it’s December and I’m so happy to be back to making muffins. After taking a month’s hiatus from Muffin Mondays I realized that I missed having moist, freshly baked muffins in my home every week. I also realized that while I decided to take a break for the month of November, that’s when An decided to assign the most deliciously decadent muffins after a few weeks of healthy choices. However, the decadence continues for the month of December.

For my first week back in action, we were assigned a chocolate brownie muffin. Just the name alone makes me want to dive right in. As I was baking these muffins I determined the name was perfect for them because my entire house smelled like I was baking brownies. These muffins are moist and delectable due to a triple hit of chocolate. Inside you’ll find cocoa, chocolate chips and one of my very favorite things in the world… Nutella! What’s not to like?

The original recipe called for pistachios but I didn’t have any on hand although I think the added crunchy texture and saltiness would have been a great compliment to the chocolate. Instead I decided to add some cranberries and a little orange zest. I actually wish the tart flavor of the cranberries had come through a bit more in these muffins but the chocolate won out. They were still incredibly good and I’m sure they won’t last long in our house.



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Chocolate Cranberry Brownie Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup caster sugar

4 Tablespoons melted butter

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup Nutella

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cranberries, such as Craisins

Zest of 1 orange

– Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

– In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, and sugar.

– Add in the butter, egg, milk, sour cream and Nutella. Gently combine.

– Fold in the chocolate chips, cranberries and orange zest.

– Fill 12 muffin cups and bake for 25-30 minutes.

– Enjoy!

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Anita Menon December 5, 2011 at 12:17 am

beautiful flavour combinations! You are absolutely right about the house smelling like brownies. I am sure my neighbours might have been tempted too with the aroma wafting in the hallway as well.


FoodBabbles December 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

Thanks Anita!


Baker Street December 5, 2011 at 12:17 am

Hey K! So glad to have you back with us! Hope the baby is doing well. Your muffins look absolutely delicious. I loved the fact that these muffins had a cracked surface like brownies and were completely gooey inside.


FoodBabbles December 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

Thank An! I’m so happy to be back 🙂


Carrie @ poet in the pantry December 5, 2011 at 1:11 am

What a great recipe to welcome you back to the group! 🙂 Definitely had a wonderful aroma while baking.


FoodBabbles December 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

Yes indeed, Carrie! These muffins smelled soooo amazing while they were baking. I couldn’t wait for them to come out of the oven


Nicole @ The Daily Dish December 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

These look super yummy, oh my!
I’m a bit of a muffin addict, and these are going on my must-make list. 🙂
Hope all is well in your beautiful world 🙂


FoodBabbles December 5, 2011 at 10:21 am

You’re so sweet, Nicole! Thanks and hope all is well with you too.


Aimee @ Food: Je t'Aimee December 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Mmmmm. Chocolate and cranberry! That’s a gorgeous combination! I also thought these were perfectly named. I’ll definitely be making them again! Have a great week!


FoodBabbles December 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Hope you’re having a great week too, Aimee! These may have been my favorite muffins so far. SOOO good!


Stay-At-Home-Chef December 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Your muffins look like they turned out FABULOUSLY! Love the added flavour of cranberries and orange zest. Yum!


FoodBabbles December 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Thanks! I thought the flavors would all combine really well and they did!


Let Me Eat Cake December 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm

cranberries and orange are such a great addition! perfect winter flavors!


FoodBabbles December 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love cranberry and orange together as well as chocolate/orange and cranberry/chocolate so I thought it would be a nice combo of all three!


Sarah December 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Those look amazing!


FoodBabbles December 12, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thanks Sarah!


thedrivencook December 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Sinful flavor combo- love it!


FoodBabbles December 14, 2011 at 11:37 am

Thanks! They tasted really fantastic


Tina August 22, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Can I substitute something else with the nutella? We can’t have nuts here 🙁


Kate August 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I would replace the Nutella with SunButter for a nut-free option! With the cocoa powder and chocolate chips you will still have plenty of chocolate flavor going on in these muffins and I bet the SunButter will add another amazing level of flavor. Please do come back and let me know how it works out for you!


Tina August 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Awesome! Thanks. I will let you know how they turn out 🙂


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