Wednesday, April 15

A Recipe for Downright Addictive Orange, Walnut, and Chocolate Chip Muffins

chocolate orange muffins yellow dish

As I do before posting most of my recipes, I shared this one with my mom. Unlike most of my recipes, she didn't sound exactly thrilled when I read it to her. (She's not that into chocolate. Weird, I know. But whadda ya gonna do?)

The very next day I got a phone call, that went like this:

"Susan. I made those orange and chocolate chip muffins yesterday. OH. MY. GOD. They were soooo good!"

"Really? You thought so?"

"Oh, there's just something so wonderful about the combination of the tangy orange and the sweet chocolate. And you know walnuts are my favorite."

"I'm so happy you liked them!"

chocolate orange muffin halves

Not five days later, I got another call from Mom:

"Susan, this is your mother. I can't stop eating those chocolate chip muffins."


"I just baked two more batches yesterday. Everyone who has eaten them loves them! I'm telling them to go to your ba -log, so you've gotta put up the recipe, okay, honey?"

"OK. I'll put it up this week."

Well, dear readers, here is the recipe for the muffins that my mom can't stop eating. Don't say you weren't warned.

chocolate orange muffins

Orange, Walnut, and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Makes 12 muffins
Print recipe only here.

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup orange juice, preferably fresh squeezed
2 tablespoons orange zest
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (2 tablespoons reserved for tops of muffins)
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts (2 tablespoons reserved for tops of muffins)

Place rack in center of oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Spray a 12 mold regular size muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, egg, buttermilk, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture and stir quickly until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Spoon the batter evenly into the 12 molds. Sprinkle with reserved 2 tablespoons each of chocolate chips and walnuts.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack to cool for 5 minutes before removing each muffin and placing on a wire rack to cool.

My mom also loves these muffins:

Fresh Strawberry, Almond, and Coconut Muffins

Honeyed Orange Ginger Muffins (Quat, Optional)

Crunchy Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Chunk Muffins

And here are more chocolaty muffins....
Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins at Technicolor Kitchen
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins at The Food Librarian's
PB-Chocolate Chip Muffins at Annie's Eats
Banana Espresso Chocolate Chip Muffins at Tiny Morsels
Chocolate Chip and Candied Ginger Muffins at Baking Bites

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Claudia said...

Just as I made my resolve to live on salads after consuming too many Easter treats - I come across these beautiful cupcakes. Uh oh.

Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan) said...

I love orange and chocolate together, so I'm sold!

Snooky doodle said...

Ha you made me laugh with your post. Your mum was surely thrilled. Well these muffins surely look delicious :)

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

I have to bring sweets tonight to a fashion show, I know what I'm making now. Thanks for sharing.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A killer combo! Definitely addictive!



Cakespy said...

I don't believe that these are addictive. I challenge you to send me 3 dozen to prove it. :-)

Unknown said...

I love orange and chocolate together! These sound additive!

Michelle @ Find Your Balance Health said...

I was hooked on the title of this post alone. Sounds amazing!

The Food Hunter said...

They even sound addictive. I can't wait to try them. Maybe this weekend.

Susan said...

Orange and chocolate are a great combo - lovely, homey recipe.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

claudia-Whoops. Sorry. ;)


snooky-I'm so glad it made you smile.

helene-Really? That's terrific!

rosa-Wow! Thanks!

cakespy-Good one. ;)

lynda-They are!

michelle-That's good to hear.

foodhunter-Hope you like them.

susan-Many thanks.

Heather said...

ohhh - chocolate and orange! how delicious :)

Maris said...

These look exactly like muffins I used to have as a kid (without the oranges). I'm pretty sure the ones I snacked on were from a box, but yummy nonetheless to my ten year old palate :) I love the combo of chocolate + walnut, but citrus I like on its own.

Dragon said...

I think I'm addicted and I haven't even tried these yet. Yum!

Deeba PAB said...

I like the warning the muffins come with Susan...Wow! Gotto make them soon!!

The Italian Dish said...

Orange and chocolate is a such a great combination. And then the walnuts - that just puts me right over. I love these.

Steph said...

The muffins look delicious! I love the perfectly domed muffin tops.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Susan, I absolutely love chocolate and citrus flavors together - these would cheer me up right now. :D

LisaBain said...

I think I'll make these for Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale ( Thanks!

Eve Fox said...

MMMMMM! Those sound so gooooood! I'm gonna have to try these out.

joe@italyville said...

Hi Susan... hope you had a great Easter! - Joe

Georgia said...

Wow! These look great. A can't miss combo. I will be making these soon! Mmmmmmmm....

elly said...

What a great endorsement! These look delicious. My husband would especially love them as he loves anything with orange and chocolate together.

Anonymous said...

downright addictive?! sounds gooooooood!

Manggy said...

Oh, isn't that just the best reaction ever?! When they really need to see the recipe on your ba-log? :) And rightfully so-- these look and sound delicious! :)

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Mindy Walz said...

My whole family enjoyed this. I love when I am able to find good recipes and articles on line. I get most of mine on ). They have really great searching capabilities and a lot of good articles. People link their own page to wacania so you can find some other great sites too. You should think about posting this article on it, I think a lot of people would enjoy it.

Soma said...

Nuts, orange & chocolate are a classic combination! looks really really good.

Anonymous said...

We love orange and chocolate together! Ohhh these wouldn't last long.

lisaiscooking said...

These sound fantastic, and the mini chips look perfect!

Hillary said...

You know something is good when you call it downright addictive. Nice recipe!

bee said...

she's sending people to your ba-log? :D moms are the best.

Gattina Cheung said...

oh no one not loving these muffines ... though I sometimes can't react on "just" chocolate... but hey, orange and chocolate together, a magic spell!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Heavenly! Nice to know you can still push your mom's buttons, even though you live a continent away! :-)

beckyferris said...

orange + chocolate = awesome. i need to try these!

Elyse said...

Wow, these muffins sound amazing. I mean, if your mom can handle the chocolate in them and is baking batches upon batches of these muffins, they must be totally, deliciously addictive!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Those muffins look absolutely wonderful! My husband would love me to make a batch I am sure.

Unknown said...

OMG! I just love your mother. She sounds so funny and cool at the same time. I have a few members of my family who don't like chocolate either. Weird, I know! I've got to make the recipe. Sounds delicious. How did you create the recipe?

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Coffee and Vanilla said...

They look delicious :)

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We Are Not Martha said...

Yum! I love a touch of orange with my chocolate. I have a feeling I wouldn't be able to stop eating these either!!


Jude said...

Love it when the muffin tops form a nicely browned edge like that. Nice flavor combos.

Jamie said...

What a riot! I mean, if your mom loves them then they have to be fabulous! I love muffins and these do look great!

Lisa F said...

My kids and I made these over the weekend. OMG - they are amazing! Thanks for the new staple!

Susan from Food Blogga said...


maris-These will be yummy to your adult palate. :)

dragaon-Good one. ;)

deeba-Glad you liked it.

elaine-Me too.

steph-Thank you!

patricia-I'm still smiling.

lisabain-That's wonderful news! Thank you!

eve-Hope you do!

joe-Thanks, Joe. I did. Hope you did as well.

georgia-Wonderful! Thanks so much.

elly-Don't you just love moms?

dessetobsessed-They are gooooood!

mark-I love it when that happens.

mindy-I am so happy your family enjoyed them. And thanks for the link. It's new to me, so I'll check it out.

soma-Classically delicious too.

duodishes-Trust me, they don't.

lisaiscooking-I love mini chips.

hillary-They are. Scouts honor. ;)

bee-I love moms. :)

gattina-Just chocolate is perfect for me too.



elyse-They really are. I swear.

alisa-How about for Father's Day breakfast?

sharon-My mom is always making me laugh. I love chocolate and orange, so I used that inspiration for the muffins.

margot-Thanks for the heads up!

sues-You might not!

jude-Me too. It adds such texture.

jamie-Glad you liked it.

lisaf-Thanks for making my day! :)

Jeanne said...

There is something special about the chocolate/orange combo, isn't there? These sound fab - maybe you should be writing a field guide to muffins instead ;-)

Christie Stump said...

I LOVE chocolate and orange together!! Printing this out now and cannot wait to try them!!

Lori said...

These do sound awesome. The title alone got me but then I read what your Mother said and now I NEED to make them.

Cristine said...

Oh yum! I just made orange chocolate chips scones this morning and now I want to get int the kitchen and make these! Definately going on my list!

Cook the Books said...

I love trying new muffin recipes. This one is now on my "must make" list. Thanks!

Finla said...

Made this delicious muffing and I have to agree with your mom they are indeed addictive.
They were super yumm.
Thankyou for the recipe.

Finla said...

Oh forgot to tell you have posted them in my place

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

I love chocolate and since these come so highly recommended (HC's made them too now) I have these bookmarked.
But I'm off on a break from this sunday, so it'll be next month before I get around to them.

Lori said...

Susan- I made these and loved them! I was wondering if I could post your recipe on my site- I will of course link back to you and sing your praises. Let me know if it is okay with you.