chocolate chip & cranberry muffins

November 5, 2012

in Breakfast & Muffins

Muffins are the ultimate comfort food for me. I’m most likely to reach for one when I want to break out of my usual breakfast routine (granola with berries or dried fruit). Muffins are an especially nice way to begin a new week! Cinnamon adds warmth to these vanilla muffins, which are brimming with ruby-red dried cranberries and gooey chocolate chips.

This is my first time pairing chocolate with cranberry, and I was pleasantly surprised by the result – I love the balance of sweet and tart. I’m sharing this recipe as part of November’s Chocolate Party; scroll down below the recipe to see more chocolate and cranberry treats.

Chocolate Chip & Cranberry Muffins
1 3/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon 
2/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 Tbsp plain nonfat yogurt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Topping
2 Tbsp cranberries
2 Tbsp semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F and line a 12-cup standard muffin pan with baking cups; coat baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a large bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until combined. Fold in cranberries and chocolate chips.

Fill each baking cup 2/3 full of batter, then sprinkle evenly with cranberries and chocolate chips. Bake for 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to serve warm or cool completely. Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 12 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)
Calories – 170
Carbs – 28



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55 Comments

1 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel November 5, 2012

These look wonderful!! I love combining chocolate + cranberries–one of my fave treats!

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2 Joan@Chocolateandmore November 5, 2012

I love that you made a muffin! Any time I can add chocolate into my morning routine I know it’s going to be a great day!

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3 Patty November 5, 2012

I see your muffins for breakfast during the holidays-what a treat;-)

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4 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 5, 2012

I’m sure this pairing is amazing! And I love the excuse of having chocolate for breakfast :)

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5 Liz November 5, 2012

Such cute plates, muffin papers AND muffins! Though DELISH is probably a better word for your baked goods!

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6 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts November 5, 2012

Muffins are my favorite! What a great use of chocolate and cranberries here!

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7 Valerie November 5, 2012

Laura, I love your little muffins and the polka dot plates! So cute. :D (Muffins are one of my comfort foods too.)

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8 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 5, 2012

chocolate & cranberry is such a winning combo – I agree!

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9 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) November 5, 2012

those plates and muffin liners are so cute!

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10 The Café Sucré Farine November 5, 2012

These look so good, I wouldn’t have thought of putting chocolate and cranberries together, brilliant!

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11 Cassie | Bake Your Day November 5, 2012

These are adorable and the photos are so bright. Chocolate + cranberry is a great combination!

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12 Carol | a cup of mascarpone November 5, 2012

I’d prefer these to the usual granola any day too! These muffins look wonderful, Laura! Thinking about you in Italy. – you’re amazing to have prepared so well ahead of time!

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13 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking November 5, 2012

I try to eat chocolate as early in the day as possible, this way I know no matter what happens in the afternoon I can face it.
Beautiful muffins Laura, thanks for joining our party this month too.

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14 Charles November 5, 2012

Mm, I don’t think I had cranberries and chocolate before – sounds like a great combo though. Does this mean you’re back from Italy now? I hope everything went ok Laura :)

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15 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking November 5, 2012

I would love to wake up to one of these scrumptious muffins!

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16 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 5, 2012

These look like a real treat for breakfast. I think I’ll have to make these soon.

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17 Julie @ Table for Two November 5, 2012

i love having muffins for breakfast. they take the thinking out for me – plus, at that early in the morning, i’d prefer to grab my coffee & a muffin to go anyway! i love the chocolate chip and cranberries you added in this – perfect melody of flavors :)

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18 Suzanne Perazzini November 5, 2012

I love cranberries and chocolate together. The sweet of the chocolate with the sour of the cranberries lifts both out of the ordinary. Not that chocolate could ever be ordinary.

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19 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} November 5, 2012

Loving all of the chocolate party recipes! These muffins look so delish. I can only imagine how your house smelled while these were baking. Hope your trip to Italy was great and that you were able to visit with family even during a challenging time.

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20 Suzanne November 5, 2012

I have to agree with you I reach for comforting muffins too, I just love them. These muffins look pretty with the red berries and chocolate in them.

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21 Deborah November 5, 2012

You know, come to think of it, I don’t know if I’ve ever had chocolate and cranberry together, either. I think these sound wonderful, though!!

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22 Nami | Just One Cookbook November 5, 2012

Your food styling and photography, as well as the recipe for the muffins are just so perfect! Everything is all good in this post and I love the red color theme! Chocolate chips and craberries pop up from muffins. I wish to have a few muffins for myself for tomorrow breakfast… :)

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23 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings November 5, 2012

Are you back from Italy yet? So, I see many bloggers doing this chocolate party thing…! YUM! I might just be in heaven right now. I love chocolates and I love cranberries – the perfect sweet and tart marriage!

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24 Nancy @ gottagetbaked November 5, 2012

I love muffins – I try to bake a batch every weekend so that I’ll have a mid-morning stack to nosh on at work (I’m like a farm animal – I have to constantly graze). These adorable muffins must be so moist from the buttermilk and yogurt – yum!

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25 Minnie(@thelady8home) November 6, 2012

This sounds to be a lovely idea. Its sounding very yummy!

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26 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 6, 2012

Just fabulous Laura! The muffins and the pics! I like the dotted plates together with the cranberries.

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27 Faith November 6, 2012

Your muffins are beautiful, Laura! I love the sweet/tart combo too!

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28 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 6, 2012

This could bey my new fav breakfast this winter! Love cranberries and chocolate combo!

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29 Jenn and Seth November 6, 2012

these look sooooo delicious and fun! YUM!

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30 Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} November 6, 2012

Oh yummy, and what a cute photo!! :)

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31 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers November 6, 2012

What a wonderful combination of chocolates and cranberries! It should taste great!

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32 Deb November 6, 2012

Adore the pairing of cranberries with chocolate! What a tempting treat, perfect for a chilly fall morning!

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33 Lora @cakeduchess November 6, 2012

Muffins are a great way to start the week:)I would love one of these tonight -they look delicious, Laura:)

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34 Lizzy (Good Things) November 7, 2012

Laura, these look light and luscious!

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35 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks November 7, 2012

Love the chocolate and cranberry combo, and these muffins looks perfect!

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36 Rosa Mayland November 7, 2012

Gorgeous muffins and combination! Can I have one for dessert? ;-)

Cheers,

Rosa

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37 Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin November 7, 2012

I’ve never thought of pairing cranberries with chocolate, but now that you mention it, it sounds wonderful! What a delicious idea, perfect for the holiday season :)

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38 brighteyedbaker November 7, 2012

I was just experimenting with chocolate and cranberries myself this past weekend! It is a great combination. :) The muffins look so soft and tasty!

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39 Kankana November 7, 2012

I am more of a muffin girl and less of a cupcake girl. It’s always so comforting to bake a batch!

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40 Kari@Loaves n Dishes November 7, 2012

Those polka dot plates and cupcake papers are super cute, perfect to hold your delectable little goodies!

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41 Sandra's Easy Cooking November 7, 2012

What a great combination Laura, and your styling and recipe itself is just so beautiful and tasty! Well done!!!!

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42 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 7, 2012

They are so cute! And I love the way that you styled them too with the red and white set! :D

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43 Joanna @ Chic & Gorgeous Treats November 7, 2012

Great combo and I love how the cranberries always adds that extra flavour to the muffin and certainly compliments chocolate. Thanks for coming over, appreciate it! Stay in touch, cheers, Jo

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44 Jennifer @ Delicieux November 7, 2012

Fantastic looking muffins Laura. I especially love the way you’ve paired them with your polka dot plates! Cute!

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45 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective November 8, 2012

AN absolute winner! …and great snaps. :)

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46 the wicked noodle November 8, 2012

I love sweet and tart, too. Sweet & salty, sweet and savory, sweet and…sweet? I guess I love it all :-) These would be such a nice morning treat!

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47 Lan | angry asian November 8, 2012

your props are adorable!

it’s a usual combination, cranberries + chocolate but your muffins do make them look lovely together.

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48 Laura @ Family Spice November 8, 2012

Um, chocolate goes with EVERYTHING!!!

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49 Magic of Spice November 9, 2012

I am just loving the pairing of chocolate and cranberry…they look and sound wonderful!

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50 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 9, 2012

There’s something about cranberry and chocolate chips that screams “holiday”!

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51 cakewhiz November 14, 2012

i am having so much going through eveyone’s chocolate party postings. your muffins look awesome! and your photography is GORGEOUS!

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52 Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama November 16, 2012

These looks so yummy!! I love chocolate chip muffins more than you know! Great addition to our Chocolate Party!

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53 roz November 20, 2012

I love your cranberry-studded cupcakes! Never knew until this month’s chocolate party how well cranberries paired with chocolate! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Roz

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54 roz November 20, 2012

Oooops, sorry for the typo above! My husband was handing me a cupcake at the same time that I was typing . . . I truly meant to write “muffins”! My bad!

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55 Baker Street November 22, 2012

I totally agree – Muffins are the ultimate comfort food! And we are so in sync, Laura! Cranberry and chocolate chips – Yum! Love your pictures. The polka dot plates are too cute! :)

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