I usually give every single recipe I come across my own twist but last night I was short on time and had to bake something for my 5yr old school party. This "King Arthurs" recipe seemed pretty easy and the muffins were loaded with chocolate chips and of course what kid doesn't love chocolate chips... I doubled the recipe, making a whole lot of regular sized muffins for the teachers and mini muffins for the kids. You can easily do the same with this recipe, once all the ingredients are combined but the chocolate chips, remove 1/3 of the batter and blend a desired amount of "mini" chocolate chips to make the perfect mini muffins... The recipe calls for quite a bit of chocolate chips, reducing the amount by 1/2 a cup will still give you "chocolate chip" LOADED muffins.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon extra-strong flavor, optional
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips
coarse sparkling sugar, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with muffin cups, and grease the muffin cups) a standard-size muffin pan. Beat together the butter, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon (if you're using it) until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the milk. Mix in the flour, then the chocolate chips. Spoon the prepared muffin tins 2/3 up the way, sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake the muffins for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the muffins from the pan to cool.