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Want to make absolutely perfect chocolate chip muffins that rival any professional bakery? I spent 6 months testing and perfecting muffin recipes so I could teach you the exact, easy to follow steps to make bakery style muffins at home! 

These are the most BEAUTIFUL muffins I have ever made! I am SO excited about them and their gorgeous dome. THANK YOU!!!

-Rebecca
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This is the Perfect Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

These muffins are studded with chocolate chips and topped with sanding sugar. Keep scrolling and I’ll walk you through this recipe step-by-step so you’re guaranteed success!

I am pumped to be adding a recipe for chocolate chip muffins to our muffin collection. I really do love muffins because I consider them an anytime food. Breakfast, snack, late night snack, they are perfect anytime.

I extensively tested this recipe.

After making 5 batches of muffins, that’s 60 muffins, I nailed the most perfect moist chocolate chip muffin with nice, domed tops.

While some recipes use sour cream or greek yogurt, I found that I can make the perfect chocolate chip muffin with regular milk! The whole family will love these muffins, I recommend making a double batch so you have extras for a quick breakfast, afternoon snack or sweet treat!

6 chocolate chip muffins in muffin pan

Why these are the best Chocolate Chip Muffins

  • Made with everyday ingredients you already have in your pantry
  • Yield the largest muffin dome you’ve ever seen
  • Use your favorite type of chocolate – milk, semi-sweet dark, mini chops or regular chips
  • Better than a professional bakery

Chocolate Chip Muffin Ingredients

These simple ingredients make the best chocolate chip muffins! Keep scrolling to get the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card below.

  • all purpose flour: flour is necessary to build structure
  • granulated sugar: adds sweetness and flavor
  • baking powder: helps to leaven and lift the batter
  • salt: just a pinch to balance the sweetness and enhances the other flavors
  • nutmeg: I like the spice and flavor it adds, 1/4 tsp is not overpowering
  • chocolate chips: critical for chocolate chip muffins! I used regular semi-sweet chocolate chips and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • large eggs: binds the batter together by providing structure
  • whole milk or 2% milk: adds moisture – you can also use buttermilk
  • vegetable oil: adds fat and moisture 
  • melted butter: adds flavor and tender texture
  • vanilla extract: adds flavor
single chocolate chip muffin on white background

How to Properly Measure Flour

The most accurate way to measure flour is to use a kitchen scale, weighing it in grams. 

If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow this method. 

  • Aerate the flour with a whisk or spoon. Flour becomes heavy and compact as it sits. Aerating is the same as fluffing the flour, but not the same as sifting it. Do not sift the flour unless the recipe specifically calls for it.
  • Use a spoon to sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the cup against the counter, as this will compact the flour.
  • Use the back of a butter knife to level off the excess.

How to make Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

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  1. Combine dry ingredients. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Stir with a spoon to combine, set aside.
  2. Combine wet ingredients. In a larger mixing bowl combine the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, cooled & melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. 
  3. Combine batter. Gradually mix the dry ingredients and 1 ½ cups chocolate chips into the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. The batter will be very thick!
  4. Rest. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF / 220ºC.
chocolate chip muffins in muffin pan
  1. Prepare pan. For bakery style muffins, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Fill the liners with 6-8 heaping tablespoons of batter. Top the muffins with the remaining chocolate chips. Sprinkle them with sanding sugar. 
  2. Bake. Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF / 220ºC, then keep the muffins in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter, bumping the temperature back up to 425ºF.
chocolate chip muffin with bite removed displayed in muffin pan

How to Create Bakery Style Muffins

Bakery style muffins are known for their domed tops. Plus who doesn’t love them? I used a few techniques to help “lift” these muffins so they would have large, domed tops!

1. The Rest Period

Let the batter rest for 15 minutes after it’s mixed and before you scoop it into the muffin pan. During the resting period, starch molecules in the flour are absorbing the liquid in the batter, causing them to swell and giving the batter a thicker consistency (ref the kitchen whisper). Our 15 minute rest is just a quick rest. 

2. Fill Every Other Muffin Cup

This tip has been a game changer! For bakery style muffin tops, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffin liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Filling every other cup allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. This technique also encourages the muffins to brown, creating a golden muffin top.

3. Fill Them To The Top

Fill your muffin liners to the top with batter. Yes, this goes against everything you’re heard but it’s important in helping the muffin gain that height.

4. Bake at High Temperature Initially

Bake the muffins at a high temperature (425ºF) initially, then lower to 350ºF. Starting the muffins off at a higher temperature causes the batter to rise rapidly, setting the outer surface of the muffin, producing a dome shape.

Chocolate Chip Muffins – Gluten Free Variation

I’ve made these muffins with both regular and gluten free flour with AWESOME results on multiple occasions. I recommend King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour. Use it as a one for one substitute for regular flour.

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Storing and Freezing Muffins

Muffin Storage

If you’ll be eating the muffins within 24 hours of baking, you can leave them uncovered on the counter. The muffins will not dry out while left at room temperature for 1 day. 

In fact, muffins are so moist they can become soggy and those crunchy, sugary tops can disappear when stored in an airtight container.

But I have a trick to help that – paper towels. 

For longer storage, 2-4 days, line the bottom of an airtight container with paper towels. Place the muffins in a single layer in the container then cover the muffins with any additional layer of paper towels. The paper towels will act like a sponge, absorbing the moisture they release while they are stored. 

If the paper towels become too moist around day 2 or day 3, replace them with fresh paper towels. 

How To Freeze Muffins

Individually wrap each muffin in plastic wrap. Then place them in a ziploc bag or airtight container and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To thaw, leave them at room temperature until defrosted, about 1 hour. Or unwrap them and microwave at 20 second intervals until defrosted.

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Tips for making the Best Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

  • Allow the eggs and milk to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before making the batter.
  • Do not swap baking soda for the baking powder.
  • Allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes in the mixing bowl.
  • Top the muffins with lots of chocolate chips and sanding sugar for a true bakery style muffin. I like to use regular chocolate chips and mini chocolate chips. 
  • Filling every other cup allows the muffins to spread and dome without running into each other. This technique also encourages the muffins to brown, creating a golden muffin top.
  • Bake at a higher temperature initially to cause the muffins to rise quickly.
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Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe FAQs

Should you let muffin batter rest?

Yes. The key to making bakery style muffins is letting the batter rest for 15 minutes after it’s mixed and before you scoop it into the muffin pan. During the resting period, starch molecules in the flour are absorbing the liquid in the batter, causing them to swell and giving the batter a thicker consistency.

How do I make sure my muffins stay moist?

First, properly measure the flour to ensure they aren’t dry. Second, watch the bake time closely. These two are big factors in making sure muffins are moist.

What kind of chocolate should I use in chocolate chip muffins?

I recommend using semi-sweet chocolate chips. I like using mini and regular sized chips. You can also use chunks and rough chop them with a knife.

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The Best Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

By: Beth
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Want to make absolutely perfect chocolate chip muffins that rival any professional bakery? I spent 6 months testing and perfecting muffin recipes so I could teach you the exact, easy to follow steps to make bakery style muffins at home! 

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, 480 grams, properly measured*
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar, 300 grams
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg, or use cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk or 2% milk, can also use buttermilk, 240 ml
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, 118 ml
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, then cooled for 5 minutes, 57 grams
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (I used regular and minis), 340 grams

Instructions 

  • The most accurate way to measure flour is to use a kitchen scale, weighing it in grams. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow this method: Aerate the flour with a whisk or spoon. Flour becomes heavy and compact as it sits. Aerating is the same as fluffing the flour. Use a spoon to sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the cup against the counter, as this will compact the flour. Use the back of a butter knife to level off the excess.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Stir with a spoon to combine, set aside.
  • In a larger mixing bowl combine the eggs, milk, vegetable oil, cooled & melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • Gradually mix the dry ingredients and 1 ½ cups chocolate chips into the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. The batter will be very thick!
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the batter to rest for 15 minutes. During this time, preheat the oven to 425ºF / 220ºC.
  • For bakery style muffins, line a 12 count muffin pan with 6 muffins liners, meaning you’ll only fill every other muffin well with batter. Fill the liners with 6-8 heaping tablespoons of batter. Top the muffins with the remaining chocolate chips. Sprinkle them with sanding sugar.
  • Place one pan in the center of the oven and bake for 7 minutes at 425ºF / 220ºC, then keep the muffins in the oven, turn the temperature down to 350ºF and bake for 12-16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan. Repeat with the remaining batter, bumping the temperature back up to 425ºF.

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Notes

Beth’s Tips

  • I have increased the amount of granulated sugar to 1 & 1/2 cups due to feedback asking to make them sweeter! The original amount of sugar was 1 cup. 
  • *Some readers have reported dry muffins. The most accurate way to measure flour is to use a kitchen scale, weighing it in grams. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, follow this method.
    • Aerate the flour with a whisk or spoon. Flour becomes heavy and compact as it sits. Aerating is the same as fluffing the flour, but not the same as sifting it. Do not sift the flour unless the recipe specifically calls for it.
    • Use a spoon to sprinkle the flour into the measuring cup. Do not tap the cup against the counter, as this will compact the flour.
    • Use the back of a butter knife to level off the excess.
  • The muffins are best served warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 0.001mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    OK. Listen up. Everyone needs to go directly to their pantry and do 2 things. Gather the simple ingredients for these muffins, then throw away that old muffin recipe book that’s falling apart. Beth has become the Muffin Queen. This, and other muffin recipes work every time. Follow her instructions then reap the rewards that appear from your oven. Thank you Beth for truly leaving no doubt about the mystery of great tasting and visually stunning muffins. YUM!!

  2. 5 stars
    A chocolate chip muffin recipe that works!! I’ve been following Beth for a while and had the time to make these amazing muffins finally. The recipe is so easy to follow and they taste incredible! My very picky 4 year old even loves them. I highly highly recommend this recipe if you want to impress your friends or family. Or just want a great muffin! 

  3. Amazing muffins !  I used my scale to b accurate. I followed all Beth’s tips and they were delicious.   I can’t believe how easy and delicious they are . Beth Ty for all the measurements in grams 💜  .   I am a big fan of using a scale .  I can’t wait  to keep  trying more flavors .  Sanding sugar is being delivered tomorrow! Ty 😉

  4. Delicious, easy and DOME  perfection! Followed all the tips and used my scale.  I  really like mixing the different size
    Chocolate chips for these.  I didn’t have any sanding sugar but it’s on order for the next batch .   Ty Beth :) 

  5. 5 stars
    My first time making these muffins and they look exactly like the pictures and taste like they were made at a bakery! I will be making these again soon since my family ate them all already. 

  6. I made them today. As soon as I saw your domed muffins, I wanted to try. 
    Tastes really good but they turned out to be dry… I measured in scale. Not sure too much flour or too long to bake although the color of muffins are not burnt or anything. 
    I’ll try less flour or less baking next time. 

    1. Remember, the recommended bake times are based on filling the muffins with 6-8 heaping tablespoons of batter, so if you put less, the bake time would need to be decreased!

  7. 4 stars
    I loved the baking technique to create doming. I liked putting sugar on top because it gave it a bit of a crunch. Some people said they didn’t like that but I loved that aspect of the recipe. I used half and half instead of milk (no milk in the house) and also reduced sugar by a bit (half recipe so 130g instead of 150g). I thought that this sweetness was perfect because I do not like overly sweet muffins. Measured flour with grams. Did turn out a bit dry. I think this recipe would be perfect with some extra moisture added into it. Perhaps a bit of sour cream. I will definitely use this technique again of starting at 425 then lowering to 350. My Mom said multiple times that these muffins were really pretty :)

    1. I am a professional baker.

      If you reduce the sugar, why are you wondering why they taste dry? Sugar melts when added to other ingredients and adds moisture.

      This is what happens when changes are made to recipes. DReviewers wonder what went wrong.

    1. Yes, you can! They could potentially be a little bit dryer because the fat percentage isn’t the same.