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The orange zest really gives these rich chocolate muffins a bright, fresh flavor, and they taste just like orange dark chocolate candy. Better yet, these muffins freeze well for a quick orange chocolate indulgence.

Merry Christmas, from my kitchen to yours!

Dark Chocolate Orange Zest Muffins

Dark Chocolate Orange Zest Muffins

Chocolate Orange Zest Muffins– adapted from Moufflet 100 Gourmet Muffins by Kelly Jaggers (yields 12 muffins)

1 3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 4 large oranges
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, plus extras for topping


  1. Line muffin pan with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, and brown sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, milk, eggs, oil, vanilla extract, and orange zest. Whisk to blend well.
  4. Make a well in the center of dry mixture. Pour in wet ingredients all at once. Use a spatula, gently fold in the ingredients until it is almost combined. Then fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips. Do not over work the batter.
  5. Spoon batter into lined muffin cups. Dot the tops with extra chocolate chips. Bake at preheated oven for 20-22 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when gently pressed in the center. Cool in the pan for 3 minutes the transfer to a cooling rack. Muffins are best when served warm.

Regina’s Note:

  • Sour cream and milk: this recipe was created using whatever leftovers I had in my refrigerator. Use 1 cup of sour cream or plain yogurt if available. My general rule around this flexibility on liquid is that when it’s whisked with the eggs the consistency should be slightly thicker than heavy whipping, or just like a creamy salad dressing.
  • Orange zest: original recipe uses 1 tbsp of orange zest, but don’t think it will have much orange flavor. I used zest of 4 large oranges (roughly 5-6 tbsps) and the flavor was very nice.

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