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Gingerbread and Dark Chocolate Muffin

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With Christmas fast approaching what better way to celebrate than indulging in rich moist dreamy gingerbread pumpkins with mini dark chocolate chips. The gingerbread flavor and texture of the muffins is reminiscent of the chewy gingerbread cookies you most probably had growing up while the mini chocolate chips bringsย  adds a nice touch of rich dark sweetness.

You know, I am lucky there is even a picture to show you because I made these one morning thinking it would be a fun breakfast treat to get into the Christmas spirit but obviously I picked the wrong morning because my 12 month old (yes hard to believe he is already 1 yr old) was having a stomach growling- you have never feed me in my life and I am starving kind of moment and my 3 rd old was having a but I want to make gingerbread men not muffins tantrum, so I was on the verge of going completely insane and it was all I could do to take 4 pictures. Yes, 4. Not 10 and I chose 4 but simply 4 pictures is all I could get. Turns out, the muffins don’t really even need a picture to convey how magical they are. The name alone suggest yummy shear goodness. Go ahead, say the name for yourself and you’ll see what I mean!

The key to my muffins is two-fold. One-the dark chocolate chips is the perfect addition to turn the ordinary gingerbread recipe truly incredible and the hint of pure cane syrup alongside the molasses adds the most excellent rich flavor that you normally don’t find in other gingerbread’s. The reason behind the pure cane syrup addition- Simple- I didn’t have enough molasses and as I always say some of the best recipes are results of mistakes or substitutions! ๐Ÿ™‚

Gingerbread Muffin with Dark Chocolate Chips
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 10 ounces of dark mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup molasses
  • ½ cup pure cane syrup
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup plus 2 TBSP melted butter
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar, flour, baking soda, spices, and salt to a bowl. Combine well. In a separate bowl add egg, molasses, cane syrup, buttermilk, and butter. Stir to combine. Pour wet ingredients into dry, stirring to combine again- add in the chocolate chips. Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tin with cupcake liners or grease a muffin tin with butter. Pour batter into muffin tins ⅔ the way full. Bake for 15-20 minutes

41 Comments

  1. Bonnie

    I’m convinced–even without the delicious-looking photos!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

    03 . Dec . 2012
  2. Shea Sayers

    Mmm, I love muffins for breakfast and these look so good. Anything with chocolate… ๐Ÿ™‚

    03 . Dec . 2012
  3. ChgoJohn

    Gingerbread and dark chocolate. What a great combo! Thanks for sharing.

    03 . Dec . 2012
  4. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    Perfection Belle, absolute perfection.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy xo

    04 . Dec . 2012
  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    These muffins look fantastic! I love muffins for the breakfast with a pot of freshly brewed tea!

    04 . Dec . 2012
  6. Joanne

    The ginger and dark chocolate combo is one of my favorites! I just know I’d adore it in these muffins.

    04 . Dec . 2012
  7. Eva Taylor

    I love gingerbread any time of year, but it’s particularly satisfying this time of year. The dark chocolate is a wonderful addition and slightly warmed would be incredible. I’d love a tall lattรฉ to go with mine, thank you.

    04 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Tall latte would be perfect with these. Sorry late in replying! Hope your doing well!

      22 . Dec . 2012
  8. yummychunklet

    These look delicious, and kudos for using dark chocolate!

    04 . Dec . 2012
  9. Asmita

    So delicious!

    04 . Dec . 2012
  10. kitchen flavours

    Your muffins looks delightful! Great with a cup of warm spiced tea! ๐Ÿ™‚

    05 . Dec . 2012
  11. lena

    even with just one photo, this already looks wonderful! I never heard of cane syrup but i’m sure it’s something nice. I wish my mistakes could be as good as yours! haha! so will you be making any gingerbread men for your 3 year old?

    05 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      No gingerbread men this year! We have had our fair share of the gingerbread flavor so far so I think gonna save that tradition for next year! Hope your doing well!

      22 . Dec . 2012
  12. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    These muffins look great Jessica! I tried to whip up a batch of these molasses and pumpkin ginger muffins yesterday and they were good, but needed something more. Basically, they are fine for my kids to chomp down on, but not blog worthy! Oh well!

    Your’s on the other hand, look divine and I love the little fancy sleeves you put them in. They look like they belong in a fancy bakery.

    I find that I often can’t get a picture in, especially when I’m trying to take a picture of something that were eating for dinner. If I’m posting a dessert recipe, I try and make it while the kids are at school, so I can take my time, but sometimes we just can’t do that!

    Have a great day girl and take your time on the cookies. Lord knows I’m not going to be able to get a batch out before Christmas!
    xoxo,
    Jackie

    05 . Dec . 2012
  13. Helene

    You always come up with nice recipe. I’ll have to try this one!

    05 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Thanks Helene!

      22 . Dec . 2012
  14. Kankana

    Just what I was thinking of baking ๐Ÿ™‚ The holiday season is everywhere! Wish you a awsm holiday season ๐Ÿ™‚

    05 . Dec . 2012
  15. lindsay

    these look wonderful! i need to make them soon! hope you are doing well pretty girl!

    06 . Dec . 2012
  16. nancy at good food matters

    I love cane syrup, and actually prefer cooking with it in many recipes–it lends a rich caramel note that is not as overpowering as molasses can sometimes be.

    your pictures are great–brava for getting such good shots while caring for your kids.

    06 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I totally agree on the cane syrup. It is less overpowering and easier to add to certain baked goods without taking away the true flavor. I always appreciate and love to hear your comments and thoughts on my recipes! Hope you are having a wonderful christmas

      25 . Dec . 2012
  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Gingerbread and chocolate chips sounds wonderful together and I like those pretty paper liners.

    06 . Dec . 2012
  18. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking

    Gingerbread and chocolate sounds amazing!
    your muffins look like little panettone with those cute paper liners

    07 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Ha- you noticed my wrappers! They are used for panetones but I couldn’t help myself using them with the muffins. I thought they looked the part with the gingerbread and chocolate.

      22 . Dec . 2012
  19. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    These must be delicious. I have become addicted to dark chocolate and the flavor of chocolate and gingerbread sounds incredible.

    Have a lovely weekend.
    Sam

    07 . Dec . 2012
  20. Roz

    Sounds like the gingerbread muffins saved the day with the boys’ tummies! Adding chocolate to these must have been wonderful! I hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas season!!!!

    Hugs,
    Roz

    08 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh I am Roz and I hope you are as well! Much love

      22 . Dec . 2012
  21. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    I could really use one of these with my coffee right now Jessica. Can you FedEx one to me ASAP. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    08 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh Jed! If I could fedex you a platter right now I would!

      22 . Dec . 2012
  22. Ruth

    These sound amazing

    08 . Dec . 2012
  23. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    Gingerbread and chocolate sounds like a terrific combination.

    08 . Dec . 2012
  24. Kristy

    Oh yes, I’m familiar with those kind of meltdowns as well. I’m sure a bite of one of these helped to calm things down a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure they would have put smiles on my kids’ faces. I can just imagine how delicious your kitchen smelled!

    09 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Yes the meltdowns these days are super fun but I have learned not to bake breakfast too close to breakfast time! Lol!

      22 . Dec . 2012
  25. Balvinder

    I certainly want this for my breakfast.

    10 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Oh it’s perfect for breakfast and any time of the day

      22 . Dec . 2012
  26. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    I am off to see if I have the ingredients to make these now!!

    10 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      Did u have them? Did u like it? Curious to hear how they turned out! We just love them and already made about 2 more batches since then

      22 . Dec . 2012
  27. val

    Gingerbread Muffins…..nothing has ever sounded so good.

    13 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      umm. yeah huh! Try your cranberry couscous- now that sounds good:)

      25 . Dec . 2012
  28. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I use fresh ginger a lot but never opened the ginger powder that came with the spice rack! Now I know how we can make use of that. It’s completely unopened for at least 2 years. Hope they are okay… we’ll find out soon. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your muffins look so good and I love the gingerbread matching with dark chocolate. Nice!

    18 . Dec . 2012
    • kbelleicious

      I kinda with you! I used to only use fresh ginger but the powder fork comes in handy and does such a wonderful job in baked goods I find.

      22 . Dec . 2012
  29. Natalie

    I keep saving all of these delicious recipes! dark chocolate and gingerbread are two of my favourite things so this combo is AMAZING!

    19 . Dec . 2012

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