These muffins are really a nice change of pace. They have that lovely orange and chocolate combination that I’ve grown to love, but aren’t overly sweet like most orange and chocolate desserts out there. A simple, fresh flavor with that hint of chocolate. Neither is overpowering, but you can definitely tell what is inside.
2 cups All-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup semisweet, milk, or white chocolate chips
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 to 1 tsp orange oil OR 1 to 2 Tbsp orange zest, to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Lightly spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, egg, and orange until light in color. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir until the ingredients are moist, about 20 seconds. Lumps are okay, don’t over stir or the muffins will be heavy instead of tender.
Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full with batter. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of sugar over each for a sugary crust.
Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the muffin pan from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then, remove the muffins from the pan and allow to cool further on a wire rate.