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Come in and make yourself at home. I'm so happy to be able to share my recipes here with you.

I bake mostly cookies, quick breads, muffins and scones -- sometimes pie, sometimes cake, but nothing too fancy. I prefer simple recipes that call for ingredients that I already have in my kitchen.

These are the recipes I will share with you. They come from family and friends, magazine clippings saved through the years, favorite cookbooks, and other blogs.

I'm so glad you came to visit. Enjoy your stay!

Michael Ann

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

These muffins have an extra little zing to them due to the orange zest. I use mini-chocolate chips because they disperse nicely in the batter and don't sink to the bottom like the regular size ones do. These are quick and easy to make, and it makes a lot! My kids love these. They make a great after-school snack with a glass of milk. :-)

Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 18-22

3 c. flour
1-1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1-1/4 c. milk
3/4 c. vegetable oil
2 large eggs
4 tsp. grated orange peel
6 oz. mini-chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350-F.

Using a 12-cup muffin tin, line the cups with paper or foil liners. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients with a whisk. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. In a smaller bowl, mix milk, oil, eggs and orange zest. Stir milk mixture into the dry ingredients just until blended. Add chocolate chips. Don't over mix! Divide batter into muffin cups and fill almost to the top. Bake ~20 min. Don't over bake (I will always say this!). Muffins should be slightly golden on top and spring back when you touch them. Cool on wire rack.

Happy Baking!


  1. Hi MA,

    I had a little trouble with these..

    1. I use a convection oven and have a hard time adjusting temps.. but since convection is more complete heating, I usually reduce the temp by 25 degrees. I did that, and ended up baking these for at least 15 additional minutes. Pulled them out to test a couple times.. seemed so raw. In the end, I may have overbaked.. but they were still only slightly brown. The oil (maybe?) made them seem so gooey on the inside.. so it was hard to tell.

    2. canola ok instead of veg oil? I usually go that way, but would it have made a difference?

    3. wondering... recipe calls for 2 large eggs and I used 2 small (should I have used 3?). does that account for the heaviness? they also sort of crumbled more easily than most muffins.. thought maybe the lack of egg resulted in inadequate binding?

    4. also, maybe the large choc chips (couldn't find minis at the coop) made them too crowded and thus didn't bind as well.

    5. finally, when I read that I should use a 12-muffin pan, I expected that I'd use all the batter in one batch of 12. I didn't note at the top it said "makes 18-22"). So I did use all the batter over 12 muffins and I guess that resulted in too-big muffins, which may have accounted for the extra baking time.

  2. Hi Kari,

    This is too bad! I have never encountered these issues. My immediate thought is that yes, using all the batter for only 12 muffins, is probably what made them need to bake so long. I don't think eggs would really affect it. I do use large eggs ALWAYS, but I can't see that using 2 smaller eggs would cause that. I use Canola Oil as well. Definitely the mini choc chips are better too. The large ones do tend to clump or sink, but still--the original recipe calls for large.

    Could you have forgotten the baking powder? This was actually my first thought when I read this.

    I'm so sorry it didn't work! They are really good muffins. Hmm.... I hope you will try them again with those changes?

  3. P.S. I don't have a convection oven (wish I did!) Do they recommend that you reduce the temp like that? That might be the problem there too.

  4. I'm new to your blog and just discovered this post. Will be making these soon as they sound fantastic!

  5. These sound really good like the combination.



  6. These look delicious Michael Ann. Your family are so blessed to always have fresh baking around!

  7. These look so good. I love the orange and chocolate combo! :)

  8. The wonderful Facebook addiction I have lead me to this post....Oh my gosh! They look like heaven. And orange and chocolate is one of my favorites. I will for sure be pinning this one.


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