Chocolate Streusel Muffins

Chocolate Streusel Muffins, top view

Oh, hello, dream muffins. CHOCOLATE. STREUSEL. MUFFINS. 

Chocolate Streusel Muffins, bite

So much chocolate is packed into these chocolate streusel muffins. You may think you can't handle this much chocolate - trust me, you CAN handle the chocolate. 

Loaded with chocolate, from chips to cocoa to chocolate milk, these muffins are a chocolate lover's dream! Serve warm for the most decadent breakfast...but they're also exquisite at room temperature.

Chocolate Streusel Muffins on pink background

As the name implies, there's a chocolate streusel on top. Between the streusel and the muffin batter, you'll use two kinds of chocolate chips and a generous amount of cocoa powder. But wait, there's more.

promised land chocolate milk

Here's the kicker. We're using CHOCOLATE MILK!!! (I love an excuse to buy chocolate milk.)

What's the difference between a streusel and a strudel? 

A STREUSEL is a crumb topping, typically made from flour, butter, and sugar. It's said to have originated in Germany

A STRUDEL, also from Germany, is a layered filled pastry. It's typically sweet, think apple, but can be savory also. (This chicken and cheese strudel looks amazing.)

Chocolate Streusel Muffins

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How to Make Chocolate Streusel Muffins Recipe

Chocolate Streusel Muffins ingredients

You’ll start off making the streusel. I’ll warn you – the best tools for making this are your hands. They’ll be covered in cocoa, and you’ll look like you’ve been digging in the garden, but it’s worth it. Press butter cubes into the dry ingredients until they’re smaller and distributed throughout the streusel. Add mini chocolate chips and set aside. 

The muffin batter comes together in a typical fashion. Mix the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients, and stir them together. 

espresso powder with copper measuring spoons

Another key ingredient in the muffins is espresso powder. You won’t taste the coffee flavor in these muffins, but a bit of espresso powder boosts that chocolate flavor. There’s also vanilla and almond extract in the mix that just makes these even more delicious. 

Look for espresso powder in your grocery store, or on Amazon. What espresso powder do I recommend? I recommend Medaglia D'OroKing ArthurCafé Bustelo, and DeLallo

chocolate streusel muffins

This batter is heavy and vinegar gives it an extra bit of lift. Don’t worry – your muffins won’t smell (or taste!) like pickles. 

Once you fill the muffin cups, you’ll sprinkle a generous amount of streusel on the top of each muffin. 

Chocolate Streusel Pancakes

There will be streusel leftover. This is a good thing because it makes for KILLER pancakes. Trust me. You might even want to make the streusel specifically for pancakes! 

(Store leftover streusel in the fridge. Pour pancake batter on a griddle. Sprinkle streusel over the top. Flip to finish cooking.) 

Back to the muffins. They are super decadent with that melty chocolate when served warm, but they’re just as delicious served at room temperature. 

Chocolate Streusel Muffins. For breakfast or a snack, your inner chocoholic will thank you. 

*this recipe was originally created by me for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends, updated 2023

Chocolate Streusel Muffins

YIELD: 12 muffins
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
BAKE TIME: 18 minutes 

For the streusel:
1/2 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa
4 tablespoons salted butter, cold and cubed
1/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

For the muffins:
1 3/4 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate milk
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons white vinegar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (regular size)

Preheat oven to 425. Line 12 muffin cups with liners. 

Make the streusel. Stir together the flour, brown sugar, and cocoa. Add the cubed butter and distribute through the mixture, using your fingers to mash the butter into smaller bits. Once the butter chunks are more like flat pellets and evenly dispersed, stir in the chocolate chips. Set aside. 

Make the muffin batter. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

In a large measuring cup, whisk the eggs lightly. Add the sugar, chocolate milk, and espresso powder, whisking until combined. Add the extracts and then the vinegar and whisk again. 

Pour the wet ingredients, melted butter, and oil into the bowl with the dry. Stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. 

Spoon the batter into the prepared tin. The liners will be full. Press a generous sprinkling of chocolate streusel onto each muffin. (Reserve any remaining streusel and refrigerate for another use.) 

Bake for about 18 minutes, or until the muffins bounce back when pressed in the center. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Chocolate Streusel Muffins with fork

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