I’ve baked lots of goodies for my nephews over the years, mostly sending goodie packages during their college days. They still love the sweets and nowadays it’s fun to bake for their kiddies too. Usually, it’s decorated cookies for birthday parties or a sweet treat for school birthday celebrations. For his 5th birthday with his pre-K classmates, one of my twin nephews requested Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins like the Entenmann’s Little Bites. There are several varieties which fit perfectly into little hands and they are the rage with the young set.

So I had to see what the excitement was about. I searched the Internet and found a recipe that touted to be the same as the Little Bites and went with that one. When I tasted a muffin, it was bland and seemed to be missing something. So I came up with my own recipe which is a compilation of several on the internet. Simply by increasing the amount of sugar and adding brown sugar, it brought out more flavor. (If you’re wondering, his twin’s choice was the same as their big brother ... M&M Cookies, both choices a winner)

Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins
3 cups flour
cups sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1½ cups mini or regular-sized chocolate chips
½ cup butter (1 stick), melted & cooled
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1½ cups milk
2 tsp vanilla 

Grease muffin tins or fill with paper liners.
Stir together flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add chocolate chips. Set aside.
Whisk butter, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Stir just until everything is moistened and combined. Be careful not to over-stir. Pour into muffin tins to 7/8 full.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-16 minutes for mini-muffins; 15-18 minutes for regular muffins. 
These muffins do not brown. Makes 60 minis and 20-24 regular muffins.
[This recipe is a variation of several recipes found on the Internet]

Regular Size Muffins

 Tip:  After filling the tin, before baking sprinkle chips on top.



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