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Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Muffins

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Chocolate chip buttermilk muffins are a delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of day. They are easy to make and require just a few simple ingredients. The combination of the sweet chocolate chips and the tangy buttermilk creates a unique flavor that is sure to please everyone.

Stack of chocolate chip buttermilk muffins.

They are easy to make with basic ingredients and require minimal effort. They are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without overindulging.

Ingredients

For this chocolate chip muffins recipe, you need the following:

Crumb Topping

  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar

Muffin Batter

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips
Ingredients to make chocolate chip buttermilk muffins.

How To Make Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Muffins

Preheat oven to 425º and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

Crumb topping being stirred in a small bowl.

Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl until crumbly and completely combined and set aside.

Flour, sugar, and salt whisked together in a glass bowl.

In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

Sugar being added to a bowl of creamed butter.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light.

Buttermilk being poured into a mixing bowl.

Add egg, buttermilk, and vanilla, and mix until well incorporated.

Dry ingredients being added to wet ingredients to make muffins.

Stir the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture until just combined.

Chocolate chips on top of muffin batter in a glass mixing bowl.

Fold in mini chocolate chips. Be careful not to over mix.

Chocolate chip muffin batter in muffin pan.

Divide muffin batter among the prepared muffin cups.

Crumb topping being spooned over muffins.

Sprinkle the muffins with crumb topping.

Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 13 – 15 minutes until the muffin tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Baked chocolate chip muffins.

Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Notes and Tips

When making these muffins, it is important to not overmix the batter. Overmixing can cause the muffins to be dense and dry. It is also important to use room temperature ingredients, as this will ensure that all of the ingredients are properly incorporated.

For an extra special treat, try adding a few tablespoons of chopped nuts or dried fruit to the batter before baking. This will add a nice crunch and flavor to the muffins.

While you could use regular chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, using mini chocolate chips will ensure that the chocolate is evenly distributed throughout the muffins.

Bite out of a chocolate chip buttermilk muffin.

What makes muffins rise high?

Muffins rise high due to the combination of baking powder and/or baking soda, which are leavening agents that create air bubbles in the batter. The air bubbles expand when heated, causing the muffin to rise. Additionally, creaming butter and sugar together until light and fluffy will also help create a light and fluffy texture in the muffins.

Why are my chocolate chip muffins dry?

Overmixing causes the gluten in the flour to become overworked, resulting in a dense and dry texture. Additionally, using too much flour or not enough liquid can also cause dryness. It is important to measure ingredients accurately and mix until just combined for best results.

Why are my muffins not light and fluffy?

The buttermilk in this recipe makes these muffins dense and moist. If you are looking for a muffin with a lighter and fluffier texture, check out our recipe for Blueberry Bakery-Style Muffins.

Stack of chocolate chip buttermilk muffins.

Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Muffins

Chocolate chip buttermilk muffins are a delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of day. They are easy to make and require just a few simple ingredients.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 259kcal

Ingredients

Crumb Topping

  • 2 Tablespoons butter softened
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar

Muffin Batter

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425º and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Mix topping ingredients together in a small bowl until crumbly and completely combined and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light.
  • Add egg, buttermilk, and vanilla, and mix until well incorporated.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture until just combined.
  • Fold in mini chocolate chips. Be careful not to over mix. Divide muffin batter among the prepared muffin cups.
  • Sprinkle the muffins with crumb topping.
  • Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 13 – 15 minutes until the muffin tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Notes

When making these muffins, it is important to not overmix the batter. Overmixing can cause the muffins to be dense and dry. It is also important to use room temperature ingredients, as this will ensure that all of the ingredients are properly incorporated.
For an extra special treat, try adding a few tablespoons of chopped nuts or dried fruit to the batter before baking. This will add a nice crunch and flavor to the muffins.
While you could use regular chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, using mini chocolate chips will ensure that the chocolate is evenly distributed throughout the muffins.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg
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