Wild Thistle Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Muffins with Chocolate Chip Streusel

These chocolate chip muffins are a snow day favorite. So easy, so delicious, and you just can’t beat a one bowl recipe. The chocolate chip streusel just takes them over the top! So good and so fun — as I’ve written before: muffins are the friendliest of baked goods. Just so homey and comforting and I love making them for my kids.

I originally made these in 2013 — I know, crazy. On a snow day of course. And I’ve been making them ever since. The recipe has evolved a bit (and so has my photography) so I had to finally give these cute muffins the photos they deserved. Keep reading for some snow day memories and the delicious, easy recipe for Chocolate Chip Muffins with Chocolate Chip Streusel.

Snow Day Baking

This chocolate chip muffin recipe was originally posted 12/9/2013. It has been updated with new photos an updated recipe.

Yesterday was a snow day, the first one of the season, and although I was a little irritated that it decided to happen after my semester was over and on a Sunday, I still loved it. I loved seeing my daughter’s excitement; it reminded me of how I used to feel every time I pressed my nose against a cold window to watch snowflakes fall. It also reminded me of when my son was very young, about 2 and a-half, and I picked him up from daycare early one day, just as the first snow of the year started to fall. As it was late November — we weren’t really in the full Christmas swing yet — but when he saw the snow he screeched with excitement, “Santa! Santa is coming soon!” and my heart melted.

There is something magical about snow, something I’m glad I never lost when I grew up. A magic that is described so beautifully in the following quote – a quote that I loved so much I tore it out of a magazine years ago and have had hanging in a frame in my office ever since.

“I am younger each year at the first snow. When I see it, suddenly, in the air, all little and white and moving; then I am in love again, and very young and I believe everything.” ~ Anne Sexton, in a letter to W.D. Snodgrass (November 28, 1958)


Staying Warm with Chocolate Chip Muffins

Something I love, love, love to do on a snow day is bake. Big surprise. And since I had been eyeing this bag of mini chocolate chips in my pantry for a week or so, wondering what I was going to do with them, the snow day was the perfect opportunity to put them to use in these easy Chocolate Chip Muffins. And, of course, I had to streusel them up, because it’s what I do!

A Few Tips and Tricks for These Muffins

This easy chocolate chip muffin batter is a blank (but incredibly tasty!) slate, meaning you can use it for any kind of muffin, but the chocolate chips are really, really good. I like to use minis, but regular sized chips, chunks, or a chopped-up chocolate bar will work just fine.

Also, for those nice domed tops: my trick is to leave the batter to sit for about 20 minutes once you scoop into the muffin tins. This allows the leavening agents to activate and start to bubble before going into the oven. You don’t have to do this, but it will result in a puffier top.

I hope you’ll give these little cuties a try. And don’t miss these other muffin recipes:

These Easy, One Bowl Chocolate Chip Muffins with Chocolate Chip Streusel are moist with a perfectly sweet vanilla aroma. Kind of like a chocolate chip cookie in muffin form! 


  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 12-ounce package mini chocolate chips, minus ¼ cup reserved for streusel

For Chocolate Chip Streusel:

  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or paste

For the full recipe and instructions, go to https://wildthistlekitchen.com/chocolate-chip-muffins-with-chocolate-chip-streusel/.



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