Chocolate Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins

Chocolate Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins

A storm hit, lightening struck my fence, golf ball sized hail started to pour out of the sky… I realized it was time to shut down the computer, regardless of the fact that I have everything on surge protectors. Before I could actually shut my computer down, my net went out.

So what’s a girl to do when she has down time and the net is out? SHE BAKES! I bought way too many blueberries when they were on sale this past week. I decided to use a pint and make muffins. The others will become various other “projects”, some for freezing as is, some for jam, some for syrup, some for… well, you get the picture.

Chocolate Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins
Chocolate Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins

I come from a long line of cooks, including a grandmother who was a professional chef. I learned to cook at a very young age, and I have to say, it’s my favorite hobby. Not to mention the fond memories it brings back of childhood, especially the summers when I worked for my grandmother at her place. Cooking of all types is my “happy place”.

As I preheated my stove and created my assembly line of ingredients, a familiar sound kicked in as my generator took over…. power was out. Oh, generator, how I love and adore you!  For some reason, my main kitchen light didn’t come on with the generator…. must get that checked.

As you can see, I got my assembly line ready.  I like to pull out the eggs and milk so they come to room temperature while the butter is softening.
As you can see, I got my assembly line ready. I like to pull out the eggs and milk so they come to room temperature while the butter is softening.

Preheated oven, and started to get my pans ready.

I don't like using paper liners... 1) they make a soggy product to me and 2) waste of paper.  I personally try to cut out paper products that are not really important to day to day life.
I don’t like using paper liners… 1) they make a soggy bottom product to me and 2) waste of paper. I personally try to cut out paper products that are not really important to day to day life.  I do however love and adore the Pam for baking.

Since my main kitchen light didn’t come on, most of my pictures were OVERLY dark… I apologize for not showing every step. At this point, we creamed our butter and sugar, added in the eggs and vanilla.

Adding the dry ingredients and milk bit by bit to the butter mixture.
Adding the dry ingredients and milk bit by bit to the butter mixture.  I would also like to point out that the cinnamon used in this recipe is just enough to enhance the chocolate, you will not get a major cinnamon taste.
Folding the blueberries in mixing by hand.
Folding the blueberries in mixing by hand. Your batter is going to be thick… between cake batter and cookie dough.

Fill your muffin cups about 3/4 to all the way full. I have found you get a better crown the fuller they are. Apply any toppings you want to use at this point. I have used a basic crumb topping I always have on hand (recipe below), and some slivered almonds.

Just pulled out of the oven, as I realized I forgot to let the batter rest for a few minutes.  No harm, no foul.  They are still going to be fine and moist, just do not have the larger "rise" on them.
Just pulled out of the oven, as I realized I forgot to let the batter rest for a few minutes. No harm, no foul. They are still going to be fine and moist, just do not have the larger “rise” on them.
After cooling in the pan for 15 minutes, moved them to my wire rack.  This is the time that "OMG LOOK AT THAT MUFFIN TOP!" Is a GOOD thing. :)
After cooling in the pan for 15 minutes, moved them to my wire rack. This is the time that “OMG LOOK AT THAT MUFFIN TOP!” Is a GOOD thing. 🙂

 

Chocolate Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins Recipe



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