Soft chocolate muffins, the easy recipe

Chocolate muffins recipe - Lilie Bakery

A delicious chocolate recipe with these Soft chocolate muffins ! These muffins are really easy to make, very soft, with a good cocoa taste ...

I love using cocoa in baking, and this recipe is no exception! But don't worry, I'm not the only one who's crazy about chocolate?

These muffins are particularly soft (you'll see when you make the recipe), that's what I really like here. It is an ideal recipe for dessert, snack (and I would even say breakfast for the most greedy).

These chocolate muffins are very light on the palate and well cocoa. They don't leave a "dry" impression, because that's really the downside of muffins in general ...

Soft chocolate muffins - Lilie Bakery

How to make chocolate muffins?

We simply prepare a muffin batter which is similar to the one I usually make for my chocolate cakes, when I want a very soft finish. To make this dough, mix the dry ingredients on one side, the liquid ingredients on the other side. Then gradually pour the liquid ingredients into the other container to incorporate them.

The secret to the softness of these muffins is adding liquid (hot water and milk), a good quantity of baking powder and baking soda and cooking in a hot oven. This is how we get rounded muffins.

For even more gluttony, I added chocolate chips to the dough, it's optional but it's so good!

The dough is then poured into paper boxes arranged in a muffin tin. If you don't have any boxes available, you can do as I did (in my photos) and cut out squares of baking paper that you put in your muffin tin.

Chocolate muffins - Lilie Bakery

Possible variations for this recipe

You can completely adapt the amount of cocoa bitter to your liking. While decreasing the bitter cocoa, don't forget to also decrease the amount of sugar. The two together ensure the balance of the recipe.

Le buttermilk (or ribot milk) is strongly recommended to optimize the taste of muffins. At the bottom of the recipe, I give you the trick to make it at home.

In addition to chocolate chips, you can add hazelnuts or walnuts, seeds. In short, what makes you happy!

Other recipes to try!

If you too are a fan of chocolate, then I advise you to take a look at these recipes that you might like: the Sesame chocolate chip cookies, Chocolate peanut butter brownie, Very soft zucchini chocolate cake, Devil's food cake.

If you make this chocolate muffin recipe, feel free to tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your accomplishments!

Chocolate muffins recipe - Lilie Bakery
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4.7 on 126 votes

Soft chocolate muffins, the easy recipe

Puffy and chewy muffins, what more could you ask for?
Prep time15 minutes
Cook time18 minutes
Total33 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Yield: 15 Muffins


  • 150 g soft butter, melted lukewarm
  • 260 g all-purpose flour
  • 50 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cc baking powder
  • 1,5 tsp baking soda
  • 100 g powdered sugar
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 200 ml buttermilk or ribot milk at room temperature
  • 100 ml hot water
  • 100 g chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 205 ° C traditional heat.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  • Apart from quickly mix the warmed melted butter, milk, eggs, vanilla then incorporate this mixture into the dry ingredients, little by little.
  • Finish with hot water, at this stage the dough is very liquid, this is normal.
  • Add the chocolate chips then divide the dough into the paper boxes placed in a rigid muffin tin.
  • Cook for about 18 minutes.


To make buttermilk yourself, add 1 tbsp of lemon juice to milk, set aside for about 15 minutes and it's ready.
Be careful not to over mix the dough, this will prevent the muffins from rising correctly once in the oven!
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20th January 2016



  1. Reply


    27th January 2016

    these muffins look awfully good

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    small kitchen

    27th January 2016

    It is true that they look awfully good!

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    Anne Laure

    28th January 2016

    They look so good… On the other hand, can we replace the “200ml of buttermilk or ribot milk” with something else?
    And if not, where do we find it?

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      Lilie bakery

      28th January 2016

      Hello, yes you can do it yourself by adding 1 tbsp of lemon juice in plain milk, set aside a few minutes and it's ready. I will specify it in my recipe. @ soon

  4. Reply


    28th January 2016

    I really like this series of photos! And the muffins look great :)

  5. Reply


    28th January 2016

    Yum ! They look delicious !

  6. Reply


    28th January 2016

    Great recipe! it makes you want!

  7. Reply


    29th January 2016

    Exactly what I need right now!

  8. Reply


    7th February 2016

    They look really delicious these chocolate muffins! A safe bet;)

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    25th May 2016

    Since I discovered this recipe, I have made it at least 10 times again… These are the most delicious chocolate muffins I have ever tasted! On the other hand, it is imperative to have muffin boxes. The first time I tried without and impossible to unmold the muffins, even with the perfectly buttered and floured molds.

    Thank you anyway!

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    30th November 2016

    Muffins made today, very tasty and fluffy. If I put in normal milk does its load something. Because the gentleman thinks there is a smell, he doesn't like it too much.

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      Lilie bakery

      December 9, 2016

      Normal milk can be used, baking soda should be reduced to avoid the bitter side that would result.

  11. Reply


    17th January 2017

    For cupcakes, would this base be good ???
    Thank you in advance

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      Lilie bakery

      20th January 2017

      Hello, yes absolutely!

  12. Reply


    April 22th

    Bjr made the recipe
    It's true they look delicious in your picture
    Indeed the dough was liquid ... as advertised ...
    But then there cata
    They came out flat like a plank
    And yet I'm pretty good!
    I should have known
    Muffin batter is usually COMPACT!

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      10th May 2017

      Hello Cathy, the density of the dough has nothing to do with the result obtained, these muffins are ultra soft in the mouth, the result is that of the photos.

  13. Reply


    15th May 2017

    Huuuuum it makes you want to try your recipe too much!
    Can you indicate how high the boxes should be filled? Half, 3/4? ...
    thank you in advance

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      Lilie bakery

      17th May 2017

      Hello, 3/4 :)

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    July 11, 2017

    I tried them yesterday I swear they are the best chocolate muffins I have tasted in my life! C very easy to do !! I will do them again soon

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      Lilie bakery

      July 20, 2017

      Top ;)

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    July 22, 2017

    Can we replace the baking soda with something else?

  16. Reply

    Lucie Lesrebelles

    August 10, 2017

    Tested and widely approved! Thank you for this delicious recipe. :)

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      Lilie bakery

      August 11, 2017

      Top ! :)

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    20th October, 2017

    These muffins are terrible, it has become my favorite recipe. We can decline it in other ways. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  18. Reply


    July 8, 2018

    Excellent thank you for this recipe for plain muffins can remove the bitter cocoa and replace with powdered almonds

  19. Reply


    3th November 2018

    Hello, what can I replace yeast with? (We don't find one here in Toronto !!) Thank you!

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      Lilie bakery

      22th November 2018

      Hello ah? even under the name "baking powder"?

  20. Reply


    9th February 2019

    What do you mean by "powdered sugar"?
    Is it icing sugar? Normal sugar? ...
    Thank you

  21. Reply


    27th February 2021

    5 stars
    it was a hit! so awesome !

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    September 17, 2021

    5 stars
    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Without doubt the best chocolate muffins ever !!! Too great ❤❤❤

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      September 18, 2021

      Thanks Shirley! I'm really glad you liked it so much :)

  23. Reply


    8th January 2022

    5 stars
    Hello. I just tested the recipe with my children.
    Indeed extra soft but they fell at the end of cooking. They were, however, well rounded ... Would I have worked the dough a little too much? A tip to avoid this?
    Thank you

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      10th January 2022

      Hello Fiona, I think you mixed the dough too much: it incorporates air in it and after baking the air escapes and the muffins flatten out. In general, you have to mix just what you need without pushing too hard. See you soon :)

  24. Reply


    26th January 2022

    5 stars
    I was looking for the best chocolate muffin recipe and after many tries, yours won me over! The softness is really incomparable… The result is very faithful to the photos, it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe it is very complete. I put classic milk instead of buttermilk personally.

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      Lilie bakery

      27th January 2022

      Thank you Mathilde for your feedback! I'm glad you like these muffins anyway :) See you soon

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    March 6, 2022

    4 stars
    Very good recipe, however I agree with a previous comment, you absolutely need paper cases, because even in a silicone mold, they all broke sniff.

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      Lilie bakery

      March 7, 2022

      Thank you Val for your feedback, indeed I say to use paper baking cups in the recipe (no silicone). Goodbye :)

  26. Reply


    23th June 2022

    Does the flour range matter? ( T45, 55 …)
    For brown sugar, is it embarrassing if the grain is large?
    Thank you, I will try the recipe on Saturday!

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      Lilie bakery

      24th June 2022

      Hello Laure, it doesn't matter the flour for the muffins (mine is T55). For brown sugar, the grain does not matter, brown sugar goes wonderfully well with chocolate. Goodbye :)

  27. Reply


    5th November 2022

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe !
    I would like to try it tomorrow but I have a little doubt for the hot water.
    Hot water but not boiling I imagine? I prefer to ask ^^
    Thank you in advance :)

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      5th November 2022

      Hello Meriem, it is indeed hot water (not boiling), see you soon :)

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    December 7, 2022

    5 stars
    I just made these muffins I confirm it's a killer! They rose well in the muffin tins. Incomparably soft, I just reduced the amount of sugar. I found my Muffins recipe thank you!

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      Lilie bakery

      December 8, 2022

      Thanks Julia! It is true that they are addictive! Goodbye :)

  29. Reply


    December 16, 2022

    5 stars
    Extra excellent I followed the recipe to the letter (with milk + lemon) I made 18 small muffins (mold suitable for 18 min of cooking) I put a slice of banana in it! Well chocolatey softness puffed up a treat

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      Lilie bakery

      December 17, 2022

      Well done Betty! It's a great idea to personalize your muffins :) See you soon

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    December 28, 2022

    5 stars
    The best muffin recipe that I make and that I always redo with great success.
    Many thanks for sharing ✨

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      Lilie bakery

      December 29, 2022

      With pleasure ! Thank you Barbara!

  31. Reply


    13th February 2023

    5 stars
    The fluffiness of these muffins! Amazing ! Thank you for all your easy to follow recipes ✨

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      Lilie bakery

      15th February 2023

      Thank you very much Sabrina!

  32. Reply


    April 12th

    5 stars
    Good morning! this recipe is amazing! soft and I add praline chocolate ganache inside each muffin dough and we have a chocolate/hazelnut heart.
    By the way, many thought I had bought them ^_^

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      Lilie bakery

      April 20th

      Oh the gluttony! Thank you for your return Salima, see you soon :)

  33. Reply


    6th May 2023

    5 stars
    Recipe tested and approved!!
    Super soft and chocolatey muffins.
    Thank you for sharing

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      8th May 2023

      Thank you Delphe for your feedback! See you soon :)

  34. Reply


    17th May 2023

    Is it possible to replace buttermilk with fermented milk?
    Can't wait to make the recipe again :)

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      26th May 2023

      Hello Ichou, yes because it's the same thing, buttermilk = fermented milk. See you soon :)

  35. Reply


    September 24, 2023

    5 stars
    The recipe is perfect I finally found a good recipe for soft muffins.
    They rode well and were excellent
    Thank you so much for this delicious sharing.

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      Lilie bakery

      3th October, 2023

      Thank you very much Virginie for your feedback! See you soon :)

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    1th October, 2023

    5 stars
    Delicious, I only received compliments

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      Lilie bakery

      2th October, 2023

      Thank you very much Florence! See you soon :)

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    9th November 2023

    5 stars
    Hello, Thank you for sharing this which I will test today. Quick question: Can fermented milk be used instead of classic milk in all cake recipes to obtain softness? Thank you in advance for your response and congratulations for this magnificent site :)

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      Lilie bakery

      10th November 2023

      Hello Elodie, thank you for your message, fermented milk reacts with baking soda, so you have to stick to the recipe if it calls for fermented milk, bicarbonate must also be added (to counter its acidity) . Overall, if the recipe calls for regular milk, use regular milk. Otherwise, the result will be different from that expected by the recipe (taste, texture). I hope I have guided you, see you soon :)

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    10th November 2023

    Hello, I made them this evening, they’re super delicious, I really love them! The softness is divine! On the other hand they are not very beautiful hahaha they grew crooked I don't know if it's normal I put the boxes in the mold but they swelled well and exceeded the box

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      Lilie bakery

      20th November 2023

      Hello Lili, thank you for your feedback! The fact that it is crooked comes from your baking tray: it must be slightly crooked or it will warp a little in the oven. As a result, the cases also move and the muffins grow like that :) With my perforated tray I never have this problem, you find it here:

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    1th May 2024


    I would like to know what temperature the butter and buttermilk should be at?
    Once I let the butter cool and another time I did it with butter that had just come out of the microwave and each time the buttermilk came straight out of the fridge. But each time lumps formed... I've made this recipe before, but I can't remember how I did it.
    Should buttermilk be at room temperature?
    Should butter be cooled, warm or hot?

    Thank you for your recipe. It was all the rage the times I succeeded. ;)

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      Lilie bakery

      5th May 2024

      Hello Berina, glad you like this recipe! To answer your question, generally speaking, in baking, melted butter is always added lukewarm and buttermilk is added at room temperature. See you soon :)

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