Mocha Chocolate Chip Muffins

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1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (plus some for sprinkling on top)
3 Tblsp quality cocoa powder
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. milk
1/4 c. strong coffee (room temperature)
1/3 c. + 2 Tblsp vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract


Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a large measuring cup, mix all wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir ONLY till moistened. It's very important not to over-mix quick breads, such as muffins, or they can get very tough.

Line a muffin tin with paper liners and fill with batter. I wanted substantial size muffins, and to wash only one tin, so I squeezed all the batter into just 12 muffin cups, but if I had cut back a little in each, I could have easily gotten about 4 to 6 more muffins. I sprinkled with some of the remaining chocolate chips and then baked for 18 minutes in a 400 degree oven.



Source: www.foodaphilia.com [based on a recipe by Nigella Lawson]