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Sugar Crusted Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

It was my eldest daughter's 11th birthday last April 9, and she requested that I make these Sugar Crusted Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins which she really loves! Of course, I granted her request...
I baked a dozen thinking that it would be enough 'coz she only invited four of her close friends. But just a few minutes after I took them out of the oven, the hubs ate a piece, and then another. And when Clarise and Cherlin got home from school, both of them ate two pieces each for snack...and then Ryan ate another one. So, there were only 5 pieces left and the party hasn't even started yet. I didn't have time to make another batch so Clarise suggested that we just keep the remaining ones instead of serving them to her friends. Please, don't think that my daughter was being selfish...she just loves them so much! You know, these muffins are really you just can't help coming back for more. I found the recipe for this over a year ago at Simply Scratch and I've been making it often since then. The sugary, crispy crust and the soft chocolatey  texture inside made my whole family fall in love with these muffins! Too bad, Clarise's friends didn't get the chance to try them! Oh well, I also baked a chocolate chip cookie cake and regular size cookies per Clarise's request, so I guess that's more than enough chocolate chip treats for her friends! Besides, I noticed they weren't really concerned about the food. I think being able to spend time with each other chatting, playing and singing was all they really cared about. 

I'll just make Sugar Crusted Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins for them next time. (^.^)
Yield 1 dozen muffins
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp white sugar & 3 Tbsp brown sugar (for crust)
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
2. In a bowl, sift together all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, buttermilk, olive oil, egg and vanilla extract until well combined. Slowly add the mixture into the sifted dry ingredients and fold until everything is well incorporated. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
3. Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups. Mix the white sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Sprinkle on top of the batter in the muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes in preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
4. Remove from oven. Cool 5 minutes in the pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Clarise had so much fun on her 11th birthday! Not only did she get everything she asked for...she got to celebrate it with the people she loves the most. That for her is the best birthday present of all! She didn't have a big party, but I know how happy she was on her specia day. Her big smiles told me so!


  1. Thanks for sharing these pictures and hope you all had a great party and my belated wishes to your daughter:) and you both looks alike..

  2. Tina, belated birthday wishes to your daughter. mashaallah (God always keep her under his blessing) she is very pretty.

  3. Tina , Clarise's very pretty and taller as well ! ( Belated ) Happy Birthday , girl ! I want to try some of those choco muffins , any leftover ? :D

  4. As usual, the muffins are stunning. It has to from someone like who is so good in baking. I enjoyed looking at the muffins, the birthday party and the fun the kids had. Happy Birthday to her.

  5. Belated happy birthday to Clarise! God Bless your family!

  6. Belated b'day wishes to ur daughter, Tina.. The muffins look sooo yumm.. I am bookmarking it :)

  7. thanks for dropping by in my blog.. I'll followed you back:) muffins looks so yummy...and all your recipes:) Belated happy birthday to your daughter:)

  8. Mmmmm...who wouldn't love a sugar crusted muffin? Your daughter is adorable...happy birthday to her!!!

  9. Happy birthday to your daughter! Looks like she had a lot of fun on her special day. Muffins that good, I would keep them all too. Haha! :)

  10. Belated happy birthday to Clarise! She's growing too fast. Lovely muffins...she deserves to have them all.