Muffins: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190
degrees C). Position rack in center of oven. Butter, or line with paper
liners, 12 - 2 3/4 x 1 1/2 inch muffin cups.
In a large measuring cup
whisk together the melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking
soda, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips. With a rubber spatula fold the wet
ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir only
until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix the batter or tough
muffins will result.
the muffin cups with the batter (the muffin cups will be full), using two spoons or an ice
cream scoop. Place in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the
center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire
rack and let cool for about 5 minutes
before removing from pan.
Frosting: Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a
saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of
your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and
creamy (about 1 minute). Add the sugar and beat until it is light and fluffy
(about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the chocolate and beat on
low speed until incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until
frosting is smooth and glossy (about 2 -3 minutes). Spread a little frosting on
each muffin with a knife or offset spatula.
Makes 12 - 14 regular
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