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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Mexican Hot Chocolate Muffins and an Award

My inspiration for these came from of course, Mexican Hot Chocolate. I saw some somewhere online and decided to translate the cinnamon-laced chocolate drink to my my favorite little hand-held-excuse-to-have-cake-for-breakfast, muffins.

It wasn't very difficult--a basic chocolate muffin, and add some cinnamon and chocolate chips for good measure. And then a nice chocolatey, cinnamony streusel over the top. I found the streusel here, and just added a good dose of cinnamon to it. It's so good! Could've sat there and eaten the streusel with a spoon. A little crunchy that way, but so tasty.

These are my entry to Grace's Cinnamon Celebration. I love Grace! She makes the most delectable sweet things that constantly make me say "I want that!" And she's got a thing for cinnamon. Lots of cinnamon.

The winner of the Cinnamon Celebration is getting some Vietnamese Cinnamon bark. That's a good reason to enter right there! Head on over and give her your best cinnamon recipe!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Muffins

2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 TB baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 stick (1/4 pound) butter, melted
1/4 cup canola oil
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups chocolate chips

1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of flour
2 TB cocoa
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 TB of melted butter

Heat oven to 350. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.
Sift the dry stuff together, and make a well in the center.
Add the butter, oil, milk, eggs and vanilla and chocolate chips.
Mix well, but don't overdo it.
Fill the muffin cups evenly.

Mix the streusel stuff until it's crumbly and top each muffin with some.
Bake for 17 minutes or so, and check for doneness.
Cool in pan for a few minutes then remove to a rack.
A cooling rack, not the old torturing device.
And really, I hope you don't have one of those lying around.
Because then you're probably too mean to make nice little streusely muffins.

To print this recipe, click here!

The Sisterhood Award

This award comes from Giz and Psychgrad at Equal Opportunity Kitchen. They are two of the sweetest ladies in the food blogging world, and I'm happy to have met them through their blog. Thank you, ladies! Now, all of you, get on over there and check them out--they have tons of wonderful recipes!

Here are the rules:

The rules for recipients are:
- Put the logo on your blog or post.
- Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
- Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
- Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

I happily pass this award along to these lovely blogs and sisters in blogging (in no particular order):

1. Kelly at Sass & Veracity
2. Kat at A Good Appetite
3. Grace at A Southern Grace
4. Shelby at The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
5. Deborah at B More Sweet
6. Lori at Recipegirl
7. Nikki at
8. Judy at No Fear Entertaining
9. Shaye at Smarter Than Pancakes
10. Dawn at Vanilla Sugar

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LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Deeeeelicious muffins!!

Congratulations on the award, Elle!! :-)

Donna-FFW said...

Wow! These look so utterly, uncommonly, absolutely delicious. I love them LOVE them. Adore the ingredients. I so want o make them, like right now. OMG!! Gorgeous photos!

Anonymous said...

Elleburger!! You are crazy!! CRAZY GOOD!!! HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!

Bob said...

Congratz on the award! Those muffins looks awesome! Chocolate and cinnamon are a great combo. When I make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies I put cinnamon in them. :)

RecipeGirl said...

Congrats on the award! And thanks for thinking of me :)

You're like the rockin' muffin momma.. so creative w/ your ideas!

Deeba PAB said...

What a great award from 2 great bloggers! Yum muffins too...must bake them SOON!!

Shelby said...

This muffin looks great! You know, I'm a sucker for a muffin! I'm going to have to try this one!

Congrats on your award & thanks for passing it on! :)

Anonymous said...

Great combination! Would make an excellent mid-afternoon snack... will bookmark this recipe for next time!

Ben said...

I love it love it love it. What a great title, too! I know what I can make for dessert this weekend :D

kat said...

Oh the streusel on top get me!

Anonymous said...

Better be careful with these muffins, Ben may unknowingly follow the aroma and show up at your door...

Thistlemoon said...

Looking great Elle! I love these!!!

vanillasugarblog said...

thanks Momma! You know I love you and your fabulous recipes. Someday we need to hook up and chat like a bunch of old chickens in the coop. LOL

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm...cinnamon gets my attention wherever it turns up, but in a cute little muffin with chocolate. Oooo-eeee. Those little morsels are dangerous! And THANKS for the bloggy award! If I could get my head out of blog admin land, I could build me a mantle for my award. *sigh* Hugs!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Congratuliations on the award!!! Those muffins look so TASTY!! MMMMMM...

Colleen said...

These look great - I love cinnamon and chocolate together.

grace said...

you'd better believe i have a thing for cinnamon--that's an understatement. :)
i adore these muffins--chocolate and cinnamon make an unexpectedly terrific combo.
and hey--thanks for the award. my face is red and beaming. :)

Cris said...

Oh I would love to grab one right now, with coffee please. It is so beautiful.

Nazarina A said...

The chocolate God is smiling upon you! These look so freaking good!

Heidi Leon Monges said...

I totally love this!! Great idea!!

Anonymous said...

These muffins need to meet my Mexican Hot Chocolate drinks! The streusel looks soooo gooood!

Lore said...

Cinnamon and chocolate makes a heavenly pairing and with some crunch on top I've got all I need for a happy day. I have yet to try Mexican Hot Chocolate but it's sitting right there on my to do list.
P.S. Grace must be the biggest cinnamon fan ever :D

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Ackkkk. Where have I been??? Thanks so much for the award!!! I love those muffins!!!

Anonymous said...

as much time as i spend in Mexico, chocolate is just one of those things I didn't indulge in, much. your choco here looks divine. cinnamon is always a great touch.

Sara said...

These muffins look so good, chocolate and cinnamon is one of my favorite flavor combinations. I often add a pinch of cinnamon to my chocolate recipes.

Sophie said...

These sound soooo good! I just saw them on Grace's post and had to applaud you for creating such a yummy muffin :).

Anonymous said...

My daughter was home visiting and made these muffins. They are delicious. Today while I was in church I kept thinking "I want to get home so that I can have that last muffin".

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Those muffin tops are looking good! Is it wrong that I just want the tops?

Annie said...

I could really go for one right now!

Deborah said...

these definitely sound like a winner!!

Lisa said...

These look great, I love the spices. I made mexican hot chocolate brownies not too long ago actually with a tablets of Ibarra chocolate! Your muffins look wonderful!

Unknown said...

Those look incredible! The cinnamon lowers blood pressure so these are actually health food? Right?! Congrats on the award!


Mrs Erg├╝l said...

Such a yummy looking muffin and it only dirties one bowl? So tempting!

Anonymous said...

Those look yummy. congrats on the award too!!!!

test it comm said...

These muffins sound great! I like the spices in the mexican chocolate.

LyB said...

Those muffins look simply decadent! And that is such a sweet award, you sure deserve it. :)

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