The original recipe called for chocolate chips, chopped pistachios, and Nutella to be added to the batter. Can any treat that involves Nutella be anything short of amazing? I have my doubts!
I could have sworn I had a whole bag of pistachios at home, but learned belatedly that I only had a handful left. Once chopped, they only equated about 1/4 cup and not the 1/2 cup the recipe called for. Considering that they were still in their shells and skins when I got started, and considering how long it took me to rid them of both, I didn’t want to hide my too few pistachios inside the muffins. I really wanted the pistachios to shine, especially knowing how well their pretty, green colour would complement my Christmas muffin cups.
|A seductive 1/2 cup of Nutella.|
Don’t let these muffins sit around, though: they were absolutely perfect the very night I made them. Just 24 hours later and they had started to lose their beautiful, spongey texture. They’re too good to spare along, anyway… so eat up!
Chocolate Brownie Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
Adapted from Women’s Weekly Home Baked
2 cups self-raising flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup caster sugar
60 grams melted butter
1/2 cup Nutella
1 egg, lightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chocolate chips
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp. Bourbon Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
Preheat the oven to 400F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and sugar.
Add in the butter, Nutella, egg, milk, and sour cream. Gently stir to combine.
Stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture into a prepared muffin tin.
Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
Cream together cream cheese and butter until combined. Add vanilla extract. Mix in icing sugar little by little until frosting is smooth and creamy. When muffins have cooled to room temperature (or even when still slightly warm), top with frosting and sprinkle with chopped pistachios.
I enjoyed my first muffin of the batch on a cold night, in bed, in my flannel pyjamas. Does it get any better than that?