November 18, 2013

Double Chocolate Streusel Muffins

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget

I try not to brag about my children, but sometimes, your child has a skill that, as a parent, you can't help but tell other people about.

So forgive me for boasting but . . . Ella is exceptionally good at blowing her nose.

I explained the basic idea of it to her a couple of months ago, and she immediately picked it up (which shocked me because, no kidding, I was in college before I really mastered this skill).

This came in super handy a few weeks ago when I was working in my office after the girls had gone to bed, and suddenly heard Ella start shrieking for me. I dashed in and she said, "I put it up my nose! I can't get it out!"

I tried to not freak out when I discovered that "it" was a tiny wooden checker piece that she'd pushed up as far as her finger could reach. ("I just wanted to see if it would fit," she told me after the fact).

I held her other nostril closed, instructed her to blow her nose, and three seconds later, was holding that checker piece.

ER trip narrowly avoided (two years off my life not avoided).

She was a little traumatized too

My parenting advice, obviously, would be as follows: stop worrying about teaching your kid their numbers, letters, and colors, and focus on nose-blowing techniques instead.

Over the last week, we've had less exciting reason to practice. All four of us were felled by colds, which meant a lot of time at home, while skipping preschool, story time, and the park. And going through copious amounts of Kleenex.

(I posted this picture on Instagram and my mom asked if Kleenex was on sale at Target. Indeed it is - plus, there is a printable coupon for $1 off of 4 or 6 packs. And a 5% off coupon on the Cartwheel app).

We read a piles of books, did some art projects, and spent a lot of time snuggling (the one upside of sicky children).

And, of course, I made muffins.

I love these chocolate muffins because they are definitely muffins (not cupcakes masquereding as muffins), so they're perfect for snacks or breakfast. Or both.

Also, if there is a frosted cupcake, Ella eats the top off and then refuses to eat any of the actual cupcake (for her next birthday, I'm just squirting mounds of frosting into muffin liners and calling it good). But streusel muffins, she'll actually eat the entire thing.

Double Chocolate Streusel Muffins 
(adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking via GoodLife Eats)

Makes 12 - 16 muffins

Muffins Batter:
6 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
2 cups flour (I used white wheat)
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (increase to 1/2 teaspoon if your butter is unsalted)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark brown and it was amazing. But either is fine)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used a mix of pecans and almonds)
1 tablespoon butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin tin and set aside.

In a saucepan over medium-low heat or in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and HALF of the chocolate chips together.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla to the butter/chocolate mixture, stir to combine and pour into dry ingredients. Stir to combine, then fold in remaining half of chocolate chips.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full.

Mix together struesel ingredients in a small bowl until well-combined. Divide evenly over the tops of the muffins. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the tops spring back when gently pressed. Let cool for about 10 minutes.

Serve warm with a good book, some hot tea, and a box of Kleenex.


  1. Henry is excellent at blowing his nose, due to his many allergies which have his nose going constantly. Spencer, who has no allergies, is at a complete loss whenever he gets a cold even though he's 2.5 years older. It's just not a skill he's mastered.

  2. Just in case you ever have a child with something stuck in their nose middle daughter decided it was a good idea to shove a bead up her nose when my mother-in-law was watching my kids one night. (This was several years ago now - my 10 year old does know better!) She couldn't blow it out because it was stuck so far up - and the bead had a hole in the middle which let the air go right through it....we ended up using a dental pick. Worked great! But it was slightly traumatic - and memorable!

  3. Ella and I should share cupcakes. I do not like frosting at all (this is an abomination to my dad), so I tend to scrape it off and just eat the cake. We'd make a good team.

  4. Glad you avoided the ER. Alas, I put bean up my nose as a child and the doctors were afraid it would sprout if they didn't get it out. I remember-ish thinking, "Cool!" I'm sure my parents were much less enchanted.

    I also like muffins that are muffins, instead of a sheep in wolf's frosting cupcakes. I may have to try these!

  5. Those muffins look amazing! Just the thing to make tomorrow with my girls (babysitter is sick!). Hope y'all are feeling better! And that's amazing that you taught her well enough to get the piece out!

  6. I'm sure you don't mean that this batter makes 12-16 dozen muffins. That would be miraculous muffin mix!

    Thankfully, we've avoided any objects stuck in noses/ears/throats, etc. But now that we have our 3rd (10mths) and 2 older siblings with tiny toys, I'm so nervous about it!

    Making these muffins for our after-school snack today!

  7. I kind of died over this story about Ella! Oh my word, how funny! And potentially really scary. Love that cute picture of her!

  8. I think I failed at the whole nose-blowing skill. Several of you left home without mastering this. Glad to hear you've figured it out on your own.

  9. Hilarious, cute, and an excellent nose blower, what more could you ask for?! =]

    Can you explain the Cartwheel app a bit? I've been hearing a lot about it but have no idea what it is! Is it for Target only?


    1. It is for Target only. They basically have extra digital coupons - you can just search for an item and if there is a deal, it'll prop up. It's usually a percentage of the total price off. You can stack it with their text messaged coupons and paper coupons.

  10. Hi, Just made these. The batter was really thick, almost like cookie drought except that the 1tbsp baking soda made it very airy and voluminous. Is it supposed to be like that or are we missing an egg or two.
    Will know how they turn out once they're out of the oven.
    You're pictures look fabulous!

  11. How'd they turn out? They do have one egg (listed in the ingredients), but other than that, it should be right. And the batter does turn very fluffy with the soda.

  12. made them! ...turned out huge, light and delicious! thanks for the recipe!

  13. Baking these right now with hazelnuts on top. The aroma is wonderful!


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