Chocolate Lava Muffins

It’s not often, that I follow-up a dessert post with….Yes, another dessert post.  This one is for the chocolate lovers in the family.  

Lava muffins is a perfect description of what happens when your spoon hits the center of this warm muffin, it explodes with warm gooey chocolate.

Chocolate Lava Muffins
Makes 12
Recipe from Alton Brown

8-ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
Butter, to coat muffin tin
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 cup vanilla ice cream
1 teaspoon espresso powder
Place a small metal bowl over a saucepan with simmering water.  Melt the chocolate and butter in the bowl.  Stir in vanilla.
In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour and salt.  Sift these into the chocolate and mix well with electric hand mixer.  Add eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each egg before adding the next.  Beat at high until batter is creamy and lightens in color, approximately 4 minutes.  Chill mixture.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Coat the top and each cup of  the muffin tin with butter.  Dust with the cocoa powder and shake out excess.  Spoon mixture into pan using a 4-ounce scoop or ladle.  Bake for 10-11 minutes.  Outsides should be cake-like and centers should be gooey.
While muffins are in oven, melt the ice cream in a small saucepan.  Stir in the espresso powder.  Serve over warm muffins.

44 thoughts on “Chocolate Lava Muffins

  1. OK, this is the second lava type cake I have come across today and now I simply feel like it's a sign I must HAVE ONE! My husband makes these but we both agree the recipe he uses could use some refinement…we'll have to give Alton's a try!!!


  2. Well, if you're going to post dessert recipes, do post ones like this. Have been figuring out how to get it off the monitor. Wouldn't that be a trick?


  3. When I first read the title, I thought it said chocolate \”love\” muffins, which might also be a great name for these…ha! I just made the coconut cake in your last post today, and loved it! I'll probably blog it tomorrow and link you up 🙂


  4. These sound sooo good, I love the idea of melted ice cream with espresso over the warm chocolaty muffins, nice!


  5. I have always succumbed to lava cakes ever since I had one in Paris 20 years ago; this version sounds wonderful and calling it a muffin is even better, so I can have it even at breakfast!


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