I love bringing my coworkers treats. As the producer for a morning show, I am in charge of making sure my staff is fully energized and happy before we go live at 5 a.m., and I’ve learned that baked goods always make mornings sing. These folks serve as my guinea pigs, as well as motivators for me to crank out new concoctions.
These dense, chocolately cakes are a mildly sweet compliment to your morning coffee or milk. The bitter dough with bites of sweet chips prove to wake up and excite the mind.
Mocha Morning Muffins
3/4 cup cold milk
2 Tablespoons instant coffee
1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Dissolve instant coffee in cold milk. Set aside.
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Beat one egg with vegetable oil and vanilla. Add coffee and milk.
Mix well with dry ingredients. Add chocolate chips.
Spoon out batter into lined muffin tin. These don’t rise much, so feel free to fill to 2/3 of the way up the cup.
Bake at 400* for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.