These muffins are theoretically one of the items served to Katniss, Peeta and Haymitch at breakfast in Chapter 4 of The Hunger Games…but are never actually mentioned by name. This recipe is actually in the desserts section of the cookbook, and for good reason! They taste more like a cake than a muffin.
Chocolate is melted in a double boiler (or, as the recipe describes, in a “metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water”). In two separate bowls, the dry and wet ingredients are combined. In a larger mixing bowl, the butter and brown sugar are beaten together, then the eggs are added, followed by the melted chocolate, and finally the wet and dry ingredients are added slowly until it all comes together.
The final steps are to fold in the chocolate chips, divide among the muffin cups, and bake until a toothpick comes out clean. Note that your muffin cups will be filled right to the brim!
I was a little disappointed that the tops of these muffins didn’t fluff up like I was expecting, but they were still really good!
I went back and forth between a 9 and a 10 with these, but in the end I think there was just a little bit too much almond extract in there for me. These are still DELICIOUS, however.
Melting the chocolate needs to be monitored closely to make sure your simmering water doesn’t touch the bowl over top, and to make sure you’re stirring often. But otherwise mostly this recipe is just measuring, combining and mixing ingredients.
You will need semisweet chocolate “chunks” (chips are fine), flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, almond extract, milk, butter, brown sugar, eggs, and milk chocolate chips.