Thursday, March 22, 2012

It's National Chocolate Week... Chocolate Lava Muffins!

Hey all my little foodies... I know Spring is here and we'll be doing some really fun things for Spring... however, it's National Chocolate Week and we can't pass up an opportunity like this to INDULGE, now can we? 

So let's celebrate!

Here's an easy little chocolate delight that I think you're going to love, love, love... It's like those ooey gooey chocolate lava cakes but it's muffins! So here we go to Chocolate-Land!

Chocolate Lava Muffins

Here’s what you’ll need…
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
Aluminum foil cupcake liners
Ice Cream (optional) 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave. Stir in vanilla.

Use a large mixing bowl and combine sugar, flour and salt. Then sift these dry ingredients into the chocolate. Mix well with electric hand mixer with an adult helper.

Add eggs one at time. Beat at high until batter... let the adult helper do this and you watch as the batter changes... it will get creamy and lightens in color (mix about 4 minutes). Chill mixture.

Spoon mixture into pan using a scoop. Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. Outsides should be cake-like and centers should be gooey.

If you want this dessert to be over the top, then serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side OR take the cupcake liner off and put the lava muffin in a big bowl and put the ice cream on top. YUMMY!

Happy Cooking with Kids in the Kitchen,
Jan McCracken, Culinary Chef

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