‘Intensely’ Chocolate Streusel Muffins

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Chocolate Streusel Muffins RecipeWhere have I been you ask?  I’ve been living life!   When my schedule gets particularly busy, I am glad this blog is just a hobby and not a job.  If it were a job, I would have been fired by now.  But since I am my own boss, I gave myself permission to take some time off.   My precious Girl, my one and only, graduated college a couple of weeks ago.  The school she chose to attend was a bit of a mixed blessing.  It was in New York, which is literally on the other side of the country, but what better city to be in when visiting your kid.
Chocolate Streusel Muffins RecipeFamily and friends flew in to join us for her graduation and we had a fun week of eating, shopping, eating, celebrating, eating…  One of the happiest moments of my life was watching J walk across the stage and receive her diploma.  That is what life is all about.  Celebrating the happy times.  Each and every day is filled with precious moments to give thanks for.  The extra special days, like your child graduating college, stirs deep and profound emotions beyond the ordinary.  As she marched by in a sea of purple mortar boards and robes, wearing a smile from ear to ear, I too smiled.  My heart overflowed with joy and gratitude for the gift of that moment.
Chocolate Streusel Muffins RecipeBack home, and the hustle and bustle of life has not slowed an iota.  Lots more traveling is planned for this summer and the moments in between organizing and planning trips are filled with just keeping our daily lives on track.  I have said it before, and I will say it again, I am in awe of all the bloggers who show up several times a week, if not everyday, with posts filled with words, recipes and photographs.  The summer will be light on posts here at Sifting Focus.  I will be busy living life!  Hang in there with me, and when a sliver of time arises that affords me the opportunity to be in the kitchen baking, I promise to share it with all of you.

This muffin recipe has been rolling around in the back of my mind for days.  I was thrilled yesterday when I found an opportunity to take to my oven.  What originally was ruminating as a simple streusel muffin quickly evolved into a chocolate extravaganza.  Why stop with streusel if a chocolate glaze would add another layer of goodness.  And since one of my favorite edible embellishments are cocoa nibs, why not sprinkle some of those on top for good measure.  That is why developing recipes can be so much fun.  You can begin creating from one place and end up somewhere completely different.  This muffin is chocolate, upon chocolate, upon chocolate.  And for any of you who might think this little cake too indulgent and decadent for breakfast,  to you I would say, what’s your point. 😉

Chocolate Streusel Muffins Recipe



9 thoughts on “‘Intensely’ Chocolate Streusel Muffins

  1. That muffin looks so decadent and well worth indulging in, Mary. I don’t think I would be able to stop at just one!
    And huge congratulations to your daughter! You are definitely right about living life and enjoying all the moments it brings – from big milestones like your daughters graduation, to small moments like treating yourself to so much chocolate for breakfast 🙂

  2. OH my goodness, these look magnificent, plus I happen to have about two cups of cocoa nibs at home! Thanks so much!

  3. A beguiling muffin! My resident chocolate lover would find these treats perfect for a weekend breakfast.

    Happy summer Mary! Life is for living and the days just seem to fly by, I am happy you are taking time to enjoy your summer!

  4. I`m glad blogging isn`t my full time job, as well! I`ll be constantly stressed with all the social media sharing.

    It`s good you are taking this summer to have lots of fun and living your life in travels. I am still incredibly jealous of your gelato adventures. 😉 These muffins look too good to be true.

    Anyway, have fun traveling! Even though I will miss reading your lovely writing and gawking at your beautiful photography, I will wait patiently for your return. 🙂

  5. I understand the inclusion of a glaze because the actual muffin portion without the streusel is quite bland and dry. The streusel portion is okay. The real problem is the muffin base is bland and doesn’t have a strong chocolatey flavor. I would probably use the streusel part of the recipe again. We weren’t going to make a glaze but we realized we had to in order to salvage the muffins. I’d never offer them as is.

    • I’m sorry you weren’t happy with these muffins Jane. One thing to note is that I always use a high quality cocoa powder, such as Valrhona or Callebaut. Both add a much deeper chocolate flavor that a store bought brand of cocoa. That said, there is no excuse for a dry muffin. I will try to re-test will able.