Let’s be real – muffins are just cupcakes without frosting. Most of the time, we can fool ourselves by making them healthy and stuffing them with fruits and veggies, but these muffins…no amount of denial will change the fact that these are really just cupcakes. With caramel on top instead of frosting.

I think that might actually make these worse – worse for your health, but better for your tastebuds! You win some, you lose some, you know?

Salted Caramel Chocolate Muffins

The breakfast of champions

Salted Caramel Chocolate Muffins (26 of 750)

Adapted from 750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury
Makes 12 muffins (32 minis)

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, yogurt, milk, butter, and vanilla until well blended.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin cups.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes or until tops are just turning  golden. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack.
  7. Top each warm muffin with 1/2 tsp dulce de leche and spread over muffin tops. Sprinkle with additional salt.
  8. If making these ahead of time, wait to add the dulce de leche until just before serving.

I could really get used to starting my morning this way. A tender chocolate muffin that’s soft and light topped with warm and melty caramel and salt. Now that’s what I call a breakfast.

The dulce de leche really puts these over the top, so if, for some reason, you don’t want to add it, the muffins themselves are still delicious on their own. They’re truly a chocolate muffin instead of a cake because they’re so light and spongey instead of being dense and heavy.

I know cinnamon rolls are the traditional holiday breakfast, but maybe try giving these guys a chance this year. You won’t be disappointed.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Muffins

Salted caramel chocolate muffins