Blood Orange Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

Blood Orange Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

I’ve been missing our breakfast muffins lately so I decided to bake a batch of these.  I had a sack of blood oranges I need to use up so expect to see a few more recipes with blood oranges in it.  Aren’t they pretty? I just LOVE the color!

These muffins turned out really well.  I love the texture and the flavor.  Orange and chocolate pair so well together.  And when you have some tea or coffee with this, it’s fabulous! Chris and I couldn’t wait ’til morning.  We each had one before dinner with our tea.  It made our bellies happy.  Who says you can’t have dessert before dinner? 🙂

Blood Orange Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 blood orange
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of homemade vanilla extract
  • juice of 1 blood orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Blood Orange Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line baking cups in the muffin pan.

Using a stand mixer (or an electric mixer or mix by hand) cream butter, sugar and orange zest.  Add egg, vanilla extract and orange juice.  Beat until combined.

In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Add to the creamed mixture alternatively with buttermilk.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into the lined muffin cups and bake for 20-23 minutes or until the tester/toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the muffins cool for 5-7 minutes in the muffin pan before transferring them to the cooling rack.

Blood Orange Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins


65 thoughts on “Blood Orange Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins

  1. Intriguing! By the by, did you find your oranges to be not very juicy and a tad bitter? I had the great idea of making a marmalade with blood oranges and the final results made my mouth turn inside out! haha

  2. I just put them out, along with your link. I think half of them are gone already (2 minutes). I’m hearing good feedback – everyone loves the orange and chocolate pairing. 🙂

  3. I love the way you present this dish muffin, with ,great light on the picts, and i’m all ready hungry to eat this delicious ….Blood Orange Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Muffins!!!

  4. They look delicious. This is my project for this up coming week end. My grand children are coming over and I will surprise them with these scrumptious muffins. Thank you for the idea and of course the recepe.

  5. I was lucky enough to be on my way to a meeting right next to the kitchen when Chris put these out in the office, so I was able to grab one. Just like everything else he has brought in these were also fabulous. Just enough orange to have the flavor but not be overpowering. The perfect combination of orange and chocolate. And they were soooo moist. The size of these was also perfect as I didn’t feel so guilty eating one since they weren’t those huge oversized muffins you get at the store.

  6. They are quite beautiful and looking at comments, I’m glad to hear that the orange flavor does come through. I have only had blood oranges when I lived in Florence for a few months, but oh my god were they delicious. Bookmarked!

  7. This is a great recipe, Anne. Combining chocolate chips with oranges — esp. blood oranges — will make these muffins something special. I just bought some blood oranges to make a version of limoncello (orancello?) Although I’ll have plenty of juice, the zest is already spoken for. I need to go back to the store. 🙂

    • Ooooh, John, you’ll have to post your orancello recipe, would love to see it. That’s brilliant that you used blood orange for it. I bet the flavor and color would be wonderful! Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

      • Sorry but I can’t post it for some time, Anne. This is my first time making it and if it tastes good enough, I’ll be using it for Christmas gifts for people who read my blog. I won’t know for a couple months. 😦

  8. Anne, what an incredible muffin! I love the combination of chocolate and blood orange! Looks scrumptious 🙂

  9. I love blood orange and it must be so nice in the baked goods. I like them in salad to. These muffins have everything I like – buttermilk and chocolate chips… perfect for breakfast or snack after school!

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