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toasted hazelnut chocolate chip muffins

Rebecca Eisenberg
These toasted hazelnut chocolate chip muffins are absolutely jam-packed packed with so much crunchy, chocolatey goodness. They're really easy to make, and use freshly toasted hazelnuts in two different ways to make sure that toasty, hazelnut-y flavor is present in every single bite.
Yield: 12-15 muffins.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Arrange hazelnuts on a sheet pan and toast until dark golden brown 15-20 minutes, shaking the pan every 5 minutes so they don’t burn. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  • Weigh 57 grams of the toasted hazelnuts into the bowl of a mini food processor. Process until the hazelnuts are a very fine powder, almost like a nut flour. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Rough chop the remaining hazelnuts and set aside (these will get mixed in later). This can be a fairly large chop — you don’t want any whole hazelnuts, but halves and quarters are fine.
  • To the ground hazelnuts in the mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and whisk to combine.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs and buttermilk. Then pour in the melted butter, whisking constantly. Whisk vigorously until very well combined.
    The butter will firm up if the egg and buttermilk are too cold so make sure they’re truly lukewarm before you add the butter!
  • Use a spatula to gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. You don’t want to develop gluten here, so the goal is to mix in as few movements as possible. When there is just a bit of dry mixture still visible, add the chopped hazelnuts and mini chocolate chips. Continue folding just until no dry bits remain and the inclusions are evenly distributed. Do not overmix.
  • Cover and let sit 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners. Use a large cookie scoop to divide the batter between the tins. You may have extra batter — divide it between the tins or into any that need a bit more.
  • Top each muffin with ½ teaspoon granulated sugar (mandatory) and quick rolled oats (optional).
  • Bake 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool 5-10 minutes in the pan before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.


  • To get eggs to room temperature quickly place them in a bowl of very hot water for 5-10 minutes. 
  • To get buttermilk to room temperature quickly microwave in 5-7 second bursts, stirring in between.
  • If you're using a large food processor or blender to make the hazelnut flour be careful — if run them too long they'll turn into hazelnut butter! Stop once it looks like flour. 


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