Introduction: Craisin-Chocolate Chip Muffins

This is a particular favorite of mine; I've always loved the combination of Craisins and chocolate, and muffins have been a longstanding delight for me. While thinking of a project to work on, I got this brilliant idea to combine the two to make these. This simple recipe will help you to conjure delicious, but not too sweet, fulfilling muffins.

Step 1: Ingredients/Materials

The following yields about 24 muffins:

- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (one stick) butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk (2%)
- 1 1/2 cup Craisins (dried cranberries)*
- 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips*

*These measurements can vary, depending on your preference.

Also, you could use:

- a whisk/beater
- two large bowls
- measuring cups/spoons
- a fork/spoon/spatula (optional)
- muffin cups
- a muffin pan

Step 2: Before Starting

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and prepare the muffin pans with grease or paper muffin cups.

Step 3: Mix It

Combine all of the dry ingredients (4 c flour, 4 t baking powder, and 1 t salt)in a bowl, and set it aside.

Step 4: Beat It

In another bowl, beat the 1/2 c butter with 1 c sugar until is is light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs, and stir in the vanilla extract.

Step 5: Fold It

Fold in the dry ingredients previously prepared, alternating with milk. When all of the dry ingredients are combined with the wet ingredients, fold in the 1 1/2 c Craisins and 1 1/2 c chocolate chips.

Step 6: Finale

And now, spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans, and bake it in the preheated oven for about 25 mins, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of a muffin. Cool the muffins on a rack, and enjoy! (If you'd like these muffins to last, you can freeze them.)

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