These Mini Chocolate Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins are amazing! If you add chocolate and cream cheese icing to this muffin they become something pretty special. These muffins are a yummy way to use up all of your zucchinis! These Mini Chocolate Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins are the perfect treat anytime of day! That is the problem. It is so hard to stop at only one!
We always plant a large garden at my house. I am not always the most patient person. I want them all to grow and be ready to enjoy in about a week! If you don’t have garden zucchini available or you are impatient like me, store bought zucchini also works perfectly in this Mini Chocolaty Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins recipe.
Summertime means that all my delicious fruits and vegetables in my garden are almost ready for my family to enjoy. I always have an overabundance of squash and zucchini. I am always trying to find new ways to use zucchini. My late friend Marcel shared this recipe with me. She was the person that taught me that you can use zucchini in so many ways! I never would have tried zucchini, chocolate, and cream cheese icing together until she shared this recipe. I am sure glad she did!
This Mini Chocolaty Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins recipe is also a great way to incorporate more vegetables into treats. Your kids won’t even know they are eating vegetables that are good for them!
I just love the size of a mini muffin. They are just the perfect size to enjoy without too much guilt! This recipe will also work just as well in a standard size muffin tin. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time.
The chocolate in the batter makes these muffins a great treat right out of the oven. If you want to send these muffin over the top you have to add the icing! I am a firm believer that cream cheese makes everything better! The chocolate shaving on the top make these muffins so pretty! If you are like me, I love bake things to share with friends and family. These Mini Chocolaty Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins are quick and easy to make. They are also so pretty! They are the perfect treat to share with your loved ones!
Mini Chocolaty Cream Cheese Zucchini Muffins
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour -
- 3/4 cup pastry flour -
- 3 1/2 oz bittersweet dark chocolate or semi-sweet, chopped
- 1/2 cup oil, divided divided
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder -
- 1 teaspoon baking soda -
- 1 teaspoon baking powder -
- 1/2 teaspoon salt -
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar -
- 1 teaspoon vanilla -
- 1/4 cup buttermilk -
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini, grated
- 2/3 cup chocolate chips more or less to taste
- cooking spray
Cream Cheese Icing
- 1 pkg. (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 4 cups icing or powdered sugar -
For the Muffins:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your mini muffin pans with cooking spray and set aside.
Put the chocolate and 1/4 cup of oil in a glass bowl and melt in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes at low heat, or place in the top of a double boiler over low heat, being careful not to burn the chocolate. Set aside.
In a medium bowl combine flours, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In the large bowl of a stand or handheld mixer blend 1/4 cup oil and the sugar together till smooth.
Add the eggs and vanilla. Beat until blended.
Gradually add the flour mixture, then buttermilk and then the chocolate mixture.
Add the zucchini and chocolate chips, if using, and reduce speed to low until just combined.
Fill each of the mini-muffin cups to 3/4 full and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, between 10 to 12 minutes, or 18 to 20 minutes for standard muffin pans.
Cool in the pans for at least 5 minutes and then dump on to a rack to cool completely.
For the Icing:
In a medium sized bowl, using a stand or hand held mixer, blend cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
Gradually add icing or powdered sugar and beat until incorporated.
Once muffins are cool spread some icing on top of each muffin. Add some chopped or shaved chocolate on top of the icing if desired! Serve and enjoy!