Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Muffins

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This recipe was originally published on April 19, 2016 and updated on February 27, 2024. Alternate ingredients were added to the recipe.

Spring showers are happening all over Texas and it’s been really rainy and dreary here. This past Sunday, it stormed hard. Our backyard was a muddy mess and flash flood warnings were in effect for our area. 

We weren’t going anywhere. 

So, to pass the time we watched a few movies, played board games and I, of course, baked!

A metal one cup measuring cup holds a half measure of mini chocolate chips.

The first time I saw a recipe for sour cream muffins, it was posted years ago on a website (that shall remain nameless) and based on the amazing recipe name alone, I knew I had to make them.

One half cup of mini chocolate chips is poured into the rich sour cream muffin batter.

Unfortunately, that recipe just would not come together.  Trust me, I tried twice… I really wanted those muffins. 

The recipe was too dry.  Maybe the problem was based on a typo (or typos) in the recipe, but there was far too little liquid to make a batter. Each time I prepared the recipe, it turned out more like crumbly, bread dough. 

Course sparkling sugar is hand-sprinkled onto muffin batter in paper baking cups.

So, I went back to the drawing board and made my own version of those delicious-sounding, sour cream muffins.  

I added more butter and a good measure of milk for more moisture.  I also added just a smidge more vanilla extract.  

I wrote down the recipe as I put it together because I have a tendency to forget exactly what I did if I don’t!

Once dozen sour cream chocolate chip muffins are fresh out of the oven. The muffin tops are perfectly golden brown with a temptingly crisp sparkling sugar topping.

Ever since then, this recipe for sour cream muffins has become my go-to muffin recipe. I use it as a versatile base-recipe. I’ve paired it up with all kinds of ingredients and on this particular day, it was mini-chocolate chips!

A fresh baked chocolate chip muffin sit on a white plate, ready to enjoy.  the muffin top is perfectly golden brown. It's also speckled with crunchy sparkling sugar making it appear extra inviting. The baking dish of the remainder of the muffins is slightly blurred in the background. A light blue mug filled with fresh coffee sits beside the plate.

I’m sharing this recipe with you all so that it’s here to reference, and it won’t be the last time you see it. I plan to share all the variations I make with this recipe, as I make them, down the line.

But, in the meantime, you really should try some of these sour cream chocolate chip muffins. I just know you’ll be happy you did.  

A single muffin sits on a white plate and  is partially torn open. The yellow crumb looks tender and melted chocolate chips are visible throughout the inside of the muffin. The coarse sugar topping is visible on the golden muffin top and it looks attractive and delicious.

They sure perked up the mood at my place on a dark and soggy day. 

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Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Muffins

Recipe by Marcelle at A Little Fish in the Kitchen Course: breakfast, brunch, dessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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These delicious Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Muffins are so simple to make, they will be your go-to recipe for a homemade sweet treat! The sour cream adds a richness to these simple muffins that makes them something special!


  • 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour (*see notes below)

  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil (*see notes below)

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 (8 oz) container *sour cream (regular or light)

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 1% milk)

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate, chocolate chips (mini or regular size, as you prefer)

  • coarse sugar sprinkles for the muffin tops (optional, but highly recommended)


  • Pre-heat oven 400°.  Place flour in a bowl and set it aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream oil and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the sour cream and stir until it is well incorporated with butter and sugar. Add in the beaten egg and vanilla extract. 
  • Add the dry ingredients and the milk, one half of each at a time, to the sour cream mixture. Stir until just combined. The batter will be thick. 
  • Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Next, spoon the batter into greased muffin cups or cupcake wrappers to about 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops of muffins with coarse sugar, if desired. Bake for 18 -20 minutes or until muffin tops are golden brown.
  • Allow the muffins to cool for about 15 – 20 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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  • *If you don’t have self-rising flour, use 1-3/4 all-purpose flour + 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1 teaspoon baking powder + 1/4 tsp table salt
  • *If you prefer to use butter, use 5 tablespoons of softened, salted butter.
  • *Plain Greek yogurt can be used in place of sour cream
  • Recipe from A Little Fish in the Kitchen blog at All content is owned by Marcelle G. Bolton. Please contact the author for permission to republish. 


  1. Marcelle those look and sound amazing! Thanks for sharing this at the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. Hope you found some new friends and had fun too!

  2. what pillow-like muffins! great recipe, and the plethora of chocolate chips scattered throughout makes it even better!

  3. I'm always looking for a good muffin recipe. These look amazing Marcelle!

  4. I love the idea of the sour cream here – a perfect creamy and tangy complement.

  5. Yum! I bet sour cream makes for a delicious muffin! Isn't it disappointing when a recipe doesn't work the way it should? It is good to be able to improvise and improve though! these look great!

  6. Hi Marcelle, I bet these are delicious! I have seen Texas in the news for all the rain, hope you and your family are doing okay.

  7. I heard about the rain in Texas on the news. I hope you and your family stay safe and the weather improves soon. These muffins look like a great way to spend a rainy day inside.

  8. What a wonderful job you've done of creating a great recipe from a bad one! These little muffins look so good! (Chocolate lover here) 🙂

  9. I love to bake muffins..they are usually stress-free and very delicious. These muffins look fantastic!

  10. One of the reasons we blog is so we don't forget all of our recipes! And this one definitely needs to be remembered — such great looking muffins. Good stuff — thanks.

  11. Those are the most perfect muffins I have seen! Naturally, I am intrigued by your nameless reference to the original source, and I think I have an idea based on recipes I have made from one particular source that all look great, but never work. Anyway, the important thing is that I trust YOU! 🙂

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