Cinnamon Chocolate Babka Muffins
Take your babka on the go with these individual-sized cinnamon chocolate babka muffins! A rich, buttery babka yeast dough, filled with beautiful swirls of chocolate, baked in muffin tins. Same great babka taste, baked in half the time!
After last month’s (outrageously amazing) pizza babka, we’re heading back into sweet babkas for this month’s Babka of the Month! But instead of a big loaf, we’re doing things small-scale this time: cinnamon chocolate babka muffins!
Muffins may be a bit of a misnomer. We’re calling them muffins because they’re made in a muffin pan. And there isn’t any sort of frosting/icing on them like a classic cupcake.
But these are muffins in the way a giant chocolate chocolate chip muffin with chocolate streusel and a drizzle of chocolate is a muffin: it’s totally a dessert that we can pretend is appropriate for breakfast.
Rich babka dough filled with a cinnamony-chocolate filling and a healthy dusting of miniature chocolate chips. Rolled into a log, twisted together, and cut into 12 perfectly portioned pieces of babka.
Baked in half the time as a full loaf of babka.
Talk about an all over baking win!
What are Chocolate Babka Muffins?
Quite simply: a chocolate babka bread, but baked as muffins instead! If you’re new to the world of babkas, please allow me to suggest that you check out this recipe for the Best Chocolate Babka, which kicked off my “year of babka” series.
In the post, I cover a little bit about the history of babka, types of babka, and what it is. But in brief, this type of babka is a rich bread dough made from butter, milk, and eggs, with a delicious swirled filling folded into the dough.
Why Bake Babka Muffins?
Why make your babka in muffin form? Well, for one, it’s perfect to share! Or for built-in portion control (which I definitely need when it comes to chocolate babkas).
They’re also neater and easier to transport — without the streusel topping and needing to cut individual slices, they are perfect to share with neighbors or toss into a little container or snack bag and take on the go.
Also, the bake time is a lot shorter, too — perfect when you need your babka fix and you need it NOW.
While I’ll provide a recipe below for cinnamon chocolate babka muffins, you can use this technique for any of the babka recipes on my site. Pizza Babka Muffins? Yes, please! I’ll take three.
How to Shape Babka Muffins
The technique to make a babka muffin is actually pretty similar to a cinnamon roll. The dough gets rolled into one long log, then cut down the middle.
From here, it’s a choose-your-own-Babka-muffin-style-adventure. Circle or twist: which one will you pick?
Want a beautiful concentric spiral, just like a cinnamon roll? Put the cut round slice of babka in the muffin pan as is. These will rise to soaring heights of cinnamon and chocolate filled deliciousness, with the classic rich, eggy, buttery babka bread.
Basically, a chocolate babka that looks like a cinnamon bun. Except tastes way, way better than a cinnamon bun. ↓↓↓
Want something more like a traditional babka, with distinct folded layers of chocolate running through the muffin when you tear it open? Take that circular piece of babka and give it a twist, kind of like you’re unwrapping a piece of salt water taffy.
One good twist in the middle, then set it inside the muffin tin. If it untwists during the second proofing step, give it another twist before baking.
See the chocolate stripes inside of this muffin? ↓↓↓ Classic babka swirl in muffin form.
Both are beautiful, and both are totally delicious. A choose-your-own-babka-adventure. Could an adventure possibly get any better? No, no it could not.
Tips and Tricks for the Best Babka Muffins:
- Refrigerate the dough for the second hour of the first rise. When the dough is cold, it rolls out beautifully and with no real need to add excess flour. Pro-tip: if you want to split your babka making into two days, cover with plastic wrap and store the babka in the refrigerator overnight at this step. Bring to room temperature for 15 minutes before rolling out the dough.
- Allow the chocolate filling to cool completely before spreading on the dough. Better yet — pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes first. The more solid the mixture, the less will spill out the sides whle rolling up the babka.
- Use a thermometer to determine if the babka muffins are done. It can be a little hard to determine if the babka muffins are done by just using a tester, since the chocolate filling is gooey as it comes out of the oven. Instead, take out the guess work and use an instant-read thermometer: when the center of the loaf hits 190 °F, it’s done!
- Brush the babka muffins with simple syrup. This may seem like an option step, but it gives a gorgeous shine to the muffins and is really worthwhile. Brush on the simple syrup while still hot out of the oven.
- Allow the babka to cool for at least 30 minutes before eating. I know, it’s tempting to want to dig right in as soon as it comes out of the oven! But let it cool in the pan for 30 minutes before ripping in — this helps ensure the chocolate filling is set.
- Store babka muffins at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- For long term storage, freeze babka muffins wrapped in foil and placed inside an airtight container for up to 3 months. Bring to room temperature for a few hours before enjoying.
Babka muffins — the perfect new individual-sized treat. Rich and chocolately and just perfect to share!
More Muffin Recipes:
- Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins
- Cranberry Orange Streusel Muffins
- Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins
- Banana Bread Muffins
- All Muffin Recipes »
Babka muffins can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap fully cooled muffins in aluminum foil and place inside a plastic freezer bag. A Bunsen Burner Bakery Original Protocol As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Nutrition Information: Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316 Total Fat: 14.7g Carbohydrates: 43.5g Protein: 4.6g
Babka muffins can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, wrap fully cooled muffins in aluminum foil and place inside a plastic freezer bag.
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As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.