Happy Muffins

Happy Muffins

I know you find the name weird!! But I really don’t know what to call them. They make me really happy when I bite in :). So “Happy Muffins” it is!!

The Happy Muffins are so tall and perfect. Just like the ones you buy at your favorite bakery. Full of dried fruits and chocolate chips, each bite is a treat. You could call them Fruit and Chocolate Muffins but I prefer Happy Muffins more.

Happy Muffins

Happy Muffins

The batter is really simple and you can use a combination of dried fruits like I did or you could go with your favorite ones like cherries or cranberries!! The recipe is easily customizable. But don’t play with the quantities here. As in, don’t reduce the amount of fruits and chocolate chips. Although, you can substitute them with nuts and berries of your choice or maybe just play around with milk and white chocolate chips. The sugar content of the recipe is less because it is well compensated with the dried fruits and chocolate chips. Hence, if you reduce the amount of fruits, you won’t find them so sweet.


The Happy Muffins are ready in less than an hour. The recipe is a perfect winner when you don’t have time for elaborate desserts.

All muffin recipes have certain basic principles :). And that involves a little bit of science and a little bit of experience!!

Fill the muffin batter almost till the brim of your tins.

Initially, bake at a higher temperature and then lower the temperature as muffins bake. Bake them for 5 minutes at 200 C degrees(400 F) and then for 25-30 minutes at 180 C degrees(350 F). This gives the muffins the tall dome top.

Do not open the oven until the muffins are nearly done. When you open the oven too soon to check on them, you cause a sudden dip in the oven temperature and deflate the muffins.

Lastly, mix the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Overmixing will make the muffins tough and heavy.

Big and supermoist, the Happy Muffins are a perfect companion for your coffee. And what better way to welcome the winters than a fresh, soft and flavorful home baked muffin!

Happy Muffins

Happy Muffins

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 14 regular muffins

Happy Muffins


  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 ⅓  cup chopped dried fruits of your choice
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 200C degrees (400F). Line 12 muffin tins with muffin liners or paper cups.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in the fruits, chocolate chips and nuts.
  3. In another bowl beat the eggs. Add the sugar, sour cream, oil and vanilla extract and mix together.
  4. Mix the wet and dry ingredients until just combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tins dividing it equally. Fill each tin almost full with the batter.
  6. Bake for 5 minutes at 200C and then reduce the temperature to 180C(350F) for 25-30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and after 5-10 minutes, transfer each muffin to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Happy Muffins

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