Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Muffins

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Chocolate and red velvet...two of my favorite things. Because of this, it's safe to say Valentine's day is my kind of holiday. An excuse to eat these sweets for a solid week? Yes please! Sweets aside though, I must admit I do love all the red and pink hearts, roses and fun little Valentine crafts that come along with this holiday. A day set aside to show all your loved ones how much you care about them is always welcome here, whether it's with roses, chocolates, words or a homemade treat like these muffins.

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Chocolate Chip Red Velvet Muffins

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

2/3 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 ounce red food coloring

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a double boiler melt butter and chocolate until smooth. Let cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and baking soda; whisk. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar, milk, eggs, vanilla and food coloring until combined. Pour chocolate mixture and milk mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips; batter will be sticky. Fill 12 muffin cups with batter. Bake for 5 minutes, reduce oven to 375 degrees F and bake for 10 minutes or until tested with a toothpick. Let muffins cool in pan 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

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