Festive Christmas Muffins

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These easy chocolate chip Christmas muffins with sprinkles are ready in 30 minutes!  

Christmas is one of the times of the year that we indulge without guilt.

And this year, more than ever, we need time to just relax and enjoy. And that means cake for breakfast…aka Christmas muffins.

I grew up with my Grandmother spending all day in the kitchen while the family enjoyed Christmas Day.

And as an adult I decided that when I was making dinner I wanted to enjoy the time rather spending it alone, away from everyone.

Although my Grandmother has passed, we continue to make many of her recipes and so planning a Christmas menu is pretty easy.

And so my strategy for entertaining has always been to have a game plan, and make as much in advance!


These holiday muffins are great to make in advance. They freeze beautifully and are a great lifesaver when you need something sweet but filling.

Christmas muffins stacked on red and white tablecloth with a bite out of one.

Christmas Desserts for Non-Bakers

I think the world can be divided into two kinds of people: cooks and bakers.

Although my type-A personality should love the preciseness of baking, I’m more drawn to cooking because it is a bit less stringent.

And yet I think this is an easy muffin recipe for people like me, who don’t like baking but are making food for others.

If you like the easy of pineapple carrot muffins or old fashioned banana bread, you’ll love this Christmas muffins recipe.

Did I mention it’s basically Christmas cake? But it’s the holidays so it means it is guilt free.

Holiday muffins with sprinkles on a cooling rack with whisk and red and white tea towel.

How to Make Christmas Muffins

Christmas morning in our house involves me waking up to preheat the oven to make the overnight breakfast casseroles (I make a sweet French toast casserole and a savoury breakcast casserole the night before).

Everyone else gets their morning coffee and sits down to open Christmas stockings and to see what Santa left them under the tree.

This year will be even more hectic as we now have two young kids in the house.

And that means nothing will go according to plan. But I do know one thing.

No one is going hungry.

These holiday muffins are perfect for pre-breakfast by the tree, after breakfast lazing around the house.

And when someone inevitably has a tantrum and a red and green sprinkled muffin may make things better.

Christmas muffin batter in tins with whisk and red and white tea towel.


  • all purpose flour
  • cornstarch
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • white granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • large eggs
  • 2% milk milk
  • real vanilla
  • mini chocolate chips
  • red and green sprinkles or whatever holiday muffin decorations you like

Easy Enough For Kids to Help in the Kitchen

First of all, turn the oven on well in advance. Heat helps the batter to rise quickly. If it isn’t preheated they will rise slowly and may need more time.

This is a classic muffin recipe where you mix the dry ingredients in one bowl. Then you mix the wet ingredients in another.

And you mix them together.

It’s not a rule, but a solid baking tip is not to over mix the batter.

Once the wet and dry ingredients are mixed, stop! If you keep going it can make for a tough batter.

So if you’re making these Christmas morning muffins with kids, prepare to give them another task immediately.

You do not need paper muffin cups, but if you prefer to use them go ahead!

Easy Christmas Muffins Recipe

Christmas muffins stacked on red and white tablecloth with a bite out of one.

Christmas Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These easy chocolate chip Christmas muffins with sprinkles are ready in 30 minutes!


  • 2 cups all purpose white flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for topping
  • ¼ cup red and green sprinkles, plus more for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the sugar, brown sugar, and oil until smooth and well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition.
  4. Beat in the milk and vanilla.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  6. Fold in the mini chocolate chips and sprinkles until well mixed.
  7. Fill each cup of the muffin pan 2/3 of the way full. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips and sprinkles on top of each muffin, if desired.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan until safe to touch, then transfer the muffins to a wire cooling rack to cool completely before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 242mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although BaconisMagic.ca attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  1. Wonderful recipes! We’ll try to do at least one althouth we are trying to do some diet these days… haha But christmas is sacred!

  2. These recipes are very delicious. I will try to do them.

    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Hi, I was wondering if I can use regular size chocolate chips instead?

    1. I’ve never made them with regular chips but I don’t see why not!

      1. Do I still add the same amount??

        1. Yes I’d try a cup and see how it goes. You can never have too much chocolate.

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