Most people probably have a bag or two of chocolate chips sitting in the pantry. According to Today, this baking staple was invented in 1941 thanks to the popularity of the classic chocolate chip cookie. While whipping up a batch of those beloved treats might be the most obvious use for the sweet morsels, it’s hardly the only option. Since May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day, we’ve rounded up 16 recipes to show off just how wonderful these tiny goodies really are. Make one, or more, of these treats and you’ll have one sweet celebration on your hands.
1. Regular chocolate chip muffins seem sad compared to these Chocolate Raspberry Muffins from The Kitchen Magpie. Though raspberries are definitely a summer fruit, this recipe works just as well with frozen ones, so you can enjoy these fluffy muffins any time of year. Just whisk together the dry ingredients, add the wet, then fold in the berries and chocolate chips. Let them cool for a bit, but we do recommend digging into these treats while they’re still warm.
2. Introduce banana batter to a new piece of kitchen equipment with Beard and Bonnet’s Banana Chocolate Chip Waffles. While a standard loaf of bread takes around an hour to bake, this morning meal cooks up in just a few minutes. If you want to make a big batch for a group, make sure to set your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. As soon as they come off the iron, pop them into the oven to stay warm. They’ll be ready to go when the last one is finished, so everyone can dig in together.
3. While quinoa usually features in grain bowls, it can do a lot more than that. Full of protein, fiber, and minerals, quinoa is a great way to kick off your day. Load up on the goodness with this Chocolate Chip Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa from How Sweet It Is. A sprinkle of cinnamon adds some welcoming spice, while the fruit adds even more nutrients, plus a burst of freshness. Whip up a bowl of this breakfast porridge, and it really will be a good morning.
4. There’s nothing wrong with cinnamon rolls, but they can seem a little predictable after a while. Shake up your weekend routine with these Chocolate Chip Cherry Sweet Rolls from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Making a yeast dough is simple, but you can use a purchased one if you’re short on time. Need more reason to get baking? Cherries may help reduce the risk of stroke, so consider nibbling on a few extra while you’re at it.
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5. Give your taste buds a kick in the pants by whipping up Bake or Break’s Butterscotch Pudding Pie With Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust. It takes two favorite desserts and melds them into one, making for one exceptionally delicious treat. The recipe for homemade pudding is pretty fantastic, but you can always whip up a box of instant pudding to speed things along. For extra decadence, drizzle the pie with hot fudge or caramel.
6. For those who don’t like things too sweet, this Salted Chocolate Tart with Kettle Chip Crust from What’s Gaby Cooking is a real treat. It’s kind of like a more sophisticated version of a chocolate-covered pretzel. Just blitz the potato chips in a food processor, then add flour and butter for one of the easiest crusts you’ll ever make. Once the crust is baked, fill with a simple chocolate custard and send it back to the oven. Finish off with a slick of ganache and a sprinkle of salt. The only bad thing about this tart is waiting for it to set overnight.
7. Some people might remember bright red pistachios from years ago, yet all the ones we see today are green. As it turns out, they were dyed to cover up unattractive stains on the shells. No matter what color the nuts are, they’ll taste delicious when baked into this Chocolate Chip Pistachio Pound from Fork vs. Spoon, adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe. Making pistachio paste might be an extra step, but the end result is definitely worth it.
8. One of the most frustrating parts of making cupcakes is trying to transport them without squishing the frosting. Some people swear by specialized equipment, but that seems like kind of an investment just for dessert. Skip the mess with these Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cupcakes from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke. The cheesecake mixture is so moist that these treats don’t even need frosting. After one bite, you’ll agree.
9. It’s hard enough to figure out a main course when you decide to throw an impromptu get-together, let alone dessert. Instead of getting flustered, whip up these three-ingredient Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters from Chef Savvy. They’re sweet, salty, and just a little bit indulgent. Melt the chocolate chips, mix in the almonds, dollop onto parchment, then finish with a sprinkle of salt. Pop them into the fridge, and they’ll be ready to wow your guests at the end of dinner.
10. It’s hard to improve upon old-fashioned candies, but Chef in Training’s Graham Cracker Toffee might be the exception. It also happens to be a lot simpler than the traditional version. Just boil a mixture of brown sugar and butter, pour over the crackers, then bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven. Top off the whole thing with chocolate chips, spread into a layer, and sprinkle with some chopped nuts.
11. Most people probably bake chocolate chip cookies just to eat the dough. While it’s unlikely you’ll get salmonella poisoning from eating raw eggs these days, there’s always a risk. Get all the gooey goodness without risking an upset stomach with these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles from She Wears Many Hats. This recipe skips the standard protein and uses sweetened condensed milk to get the same texture. You might never bake cookies again.
12. When you want to take your cup of cocoa to the next level, top it off with these Chocolate Chip Marshmallows from My Daily Resolutions, adapted from an Alton Brown recipe. While many homemade marshmallows call for egg whites, this recipe is just a sugar syrup, gelatin, and delicious chocolate morsels. While making marshmallows at home isn’t difficult, it can be messy. Keep the nice clothes out of the kitchen for this one.
13. These Cookie Dough Popsicles from Chocolate Covered Katie taste indulgent, but they’re actually pretty healthy. The base is made from milk, coconut sugar, and a little bit of vanilla. Just stir everything together and freeze in some molds. No molds? Mini paper cups work just as well. A sprinkle of chocolate chips completes the cookie effect and makes them look as good as they taste.
14. According to Baskin-Robbins, mint chocolate chip ice cream is one of the top flavors to put a smile on customers’ faces. Make that grin even wider by whipping up this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream from Brown Eyed Baker, adapted from a recipe on My Kitchen Addiction. Making ice cream at home is pretty simple. Just cook a thin custard on the stove, strain, chill, and process in an ice cream maker. Add the chocolate chips at the very end, so they don’t get too pulverized.
15. When it’s too hot outside to enjoy a warm brownie sundae, these Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sophistimom, featured on Good Life Eats, are a superstar stand-in. This treat uses purchased ice cream to make things really easy. A final coating of melted chocolate chips make these treats extra indulgent and far more delicious than any bar at the grocery store.
16. Give yourself a taste of summer with this Watermelon Sherbet from Baked by Rachel. Just stir together some watermelon juice, cream, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Churn in an ice cream maker, then add mini chocolate chips at the very end. The tiny morsels mimic watermelon seeds, but they taste a whole lot better.