Totoro Family Recipes: Fudge Muffins

river roadRiver Road Recipes (volumes 1 and 2) are popular Junior League cookbooks in the south. They hail from Baton Rouge and include such local specialties as Shrimp Creole and Crawfish Étouffée. My mom owned both copies, and I know she prepared several tasty dishes for family and friends.

I’m not sure she ever made the Fudge Muffins, but I couldn’t resist trying this easy, decadent recipe. Most of the ingredients are staples in any baking pantry, and they can be prepared and baked within thirty minutes. The texture is a cross between chocolate cake and chewy brownie, and despite the lack of coffee flavoring, I believe they have delicious mocha flavor.


  • 4 squares semisweet or unsweetened chocolate (I used bittersweet)
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.75 cups sugar (I used 1.5 cups)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups pecans – or less (I use a heaping cup of pecans or walnuts)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate. Allow to cool
  2. Combine the flour and sugar in a large bowl
  3. Add the eggs and cooled chocolate mixture to the flour mixture
  4. Stir well
  5. Add nuts and vanilla
  6. Scoop into greased muffin tins (or if using regular sized muffins, paper cups work well)
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes for mini muffins (perhaps 20+ minutes for larger ones)

This recipe makes about 3.5 dozen mini muffins. If you happen to have leftovers, they freeze well.

As a side note… my son is not fond of nuts, so I always scooped a few plain muffins for him before adding the nuts to the mixture.


This post is a part of BethFishReads’ Weekend Cooking link-up. For more delicious recipes, please visit this weekly blog feature.


9 thoughts on “Totoro Family Recipes: Fudge Muffins

  1. It seems like you can always find great recipes in those classic regional Junior League cookbooks. I love to browse through them. 😉 The muffins look like they would be perfect with a cup of coffee.


  2. I haven’t had a muffin in a long time… (Since hubby went on a diet, probably!) They look delicious! I love nuts so would add the full amount if I tried this one!


  3. I’ve had that book for years. A friend from Baton Rouge gave it to me and checked off her favorites. Amazing how the recipes all seem to work, which isn’t necessarily true of crowd-sourced old books (or for that matter internet crowd sourcing).

    best… mae at


    • I’ve considered collecting Junior League cookbooks because the recipes are tried-and-true. Perhaps once we start traveling around the country in our retirement years, this will be the perfect souvenir 🙂


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