Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Some days you really need something rich and chocolatey for breakfast! Oh wait? What did you say? Usually rich and chocolatey foods are eaten at dessert? Nonsense! I have learned that anything goes these past couple weeks. Blueberry pie at eight in the morning? Heck, yeah! A loaded hotdog at one a.m.? No problem! Oh yeah, and I can’t forget that midnight run to steak and shake for that ridiculously large oreo shake! Whoops! 😉 So the other morning when I was staring at a bag of fresh cherries in my fridge (and contemplating what I wanted to with them besides dunk them into melted chocolate!) I remembered this recipe that I had bookmarked for chocolate cherry muffins. Luckily I had all the ingredients in my pantry to whip up a batch of these babies. I threw in some chocolate chips (just to make them even more indulgent!) and a splash of cherry flavoring and the results were incredible. Rich, tender and bursting with plump fresh cherries and melty chocolate chips!

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Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cherry flavoring
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ⅓  cups pitted cherries, halved
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin cups with muffin liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Beat in egg, almond extract, and cherry flavoring until combined.
  4. With mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.
  5. Let mixture rest for 10 minutes, then fill muffin cups to the brim with the batter. Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the center muffins comes out clean. Cool muffins in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and cool 5 minutes before serving.

Yields: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes

Source: adapted from California Cherries

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15 Responses to Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins

  1. Great Recipe and something other than a pie or crisp/cobbler! Have a Great Day:)

  2. Food Stories says:

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  3. christina says:

    This looks really great! The other day I had an entire (large) chocolate mug cake for lunch. (Hey, it has an egg in it–protein!) Chocolate is definitely on-limits any time of the day.

  4. This looks really good. I may just need to make it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Living4real says:

    Hi! This recipe definitely looks like one I’ll be making soon. But I have another question – I have been looking for a place to purchase Maraschino cherries without the added corn syrup (it sort of defeats the purpose of the low-cal. snack when loaded with sugar.). I’d like fresh Maraschino cherries like the fresh Bing cherries I bought the other day. But I never see any in the stores other than those in the glass jars — even when cherries are in season! Does anyone have any words of wisdom for me? Thank you in advance, and thank you for the yummy recipes. 🙂

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    I saw the photo and was hooked. I need to buy some cherries at the market on Saturday. Thanks!

  7. Lori S. says:

    We have 30 pounds of cherries sitting in our ‘fridge waiting for something good. . .and lo and behold. . .these are something GOOD!! These are amazing. I worried about them given that we are at altitude, but I made no adjustments (other than running out of milk and substituting evaporated milk and water). Awesome – thanks! I doubt they will last the evening and I’ll be making more before the 100 degree weather hits tomorrow.

  8. sugaredpecan says:

    These look so incredibly yummy!!!!!

  9. MissMessy says:

    Just what i’m craving right now! Cherries need to be bought in my house!

  10. Loving everything involved in this recipe! A little fruit makes it healthy…. right?? 😉

  11. vlfankhauser says:

    Oh my goodness! These muffins are absolutely delicious! So chocolatey and cherriful. A “sweet” way to start teh day!

  12. overtimecook says:

    These look amazing! I must try them. I love cherries and I love chocolate, so I can only imagine how much I would love them together!

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