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Double Cherry Muffins

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These Double Cherry Muffins  are full of fresh and dried cherries, plus a boost of flavor from almond extract!

Tender buttermilk muffins are a delicious way to start the day or as a lovely afternoon snack with a cup of tea or milk.

Double Cherry Muffins on a white plate with fresh cherries

Double Cherry Muffins

Thank goodness for my girlfriends. You’ve heard this story before. The only cherries Bill will touch are in Cherry Koolaid, or “CK” as it’s lovingly called at our house. So I’m so happy for a group of eager friends who even email to ask if I have anything to bring to our biweekly gatherings.

My first batch of these muffins didn’t dazzle me, so I added more dried cherries and upped the almond extract. The buttermilk based batter created a moist and flavorful base…and I knew I’d hit the jackpot with these double cherry muffins.

Double Cherry Muffins on a floral napkin with a bowl of dark cherries in a white bowl

Tips for Making Perfect Muffins

There is one tip I retained from my high school Home Ec class which I’ll share with you.  PRO-Tip: Do not over-mix your quick bread batter. A classic rule of baking. I’m sharing some more advice for making the best muffins every single time.

Mixing Your Muffin Batter:

First, start by whisking together your dry ingredients. Since over mixing quick bread batter leads to tunneling, you’ll want your leavening to be well mixed in with the flour before you add your liquids.

The liquids, which can include melted butter, eggs and the usual suspects, should be mixed together, too. For the same reason as above.

Then you fold, which is a process done with a rubber spatula, the wet ingredients into the dry. You don’t want to go crazy, but gently lift and fold the batter over and over until there are just a few spots of unincorporated flour visible.

Once the liquids meet the dry ingredients, the leavener is activated so you want to bake your muffins immediately after mixing.

Filling Your Muffin Tins:

Fill your muffin cups 2/3 to 3/4 full if the recipe doesn’t give you any specifications.

I like to use paper muffin liners inside my muffin tins for easy release. If you don’t want to use the liners, just grease your tins with butter, shortening or non-stick cooking spray.

Baking and Storing Your Muffins

Your muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

As you do with cakes, release the muffins from the tins after about 10 minutes of cooling. This gives them time to cool and firm up a bit, but still be warm enough not to be stuck to the pan.

Finish cooling on a wire rack. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature.

Store your fresh, cooled muffins in an airtight container up to 3 days. Muffins can also be frozen up to 3 months. I use a freezer gallon Ziploc bag.

 

#TwelveLoaves June: Cherries

Check out more breads, muffins and danishes featuring summer cherries!

#TwelveLoaves runs smoothly with the help of our friends. Thanks to the wonderful Renee Dobbs and Liz Berg for their help this month!

Double Cherry Muffins close up view with fresh cherries in a white bowl on a floral napkin

 

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Double Cherry Muffins | Scrumptious, tender muffins with two kinds of cherries!

Double Cherry Muffins

A fabulous cherry muffin packed with fruit!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 18 mins
  • Total Time: 28 mins
  • Yield: 12 muffins
  • Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Quick Breads
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh sweet cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup tart dried cherries
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted and cooled slightly.
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425º. Line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in large bowl. Whisk sugar and eggs together in medium bowl till well combined. Slowly whisk in melted butter. Whisk in buttermilk, vanilla and almond extract until combined. Then add dried cherries.Using rubber spatula, fold egg mixture into flour mixture. Do not overmix.
  3. Add about a tablespoon of batter to each muffin cup, followed by a few chopped cherries, and then continue to layer till batter fills the cups. If you have leftover cherries and batter fill up a couple of ramekins to bake with the muffin tin.
  4. Bake about 18 minutes till tops are firm and golden. Cool in tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish serving.

Notes

You may be able to get 14 muffins out of each batch depending on the size of your tin and your muffins.

 

Skinny Tip

I’m starting a new series of Skinny Tips. How I keep slim is one of my most frequent inquiries. I’ll feature tips on some of my upcoming blog posts.

Tip #8: Brush your teeth when you’re done with a meal or before you start cooking. You’ll be less likely to snack or taste test the batter when your mouth is minty fresh.

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41 comments on “Double Cherry Muffins”

  1. I so wish these muffins would magically appear for breakfast! I’d never turn down anything double cherry :).

  2. These muffins look truly mouthwatering Liz!

  3. Very pretty! I haven’t even seen bing cherries at the store yet… Now I’m craving them:@)

  4. Oh yes on the double cherries! I’ve never thought to use both fresh and dried together. Brilliant Liz!

  5. Cherries and almonds were meant for each other! Love how you doubled up on the cherries in these. Double the flavor = double the fun.

  6. How delicious, I’m loving the combo of dried and fresh cherries. Fresh cherries are still way OTT expensive to bake with so I’ll BM this for cherry season. Koolaid is not something I’ve thought about in decades!

  7. OH, they are beautiful, Liz – I love the combo of dry and fresh cherries! I will happily eat Bill’s portion of cherry goods, should you ever be looking for an extra ;).

  8. I am so loving these cherry recipes this month. Perfect recipe, Liz, to highlight a beautiful ingredient.

  9. Double cherry is always double delicious in our home. I love buttermilk in muffin recipes too. Great recipe and the pictures are mouth watering as usual.

  10. now that is a muffin! WOW! Double cherry makes everything better:)

  11. Oh these are so pretty and so mouthwatering! I am so making these… as soon as the cherries are sweet and flavorful. I have been wondering what to bake and this is it. With or without the addition of little chocolate chips.

  12. Liz, these are definitely going on my list of recipes to try! We are kind of freaks about cherries around here, and these muffins look like something we would love! Thanks for a great recipe!

  13. Liz, I’m bonkers for muffins and muffins with fresh cherries? Yes! They look wonderful!

  14. Double cherry … mmm, delicious! These sounds amazing as they are, but I MIGHT be tempted to throw some dark chocolate into the batter, too. Just might … 😉

  15. Oh my, I know I will love these muffins. I’m imagining the cherries nestled in a fluffy muffin with the vanilla and almond extract and now I am officially hungry. For these muffins. Thank you for baking these for us!

  16. Wonderful recipe to use with cherries! I hear that cherries will be limited this year, so I better get mine quick!!

  17. Love that you used both cherries and I absolutely love cherries and almond together! 🙂

  18. Oooh, i bet the almond flavor with the cherries is so so good. I want one!

  19. Aha!!! fresh cherries + the dried ones! Brilliant!!! I bet these muffins were fabulous! and I LOVE the skinny tips!!!

  20. I am just starting to see fresh cherries in the store. These muffins look great with the cherries – I am loving the splash of color.

  21. cherries are my favorite summer fruit. these look yummy!

  22. Liz, these photos are sooooooo pretty! Your muffins look perfect – thank you for taking the time and effort to tweak them so that you can share the best recipe possible. You’re the best! Those muffin liners are awesome. And now I have a craving for these muffins and for some CK 😉

  23. Cherries are on my all time favorite list so double cherry sounds amazing to me. I love that you didn’t give up on these Liz. They definitely look like winners!

  24. Your muffins look great, I make muffins and all types of muffins but I have never thought to make them using cherries! I’ll have to give this a try.

    check out my recent post, meatball sliders!
    Michael
    http://michaelswoodcraft.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/meatball-sliders/

  25. I wanted a muffin this morning and now I want one for dessert-these are fantastic, Liz! Thank you for your help with this month’s event. (your skinny tips are so much fun!!:))

  26. Hi! Cherries and almond extract!! I love this cherry and almond combo. These muffins sound and look absolutely delicious!! By the way my husband uses this skinny tip, brushing his teeth after dinner. It really seems to help keep him from eating sweets (with me!) later in the evening.

  27. I have been craving cherries soooooo badly. I love that you added both dried and fresh cherries to these muffins!

  28. These muffins are double-dandy Liz! I’m glad you went back to the kitchen for a second crack at the recipe. Sometimes hanging in there is as much a missing ingredient as adding another type of cherry. A minty mouth might stave off one of the muffins, but not for long.

  29. I’m so psyched it’s finally cherry season! These seem like the perfect way to welcome in one of my favorite fruits. 🙂

  30. I love buttermilk in muffins, it works so well. I have a bag of dried sour cherries I have been meaning to use up for a while and I think they would work well here with the fresh cherries. Pinning and adding to my to bake list!

  31. Mmmm… We used to have those where I work. But they got discontinued.

    But I’m certain homemade ones are much better and healthier.

  32. Buttermilk makes the most wonderful light and fluffy muffins, doesn’t it? I love that you doubled up on the cherries, Liz. These are perfectly gorgeous.

  33. I wish I had these muffins for breakfast – they look mouthwatering!!! I love the double cherry in here -that’s such a great idea to use fresh and dried along with the almond extract. Awesome recipe Liz! Pinning 🙂

  34. With muffins like these, life really IS a bowl full of cherries 🙂

  35. Beautiful muffins, Liz…Cherries are wholesome and wonderful…Bill is one funny and lovable character. The fact that he’s a doctor who loves CoolAid makes him all that more endearing.

  36. I was just visiting Alice’s site and came to yours right after, and I thought to myself, WHAT A CRAZY RANDOM HAPPENSTANCE, cherries and bread two in a row? What are the ODDS?! And then I read your post like a normal person. This looks wonderful, Liz, and y’all are making me getting the hankering to join in on #TwelveLoaves! Thanks for sharing!~

  37. Wow. Double cherries! So amazing and beautiful! These look great as always.

  38. Sharing these with friends sounds just about perfect! I like your new series of #SkinnyTips and agree with you on the toothpaste– I try to brush my teeth when I put my boys to sleep and then I don’t snack on my own in the evening.

  39. Lizzy,
    I love your skinny tips. I’m a little torn though…cause I really, really want to sample the batter, preferably with a shovel.
    These muffins are gorgeous. Can’t wait to try them.
    Annamaria

  40. Wow…these look fabulous! Cherries in anything is ok with me!

  41. Beautiful photos – so inviting! You can never go wrong with more cherries.

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