Awesomely Easy Cherry Muffins

These cherry muffins are a treat any hour of the day.  Dried cherries, white chocolate chips, and crushed almonds baked into a chocolate muffin make this a worthy competitor of cupcakes!  If morning muffins usually leave you unimpressed, you’ll be a fan once you make a batch of these scrumptious cherry muffins.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons powdered buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons cappuccino mix (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup water (or ¾ cup buttermilk, leaving out the powdered buttermilk)
  • ⅓ cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ – ¾ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup crushed almonds
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • Glaze (optional)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Using kitchen shears, cut the dried cherries into raisin-size pieces.
  2. In a small-to-medium size mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, powdered buttermilk, and cappuccino mix.
  3. Using a whisk or fork to thoroughly mix the dry ingredients.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, water, oil and vanilla.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix with a spatula or spoon until just combined.
  6. Add the cherries, almonds, and white chocolate chips.
  7. Fold into the batter.
  8. Lightly spray cooking oil in the tins of the muffin pans you are going to use.
  9. Spoon the batter into the tins, to a little over ¾ full (with muffins, it’s okay to slightly overfill).
  10. Bake at 400 degrees for the suggested times, depending on your muffin tin size.  Check all muffins with a toothpick at the minimum time to determine if they are done.
  11. Once done, remove the muffins from the muffin tins right away.

Optional: Mix all glaze ingredients well and pour over muffins after they are removed from the tins.

Suggested Baking Times:

  1. For regular size muffins, bake for 18-20 minutes.
  2. For mini muffins, bake for 10-12 minutes.
  3. For jumbo muffins, bake for 24-26 minutes.
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