Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Last week, one of our neighbors gifted us with a large bag of dried cherries. I love dried cherries and while I could easily eat them all straight from the bag, something tells me that might not be the best idea. So instead, I’ve been looking for creative ways to use them in other dishes.

The first obvious choice for me when deciding how to use these was baked goods, specifically muffins and breads. Here is the result of one of those experiments. The results were so good. These muffins are a great breakfast treat, but they are also sweet and chocolatey enough that they can double as dessert.

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Chocolate Cherry Muffins

  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. cinnamon
  • 2 T. cocoa powder
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. dried cherries
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla

1. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients, including the chocolate chips and dried cherries.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until completely moistened and combined.

3. Pour about 1/3 – 1/2 c. batter into greased or lined muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the muffins are done.

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19 thoughts on “Chocolate Cherry Muffins

  1. The last time I bought a big bag of them I made the classic Quaker Oats oatmeal raisin cookies and used cherries instead of raisins. They were pretty tasty…. I have a fantastic chicken salad that I put them in too!

  2. I love chocolate and cherry together, and I love muffins, too! If I weren’t attempting to make Hot Cross Buns today, I would be making these muffins. Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Dried cherries are delicious! My grandma used to dry her extra cherries and we sure enjoyed them. It is awesome to be able to get them in stores now, not quite as good as homegrown/homedried, but it sure works.

    I think I should look into a cherry tree…… I had really forgotten how great they are.

    Thanks for the reminder and thanks for the extra 5 pounds I gained by just looking at your photos!! Good thing I don’t have com-smell-puter or com-taste-puter or I’d be in real trouble!!! lol…..

    Sharinskishe

  4. Hi, you’ve got a lovely blog.Was looking for chocolate cherry muffins & was thrilled to land up here. I’m writing to you as I bake them…& they’re looking good already! Have a good day! Cheers

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