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Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Alright, you guys, I over-purchased cherries. I made the mistake of going into the grocery store, seeing the giant bag, and assuming that I had to buy all of them. Well, guess what? You don’t have to. You can take them out. In any case, about $9 of one bag of fruit later, I’m still trying to use them up.

Damn you, you expensive bits of awesomeness!

Damn you, you expensive bits of awesomeness!

The good news is that, put simply, cherries are awesome. They are delicious and by far one of my favourite parts of the summer. The beau loves them, too – so what better incentive for me to bake than for us to stuff our faces with something delicious?

This is a very mish-mash recipe that I put together using things I had on hand. Initially, I wasn’t even sure if they would turn out – but, now that I have a hearty thumbs up from those near and dear, I will share this and hope that you, too enjoy the leftovers of my overspending.

cherrymuffin

Makes: About 15 muffins (weird number, I know)

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 3 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 cup pitted and chopped fresh cherries
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 cup soy milk (any milk should work)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used carob chips because I had them on hand)
  • extra cherries for garnish
I'ma eat you

I’ma eat you

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter and sugar together, then mix in the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the cherries and chocolate chips. Line your muffin tins with silicone or paper cups, or make sure they are greased. Fill each one about 2/3 full. Now, I put the garnish cherries on before putting them into the oven – however, I would recommend that you put them on closer to being finished (maybe take them out around 18-20 minutes and plop them on), unless you’re into the sunken cherry look. Bake for 20-25 minutes and then let sit and cool. Ta-da!

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4 Comments

  1. hayleighthomas

    These look soooo Yummy!’I could see myself eating as part of breakfast or as a snack:)

  2. johncpicardi

    Those look really good, love the stems still in them. I learned this really wonderful way to preserve Cherries in Italy, check it out on my blog…. “Cherry Bombs” is the title of entry… — I’m saving them for Christmas… Thanks for the follow! John 🙂

    • Jess A

      I miss Italy so much. The Italians just do everything ‘food-wise’ better…looking forward to seeing the preserving technique!

      • johncpicardi

        Yes they really do… I miss it so much… John

        Thanks for the follow!

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