Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

27 January 2016 by Natanja

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  • Packed with juicy cherries and sprinkled with extra chocolate chips, these muffins will rock your boat. Skip the liners and cut out squares of parchment paper for a bakery-style look.

    Cherry chocolate chip muffin in a parchment paper liner beside a jar of cherries.

    I always say that muffins don’t need to be as pretty and delicate as their cupcake relatives but they need to satisfy when it comes to taste. As much as I love fancy and time-consuming decorations, sometimes I crave the simplicity of a great muffin. This muffin recipe is super easy to make and is done in no time. Whether you want a snack for your coffee break, a brunch muffin or just simply a delicious dessert, try these!

    A little warning when it comes to using store-bought  ”already pitted” cherries: Oftentimes a few were missed during the process and will still contain the rock hard pit. Despite checking all of them before pouring them into the batter, I missed one. When I later took them with to work and took my first bite I almost cracked a tooth on one. So please check them before incorporating them!!

    A closeup of a cherry chocolate chip muffin.

    I found that these taste best on the day you make them as well as on the second day when stored outside the fridge. However, if you wish to store them longer than that during hot months, I recommend storing them in the fridge since they are very moist. Once stored in the fridge they will firm up slightly.

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    Juicy cherries and chocolate packed in one great muffin

    Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

    • Prep Time: 15 minutes
    • Cook Time: 25 minutes
    • Total Time: 40 minutes
    • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


    A fluffy and moist muffin filled with juicy cherries and chocolate chips


    • 240g flour (2 cups)
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 180g white granulated sugar (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
    • 50g butter, softened (1/4 cup)
    • 1 large egg plus 1 extra yolk
    • 250g sour cream (1 cup)
    • 160g pitted cherries (fresh or canned)
    • 20g cornstarch (1/4 cup)
    • 175g semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
    • a handful of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips for garnishing


    1. Cut the parchment paper in squares, prepare a 12 cavity muffin tin and preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F.
    2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt, stirring with a whisk.
    3. In a separate bowl mix sugar and butter together, then add in the egg and yolk and cream together with an electric hand mixer for 2 minutes.
    4. Add in the sour cream and mix for an additional minute.
    5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a wooden spoon just until combined, being careful not to over-mix.
    6. Drain the cherries and check if all are pitted (don’t skip this step as there are usually a few that were missed!) and halve them.
    7. Dust the cherries with cornstarch and add them to the batter along with the chocolate chips.
    8. Press the parchment squares into the tin and fill with 2 tablespoons of batter.
    9. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
    10. Immediately sprinkle with mini chocolate chips and let cool completely.


    Store the muffins in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months.

    Keywords: cherry chocolate chip muffins, muffins with cherries, chocolate and cherry muffins

    An empty liner with cake crumbs on it beside a glass of cherries.



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