Chocolate Cherry Muffins
Chocolate Cherry Muffins with white chocolate chips and dried cherries.
Someone asked me the other day what I wanted for Christmas and I told them I want one of those “easy buttons” that are on the tv commercials. You know the ones. Somebody needs something nearly impossible done and they need it right now so the other somebody pushes the “easy button” and everything is magically taken care of.
I don’t even care what that thing costs. I just want somebody to tell me where to get one.
I’m going to tell you all a secret. It’s gonna shock some of you, but here goes. The honest-to-goodness truth is…Christmas just wears me out. All the cooking and baking, all the shopping and wrapping gifts. It’s fun, yes, but when it gets down to the last few weeks it just starts to overwhelm me.
I have a recurring dream this time almost every year where I wake up in a panic because I’ve dreamed that it’s Christmas morning and I haven’t bought the first gift. Yep, that one came around last night. I posted on Facebook this morning that I feel like a hamster on its little exercise wheel. Running, running, running and getting nowhere.
In an effort to retain my sanity, I’m trying to simplify wherever I can this year. My decorations aren’t as elaborate as they have been. I’m even using some gift bags (those of you who really know me will get a big chuckle out of that!) and I’m forgoing some of the more complicated recipes that I usually make during the holidays. These chocolate cherry muffins are a great example of that. They’re just full of chocolate goodness with white chocolate chips and dried cherries thrown in for good measure. Delicious with a cup of tea or coffee or even a cold glass of milk.
How to Make Chocolate Cherry Muffins
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffins cups with paper liners.
Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, white chocolate chips and dried cherries into a large bowl. Stir together until combined.
Put all the liquid ingredients into a large measuring cup and mix together with a fork until the egg is lightly beaten. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
Stir together until just combined. Do not over mix.
Spoon into prepared muffin pan using a scant 1/3 cup batter for each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes (start checking for doneness at about 17 minutes).
Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and cool completely on the wire rack. Sift powdered sugar over the muffins before serving.
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Chocolate Cherry Muffins
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup white chocolate chips
- ¾ cup dried cherries
- 1 cup milk
- ⅓ cup plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffins cups with paper liners.
- Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa, sugar, white chocolate chips and dried cherries into a large bowl. Stir together until combined.
- Put all the liquid ingredients into a large measuring cup and mix together with a fork until the egg is lightly beaten. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir together until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Spoon into prepared muffin pan using a scant 1/3 cup batter for each muffin. Bake for 20 minutes (start checking for doneness at about 17 minutes).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.
- Remove muffins from pan and cool completely on the wire rack. Sift powdered sugar over the muffins before serving.
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Great recipe. I swapped half the oil for applesauce. Made 17 muffins. Baking time was 14 minutes because they were smaller.
Hey Lana, Do you think they would turn out fine if i used fresh cherries, instead of dried ones? Or would they get soggy?
Thanks for the great recipe!
My guess is that it would make the muffins soggy, but I don’t know that for sure. The fresh cherries would have a lot of moisture that the dried ones don’t.
The muffins look and sound amazing! I am so with you about this time of year. I have simplified out of necessity this year, and it’s been much less stressful.
I am with you Lana on this one. Good to know that I am not the only one who feels that way. It is even worst with me as i leave my presents shopping till the last minute and always end up forgeting someone. Well this year thanks god don’t have to do the cooking. Simple and sweet recipe like this one is right up my alley. So I might have to volunteer for the dessert. Happy Holidays.
I’m totally with you on the stress factor involved with the “Merry Christmas” season, and must admit I haven’t bought my first gift yet. Perhaps tomorrow, along with the 20 other things I need to do. Any recipe that is simple and easy is very welcome with me right now. But I’d want to make these excellent looking muffins even if they were the hard kind. Delicious!
I have a recurring dream that Santa doesn’t stop at our house. Wake up in a cold sweat every single time!
Lana, I know what you mean, working in retail doesn’t help either… people are lunatics this time of year and show their butt-toonies (sp) … very nice, easy muffin recipe, know it taste as good as it sounds
Oh, wow. Really thankful I’m not working in retail :-) Bless your heart.
Lana, I am Jewish and Xmas wears ME out.
Ha ha! Now that’s a laugh.
These look delicious, Lana! I’m feeling a little overwhelmed myself, but we’ll hang in there! I love this simple recipe…can’t wait to try it! Happy Holidays!
You know, Jennifer, after I posted I started thinking about how “scrooge-y” I sounded. And I really didn’t mean to. I just wish Christmas was simpler. Like it used to be. Sometimes I feel like it’s almost turned into a competition, or at least a marathon, of cooking, shopping, wrapping, traveling. Maybe I need to take a few hours and go to the spa for a massage, uh…attitude adjustment :-)
I think the whole season can be as exciting as it is tiresome. We all go go go from turkey day on…But then, scrumptious muffins like these come along and make it all better. (And, here is my secret…I am not even decorating this year…too much going on.)
Yum! I just poured my 1 millionth cup of hot coffee for the day and one (or three) of these would go really good with it.
Wish you were closer! I’d send a couple over.