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Lemon and Cherry Muffins

Lemon and Cherry Muffins – A lightly sweet muffin flavored with Meyer lemon and dried cherries great for snacks or for breakfast.

When I was planning last night’s dinner, I really wanted to include a little something sweet for dessert. But it had to be something not-too-sweet. You know?

Golden brown lemon and cherry muffins on a decorative napkin.

I mean, really, after all those rich, sticky, ooey-gooey pecan and pumpkin pies we had at Thanksgiving, we just want something to counteract it all, don’t you? As usual, when I start planning a recipe, I look around for what I have on hand that needs to be used up. I knew I had a couple of partial packages of dried cherries in the pantry. Those are so good and not too sweet. I thought I could use those, surely. But what else?

That’s when inspiration struck. Meyer lemon. Yes!

Meyer lemon tree in my office bay window.

Lemon is one of my favorite flavors and always seems to lighten up a dessert. And I just happen to have a little Meyer lemon tree that lives in the bay window of my office and is loaded right now with ripe fruit.

So I decided to combine some Meyer lemon zest and juice with dried cherries and almonds in a light batter, and these lovely little muffins were the result. I hope you’ll try them and enjoy them, too.

🥄 How to Make Lemon and Cherry Muffins

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Place paper liners in 18 muffin cups and set them aside for now.

Dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Adding wet ingredients to mixing bowl.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, oil, lemon zest and juice. Mix well.

Combining wet and dry ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Try not to overmix. Gently stir in the cherries and almonds.

Batter in paper muffin cups.

Fill muffin cups about ¾ full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.

Golden brown muffins in a baking tin.

Remove the muffin pans from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

You could dust these muffins with a little powdered sugar or make a little lemon glaze to drizzle over them. But, honestly, I don’t think they need anything except a nice cup of coffee or tea.

Lana Stuart.

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Golden brown lemon and cherry muffins on a decorative napkin.

Lemon and Cherry Muffins

Muffins, lightly sweetened, and flavored with Meyer lemon and dried cherries.
4.41 from 5 votes
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Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 18 muffins
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Lana Stuart


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • cup slivered almonds


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place paper liners in 18 muffin cups. Set aside.
  • Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, oil, lemon zest and juice.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  • Gently mix in the cherries and almonds.
  • Fill muffin cups about ¾ full.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
  • Remove muffin pans from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Remove muffins from pans and cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 197kcal | Carbohydrates 28g | Protein 3g | Fat 8g | Saturated Fat 1g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 20mg | Sodium 150mg | Potassium 54mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 15g | Vitamin A 287IU | Calcium 71mg | Iron 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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  1. I just made these, and they are delicious! We are new to gluten-free baking, but my daughter is becoming intolerant and since we are home COVID-quarantining, it’s a great time to try some things out (and having a drawer full of Meyer lemons doesn’t hurt)! I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 GF baking mix, and it worked like a dream. I didn’t have almonds, so used a bit of almond extract, and it adds a nice warm depth of flavor. I got 17 muffins out of it, and baked them for 17 minutes and they were just right–a little browned and crisp on top, and pillowy soft inside. Thanks for a great recipe!

  2. Pearl Necklaces says:

    Aww, these muffins look so cute and precious. They must taste delicious too since I like both cherries and lemons and they go well together. It was really lucky you have that little lemon tree with ripe fruit on it at this time of the year. I can’t seem to place my plants in the right place, they always dry up or turn light green; the house is positioned in an inconvenient way and all the windows have radiators underneath them, so it’s too warm for most plants I’ve had so far. Well, I don’t mind, I go to the market and get everything I need, so it’s all good. My next trip there will be for cherries and lemons. :)
    Hugs, Flora

  3. Denise @ Creative Kitchen says:

    Living in South Florida…I must get a meyer lemon tree!! :) Just found out the other day that my grandmother has one on her patio. Mmm….love lemons!!

    That’s also one of my favorite sayings, “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.” Learning to be frugal over the years as a stay at home mom has been so amazing…when the economy made a downturn after 9/11 it didn’t affect our lifestyle. And now that my hubby is unemployed…it continues to serve my family well!!

    Merry Christmas Lana!

  4. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Oh…these muffins look gorgeous..lemon must have been a wonderful addition.!

  5. claudia lamascolo says:

    I love the try and the muffins, I planted one last year and got bugs all over mine all the fruit fell off :( yours are making me so jealous nice job!

  6. Jen@I Want a Nap says:

    What a great recipe to breakup all the heaviness of holiday food. These look amazing!

  7. Simply Life says:

    oh I am loving this flavor combination- they sound so refreshing to bite into!

  8. They look delicious. Would love for you to share this with us over at foodepix.com.

  9. Nancy@acommunaltable says:

    I honestly cannot cook if I don’t have lemons (or some sort of citrus) around. If you haven’t made preserved lemons you should Lana – I use them all the time!
    These muffins are so up my alley – not too sweet (or too big) and flavored with two of my favorite flavors – tart dried cherries and of course, lemon!

  10. Lemon and cherries are divine and these wonderful, from-scratch muffins look perfect. And delicious. These would be great for this weekend’s breakfast and last afternoon snack… especially as autumn and the rain settle in.

  11. Love the light bright flavors in these muffins. I haven’t seen any Meyer lemons around here, but will have to look for them.

  12. Aly ~ Cooking In Stilettos says:

    That’s it – I’m asking Santa for a Meyer Lemon Tree – I’ve wanted one for years and daggone it – I’m going to get it this year!

    Now that my tirade is over, I’m making these this weekend as I have some lovely Meyer lemons from WholePaychex and dried cherries are always in my pantry.

    1. Got my fingers crossed for you that Santa brings you a lovely little meyer lemon. They’re pretty easy to grow. When we lived in south Georgia we could have them outside all year, but here in the north part of the state we do have to bring them in during the cooler weather.

  13. Barbara | Creative Culinary says:

    I am so jealous of your tree; I’ve only had Meyer lemons once; a friend sent some last year and they got waylaid by the USPS and were frozen solid by the time they arrived. I still thawed them and enjoyed the aroma so much.

    But I mostly love how you went to the pantry and found something there to use. SO identify with that Lana; it’s how I usually cook. What do I have is first before what can I make!

    And I have some dried cherries. Whoo hoo.

    1. I think I remember you talking about those frozen lemons last year! When I have extra ones, I zest and juice them and freeze for later. The freezing doesn’t seem to affect the taste any at all.

      And, yes, I always try to cook from the pantry first. Otherwise, I tend to buy things that get stacked up in there and never used. Always try to remember the old saying – “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”

  14. Zesty Cook says:

    Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! Citrus is always refreshing to me after large meals, so these are the perfect treat!

  15. these all so delicious – love the addition of the almonds – gorgeous :)
    Mary x

  16. Your muffins sound wonderful and I am so envious of your tree! :)

  17. foodwanderings says:

    I love muffins and these are spectacular. Love the lemon cherry combination. i wish I could have some with my tea now.

  18. Ok i am so jealous you have a lemon tree :) I haven;t eated sugar since Thanksgiving day. . .it was just too mush. But this looks fabulous and refreshing.

  19. Mari @ Mari's Cakes says:

    The perfect muffins for winter. I love the combination. Thank you Lana for sharing this recipe with us. I am glad you had a great thanksgiving with your family.

    1. Thank you, Mari. And I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well.

  20. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    You have a Meyer lemon tree in your office? I’m jealous!

    1. I do, Lydia! It lives in the office during the cooler months and goes out onto the deck for warmer weather. If it’s inside when it’s blooming the whole house smells fantastic!

  21. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. says:

    awesome combination! I want one!

  22. Jersey Girl Cooks says:

    Very nice fruit combination! I just picked up some Meyer lemons today.

  23. Barbara Wiedemann says:

    These look sooo good. But I’m mostly smitten by your Meyer’s Lemon. I had one when we lived farther south so I was very happy to see yours . I’ll be looking for one now.

    1. I’ve really enjoyed having my Meyer lemon tree. Just brought it inside a few weeks ago for the cooler temps and it’s doing great.