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Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Cherry chocolate chip muffins make a wondrous brunch or breakfast treat. These summer-inspired muffins are loaded with ripe cherries and sweet chocolate chips. They bake up tender and moist with a crunchy toasted almond crust.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

If there ever was a muffin I could shovel into my face on the daily, it would be these cherry chocolate chip muffins. I’ve been quite smitten with cherries this summer, popping them like candy every time I walk past the cherry colander I keep filled at all times.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

So far the best cherries I’ve experienced this summer have come from a local farmer that set up shop at one of the farmers’ markets I frequent every Saturday. They were candy sweet and the deepest crimson red. After consuming over half the carton, I decided they deserved more justice. I used a handful to make a fresh batch of cherry syrup for this Cherry-Kissed Prosecco Spritzer recipe, and I folded the remaining cherries into this muffin batter.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

I mixed up my favorite muffin batter and tossed in a heaping cup of freshly pitted cherries. If you’ve ever pitted cherries then you know it’s an act of pure love–love of being in the kitchen, love of eating, and love of feeding others. At the end of the deed, you’ll walk away with stained finger tips, crimson-colored cutting board, and splattered clothing (best to wear an apron).

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you’re going to pit cherries, please invest in a cherry pitter. It was by far the best investment I made 2 years ago. Before the cherry pitter, I used a pairing knife and the task proved tedious and dangerous–I came close to cutting off a finger numerous times.

I can promise you this: the effort is worth the reward. These muffins bake up moist and fluffy with a tender crumb. I added a splash of almond extract to bring out the natural flavor of the cherries and added sliced almonds to the top of the muffins for crunch. The almonds toast and become extra nutty as the muffins bake. Let’s not forget about the chocolate. I added a generous amount of mini chocolate chips to the batter because, as we all know, chocolate makes everything better.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

If you want to splurge, pair your muffin with an a glass Dirty Chai Tea Latte.

Head over to Food Fanatic to grab this Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe.

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3 Responses to “Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins”

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — September 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    These looks delicious and your photos are scrumptious :) Pinning!

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    Ashley — September 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Chocolate + cherries is the best! These muffins sound fantastic! And oh gosh yes to a cherry pitter … I only cracked this summer but holy cow best $10 spent ever. So much easier!!

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    Laura Dembowski — September 12, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I wish it was cherry season all year long! These muffins look amazing.

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