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Fresh Cherry Muffins with Easy Streusel Topping

Indulge in delightful fresh Cherry Muffins, crowned with a simple streusel topping for a perfect blend of fruity sweetness and crumbly perfection.

Cherry Muffins Recipe

Having so many orchards and farms in our area is one of my favorite things about where we live. I can find different kinds of local produce almost all year round.

During cherry season, I like to take advantage of all the fresh sweet cherries we have access to. I usually buy an obscene amount, eat way too many of them, then pit and freeze the rest. Frozen fruit is great to have on hand for making smoothies, desserts, and, of course, today’s muffins.

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I like being able to make my own muffins at home. The right recipe gives me all the same amazing flavor and texture of a bakery or coffee shop version, but for a fraction of the cost. That’s a major win in my books!

Cherry Muffin Recipe

Today’s easy homemade cherry muffins are the real deal. With only a few simple pantry ingredients, you have the perfect treat. They are loaded with juicy cherries and topped with a delicious streusel that will keep the whole family coming back for more.

Cherry Muffins Recipe

This cherry muffin recipe also makes a great basic muffin batter. You can easily switch out the cherries for other fresh fruits, like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or peaches. Chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks also make a wonderful addition.

Get creative and find that perfect combination for your family!

Cherry Muffin Recipe

Ingredients:

Muffin batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, chopped

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cherry Muffin Ingredients

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

Cherry Muffin Ingredients

3. Place vegetable oil into a 1-cup measuring cup. Add the egg and enough milk (approximately 1/3 cup) to equal 1 cup total liquid.

4. Mix the wet ingredients with the flour mixture. Fold in fruit.

Cherry Muffin Ingredients

5. Fill muffin cups right to the top with the cherry batter.

Cherry Muffin Ingredients

6. To make the streusel topping, mix together sugar, flour, butter, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of muffin batter.

Cherry Muffin Ingredients

7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

Cherry Muffin Ingredients

Tips and Tricks:

  • For a flavor boost, try including a little bit of almond extract or vanilla extract with your liquid mixture. You could also mix some lemon zest or extra cinnamon in with the dry ingredients.
  • To prevent your muffins from sticking to the pan, be sure to grease them well with cooking spray or use paper muffin liners. You may even want to use a combination of both.
  • While it is possible to make muffin recipes with a stand mixer or electric mixer, I recommend doing it by hand for best results.
  • Extra muffins can be stored at room temperature, in an airtight container, for 2-3 days. If you want to freeze them, allow them to cool completely on a wire rack first, to avoid condensation build-up.
  • For easy freezing, wash and pit your cherries, chop them up, and put the fruit into freezer bags.
Cherry Muffins Recipe

FAQ:

  • Can I use flax eggs or chia eggs in this recipe? Yes, substitute for an egg-free version.
  • I would like to use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose. Will this affect the final results? Whole wheat flour should work just as well.
  • Try this recipe with almond milk or your favorite plant-based milk.
  • You could also use frozen cherries for this.
  • Try a combination of white and brown sugar instead of white sugar.
Cherry Muffins

Muffins make wonderful school snacks. Once cooled, I simply wrap the muffins individually in plastic wrap and then place them all in a large freezer bag.

I then store them in the freezer, where they are readily available for school lunch packing. Keeping them in the freezer is the only way that these delicious muffins last longer than a day.

Cherry Muffins Recipe

Go make yourself a batch of these fresh cherry muffins now! They will quickly become a family favorite, just like they are here. If you love muffins, check out these Starbucks blueberry muffins, rhubarb muffins, apple cinnamon muffins, and this decadent double chocolate chip version.

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Cherry Muffins Recipe

Cherry Muffins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Indulge in delightful fresh Cherry Muffins, crowned with a simple streusel topping for a perfect blend of fruity sweetness and crumbly perfection.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, chopped
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Place vegetable oil into a 1-cup measuring cup. Add the egg and enough milk (approximately 1/3 cup) to equal 1 cup total liquid.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients with the flour mixture. Fold in fruit.
  5. Fill muffin cups right to the top with the cherry batter.
  6. To make the streusel topping, mix together sugar, flour, butter, and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of muffin batter.
  7. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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