Sour Cherry Almond Muffins

June 21, 2011


Being that it’s cherry season and I’ve been doing a lot of baking that involves cherries, I couldn’t resist posting this recipe for cherry almond muffins.

A few days ago, my co-worker brought me a bag of sour cherries from her yard. Sour cherries are super tart and much smaller than super market cherries. 


What better way to use sour cherries than to bake them into something sweet.


I don’t have a pitter, so I gut my cherries the old fashioned way- until my finger tips are stained red and sweet, and cherry blood oozes from the cutting board. Mwahahaha!


For this recipe, I simply modified classic blueberry muffins by adding cherries, almonds, and almond extract.

Ingredients: (makes one dozen muffins)

1 and 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup fresh sour cherries

1 cup sliced almonds (divided)

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, milk, oil, egg and almond extract. Next, fold in the cherries and half of the almonds.


Spoon the batter into well-greased muffin tins. Fill the cups 2/3 full and top with the remaining almond slices (and a pinch of sugar, too if you like!)


Bake for 20 to 25 min.


Serve piping hot with a side of cherries and a big ole slab of butter.


Breakfast is served!

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Tracey Lee January 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

Hi…just wanted to help you with your cherry pitting. Try a plastic drinking straw! You still get pink fingers, but it works great and goes pretty fast, and best of all, it’s cheap, and most people have them on hand. Just put the straw on the stem end and push it out through the bottom. I have some of those reusable straws that I bought for my Mason jars, so I plan on using one of these this year and see if it works well, otherwise depending on the amount of cherries you have to do, you may need to use a couple of the regular straws. Hope this helps. So worth it!!


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Maha September 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Very Yummy! I made these with 1 cup frozen pitted sour cherries. (I have a bunch in the freezer from this past Spring.) I also chopped up plain whole almonds, since I had that at home. I used 3/4 cup almonds, not 1 cup. I also used just 1/3 tsp almond extract (non alcoholic kind) because I felt like anything more would be too strong. The muffins turned out great! Moist and delish! Oh, I added a bit of white granulated sugar to about 2 tbsp’s of the chopped almonds and put those on top of the muffins (after putting the batter in the muffin pan).


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 26, 2011 at 7:18 am

Great! Sounds like you made some delicious modifications!


Stacey Erickson July 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

These muffins were amazing and got rave reviews by all of my kids! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I will be making them many more times with the cherries in the freezer!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Wonderful! I’m so glad your family enjoyed them. :)


Stacey Erickson July 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

If I am wanting to use some cherries that I had frozen and are now thawed, should I drain the juice from them?


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods July 21, 2011 at 7:00 pm

You know, I found these muffins to be a bit dry, so the cherry juice might just work! Add it little by little, just be sure the batter doesn’t get too soupy. Good luck!


Francois June 27, 2011 at 6:39 am

They look absolutely delicious.
Perfect for a mid-day little treat with a nice cup of tea or a strong espresso.


Lisa {} June 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Love adding cherries to my baked goods. I eat tart cherries all the time or drink the concentrate to help my muscles recoop from an intense workout! :)


LauraJayne June 23, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Sour cherries are supposed to be really good for rehabbing tired muscles too – sounds like a perfect excuse to eat a healthy serving of these muffins!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Oooh, great idea! Thanks for the tip! ;)


Kenley June 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I love cherries — these look so good!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Thanks, Kenley! :)


Sarah June 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

Wow, such gorgeous photos! Love all of these cherry recipes. So summery!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

Thank you, Sarah! :)


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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 3:51 am

Thank you, Lisa! Wow! This is my first ever blogger award. What an honor!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Sounds delicious! I always like food better when it looks pretty – and these muffins are pretty! I never actually baked with cherries before, but your recipe is inspiring me to give it a shot :)


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 23, 2011 at 3:52 am

Aw, thanks Bianca! Hope you like them!


Lisa {} June 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

These look so pretty! I love baking muffins for my kids and this recipe looks like one they’d like. I think I’ll make it this weekend!


Khushboo @ Two Megapixel Food June 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Speaking of which I still haven’t made the chocolate cherry brownies but I am keeping it reserved for this weekend!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Oh, I hope you like them! Let me know how they turn out for you. :)


Khushboo @ Two Megapixel Food June 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm

So pretty! I have a huge bag of cherries in my fridge. Now I know what to do with them :) Lovely pictures.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Thank you!


Victoria June 22, 2011 at 11:46 am

Those look incredible! I love anything with cherries in it. The addition of slivered almonds is a nice touch!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Thank you, Victoria!


natalie (the sweets life) June 22, 2011 at 9:38 am

these look great! I wish I had co-workers bringing me in fresh produce!! :)


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 9:41 am

It’s a huge perk to my job! ;)


brandi June 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

these look so delicious! love that punch of red in the muffins


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Ohhhh… what about cherry + blueberry muffins?! These look so good – I love the almond.


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 22, 2011 at 8:03 am

Ooooh, great idea! I’ll have to make those next time! :)


Blog is the New Black June 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Cherries are highly underused in baking! These look insanely delish!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I agree! There should be more baked goods with a cherry surprise inside! :)


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