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Cherry Muffins

July 15, 2019 (Last Updated: August 5, 2019)

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Homemade Cherry Muffins made with fresh cherries.

A muffin halved sitting on a white plate.

It’s cherry season here and I’m busy with everything cherries. These muffins are made with sweet cherries, not tart cherries. 

We have two cherry trees; a Bing cherry tree and a tart or sour pie cherry tree. We planted both trees 14 years ago and while they still aren’t what I would call mature trees, they are producing a lot of fruit. 

I’m always looking for new ways to use to use whatever we are harvesting. These cherry muffins are my newest way to use the Bing cherries. If you are looking for a tart cherry recipe, you might want to make Cherry Cake or a Cherry Pie

Half of a cherry muffin filled with bits of cherries.

What ingredients do I need to make cherry muffins?

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Oil (canola or vegetable)
  • Vanilla or Almond Extract
  • Fresh Cherries

Small bowls filled flour, sugar, yogurt and cherries with other ingredients around the bowls.

What kind of cherries can I use?

I used Bing cherries, because that is the type we grow. You could also use Rainier, Queen, Lapins or your favorite cherry. 

How do I pit cherries?

Pitting cherries can be a challenge. I’ve started using a cherry pitter to get the seed out. It works great, but it’s not fast since my pitter does one cherry at a time. 

What equipment do I need to make these muffins?

Here are some items that might make baking these muffins easier:

Do I need to use paper liners in my muffin tin?

You can use paper liners if you’d like. I tend to make my muffins without the liners. It’s really a personal choice. If you don’t  use the liners, just be certain to grease your tins before adding batter. 

Muffin batter in a muffin tin without paper liners.

How long do Cherry Muffins bake?

I bake these muffins for 18-20 minutes. The time varies a bit depending on your oven. I always start at 18 minutes and then 1-2 minutes if needed.

How can I tell if my muffins are done?

  • First look at your muffin. Is it a nice golden brown color across the top?
  • Next use a toothpick and insert it in the center. It should come out with just a few crumbs and not gummy.

Baked muffins in a muffin tin.

Do I need to cool my muffins on a baking rack?

Yes! Allow muffins to stay in tin for about 5 minutes and then remove and continue cooling until ready to eat. Muffins are best if they cool for about 10 minutes on rack before eating. The muffins hold together better if cooled. 

What else can I bake with fresh cherries?

If you are looking for other recipes using cherries, you’ll want to check out Cherry Pie Filling, Cherry Crisp and Cherry Cobbler.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! Cherry muffins on a plate with one muffin split in half.

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5 from 5 votes
Baked muffins in a muffin tin.
Cherry Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Pitting Cherries
10 mins
 

White muffin filled with fresh cherries

Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry Muffins, muffins
Servings: 12 Muffins
Calories: 212 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt plain
  • 1/2 cup oil canola or vegetable
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet cherries pitted and chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a bowl.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine egg, yogurt, oil, milk and almond extract

  3. Add liquid mixture to flour mixture. Mix to combine.

  4. Fold in cherries.

  5. Scoop batter into greased muffin tins.

  6. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 18-20 minutes.

  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove from pan and continue cooling on a baking rack.

Recipe Notes

Use either almond extra or vanilla extract.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 195mg6%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Tamara R
    August 17, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Could you use sour cherries and maybe increase the sugar?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      August 18, 2019 at 4:33 am

      Hi Tamara,
      You could use sour cherries in these muffins. If you increase the sugar, only increase by 1/4 cup. If you like the tartness of the cherries, they’d be delicious even without increasing the sugar. Let me know how they turn out!
      Happy Baking!!!

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    July 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Yummy! I love muffins. They’re so easy to freeze and last longer that way. We had no cherries this year. Well, practically none out of 4 trees. The few that appeared the birds got to them before us. Sometimes there’s bad years. I’d think this muffin recipe would take frozen cherries quite nicely.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 25, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Frozen cherries should work perfectly in these muffins! We often have off years on our trees too. Thanks goodness for the freezer and storing them from the previous year!

  • Reply
    2pots2cook
    July 18, 2019 at 2:14 am


    Perfect to pack for my office to have with coffee. Thank you so much !

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 19, 2019 at 6:30 am

      I love taking homemade treats into work – sometimes I even share them! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Valentina
    July 17, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I love baking with fresh summer fruit and these perfectly golden muffins look amazing. Lucky you to have two cherry trees! Not only for the tasty fruit, but for the pretty spring blossoms. šŸ™‚ ~Valentina

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 19, 2019 at 6:31 am

      I do love having the trees and harvesting what they produce.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 16, 2019 at 6:40 am


    Nothing better during the summer than a fruit-filled muffin Kathy! I’ve been making them nonstop alll summer long. Will add these to my list!

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    July 15, 2019 at 7:03 pm


    I had some cherries left over at Christmas time, when they were at their best here in Australia – I froze them, so I will definitely make these muffins! Perfect!

  • Reply
    annie@ciaochowbambina
    July 15, 2019 at 11:20 am


    I love these!! My mouth is watering just thinking about them! Would love one slathered in butter with my morning coffee!!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    July 15, 2019 at 5:29 am


    14 years, eh? We had our cherry tree at the old house for about 8 years, and it was just starting to produce a couple cherries each summer. The squirrels ate them long before we could, though. In fact, I think that’s the only thing I miss about our old house…the fruit trees and my blackberry thicket. I think the new owners chopped it all down, too. šŸ™ Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to start again…or just send you my address! Haha. These muffins sound delicious!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 19, 2019 at 6:41 am

      We started with just small whips of trees. You can purchase more mature ones and then not have to wait quite as long.

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