Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Sabotage !!
Oh, I'm bad..... last post was a salad and talking about eating healthy, here I am with the chocolate.... sorry..... but, they were just too good not to share!

I changed a few things to suit myself...but, the original recipe is from the Company's Coming book Muffins and More. The original recipe called for cooking oil but I prefer to use butter in my baking.. . so I changed the mixing directions. They are called Chocolate Filled Muffins in the book if you have it and want to try their version. It called for a coconut filling to be pressed into the center of each. But, there was an alternative ...... maraschino cherries. I still had some in a jar from Christmas baking ... hey! perfect.

Chocolate Cherry Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I like to sift it for easier mixing)
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt ( I never use it)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
option:: handful of drained maraschino cherries, chopped into halves or thirds.

Beat butter in mixing bowl, add sugar and mix well. Add egg and beat again.

In large bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, (I always slightly less because I don't like to taste it at all !) salt, (if you use it), and cinnamon. Add to butter mixture... stir gently just a bit, then add milk... mixing just until moistened.

Gently fold in maraschino cherries or... place by hand into mixture after placing small amount into muffin cups then fill cups. I pushed mine well into the dough so they were not really visible from the outside... I didn't want them to get crispy or burn on any edges.

This dough is not really a wet mixture and I think next time I will also add a few tablespoons of the maraschino juice as well and perhaps even a teensy drop of almond flavouring...

Bake at 375 F. (180 C. ) for 20 minutes. Only makes 8 good size muffins.


Megan said...

I have some cherrys but I'm saving them to make the chocolate covered cherry cookies that I never made last year but never forgot. I bought the cherrys just for the those cookies and this year come hell or high water, I'm making them. But these muffins are tempting and would be perfect for a valentine (or anytine)breakfast treat.

Shellmo said...

These muffins look very tasty to me! Thank you for coming by my birding blog! It was a pleasure to visit yours!!

^..^ Corgi Dog Mama ^..^ said...

Oh my stars those look delish!
If you need a taste tester, unbiased, I'd be happy to oblige!

Elenka said...

Cherries and THAT is something that is right up my alley. I, too, have stopped putting salt into things (not MY idea), but I struggle with how much salt to put into baking breads, because I know it's needed for the yeast to work. argh.

Janice said...

OMG these look divine. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm glad you did, because now I can see all your recipes!