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Cherry Muffins for #TwelveLoaves

Cherry Muffins | Magnolia Days

My kitchen looked like a crime scene. Dark red splatters were everywhere. The sweet cherries burst as the pitter plunged through to extract the pit. The juices puddled on the cutting board and stained my fingers. These are cherries at their perfect point of ripeness. Their flavor needed no companion or accent. It is why I kept it simple and made cherry muffins.

I then cleaned up the kitchen and went to the store. The cashier gave me a strange look. After I got home I realized why.  Those dark red splatters were all over my shirt and neck. Remind me next time to wear an apron. Checking how I look in the mirror before heading out the door would be a good idea too. I’m so glad it wasn’t a busy time at the store. At least no one called the cops.

Cherry Muffins | Magnolia Days

Cherries are one of my mom’s favorites. She will snack on them as long as they are in season. I’ve made other cherry desserts for her including Chocolate Covered Cherry Cheesecake and Cherry Pecan Bundt Cake. This is the first time I’ve baked a quick bread with them. It won’t be the last. They were so sweet and juicy.

Cherries | Magnolia Days

The Twelve Loaves Challenge for July is to use stone fruit. It was difficult to decide which one to use when the event was announced. Peaches are very dear to me and apricots remind me of Germany for some reason. I’m glad I went with cherries. Take a look at what the talented bakers made for the challenge:

#TwelveLoaves July: Stone Fruit hosted by Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes and Renee from Magnolia Days. Summer is when we get to enjoy an abundance of fresh stone fruits at our markets. Let’s create some breads with their juicy deliciousness! Share your favorite stone fruit bread recipe (yeast or quick bread). Let’s get baking!

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Want to join the #TwelveLoaves group? It’s easy!

  1. When you post your Twelve Loaves bread on your blog, make sure that you mention the Twelve Loaves challenge in your blog post; this helps us to get more members as well as share everyone’s posts. Please make sure that your bread is inspired by the theme!
  2. Please link your post to the linky tool at the bottom of my blog. It must be a bread baked to the Twelve Loaves theme.
  3. Have your Twelve Loaves bread that you baked this July, 2013, and posted on your blog by July 31, 2013.

#TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess.

Cherry Muffins | Magnolia Days
2.67 from 3 votes

Cherry Muffins

A recipe for cherry muffins made with fresh, sweet cherries. These muffins are great for breakfast or a snack any time of the day.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Author Renee


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted and chopped fresh sweet cherries
  • Turbinado sugar for topping


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the milk and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl during the mixing process as necessary.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir to combine (do not beat or over-mix).
  4. Gently fold in the cherries. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops with turbinado sugar.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool muffins in the pan on a rack for about 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the pan and cool on a rack.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for cherry muffins made with fresh, sweet cherries. These muffins are great for breakfast or a snack any time of the day.

Recipe adapted from my blueberry muffins.

Recipe Rating


Saturday 13th of July 2013

These look delicious. It's a great choice for this month's theme, I also made muffins.


Sunday 14th of July 2013

Thanks Laura!

Nancy @ gottagetbaked

Tuesday 9th of July 2013

Lol, you're hilarious, Renee! If it were me, my face and teeth would also be stained red because I'd be sneaking bites of cherry as I was making this. These muffins look so yummy - they probably made all the spatter worth it with every bite!


Saturday 13th of July 2013

I ate a few cherries in the process. I probably did have red teeth too.

Laura Dembowski

Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

I love cherry muffins and I actually don't mind pitting cherries, but it's so funny about the splatters! It's definitely a messy job, but those cherry desserts are so worth it.


Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

Pitting cherries to me is like chopping onion or any part of food prep. To me it's relaxing. The only thing with cherries is the mess. Splatter everywhere.

Dionne Baldwin

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

I'm a sucker for muffins. I've only used the lighter colored pie cherries, but never these sweeter ones! I want to give this a try but I will take your advice and wear an apron! Heehee!


Wednesday 3rd of July 2013

I haven't seen the lighter colored cherries at my market yet. I want to get some of them too.


Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

I can picture your kitchen-- and the evidence on your shirt too! Sounds like you dove right into this month's baking and these muffins turned out beautifully. Thanks for hosting this month!


Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

Thank you Holly. It really was quite a mess and very embarrassing once I saw myself in the mirror after going to the store.