Cherry Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

These muffins could almost be put in the dessert category. They are a real treat, a light and cake-like quick bread filled with chocolate chips and marachino cherries. These little delights are impressive at brunch, and they make a tasty breakfast or snack.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home, Cooking for Two, Spring 2007

Cherry Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup halved maraschino cherries
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a mini muffin pan with paper liners.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, oil, and almond extract. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips. Fill paper lined muffin cups with batter. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Makes about 40 mini muffins.

Fill the paper lined muffin cups almost full of batter.

Cool on a wire rack after removing from the pan.

I'm having these with coffee tomorrow morning.


  1. Anita these look georgeous!! gloria

  2. These caught my eye right away..yum..saw them on jam hands!

  3. I love that these have maraschino cherries in them. I am always looking for a good "grown-up" way to eat these now that I can no longer get away with ordering a Shirley Temple!

  4. Wow, what a cute idea, combining the cherries and the chocolate chips.

  5. NOt only do these muffins look delicious but thy are so pretty! Great pairing too! Chocolate chips and cherries! YUM! Please come and join ON THE MENU MONDAY and link up your sweet treat!

  6. They look so pretty! and I'm sure taste delicious!

  7. Chocolate and cherry? Yummy yummy!

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  8. Looks delish.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)