Glazed Cherry-Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

If muffins were people this one would be one of my best friends. These muffins have many of the traits one would want in a friend.  They're sweet, but not overly so. They're a little nutty, but only in a good way. They're warm and inviting. They're not too simple, not too complex. They're a good companion at breakfast or at tea. Say hello to my friend, Glazed Cherry Oatmeal Muffins.

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Glazed Cherry-Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
3 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup old fashioned oats


3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a muffin pan by greasing or use paper liners.
In a small bowl, combine pecans and cherries. Toss with 1 tablespoon flour until coated. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine butter and sugar. Stir in milk and egg. Whisk together remaining flour, baking powder, salt, and oats. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, stir until combined. Fold nut mixture into batter. Spoon batter into prepared pan, filling cups almost full. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes. Makes 9 muffins.

To make glaze:  In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Stir together until smooth. Drizzle over cooled muffins.

For more delicious cherry bread and muffin recipes:

Cherry Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
Cherry Oatmeal Muffins
Cherry Pie Muffins
Cherry-Wheat Germ Muffins
Dried Cherry Cardamom Bread



  1. These look delicious! I guess I could use other dried fruit that I have on hand in exchange for the dried cherries (that I don't have on hand!). A question: What is "clear" vanilla extract? Is that just real (liquid) vanilla extract? I've never heard that term.

    1. Hi Dee, I think any dried fruit would be great in these muffins. The clear vanilla extract is the same as regular vanilla, except it is a clear version so it doesn't add any brown coloring if you want your glaze or frostings to stay white.

  2. Mmmmm I love a good muffin, too, Anita, and I have muffin tops to prove it!! I think I'll make these with some dried cranberries, since I already have those in my pantry.

    1. Hi Kitty, Dried cranberries sound great for these muffins. I might try making them that way too.

  3. Look delish hand very pretty. I could eat a muffin