Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins

My doctor told me to eat dark chocolate.  Daily.  Like a prescription. Gotta love that in a doctor!  I guess that makes these chocolate covered cherry muffins just what the doctor ordered! 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins

These muffins were inspired by the 20 lb. case of cherries I got recently. Along with some new chocolate chips I just found with a healthier 60% cacao. Doesn’t that seem like fate?  

The brandy came later when I decided my first attempt needed a flavor boost and thought of the boozy chocolate covered cherries in chocolate boxes. Mmmm!  If you need to avoid alcohol, don’t worry–you can always use milk instead.  (Or for a real kick, swap out the remaining milk for brandy—yes, I do like my boozy fruit!) 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins, served

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins, served

Did you know that cherries are a now included in many superfood lists?     According to Health.com, their rich red color comes from “anthocyanin, which can reduce inflammation and lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels. In a recent study, University of Michigan researchers found that giving cherries to lab rats reduced two common markers of blood vessel inflammation by up to 50%.”  Just in case their great flavor isn’t enough! 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins from above

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins from above

I can’t believe it’s August already. My fall raspberries are popping out an occasional fruit and one of my daughters goes back to school in a week.  Summer is passing too fast!

All the more reason to indulge in summer’s goodness–like chocolate covered cherry muffins!  

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins with tea

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins with tea

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins
Serves 12
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
182 calories
25 g
27 g
7 g
3 g
4 g
62 g
16 g
11 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
62g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182
Calories from Fat 58
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 27mg
9%
Sodium 16mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 25g
8%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
6%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 egg
  2. • ¼ cup skim milk
  3. • ¼ cup brandy (see note)
  4. • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  6. • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  7. • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  8. • 1/3 cup sugar
  9. • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  10. • 1 cup chopped cherries
  11. • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Beat egg with a fork, then combine with milk, brandy and vanilla
  2. Add melted butter to egg/milk mixture, stirring (to avoid cooking the egg)
  3. Mix the flours, sugar and baking powder together.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients, then fold in the cherries and chocolate chips
  5. Bake at 400 degrees until inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
Notes
  1. You can use milk instead of the brandy if you prefer.
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calories
182
fat
7g
protein
3g
carbs
25g
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13 thoughts on “Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins

    1. Inger

      I tried nuts first and they really seemed to be missing pizazz. I was happy I hadn’t munched down all the chocolate chips I was “testing”

    1. Inger

      You know the brandy doesn’t scream “booze” but mostly just tastes more flavorful–I was surprised. Next batch I’m going to do all brandy (no milk) and see if it “talks louder”.

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