Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins #BrunchWeek

Chocolate lovers can have these Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins on the brunch table in under an hour.


Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins

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Muffins – so easy and quick to whip up for a morning snack, yet I never make them. Why is that? Probably because I secretly wish they were cupcakes, but of course they are more dense and less sweet. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but double the chocolate in these Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins. Whether you fill a basket with warm muffins for the brunch table or whether you eat them as a grab-and-go breakfast, chocolate muffins will make your morning a little easier to handle.


Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins

I’m going to tell you just how quick it is to whip these up. My original recipe for today flopped, so I switched gears and had these muffins in the oven within a half hour. Mainly because I had to wash some dishes so I could reuse them. I adjusted the original recipe by adding dried cherries and cinnamon because both pair really well with chocolate.


Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffins

One note of caution – store them in an airtight container once they cool down completely. I baked these muffins about an hour before bed and just let them cool completely overnight. The next day, they were slightly dried out from sitting out. It wasn’t a big deal since I ate mine with my morning coffee, but just a heads up.

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cherry Muffin
 
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Serves: 18 muffins
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease two 12-cup muffin pans with cooking spray or line 18 cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter and chocolate. Remove from the heat.
  4. In a large measuring cup or another bow, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Pour over the dry ingredients then add the melted chocolate. Gently but quickly stir to blend. A few lumps is better than overmixing the batter. Stir in the chocolate chips and cherries.
  5. Divide the batter among 18 muffin cups. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean of batter (you may get some chocolate from the chocolate chips). Cool 5 minutes before removing from the muffin pan to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

 
Source: Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours
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  1. I can’t take this teasing ANY longer…. I’m moving in with you!

  2. Fabulous! I adore cherries and chocolate and love the excuse to eat them both for breakfast.

  3. No brunch is complete without muffins! Love that you added cinnamon. Stinks that the first batch didn’t turn out but rebaking right away definitely allows you to reuse those pans before washing! I sometimes bake two different things in one day just so I don’t have to rewash everything.

  4. I put dried cherries in every baked good I can! Your muffins look spectacular, Carla!

  5. Mmmm, chocolate and cherries is one of my favorite combinations. Definitely have to try these!

  6. Chocolate and cherry is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Yum!

  7. We LOVE our dried cherries here in Michigan, so I know these would be a huge hit at any brunch I took them to. Bookmarking for just that purpose :)

  8. Mmmmm, double chocolate! What beauties these are, Carla! Muffins aren’t as sweet as cupcakes but that just means we can eat more of them. :)

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