Friday, July 20, 2012

Cherry Pie Muffins

Need some inspiration on what to do with all the beautiful ripe cherries sitting in your fridge, just waiting to be eaten?

If you love cherry pie, try this muffin version of the classic. A moist and delicious muffin base is loaded with plump cherries and topped with a decadent streusel topping, then beautifully piped with a lattice icing design.

For these muffins I used my favorite blueberry muffin recipe. After a few minor changes, including swapping out the blueberries for cherries, I had a winner!

Makes about 18-20 muffins

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups ripe cherries, pitted and quartered
1 recipe Streusel topping (see below)

Streusel Topping:

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 teaspoons cinammon
1/4 cup butter, softened

Mix all ingredients until crumbly, or pulse in a food processor.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare muffin tins.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla, Greek yogurt, and milk. In a seperate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the batter and beat until just mixed. Make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to ensure that the batter is completely mixed. Remove the bowl from the mixer and gently fold in the cherries.

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 of the way full. Top liberally with streusel topping. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the streusel is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the muffins to cool completely before piping on icing.

I submitted these cuties to Kitchen Bootcamp!


Sam @ said...

Such a cute idea! Love how you lattice piped icing on top to give them the pie look!

Chelsea said...

Thanks girl!

Nicole @ Healthy Way to Cook said...

These are adorable! Great way to get your cherry pie fix in a bite-size portion

Chelsea said...

Thanks Nicole!

Chelsea said...

Hey guys just realized I goofed! There's only one stick of butter in these not 1 1/2! The other half I subbed for the cup of Greek-yogurt. Just changed the recipe for you!

Ashlee Christopher said...

These are toooo cute love the frosting!

Ericka Breedlove said...

These look so cute and tasty! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

Medeja said...

How nice..instead of pie make muffin pies :) they look cute

Walking on Sunshine... said...

These look great! Love the Greek yogurt! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Don't forget to come back tomorrow and VOTE!

Kristina said...

These are adorable Chelsea! The icing on top is too cute! I think I'm going to have to steal this idea for my blueberry muffin recipe.... :)

Chelsea said...

Thanks Kristina! Let me know how they turn out!

Marlys Folly said...

YUM! Going to have to make these... Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday

Emma @ Food, Fork and Good said...

These actually made me go "awww!" out loud. Cutest cakes ever!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

These muffins look fabulous... Cherry pie is my favorite. I especially love the lattice top frosting. Cute!

Thanks for submitting them to this month's Kitchen Bootcamp challenge!

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