Cherry Vanilla Muffins

These cherry vanilla muffins are soft and delicate from buttermilk. They can be made with either sweet or sour cherries and are perfect for brunch!

These cherry vanilla muffins are soft and delicate from buttermilk. They can be made with either sweet or sour cherries and are perfect for brunch! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

I went cherry picking for the first time this past weekend! It was so much fun and I can’t believe I waited this long to pick my own.

Cherries taste amazing straight from the trees. The heat of the sun makes the juices burst in a way that reminds me of freshly roasted berries.

I’ve always loved to go apple picking in the fall but I think cherry picking is one of my new favorite spring traditions.

These cherry vanilla muffins are soft and delicate from buttermilk. They can be made with either sweet or sour cherries and are perfect for brunch! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

My friends and I picked 50 pounds of sour cherries to make a Romanian liqueur called vișinată. It won’t be ready for a few months and I’m anxiously awaiting the results.

In the meantime, I’ve created a buttermilk muffin recipe highlighting sweet bing cherries to celebrate the season. I didn’t pick these but they arrived in my CSA basket.

These cherry vanilla muffins are soft and delicate from buttermilk. They can be made with either sweet or sour cherries and are perfect for brunch! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

I used a gorgeous cast iron pan to bake the muffins and you can win the exact same pan in this week’s MightyNest giveaway! Use the widget below to enter. Edit: the giveaway has ended!

These cherry vanilla muffins are soft and delicate from buttermilk. They can be made with either sweet or sour cherries and are perfect for brunch! Get the recipe from SavorySimple.net

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Cherry Vanilla Muffins

5 from 3 votes
These cherry vanilla muffins are a light and fluffy summer treat! They're perfect for a Sunday brunch. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 143
Author Jennifer Farley

Ingredients

  • 8 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour (approximately 1 3/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon kirsch cherry liqueur
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, melted and cooled (plus more for greasing the muffin pan)
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped cherries (either sweet or sour)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly grease muffin tins with softened butter.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs and vanilla extract (note: this is where you'd add the kirsch if using).
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry followed by the butter and cherries, using a spatula to stir the ingredients together until just combined. The less you mix, the more delicate the muffins will be.
  • Evenly scoop the muffin batter into the prepared pans, filling 3/4 - 4/5 of the way up.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until cooked through. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then remove carefully from the pan (I find gently twisting works best).

Notes

I used Lodge cast iron muffin tins to prepare this recipe, which are slightly smaller than standard muffin pans, hence the tentative yield. You can use a regular 12 cup muffin tin and up the cherry quantity by around 1/4 - 1/3 cup to fill in the space!

Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 176mg | Potassium: 116mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4% | Vitamin C: 0.7% | Calcium: 4.7% | Iron: 6.3%

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About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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  • Cherries and vanilla go so well together! I think I first tried the combo in lip gloss in middle school, but it’s got to be SO much better in muffins.

    I’ve always wanted to go cherry picking and still haven’t. I’m off to look into that!

  • These muffins look so delicious! Will definitely have to try the recipe out soon with gluten-free flour!

  • Oh cherry picking is really fun. I only do it once every couple years. I should remember to do it more often! Love this muffins. And anxiously awaiting to hear about the booze…:-)!

  • I didn’t get to remark on these earlier – but I am now, and I’m really disappointed I have a whole pile of cherries and a clean kitchen. But I think these will be getting made quite soon.

  • Yum! Can we talk about that first photo?? It’s flawless…it makes me want to eat every-single-one!

  • Cherry season is done where I’m at. Well I can find some in the stores but they aren’t the same. Can I substitute dried cherries?

  • I wanted muffins but I’m sick of the more “traditional” muffins, and decided to try these. Just put these in the oven, using gluten free flour & coconut milk with vinegar (I’m celiac & allergic to casein). Can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  • I can’t see the recipe because an ad for gummy vitamins pops up in front of it and no way to close it. Will look somewhere else

    • Do you mind if I ask whether you’re on a desktop browser or using mobile (phone or tablet)? I barely have any ads on the desktop web browsers for my site, but I haven’t paid as much attention to what the ad company is doing with my mobile ads. Maybe I need to crack down on them.

  • I love cherries and had some dried cherries left over from another recipe so I decided to make these. They’re very good. I found the vanilla flavor to be a bit overwhelming at first, but my husband likes them and I’m looking forward to having them for breakfast tomorrow after the flavors have had some time to marry. Thanks for the recipe and I always love your pictures!

  • I just pulled these out of the oven a s they are amazing!! I didn’t have cherry liqueur but used rum extract instead. They are delicious! Thank you for your recipe.

    • Hi Lauren! Anytime a recipe offers both weight and volume for flour, your safest bet is always to go with the weight measurement (ounces or grams). That will give you exact results. A cup of flour can weigh anywhere from 3 1/2 to 5 ounces depending on how it’s measured (for example, if you spoon the flour into the measuring cup vs dunking the measuring cup into a flour bin). I always recommend the kitchen scale.

    • Hi Janet! Every time someone asks me this question, I wish I could afford to buy a giant stockpile of scales so I could just send you one. Yes, you should be fine, but I recommend using the Scoop & Sweep Method to measure your flour, which means dunking your measuring cup into the bag or bin of flour, then using a knife to level off the top, sweeping away the excess flour. That will get you close to the correct weight. I recently wrote a post about why it’s so helpful to weigh flour for baked goods. You can end up with vastly different results depending on how the flour is weighed! A kitchen scale is a great, inexpensive investment.