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Friday, September 9, 2022

Cherry Almond Muffins

Grab a Cherry Almond Muffin and your favorite cup of Joe or tea and you are off to a great start. 
Cherry Almond Muffins

Cook's Notes: Cherries and almonds are a wonderful pairing. Using almond paste adds such a delicious flavor plus helps to keep the muffins moist. Use only half of a 7 oz. package of almond paste. Wrap the leftover paste tightly in plastic wrap and save it for another time. The recipe makes 10 muffins.

Muffin Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries 
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 of a 7 oz. package almond paste
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) of melted butter, melted and hot
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel 
  • 1/2 cup crushed almonds


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and butter muffin cups or use paper liners for a standard-size pan.
  • Bring juice to simmer in a small saucepan, remove from heat and add in cherries. Let stand until softened about 10 minutes. 
  • Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a food processor crumble almond paste and add to flour mixture with melted butter. Mix until well blended. 
  • Add in eggs one at a time beating after each addition. Mix in cherry mixture with orange peel. Add flour mixture and crushed almonds. Mix just until blended. Do not overbeat. 
  • Divide batter among prepared pan. Bake for 18 minutes. 

Icing Ingredients and Directions:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • Milk as needed for right icing consistency
  • Mix and drizzle over slightly cooled muffins 

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