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Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins

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Looking for an impressive breakfast treat for the weekend? Look no more. Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins are the quick and easy answer! Rich and delicious and deceptively simple, you’ll be the star of the kitchen when you pull these chocolaty morsels out of the oven, and it will be love at first bite when the sweetened cream cheese gushes from within!

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Muffins
(an original Doughmesstic recipe of www.doughmesstic.com)

For the Muffins:

  • 1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 4 ounces chopped Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Chocolate Powder
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Cherry Preserves

For the Filling

  • 4 ounces softened Cream Cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 and arrange a rack in the center.
  2. Combine Cream Cheese and 3 T. sugar until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Combine butter and chopped chocolate in Microwaveable bowl and melt until combined and creamy. (Approximately 30 seconds in the Microwave will do it.) Set aside.
  4. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. In separate bowl, whisk egg with vanilla and milk. When well combined, add to dry ingredients, along with melted chocolate and chopped cherries. Mix only until just combined. Stir in preserves.
  5. Grease or line muffin pan placed on top of a baking sheet. Divide approximately 3/4ths of batter (it is quite thick) into equal portions and fill tins. (6 Texas Sized or 12 Regular Size) Then dollop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each muffin, followed by the remaining batter. Sprinkle with coarse sugar (optional) and bake until toothpick comes out clean. (roughly 27 minutes for Texas Sized, 21 minutes for regular muffins.) Allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes, then serve warm or at room temperature (if you can wait that long!) Enjoy!


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  • Andrea

    You had me at chocolate covered cherry. Then I see there is actually cream cheese inside…well, SHUT UP! I’m saving this one for sure!

  • Trying them this weekend! Thanks!

  • Tina

    I may have to make these for my hubby! he loves chocolate covered cherries!

  • Amber

    Yum! If it wasn’t so hot in Austin TX I would be firing up the oven to try these.

  • Debby,Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers

    You got me on chocolate, too! These look decadent and I can’t wait to try them! Go Chocolate!

  • Yum! The cream filling really was a surprise!! I didn’t expect that until I read the full article – Now imagine the surprise when biting into these! I will definitely will try these.

  • I’ve never seen a muffin quite like this, it looks fantastic!

  • These look wonderful, Susan! Very original idea.

  • Sonia

    Those are beautiful and look delicious!! I love the cherry and chocolate combo! Chocolate covered cherries was one of my favorite candies as a child.

  • Katie

    mmm the combination of cherries, chocolate, and a little sweet cream cheese looks sooo good!

  • Great looking recipe Susan – great for a brunch item or bake sale!

  • thanks for sharing your recipe! I am always looking for new recipes, to bake, eat and writte in my blog.

    Your recipe looks great, I love chocolate and cherry,…perfect combination.

    I will try it soon, maybe I will add some cinamon also,…one of my favourite spices.:-)


  • These sound delicious! I’m sure they wouldn’t stay at our house long! Thanks for sharing!