Chocolate Chip Cherry Swirl Muffins ~ #MuffinMonday

by FoodBabbles on May 14, 2012

This week’s muffin assignment was a chocolate chip muffin with a peanut butter swirl. Immediately my mouth started watering however, as you all know peanuts are a gigantic “NO!” in our house. So I started thinking about how I might adapt the recipe. As I scanned my cabinets and fridge, my first thought (as it so often is) was Nutella. But then I thought I would really like to use fruit of some type.

Oh how I love cherries! They’re my very favorite fruit and I can’t wait until they are in season again. I can remember as a child eating cherries, my fingers stained red by the juice. They are definitely one of Maddy’s top favorite fruits as well. So once my eyes landed on a jar of cherry preserves in the refrigerator it was a no brainer. That would be our luscious fruit swirl through a sea of chocolate chips all nestled in a moist buttermilk muffin. As I write this, these muffins have already disappeared. As quickly as I made them on Friday, they were devoured. I just made a half batch. You should make a full batch. They won’t go to waste, that’s for sure.

What fruit are you most looking forward to this season?



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Chocolate Chip Cherry Swirl Muffins 

2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1 large egg

2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup chocolate chips

3-4 Tablespoons cherry preserves (or other jam/preserve of your choosing)

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners.

– Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

– In a smaller bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg and vanilla.

– Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.

– Fold in the chocolate chips.

– Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full (don’t overfill… I did and it wasn’t pretty)

– Dollop each muffin with preserves and use a knife to swirl the fruit through the muffin batter.

– Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes and then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

– Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Chung-Ah (@damn_delicious) May 14, 2012 at 12:21 am

Sorry I couldn’t join you this week but these look great! I’m not a peanut butter loving fan so I absolutely love your adaptation of this week’s muffin.


FoodBabbles May 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Thanks, Chung -Ah! You definitely missed a good recipe this week 😉 Hope to see you next week though!


Amy May 14, 2012 at 2:02 am

Delicious! My Mum loves chocolate and cherry – I’ll have to make these for her!


FoodBabbles May 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I’m so glad you like them, Amy! Hope your mother does also.


Sarah @ Spicy Buddha May 14, 2012 at 3:32 am

I love the choc and cherry combo it’s sounds fantastic if you could please make a full batch next time and send half to me as I only live in Thailand!! Great job though, I will definately try this recipe when I’m back in the UK and cherries are in season!


FoodBabbles May 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

I’m so glad you like them Sarah! And I’ll be sure to ship some right out to you next time around 😉 Thanks so much for your lovely comment.


Meena Thennaapan May 14, 2012 at 8:13 am

I like the adaptation. Yum


FoodBabbles May 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Thanks Meena!


Stay-At-Home-Chef May 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

What a great idea using a fruit swirl! The cherries must have tasted fantastic along with the tangy buttermilk. Such a versatile recipe – I’ll definitely be trying Nutella in the future as well. Good to bake with you 🙂


FoodBabbles May 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I’m so glad you like my spin on this week’s muffins. There were so many different directions to go. Now I have to go check out what everyone else did!


Baker Street (@bakerstreet29) May 17, 2012 at 2:21 am

Cherry swirl sounds absolutely fantastic Kate! Would love to give your version a try. 🙂


FoodBabbles May 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Thanks so much! I love cherries and chocolate together


Leslie Chapman May 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Mmmmm I love muffins, and these look gorgous!


FoodBabbles May 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Thanks, Leslie! I’m so glad you like them.


Triin June 7, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Oh these were simply gorgeous!! The chocolate and jam went together so well! I made 12 and 6 with cherry, 6 with raspberry jam. Haven’t had the chance to try the raspberry ones yet but should be lovely as well.
But again the only problem I had was that the muffins got stuck in the papers, can’t just peel it off. Should use the spray for the papers before putting in the dough, right?
Anyway, thanks again for one kick-ass recipe !


FoodBabbles June 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Hmmm… I don’t know what the deal is with those darn muffin liners. I haven’t encountered that problem. My best advice would be like you said, spray the inside of the papers with nonstick cooking spray before you putt the batter in. Good luck!! Wish I could shed more light on that problem. And I’m so glad you liked this recipe too 🙂 You’re making my day with all these nice comments!!


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