Cherry Swirl Muffins

Cherry Swirl Muffins

Four batches of muffins. That’s what it took to perfect this dreamy cherry muffin recipe. I’m really happy with the results of this last batch. You won’t find any chunks of fruit in these, even though I love them that way. I can’t get any of my kids or my husband to eat anything with chunky fruit, so these fruity swirly muffins are my way of pleasing my family. The bonus is that I love them too!

Cherry Swirl MuffinsIn my first couple of batches I tried drastically cutting the fat, but more often than not that results in a tough muffin. Yuk. I’d rather each less of a great thing than more of a “meh” thing. I also experimented with mixed berries paired with the cherries and that worked rather well too. You may substitute other fruits such as strawberries, peaches, mixed berries or blueberries. You can also use fresh fruit if you like.

Cherry Swirl MuffinsCherries paired with almond flavoring is a match made in heaven. So it was only natural to use almond extract in addition to the vanilla, but you could leave the almond out if there are any allergies you’re concerned about. Each muffin has 221 calories and 8 grams of fat. Not great, but not really too bad either.

Cherry Swirl MuffinsI’m sure someone will ask if you can substitute jam for the fresh or frozen fruit. Certainly, I don’t see why not. Just keep in mind that jams and spreads not only contain fruit but additional sugar. Not a huge concern? Go for it. :)

Cherry Swirl MuffinsInstead of sprinkling sugar on top of these, you could simply leave them plain or drizzle them with some powdered sugar glaze. But the tops are so pretty all swirly and such, I didn’t want to cover them up.

Cherry Swirl MuffinsI hope you try these. I’m really pleased with the results. I hope you will be too. Be sure to stop back and let me know if you do!

Cherry Swirl MuffinsIt’s pretty easy as recipes go. You combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl, whisk the wet in another bowl then add in the melted butter. Combine them and stir until no more dry ingredients show. Then run your cherries through a mini food processor.

Cherry Swirl MuffinsDistribute the batter among 12 muffin cups and add a dollop of whirred cherries on top, about a heaping half a teaspoon. Use a butter knife or the handle of your teaspoon to swirl the fruit into the batter. Don’t over swirl it, that’s called mixing. :) Just a few turns back and forth is enough. Then finish off by sprinkling with sugar. Bake. Enjoy.

Please keep in mind that if you make substitutions to this recipe it will change the nutritional information.

Cherry Swirl Muffins

Rating: 51

Yield: 12 muffins

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Calories per serving: 221

Fat per serving: 8

Cherry Swirl Muffins


  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup + 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute (or 2 large eggs)
  • 3/4 cup frozen dark sweet cherries, partially thawed*


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly spray 12-cup muffin pans with non-fat cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine both flours, 3/4 cup of sugar, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine, set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg substitute, milk and both extracts until frothy. Whisk in the melted butter.
  4. Place partially thawed cherries in a mini food processor and process until smooth.
  5. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Fold together until just combined.
  6. Distribute batter among muffin cups. Add a heaping 1/2 teaspoon of processed cherries to the top of each muffin. Use a butter knife or the handle of your teaspoon to swirl the fruit into the batter. Don’t over swirl it, that’s called mixing. :) Just a few turns back and forth is enough.
  7. Using the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar, sprinkle the tops of the muffin batter.
  8. Bake for 17-19 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool for ten minutes. Carefully remove each muffin and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Notes from Amanda

*Leave the fruit out long enough to soften them a little, but not long enough for them to be lying in a pool of their own juice. You may substitute other frozen fruits such as strawberries, peaches, mixed berries or blueberries. You can also use fresh fruit.


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14 Responses to Cherry Swirl Muffins

  1. 1

    oo I love fruit swirl muffins. I’m bad and always put a sugar crust on them. haha. But these would be perfect for breakfast

  2. 2

    These look really good, Amanda. I’ll try them with applesauce in place of the butter — since that’s what we do with all our muffin recipes. Can’t wait to surprise my husband with these as he is a big cherry lover.

    • 2.1
      Amanda Formaro says:

      Thanks! I actually experimented with the applesauce too, in the first three batches. I was much happier with the butter, but if you are used to using the applesauce it should work just fine. I’ve found that when I try to lower the fat drastically like that, the texture is affected and I’m personally not happy with the results. But I do know that many people use applesauce instead of oil or butter and love it :)

  3. 3

    Beautiful muffins. I think these will be in my oven pretty soon.

  4. 4

    These sure are purty! I have to say that you have a lot of foodie persistence considering this is your fourth batch. I’m always impressed with people like you who perfect recipes no matter how many times they failed. Way to go! You make the world taste better :)

  5. 5

    Beautiful muffins, Amanda! I’ll be trying this recipe for myself soon.

  6. 6

    These look terrific and I love the addition of the almond extract in these. So pretty!

  7. 7
    Rhonda says:

    ohhh delish! Fruit and muffins are made for each other. Like the changes you’ve made on your blog!

  8. 8

    mmmm, yum, these look delish!

  9. 9
    Katrina says:

    Mmmm, those do look good and sound really good. Love cherry and almond combo. Glad you perfected the muffins madness. ;)

  10. 10
    Veronica says:

    Wow, these are beautiful and impressive. I love the idea of swirling the cherry mixture into the batter.

  11. 11
    Avril says:

    These muffins just make me happy!!! (as I drool of course….I adore cherries!)

  12. 12
    Sarah says:

    the recipe calls for baking powder, but the instructions call for baking soda…

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