Cherry Coconut Muffins

Cherry Coconut Muffins

There has been little to no baking in the Cinnamon and Spice house lately. Thanks (not!) to the especially hot and humid weather. Boo!  The very same weather that has been plaguing us since May with no end in sight. And because the kitchen is the heart of our house. The center upon which we convene. The oven is off limits along with anything else that will make the temperature skyrocket causing the kitchen to be intolerably hot. And consequently taking our gathering place from us.

So you can imagine my surprise one morning when I woke up to a cool room. The thermometer read 71 degrees. Not 101 or even 91. I rejoiced. Then I sprinted to the kitchen with sleep still in my eyes and proceeded to bake my little heart out by making muffins for breakfast. The very beauties you see here heavily adorned with red, juicy jewels you may know and love as much as I do – sweet Bing Cherries. Giddy with delight I also tossed in coconut flakes. For a little more oomph. Not that they needed it…

Cherry Coconut Muffins

Moist, sweet and summery, they fixed me right up. So much so that when a blanket of humidity descended upon us again by early afternoon I didn’t even give a care. I was kicked back in my semi-cool kitchen with this tray of lovely muffins laid out before me, deliciously and completely satisfied.

Cherry Coconut Muffins


Cherry Coconut Muffins
(adapted from The Muffin Cookbook)
2 cups all-purpose Flour or King Arthur White Whole Wheat
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 heaping cup Cherries, pitted, coarsely chopped
6 tablespoons Butter, softened
2/3 cup Sugar or 1/2 cup Honey
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2/3 cup Milk
1/2 cup Sour Cream (regular or light) or nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened Coconut Flakes, plus more for topping
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease or paper line a 12 muffin cup or 24 mini muffin cup pan.
2. In a small bow combine flour, baking powder and salt. Toss 1 tablespoon of flour with the cherries and set aside.
3. In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat 3 minutes.
4. Alternately mix in by hand the flour mixture and the milk. Fold in sour cream, cherries and coconut flakes.
5. Spoon into muffin caps just short of the top. Sprinkle coconut over tops if desired. Bake 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. About 12 minutes for mini’s.
6. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and remove to wire racks.


Cherry Coconut Muffins

I’m linking this to Potluck Sunday over at Mommy’s Kitchen.

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  1. baking.serendipity says

    I love when the weather surprisingly cools off :) Looks like you took advantage of it to make these delicious muffins.

  2. Brenda says

    Oh, I just love coconut! What gorgeous muffins, they really look so so good. Can you send a few my way for my breakfast tomorrow? :o)

  3. Swathi says

    They are the cutest muffins. I love all the ingredients in them, cherry and coconut. I wish i could have a bite.

  4. Ann says

    Those look so good. I've been wanting to bake some muffins but hate to turn the oven on. Maybe I'll get a cool morning that I can bake a batch or two of these.

  5. Anonymous says

    It was 100 degrees here today in TN, so I feel your pain…brutal! The muffins look scrumptious and I love the B&W pic w/ the shot of color! Libby

  6. says

    Glad to hear you had a moment of relief, though brief. Very hot and humid here too. These muffins look wonderful, interesing flavors. I love the idea of coconut and cherry in a muffin:)

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