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Mav’s Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins - pink cherry muffins with chocolate chips on a heart plate and baking sheet

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These cherry chocolate chip muffins are delicious, sweet and the perfect amount of pink for Valentine’s Day or a cute brunch.

It seems like cherries are having a moment right now aren’t they? I love anything cherry flavored and so do my boys. Since February is the month of sweets, I wanted to make a little pink treat to make them feel special.  I decided to add some chopped maraschino cherries to a basic muffin recipe to make a sweet pink muffin. Maverick, my youngest, saw me in the kitchen and he came right over to help as always. He had the idea to of course add chocolate chips so that’s why we call these Mav’s Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins.

Here’s my little cute helper and future chef himself.

Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins - boy sitting on counter next to Kitchen Aid helping bake

The combination of cherry and chocolate is just decadent. These cherry chocolate chip muffins are great in the morning or as a little afternoon pick me up with a cup of coffee.  Serve for Valentine’s day to show your loved ones how much you care or at a fun brunch or tea party.

Get the recipe below.

Mav’s Cherry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 jar (10z) of maraschino cherries, drained, stems removed and chopped.
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2.) Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray with baking spray.

3.) In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

4.) In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil and almond extract.

5.) Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix together.

6.) Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips.

7.) Fill muffin cups with batter about 3/4 cup full.

8.) Bake for about 15-17 minutes (I like to put a toothpick in the center and if comes out clean then they are done) then remove and let cool.

Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins - pink muffins with chocolate chips on a heart plate

Enjoy!!!!

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Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins - pink cherry muffins with chocolate chips on a heart plate and baking sheet

Mav's cherry chocolate chip muffins

These cherry chocolate chip muffins are a sweet treat and the perfect amount of pink for Valentine's Day or a cute brunch.
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 10 oz jar maraschino cherries drained, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners or spray with baking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil and almond extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix together.
  • Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips.
  • Fill muffin cups with batter about 3/4 cup full.
  • Bake for about 15-17 minutes (I like to put a toothpick in the center and if comes out clean then they are done) then remove and let cool.
Keyword baked goods, cherry, chocolate, muffin

 

12 In food/ Recipes

Red Velvet Latte

Red Velvet Latte

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This one is for all of my red velvet fans! With Valentine’s Day just a day away, this is a great festive afternoon pick me up. I’m showing you how you can make your own Red Velvet Latte at home!

Red Velvet Latte

Red Velvet cake is well known for it’s rich cocoa flavor paired with a tangy cream cheese frosting and it’s deep red color. This is my take on a red velvet latte, combining my two loves, coffee and red velvet!!! Now this recipe is not overly sweet. Instead, it’s got a rich cocoa flavor that goes nicely with espresso. But you can definitely add more sweetener to customize as you wish!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of espresso or coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 Tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sugar (or more to taste)
  • red food coloring
  • heavy cream
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Directions:

1.) In a small saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and sugar. Whisk until the cocoa powder is all dissolved. Prepare a cup of espresso or coffee while the milk heats on the saucepan.

Red velvet latte

2.) Remove from heat and add red food coloring.

Red Velvet Latte

3.) Pour the red steamed milk into your cup of espresso or coffee.

4.) In a separate bowl or cup, prepare the whipped topping. Pour some heavy whipping cream and add a splash of almond extract.

5.) Using a frother, froth the whipping cream until peaks form.

6.) Using a spoon, add the whipped topping to your latte.

Red Velvet Latte

Enjoy!!!!!

 

I love to see what you create, so if you make this be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

 

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8 In food/ Recipes

Roasted potato salad with arugula

Roasted potato salad with arugula and lemon dijon vinegarette

This salad is perfect for brunch or a light dinner. Crispy roasted potatoes and caramelized asparagus over a bed of arugula with a bright, fresh lemon dijon dressing. I made this roasted potato salad with arugula for our Book Club Brunch that I helped co-host this month. It serves perfectly with quiche or an egg bake and the potatoes make it a little more hearty. I’m sharing my recipe below.

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Roasted potato salad with arugula

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of arugula
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • about 1 dozen baby potatoes, halved
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper (to taste)
  • 1 log goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • lemon zest (optional)

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

2.) Start by lining a roasting pan or baking sheet with foil. Add the asparagus and baby potatoes to the baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper until evenly coated.

3.) Bake in oven until roasted.

4.) While the vegetables are roasting, prepare the greens. In a large salad bowl, add the arugula, drizzle with some olive oil, salt and pepper then toss.

5.) Once the potatoes and asparagus are roasted, add on top of the greens.

6.) Sprinkle with goat cheese.

7.) In a small bowl, combine the dijon, honey, lemon juice and olive oil. Whisk together.

8.) Pour the dressing over the salad and toss.

9.) Optional – top with some freshly grated lemon zest.

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This salad pairs really well with my spring vegetable quiche! Click here for the recipe!

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Spring vegetable goat cheese quiche

Spring vegetable goat cheese quiche

This spring vegetable goat cheese quiche is the perfect dish to serve for Easter, Mother’s Day or your next brunch.  Serve with a side salad, some fruit and a cocktail and you’re guest will be wowed! Scroll down for my recipe.

Spring vegetable goat cheese quiche

Ingredients:

  • 1 store bought refrigerated pie crust (I cheat and use a store bought crust to save on time but you can absolutely make your own if you wish)
  • All purpose flour (for surface)
  • 4 eggs (plus 1 more for the egg wash for crust)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of roasted vegetables (I used asparagus, red peppers and red onions but you can use whatever you want or have leftover in the fridge)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper (I don’t measure, I just eyeball it)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Roll out your pie crust onto a lightly floured surface. Transfer into a lightly greased tart pan or pie pan (I got this set of 2 on Amazon), pressing the edges. Bake according to directions on package and then let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  4. Add in cheddar cheese, goat cheese, garlic powder, ground mustard, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Once the crust has cooled and before pouring in your egg mixture, make an egg wash and lightly brush over the crust. This will prevent the crust from becoming soggy.
  6. Pour your egg mixture into the crust. If you have any additional veggies left over, sprinkle them on top.
  7. Bake at 375 for about 20-25 minutes or until center of the quiche is done (it will no longer be jiggly) and the edges of the crust are golden brown.
  8. Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes prior to serving.

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