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Brown Butter Cherry Muffins
Perfect for breakfast or dessert

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins make a delicious breakfast or dessert. Crunchy outside and soft and delicious inside. Easy recipe for delicious cherry muffins.

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins
Muffins were the first dessert I’ve ever made. That was a lot of years ago. My brother gave me a book titled “Muffins” for Christmas, and I loved it. I made almost every muffin recipe from that book, and it made me feel so proud and excited that I was able to make a recipe from start to finish. Not only that, muffins looked petit and cute. I was so proud of myself. Sure, not every muffin was delicious; let’s be honest. But what stayed with me was that feeling that anyone can make such a simple dessert, no matter the age or cooking ability. There are endless flavor possibilities when it comes to muffins, but today we decided to focus on muffins with (sour) cherries + brown butter + almonds. A beautiful nutty and fruity combination that works every time.

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins

Oh, they are so good. We could easily call them Cherry Friands or Cherry Financiers, but we like to keep it simple and simply call them muffins. These are the perfect little treats to take on a picnic or to make for special celebrations like birthday, Valentine's Day, or Mother's day. But not only that, they are perfect for slow and lazy weekends, when you crave something sweet but don't really want to spend the whole day in the kitchen. We love:

  • the exterior is crunchy and golden-brown
  • the interior is soft and delicious
  • it will only take 40 minutes to make this recipe
  • great for kids and adults
  • serve them for breakfast, brunch or dessert
  • the nutty and fruity flavor that is ohhh my so good!
  • simple recipe, for beginner bakers or those more advanced

How to make Brown Butter Cherry Muffins

Even though cherries and sour cherries are only in season in summer, you can still make these muffins throughout the year. Use fresh cherries if they are in season, otherwise, grab frozen cherries or sour cherries, just make sure they are pitted. Making these muffins is quick and easy: 

  1. Melt the butter, cook for a few minutes until it is nutty and brown
  2. Brush the muffin pan with brown butter
  3. Using a hand whisk, gently froth the eggs whites - don't overwork it
  4. Combine all ingredients for the muffins in a bowl
  5. Divide the muffin batter between muffin cups, add the cherries
  6. Bake and quickly try one

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins ingredients

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins - before baking

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins - baked

How to store or freeze Brown Butter Cherry Muffins

Store cherry muffins in a bag or airtight container. Keep them at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can transfer them to freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 months as well. Defrost the muffins by placing them at room temperature for about 30 - 60 minutes, or until soft and delicious again.

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins

Brown Butter Cherry Muffins

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  • brown butter

    Add butter to a saucepan and place over medium-high heat. In about 5 minutes, the butter will become brown, with a beautiful nutty aroma - don't stir it. Using a kitchen brush, gently brush the muffin pan with the brown butter. Place the muffin pan in the fridge for 5 minutes. The butter will harden, which will help prevent the muffins from sticking to the pan once baked. Preheat the oven to 220 °C / 430 °F.

  • muffin batter

    Using a hand whisk, gently beat the egg whites until they become frothy - make sure not to overbeat them. In a separate bowl, stir to combine all-purpose flour, sugar, ground almonds, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt. Add frothed egg whites to the flour mixture and stir to combine to get a smooth batter. Gradually, in two additions, incorporate brown butter and vanilla to the flour mixture.

  • bake and serve

    Spoon the muffin batter into muffin cups, filling them to about two thirds (2/3). Arrange three sour cherries or cherries on top of each muffin batter. Transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes at 190 °C / 375 °F or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of the muffin comes out clean. Transfer the baked muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.


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