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Delicious Chocolate Cherry Muffin Recipe

Cherries and chocolate combine together in this decadent cherry muffin recipe to give you a treat that will leave you reaching for a second one! The cherries are found throughout the double chocolate muffin so every bite is as good as the last and the muffin top is incredible with a slight “crust”. 

If you have an abundance of cherries that are staring at you from the counter just begging to be turned into something scrumptious then you NEED to make this muffin recipe STAT! They aren’t overly sweet which makes them a nice option for any time of day when you want a little treat.

First Published: July 2019 Last Updated: May 9, 2020

Chocolate Cherry Muffins in muffin tin with scattered cherries

Chocolate and cherries and chocolate oh my!

It’s no secret that I am a recent groupie to the cherry train, up until last year I would not eat anything that had a cherry in it, on it or garnished with it! I know, I know, took me long enough right? The good thing with being a late cherry lover is that when they are in season I am obsessed with using them any way I can and then sharing tasty recipes like this one and my Cherry Coffee Cake with ya’ll … you’re welcome.

I intentionally got the biggest bag of cherries I could find so I could play around with this recipe and make sure it was the perfect balance of chocolate and cherry, and thankfully it only took a couple of attempts (I don’t think my waistline would’ve been happy with many more!).

So whether you are new to the cherry loving train like me, or have loved them all your life, grab everything you need to make this incredible cherry muffin and let’s get going.

Muffin Batter with Cherries and Chocolate Chips

Frequently asked questions

As with all our recipes I like to give a little insight into some things that may come up as a question as you go along! My hope is that it will make the process as easy as possible and get that muffin in your tummy sooner.

How do you pit cherries without a pitter?

Pitting cherries is no fun task, even if you have a pitter. But I am here to tell you that there are a couple of tricks to make it a little bit smoother, though no less messy, you will still have red fingers when you’re done!

My favorite method for pitting my cherries is to use a paring knife to cut the cherry in half and then pop the pit out (if the cherry is soft enough just gently squeeze it, if not then use the paring knife to get under the pit and pop it out). The nice thing about this method is that your cherries are then cut and ready to be used in this recipe.

How do i make my muffins fluffy?

There are two main things I want to tell you to ensure you get a fluffy muffin, and the same goes for a cookie or pancake recipe as well so pay attention. DO NOT over mix your batter…like ever! Once your ingredients are just combined (meaning that you no longer see streaks of flour throughout) it is done…stop mixing and leave it be!

Secondly, always, I repeat, ALWAYS use a fresh baking soda/powder depending on what your recipe calls for. If your current one has been in the back of your cupboard for longer than you can remember it is time to replace it. I always transfer mine to a tightly sealed glass container to keep it fresh for longer.

Can chocolate muffins be frozen?

You better believe they can! One of the nice things about muffin recipes is their adaptability and ability to hold their freshness even after being frozen. You will want to make sure you wrap them in plastic wrap first and then transfer them to a sealed container to keep them super fresh. I would recommend no longer than 3-4 months in the freezer, and when ready to eat them be sure to take them out a few hours in advance to bring them up to room temperature (though we have used the microwave in a pinch when we just couldn’t wait)!

Another nice thing about muffin batter is that it can be frozen in its uncooked state as well. Again, place it in a well sealed container and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Before you bake them you will need to bring it up to temperate in the fridge so that it is workable.

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Yield: 18 muffins

Chocolate Cherry Muffin Recipe

Double Chocolate Cherry Muffins in basket

A decadent but not too sweet double chocolate muffin that is loaded with fresh cherries to make the perfect summer treat! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 cups Flour, AP
  • 1 cup Sugar, Granulated
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea/Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 lg Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Cherries, Pitted & Chopped - abut 2 lg handfuls
  • 1.5 cups Milk Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line muffin tin with paper liners (we do 12 at a time and the other 6 afterwards) 
  2. In a bowl whisk together your flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 
  3. In stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) beat the oil with eggs and sugar. Add in milk and vanilla and mix well 
  4. Add your dry mixture to the wet and mix until just combined. Add in cherries and chocolate chips and gently fold them in. 
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop fill muffin cups just over 3/4 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes (keep an eye on them and pull when a toothpick comes out clean of batter) 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

Please note; nutrition values are not always 100% accurate

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Saturday 22nd of July 2023

These muffins were absolutely delicious and a big hit! Rather like Black Forest cake, which is the most asked for cake in this family so next time for a fun and fast dessert I am going to top these muffins with whipped cream, cherry syrup and a little shaved chocolate. If you are going to go decadent you might as well go for it! Thank you for a great recipe.

Oliv Blogger

Monday 24th of July 2023

Thank you so much for sharing Noel! It is a delicious muffin recipe, and adding the whipped cream with cherry syrup sounds incredible! I will have to try it that way as well.


Monday 28th of September 2020

Could I use frozen cherries? The recipe sounds delicious but cherries are not in season yet for us in Australia!


Sunday 4th of October 2020

Hi Tracy!

Yes frozen cherries are fine, be sure to thaw them in a bowl first (you can do this in the fridge or on the counter) and then lightly drain excess liquid to ensure your muffins don't get soggy. Enjoy!

flora reeves

Monday 17th of August 2020

just came across this recipe and want to make them m would maraschino cherries be a good substitute?


Thursday 27th of August 2020

Hi Flora!

I don't see why not :) I would try to drain the liquid from them though as that will change the wet to dry ratio of the batter. Let me know how they turn out!


Thursday 23rd of July 2020

So delicious… my little one and I bake these today with rave reviews from family and friends! Thank you for the recipe, we will make these again I’m sure 🙂


Friday 24th of July 2020

You are so welcome Anita, these Cherry Muffins are a favorite in our home as well <3


Sunday 28th of July 2019

I love absolutely anything with cherries and chocolate. I can't believe I finally found a good cherry chocolate muffin recipe!


Sunday 28th of July 2019

Yay! So happy you've found our delicious recipe, enjoy!

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