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Cherry muffins studded with maraschino cherries and topped with pink glaze.

Cherry Muffins

These bright pink cherry muffins are studded with maraschino cherries and topped with both a cherry glaze and a whole cherry. A fun and festive treat that's perfect for parties, snack time or just for when you have a hankering for something sweet.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 225kcal
Author Sara Welch


For the muffins

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 16 ounce jar maraschino cherries chopped (reserve juice for later use!)
  • 2 tablespoons reserved cherry juice
  • cooking spray
  • 12 whole maraschino cherries

For the glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons reserved cherry juice


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Place the sugar, milk, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Add the flour and baking powder, then stir until just combined. 
  • Add the cherries and cherry juice to the bowl, then stir gently until well mixed.
  • Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin tins.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until edges are just browned. Cool the muffins completely before adding the glaze.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together the powdered sugar, butter and cherry juice until smooth. If you'd like a thinner glaze, add more cherry juice, 1 teaspoon at a time. 
  • If you prefer a thicker glaze, add more powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • Spoon 2 teaspoons of glaze over each muffin then immediately top each muffin with a cherry. Let the glaze harden, then serve.


Adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1.2mg