What’s your first memory?

While I’ve always considered myself to have a good memory (I’ll never forget a birthday or an appointment!), I find this question incredibly difficult to answer. Often, I’m not sure whether the sprinkling of memories I have from childhood are solid memories or scenes sparked from photos.

There are a few incidents I’m sure I remember because there aren’t any photos. The time I got 88 stitches in my forehead (still have the–thankfully subtle–scar to prove it) and my mom held me in her lap while our neighbor drove us to the hospital.

We didn’t have many babysitters growing up, but, oddly enough, many of my other early memories involve our babysitters. The carrot juice Allison used to make for us. The time Emily revealed my neighborhood crush to a crowd. And, the time Dorian told me how lucky us kids were because we could eat whatever we want without gaining a pound, then warned us it wouldn’t last forever.

Well, she was right. Those muffins will stick with you. I don’t know when I made it over that hump, but here I am.

white chocolate cherry muffins
These white chocolate cherry muffins were so tasty that I ate ‘em like it was 1999 and I wouldn’t gain a pound. I gained three that weekend. It was worth it.

The dried cherries are reconstituted in a couple tablespoons of lemon juice, and that lemony flavor really ended up shining through in the final product. Couple that with the tart cherries and a burst of sweetness from the white chocolate, and you’ve got yourself one tasty muffin.

White Chocolate Cherry Muffins

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

These tasty muffins, filled with tart cherries and white chocolate chips, make for the perfect treat--morning, noon, or night!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Place cherries in a small bowl. Pour lemon juice over the cherries, stir, and let sit for 15 minutes to reconstitute the dried cherries. Drain, reserving the lemon juice.
  3. Meanwhile, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and (drained) cherries. Mix to fully combine. Stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Stir in reserved lemon juice, milk, and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in white chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, place the muffin tin on a wire rack to cool 10 minutes. Remove muffins to rack to fully cool 10 minutes more.
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