Charlotte Carlile Recipe

Cherry Surpise Muffins

By Charlotte Carlile Sandysandals

Makes 48 tiny muffins
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This recipe came from the Atlanta Cooks for Company cookbook published in 1968. I still treasure this cookbook. You can still get this wonderful old book on Ebay. I make these little muffins every Christmas. The butter and beaten egg whites make them almost crispy and the cherry in the middle is a taste treat.


2 c
pecans, finely chopped
1/2 c
dark brown sugar
1/4 c
white sugar, granulated
1/2 c
unsalted butter, softened
egg yolks, well beaten
1 tsp
pure vanilla extract
1 c
cake flour, not all purpose but cake flour
1/4 tsp
baking powder
egg whites, stiffly beaten
maraschino cherries, no stem
1 c
sifted confectioners sugar for rolling

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease tiny muffin tins (I spray with cooking spray) and sprinkle chopped pecans in bottom of tins.
Cream together brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract and blend.
Sift flour and baking powder together and add, blending well. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites (by hand).
Place one teaspoon of batter on top of nuts and press a whole Maraschino cherry into center. (very small amount of batter, measure with teaspoon measure to get an idea of how much)
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and while still warm, roll in confectioners sugar.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Hashtags: #cherry, #cakes

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Jan 31, 2015 - Bobby Webb shared this recipe with discussion group: "HOW'S YOUR WEATHER".
Charlotte Carlile Sandysandals
Jun 22, 2012
Really, go to ebay and search for Atlanta Cooks for Company. It was put together (and very well) by the Junior Associates of The Atlanta Music Club. I'm sure many of these recipes were handed down and many were used for entertaining. The 'Teas' section is full of great recipes for large punches for over 100 or dozens of small sandwiches or cookies or canapes. I turn to this old book often when I can't find just the right recipe to make for something. Everything I've tried has been wonderful. And these little muffins are my all time favorite. You will really be 'surprised'.