I've had this recipe so long I can't remember where it came from or even the "real" name of the recipe. I make them every Christmas for my son. He's named the recipe. He says: "Just isn't Christmas without your special recipes."
If you don't care much for the candied fruit, this is a great substitute.
1Fill muffin pans with foil or holiday paper cups.
2Preheat oven to 350* Place oven rack in center of oven.
3With electric mixer, cream room temp. butter and sugar til blended. Mix crumbs, baking powder, egg yolks, and milk. Do not over mix.
4Beat egg whites til stiff and fold gently into the mixture.
5Add fruits and nuts gently folding into mixture. Chocolate chips come in a bag.....any brand will do. Which ever you like, Nestles, Hersheys, etc. Remember...chocolate melts when cooked. no need to chop, cut or smash.
6Spoon into paper cup lined muffin pans. Fill 3/4 full. The egg whites will give heighth to the muffins.
7Bake at 350* 15-20 mins til set but not hard when pressed in center. Toothpick will come out clean when pressed into top of muffin.
8While muffins are baking, mix sugar and drained pineapple and cook til syrupy about 15 mins.
9Slice all cherries in half and mix with cooked pineapple.
10When pineapple/cherry mixture is cooled and cupcakes are cooled, spoon cherry mixture on top of each cupcake.
11These are beautiful and delish the day of baking. It's hard to eat just one. Especially if they are still slightly warm inside.