Cherry Surpise Muffins

Charlotte Carlile


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 votes

Makes 48 tiny muffins
30 Min
10 Min


  • 2 c
    pecans, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c
    dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 c
    white sugar, granulated
  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 2
    egg yolks, well beaten
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c
    cake flour, not all purpose but cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 2
    egg whites, stiffly beaten
  • 48
    maraschino cherries, no stem
  • 1 c
    sifted confectioners sugar for rolling

How to Make Cherry Surpise Muffins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease tiny muffin tins (I spray with cooking spray) and sprinkle chopped pecans in bottom of tins.
  2. Cream together brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract and blend.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder together and add, blending well. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites (by hand).
  4. 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)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and while still warm, roll in confectioners sugar.

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About Cherry Surpise Muffins

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

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