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Double Chocolate Cherry Crumble Muffins

Double Chocolate Cherry Crumble Muffins. Incredibly delicious chocolate & chocolate chip muffins with pops of sweet cherries and a vanilla shortbread crumble topping.

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Double Chocolate Cherry Crumble Muffins.

There is quite a collection of delicious muffins here on Rock Recipes and this latest one is now one of my new favourites.

Regular reader of Rock Recipes will know that cherry and chocolate is one of my favourite flavour combinations. IIt appears her in quite a number of recipes from Chocolate Cherry Upside Down Cake to Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Trifle.

These are very chocolatey and moist with sweet cherry chunks and a great buttery shortbread crumble on top for added crunch. 

The chocolate factor is really bumped up by the addition of chocolate chips to the muffin batter. The recipe as written calls for semisweet chocolate, which is generally what most people have on hand.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

I like to use 50% dark chocolate chips for this recipe but you can use semisweet as well.

Even more chocolate-y

If you are a lover of deep dark chocolate like me, you can easily substitute dark chocolate chips. Substituting white chocolate chips would transform these into practically a whole new recipe.

I may just have to try that soon myself. The more I think of it , the more appealing that combination sounds.

Double Chocolate Cherry Crumble Muffins cooling on a wire rack

Double Chocolate Cherry Crumble Muffins.

The crumble topping could not be simpler. It is basically a shortbread recipe with a little vanilla extract added to bring texture and another layer of flavour to these muffins. I just love it.

Bowl of cherries for Black Forest Pie

Fresh Cherries are great in season.


I used fresh cherries in this recipe but I would not hesitate to use frozen if fresh is not available. Be aware that when using frozen cherries, the baking time may be a couple of minutes more. Just let the toothpick test be your guide.

frozen cherries isolated on a white background

Frozen cherries can make this recipe an economical, year round treat.

They were a welcome mid-week treat but would be just as welcome at brunch this weekend. I’m sure everyone will love them.

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Double Chocolate Cherry Crumble Muffins close up photo of a single muffin
Yield: 12 medium sized muffins

Double Chocolate Cherry Crumble Muffins

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Double Chocolate Cherry Crumble Muffins. Incredibly delicious chocolate & chocolate chip muffins with pops of sweet cherries and a vanilla shortbread crumble topping.



For the muffin batter

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup melted butter, 1 ounce
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil, 1ounce
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup cherries cut in halves or quarters

For the crumble topping

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins well and dust with cocoa powder.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment in place, whisk together the egg, sugar and vanilla extract on high speed until foamy and slightly stiffened
  4. Mix together the melted butter and vegetable oil in a measuring cup with a spout. Slowly add the oil and butter mixture to the egg mixture in a slow stream as the mixer continues to whisk.
  5. Mix together the whipping cream and lemon juice and add slowly to the mixing bowl continuing to mix but at a reduced speed.
  6. Fold in the dry ingredients by hand with a rubber spatula being careful not to over mix. Don't worry about lumps in the batter, they are fine. When the dry ingredients are almost incorporated, gently fold in the chocolate chips and cherries.
  7. Spoon batter into well greased and cocoa dusted muffin tins. Top with the crumble topping.

To make the crumble topping

  1. Pulse together all the crumble ingredients in a food processor or just rub together with your hands until crumbly. Press together the shortbread mixture in your hand and then break off small pieces over the top of the muffin batter in the pan.
  2. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees F or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the muffins rest in the pan for 5 minutes before turning them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 medium sized muffin

Amount Per Serving Calories 310Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 45mgSodium 127mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 2gSugar 21gProtein 4g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Sunday 16th of February 2020

How many rock recipes cookbooks are out?

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

4 so far.


Saturday 26th of April 2014

my two fav flavors chocolate and cherry yummmmmmmmmmm

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 8th of May 2013

Yes, but the baking time may be a little longer.


Wednesday 8th of May 2013

Can you use the frozen cherries like I did in the scone recipe?

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