So what is? Anything with cherries. I love cherries. I don't drink beer, but hand me a tropical girly drink at the bar with plenty of cherries, and I'm in heaven. I'm not a huge soda fan, but I can never say no to cherry limeade. Oh, and a vanilla milkshake just isn't complete without plenty of whipped cream and a bright red cherry on top. Perfection.
I've had a jar of maraschino cherries and some almond extract that I've been wanting to use for awhile. I bake a lot - a little too much, judging by my waist size - but couldn't seem to find any drool-worthy recipes that combined the two ingredients. Then I saw this recipe for mini maraschino muffins.
The recipe was simple enough - flour, milk (I used soy), vanilla, almond extract, an egg - typical muffin stuff. I used wayyyyy more cherries than the recipe called for and also used a heavy hand with the vanilla and almond extract. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the muffins definitely turned out well. So well, in fact, that I had 10 of them.
My boyfriend also loved them, which surprised me. He's kind of traditional when it comes to food - give him some Hamburger Helper and a chocolate chip cookie, and he's good to go. I made 36 mini muffins, and I have 8 left. My daughter had 3, I had 10...so I guess my boyfriend had 11? Yeah, they were that good.