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Dried Cherry and Ricotta Muffins

I often have some extra ricotta cheese in the house from cooking and have more than once allowed it to go past it's before date before using it up.  I started to add it to muffins, finding it adds moistness and gives the muffins a wonderful texture.

Dried Cherry Ricotta Muffins
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 large farm fresh eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries  
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. 
  2. Spray a 12 cup muffin pan and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese and eggs with a whisk.
  4. Add the buttermilk and the flavourings and then butter.
  5. Add the dry ingredients all together and then stir just until combined.
  6. Add the cherries, just stirring until evenly dispersed.
  7. Fill the muffin cups almost to the top.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean.
Sugar Topping (optional)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  1. When the muffins are just cool enough to handle without burning your hands, dip them one at a time in the butter then the sugar and put them back in the pan.
  2. Broil on low just until the muffins brown slightly.


  1. I was searching ricotta cookie recipes yesterday, but I think I'm going to try this one with blueberries :) I love your site.

  2. These sound really yummy. i have never put ricotta in muffins before....must try. Kathy (MGCC)

  3. I happen to have some ricotta in my fridge that needs to be used up. Perfect! These sound fantastic!

  4. I'll recommend these! Especially with coffee...and at a country kitchen table with some good friends.

  5. These sound wonderful - and I'm planning to try them with fresh cherries when they come into season. Yum!

  6. Are these the muffins I had at your place? I would have liked more, but I had to stop myself!

  7. Delicious looking muffins!
    I haven't ever added ricotta to muffins..will try that.

  8. Years ago I enjoyed a square of cornbread at a Toronto restaurant which had a ricotta filling.
    I tried to duplicate it and was quite succesful.
    Combine ricotta cheese, dash salt, honey to taste and 1 egg beaten. Pour over first half of batter then top with rest of batter. Hope it works for all of you.
    ENjoy this blog very much.

  9. Should these be baked at 400 or at a lower temp?


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