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Cherry Almond Muffins

 Cherry Almond Muffins
As a kid, I loved doughnuts filled with custard or jelly. So I decided to experiment with fillings in muffins. The result was this terrific recipe. These fancy muffins are almost like a pastry with a creamy center and a nutty streusel topping. -John Montgomery, Fortuna, California
7 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup cherry preserves, warmed
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped sliced almonds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and
  • salt. Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat

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Cherry Almond Muffins (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • the egg, sour cream and extract until smooth; stir into dry
  • ingredients just until moistened (batter will be thick).
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla until
  • smooth. In a saucepan over low heat, warm preserves. For topping,
  • combine flour and sugar in a small bowl; cut in butter until
  • crumbly. Stir in almonds.
  • Fill greased jumbo muffin cups half full with batter. Divide cream
  • cheese filling and preserves evenly among muffin cups; swirl gently.
  • Cover with remaining batter. Sprinkle with topping.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in
  • muffin comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans
  • to wire racks. Serve warm. Yield: 7 muffins.
Nutritional Facts: 1 jumbo muffin equals 684 calories, 36 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 157 mg cholesterol, 496 mg sodium, 80 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 10 g protein.