Very Cherry Almond Muffins
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- Pinch ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1 box vanilla cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/2 cup cherry preserves
In a medium bowl combine all topping ingredients except almonds. Using a pastry blender or 2 forks, combine ingredients to a course consistency. Once combined, fold in the almonds.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with paper liners for 18 muffins.
In a large bowl using an electric mixer, combine cake mix, eggs, oil, extract and preserves. Batter will be somewhat lumpy.
Use an ice cream scoop to evenly fill each muffin pan with the batter. Sprinkle tops of muffins with 2 teaspoons of almond topping. Bake 17 to 21 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of Sandra Lee, 2008