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Thursday, July 28, 2011

**Door County** Best-Ever Chocolate Cherry MuFFins!*!*!

In the mid 1980's, I opened up a Muffin/Espresso Shop in Boulder City, Nevada - Jeanine's Sweet Treats, Fine Baked Goods, "Hot From The Oven"...   EVERYTHING was baked "From Scratch" - by me...   I lived close enough where I could walk to work - arriving around 4 a.m. each morning...  The Shop being small, I had 5 employees... Most of our business was take-out, although we had tables inside & on the  patio...   I remember my slogan:  "Sit & Eat -OR- Go with your Treat"!!!  I loved what I did, it was a dream come true - but was a slave to my business...  After 8 years of what I nick-named "Muffin Prison" - I Sold the Shop and moved to Wisconsin...  

 These yummy Chocoalte Cherry Muffins are a recent "tweaked" recipe of mine...  YES, I still do bake!!!  

 A couple days ago Frog Husband and I enjoyed Door County - just for the day...  We came home with Schartner's Cherries ~ soooo I just had to bake!*!*!

 Many years back, my friend, Claudia, passed along a ViNtaGe Muffin Tin my way, that had been in her husband's family...  
"1943" Hercules...  I love it because it's extra deep!!! - and think of her fondly each time I bake!!!

 Even though Sweet Treats is long gone, to this day, when I visit Boulder City, Nevada, people STILL recognize me & reminisce about the Bake Shop...  Just a few weeks ago - a customer from years ago, asked for my Apricot Oatmeal Fruit Bar Recipe - to share with her own children now...   Since I Sold the Shop, I've been promising to "write a cook book"...  "Blurb" would make it so easy to do...  Will it happen???  - Hard to Say, nothing in the works just yet...  

375 degree oven
       Spray muffin pan & papers with grease release "Pam"...
  Bake Approximately 25 minutes...
1-1/2 Cups Unbleached Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder       •Sift together, Set 
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Melted Butter                  •Beat together
2 Eggs                                    •Add to mixture-beat
1-1/2 Teaspoons almond 
ADD reserved Flour/Baking Powder Mixture, along with 1/2 Cup Milk, to the sugar/butter/egg mixture - HAND STIR TOGETHER...

FOLD-IN whatever amount of Sweetened Cherries & Mini Chocolate Chips you like!!!

FILL MUFFIN CUPS... Top with white sugar - then powdered sugar...

BAKE...  Remove from tin immediately to a cooling rack...


 While we were up in Door County on Tuesday, we hit a fun outdoor Antique/Vintage Tailgate!!!  We didn't fill the car up ~ but we both got some fun things...


  1. Hi Jeanine~
    Would you please bake me some of your out-of-this-world Rhubarb Tarts, a dozen Bran Muffins, a Peach Pie and a whole Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake? Yummy. Thank you ~ Amy

  2. Thank you for sharing the recipe. The muffins sound delicious!

    I would really encourage you to write the cookbook in BLURB. I published a cookbook with them for my Mom and brother for Christmas 2010 (I stumbled across their site). They had no idea that I had been writing a cookbook, much less, published one for them. They were absolutely SPEECHLESS for about 15 minutes as they looked through it. Well, they did say, "Oh my goodness." a number of times. They were really overwhelmed. I had been wanting to write a cookbook for over ten years, actually wrote it over a course of three years and then just about wore myself out in the last three weeks--BUT IT WAS WORTH IT! Go for it!

    I would love the apricot oatmeal fruit bar recipe!


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