Ranier Cherry Almond Muffins

Ranier Cherry Almond Muffins ~ these tender cherry muffins are packed with ripe juicy fruit and topped with a sweet cherry glaze!

Yay! We’re right smack dab in the middle of the sweet spot for buying cherries. Supply is up and the price is down. I’ve never used Ranier cherries before, they’re those creamy yellow cherries from Washington; they’re usually more expensive, and harder to find. Apparently the birds like them too, and they eat a lot of the crop before it even leaves the trees. But they are affordable and in season right now, and so I grabbed a bag.

They’re a pretty combination of blush red and yellow on the outside, and pale yellow inside. They have a sweeter, lighter taste than regular cherries.

I really loaded these muffins with them, along with lots of sliced almonds. Then I added a cherry almond glaze on top just to seal the deal.

I find cherries to be totally irresistible, and the fact that they have such a short season makes them all the more desirable, in my mind. If you can get your hands on fresh cherries, definitely look up my Sweet Cherry Almond Bars, the cherries are baked up in a to-die-for buttery almond shortbread crumble crust ~ yum!

3.6 from 10 votes

Ranier Cherry Almond Muffins

Ranier Cherry Almond Muffins ~ these tender muffins are packed with ripe juicy cherries and topped with a sweet cherry glaze!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Yield 12 muffins
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1 heaping cup chopped fresh cherries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

For the glaze

  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • cherry juice or milk or cream to thin
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds lightly crushed


  • Set oven to 375 F
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Whisk the wet ingredients together and add to the dry, mixing just until combined.
  • Fold in the cherries and almonds.
  • Fill 12 muffin cups and bake for 25-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Make the glaze by mixing the sugar with enough cherry juice, or milk, to make a spreadable glaze. Add the almond extract and the crushed almonds.
  • Cool the muffins on a rack, and spoon the glaze over them when they are cool.
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  • Reply
    Roxanne Komomua-Ingram
    July 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Can these muffins be frozen before glazing?

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      July 12, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      I don’t see why not, sure!

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    August 1, 2014 at 8:09 am

    5 stars
    Taking these on bus trip to the Racetrack- will be great and unusual treat! Thanks…and the cherry tart will grace my dinner table!

  • Reply
    July 2, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    i love rainier cherries, but they’re SO expensive! regardless, this is a fine use for them, as that glaze is simply amazing.

  • Reply
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    June 30, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Such pretty muffins, love that glaze!

  • Reply
    Magnolia Verandah
    June 29, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Cherries and almonds a perfect combo.

  • Reply
    Chris Scheuer
    June 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Yum! I love those cherries and they’re so pretty! They haven’t reached the East coast yet but I’m waiting. these muffins look wonderful!

  • Reply
    June 29, 2013 at 12:49 am

    You can see Mt Rainier from my house (god, will that phrase never cease to remind one of Palin?), and I’ve got some cherry trees in my backyard. 🙂 Cherry season is so nice, but you’re right, the birds love beautiful sweet cherries.

    I love the almond cherry icing you glazed on top — it really makes the muffins look elegant. Beautiful!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 29, 2013 at 12:17 am

    They look so soft and fluffy! And I loveeee cherries!

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    Inside a British Mum's Kitchen
    June 29, 2013 at 12:00 am

    honestly, my mouth is watering!
    Mary x

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    Hungry Dog
    June 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    These are lovely. I like cherries and I especially like them with almonds–it’s a divine combination.

    Have a great weekend, Sue!

  • Reply
    Patricia @ ButterYum
    June 28, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I bet these are wonderful – cherry and almond is a fabulous flavor combination.

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