Rainier Cherry Muffins or Cobbler Recipe

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Rainier Cherry Muffins or Rainier Cherry Cobbler Recipe are two great additions to your recipe box for delicious muffins and cobbler desserts in season.

Other than making a good old-fashioned cherry-berry southern style buttery-crusted cobbler, these two recipes are perfect for cherry lovers!

Not around long, so every year when I see them I snatch them up in a hurry.

They freeze well in storage bags too!

If you haven't heard about these types of cherries and are a fan of sweet cherries your truly missing out on the best kind, rainier cherries.

A few years back a friend told me about these and said, she had tried these and never looked back at any other kind.

Always guaranteed sweet, firm, and absolutely delicious flavor cherries. A bit pricey but worth every penny.

If you're not a big cobbler fan, then just make muffins but these are the best eating cherries also on the planet!

The printable copy is available if you scroll to the bottom of the page otherwise I have them ready as you scroll down!











The Rainier Cherry is the sweetest of all the sweet cherries.



With its characteristic cream-colored flesh, Rainier Cherry farmers will not pick them until the sugar Brix (a measure of how sweet the cherry is) and they are so worth the extra money.



Even though these cherries are a bit pricey, once you try them you will see what I mean!



Just remember fresh fruits like these can be added to any of your favorite summer fruit recipes..



Here are two other recipes we have tried below you can substitute rainier cherries in:



Summer fresh fruit desserts include our Blueberry Crumble Bars and Strawberry Buttermilk Skillet Shortcake these are two other favorites!



this is a bowl of cobbler using rainier cherries for the recipe in a glass bowl with whipped cream



Rainier Cherry Cobbler Ingredients Scroll to the recipe card for exact measurement




  • cherries stemmed and pitted
  • lemon juice
  • cornstarch
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon



rainier cherries in a bowl washed



Crumb Topping




  • flour or yellow cake mix (just the mix!)
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • butter
  • cinnamon



this is a rainier cherry muffins with a powdered sugar icing on top the muffins are on a black plate



Rainier Cherry Muffins scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements


  • sugar
  • chopped pitted rainier cherries fruit or other fruit you like
  • butter
  • baking powder
  • flour
  • salt
  • eggs
  • Optional: powdered sugar and water icing




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this is a pin for later how to make Rainier Cherry Cobbler friom scratch



Cherry Lovers!



Don't miss trying one of the other recipes here, or at least use rainier cherries in your favorite
summer fruit recipes.



Let me know how you like them especially if you have never tried these delicious sweetest cherries on earth!



Rainier Cherry Muffins or Rainier Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Rainier Cherry Muffins or Rainier Cherry Cobbler Recipe

Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 40 Min
Rainier cherries are the sweetest fruit among the cherry family. It's actually hard to use them in baking without eating the whole bowl of them in season. If you happened to have some on hand here are two recipes to try for cobbler and muffins that are both outstanding!

Ingredients

  • Cobbler Ingredients:
  • 6 cups cherries stemmed and pitted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Topping:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour or yellow cake mix (just the mix!)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 tablespoon chilled butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Mix and set aside.
  • Muffin Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup softened butter 
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/2 cup milk 
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted 
  • Garnish Ideas: thin icing, powdered sugar dusting or leave plain

Instructions

  1. Directions for Cobbler
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Clean cherries and remove pits.
  4. In a large bowl mix together, the cherries, lemon juice, cornstarch, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  5. Add to a 2-quart baking dish.
  6. Sprinkle the top with crumb topping.
  7. Bake at 425 for 25 to 30 minutes until browned.
  8. Muffin Instructions
  9. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  10. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with liners or grease.
  11. In a large mixing bowl cream sugar and butter.
  12. Add all dry ingredients with alternating milk to this mixture.
  13. Fold in the cherries.
  14. Add to a prepared muffin tin.
  15. Bake at 375 degrees for around 30 to 35 minutes.
  16. Cool, dust with powdered sugar, drizzle with a thin frosting or leave plain.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and updated in 2021.





59 comments

  1. I cannot choose, they are both fantastic!

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  2. They look very yummy! I love both of them.

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  3. I always pick them up when they are BOGO at Publix! my fave! haven't cooked with them though, this dessert looks fantastic!

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  4. They're both so wonderful. I'm dreaming now of Raniers!

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  5. Oh I have never tried any rainier cherries. I am indeed missing out.

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  6. Wow. Give me both. Love - JUST LOVE the photo of the lone cherry. So cool. :)

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  7. A heavenly cobbler,can never get enough of cherries,simply love this summer's best fruit:D

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  8. They are all so good, love me some cherry cobbler!

    Bon appetit!
    =:~)

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  9. oh my Clauda, both of these are just great, my sweet tooth is calling...all of them

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  10. Rainier cherries are my favorite and I am always looking for an interesting way to use them. You have the best ideas! I will be trying these with my next basket.

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  11. These muffins look fantastic! I'm loving adding cherries to baked goods now that they are in season, and yours look fantastic :)

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  12. Droolworthy pics.. YUMM YUMM..

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  13. I will definitely be making this - as soon as I stop munching on the cherries. Can't decide between the two of them so maybe both! I need an excuse to use my cherry pitter! They are so pretty!

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  14. I love all cherries, and have never cooked with Rainier cherries. These recipes look great!

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  15. Interesting cherry lesson.

    I pick the cobbler, but I also like how you drizzled the icing in the muffin shot!
    LL

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  16. ...I haven't cherries here..I'd like to try this gorgeous sweet recipe - ideal for me :))

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  17. Two of the most scrumptious cherry recipes! Heavenly! I haven't seen these kind in our markets yet. They sound like a real treat.

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  18. I haven't had cherries in forever it seems. I remember picking them from the tree atop my grandfather's shoulder! Lovin' the muffins, you know I'm a big muffin addict! The countdown is on, Red will be off to London in just a few more days. Maybe after I get done crying I'll try these muffins.

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  19. I have a friend who will love these. She goes through cherries by the pounds!

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  20. I love cherries! These recipes look really good.

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  21. I would love either one with my coffee right now. Boy do they look good!

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  22. Oh, I wish I knew that you could freeze them before I ate ALL of mine. So sad. I will have to make this next year!

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  23. I grew up on Rainier cherries and also snatch them up whenever they appear. Both the muffins and the cobbler look like a wonderful way to highlight their sweet flavor.

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  24. It's a post like this that takes me back to my youth and helping my grandfather (who was a fruit farmer) pick cherries.

    I miss him. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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  25. Great post. I am a big fan of Rainier cheeries.

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  26. How generous - two recipes in one post! I love cherries but have never tried the Rainier. They are costly and the colour somehow makes me imagine they are on the tart side. Now I know better.Thanks for the heads up :)

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  27. It isn't fair that we have to choose one or the other. Why can't we just eat both?? They look heavenly Claudia.

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  28. Beautiful recipes with some of my favorite cherries! I really want a bite (or 10) of each :D

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  29. Wowwww! This looks so good, Claudia! So creative

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  30. I will take 2 servings of each...to start of with:) Gorgeous!

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  31. Hey Claudia, as a cherry fan, I must say that this looks amazing! I want some right now with ice cream (smile). Actually I also want some almond cake with it...

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  32. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments

    @Anonymous clarify: I have been making these for over 30 years with that amount of baking powder 4 teaspoons is the correct amount for the recipe...thank you for your input you can adapt it to your own preference... :)

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  33. Oh, yeah, those Rainier cherries are addictive..so sweet and wonderful! Both recipes look fabulous, Claudia!!

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  34. I love rainier cherries! I would be a hero inn the house with the muffins....

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  35. Great post-I love cherries and think the rainier ones are the best. I will need to get some soon. The pictures are awesome Thanks for sharing-buzzed it!

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  36. YUMMO!! I love cherries! I will have one of each, please. :)

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  37. Love ranier cherries. They were on sale yesterday for $3.99 lb. That's a steal here! I'd love to have a huge serving of cobbler and a muffin right about now!

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  38. Thank you for these recipes. I managed to buy about 4 lbs of Rainier cherries yesterday for $1.99/lb. Then reality hit. LOL!


    (found your site when I googled Rainier cherry recipes)

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  39. Tried making the muffins, they turned out very doughy after 20 minutes in the oven, extended time to 30 minutes but still too dense. May need to alter recipe for high altitude to include a little more flour. Not sure what went wrong followed recip to a tee.

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  40. Gosh I am sorry to hear that John I make them every year and not a problem. I am not sure what to even recommend trying. . Sorry the recipe dissappointed you

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  41. These both look excellent,pinned for later

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  42. What a mess! I tried the muffins twice. Both times they just ended up a bubbled over, burnt sugar mess in my muffin tin after 15 minutes in the oven (the second time was because I was convinced I’d made a mistake). I see comments referencing baking powder, but only baking soda is included in the recipe. Not sure if this is part of the problem or not. I’m also starting to question 2 cups of sugar plus 1 1/2 cups of cherries. That much sugar seems like it could have contributed to the issue for sure. In any case, I soooo wish these would have worked.

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    1. I am truly sorry that recipe didn't work out twice, makes no sense I made them this week with bing cherries, and if you look on pinterest there are several photos of this recipe tried and although they all look different in color no one said this. The sugar is correct, it's also the same recipe I use with any other fruit other than cherries. Can you tell me if your in the US, oven, altitude issues, this is a puzzle for me, again I apologize. I will check on the typo on baking soda

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    2. I'm having the exact same problem this Anonymous poster had. Too-browned, bubbled-over mess. In the U.S., and only a couple thousand feet elevation; the only adjustment I usually need to make to recipes is to use the longest end of the bake time range (which isn't a huge difference). Since they didn't rise to speak of, also wondering if it should call for "baking powder" instead of "baking soda"--I'm not seeing anything sufficiently acidic in the recipe to react with baking soda to leave, might need baking powder instead to self-leaven.

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  43. Also there is no baking powder in this recipe and the recipe is also posted here and these muffins are newer photos https://www.whatscookinitalianstylecuisine.com/2017/07/best-bing-cherry-muffin-recipe.html

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    1. Also here is a Pinterest Pin same recipe using Mango see all the photos of pin that have made the recipe without an issue using same ingredients. I am at a loss on the issues anyone has had I again apologize, I hate to hear that anyones recipe didn't come well, here is the link to pinterest I searched for a typo do not see one however if you do find a typo do not hesitate to comment again. www.pinterest.com/pin/68739289293/

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  44. Interesting I have again made this recipe this week with baking soda and no issues, I do apologize the difficulty but I cant give you a reason why yours isnt rising, I have always use the same ingredients. Here is the most recent photos also this the same recipes with blueberries no issues whatsoever https://www.whatscookinitalianstylecuisine.com/2017/01/moms-homemade-blueberry-muffin-recipe.html

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  45. What a great recipe - cant wait to try it!

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  46. The muffins were delicious! I'm planning on making the cobbler soon.

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  47. I love anything with cherries, and this recipe was a win for me. Fantastic flavor, the perfect brunch food!

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  48. This is so fab that you can choose which recipe to make! I've got lots of cherries and was wondering what all I can do with them, so I can't wait to try BOTH of these versions.

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  49. This is so fab that you can choose which recipe to make! I've got lots of cherries and was wondering what all I can do with them, so I can't wait to try BOTH of these versions.

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  50. What a tasty recipe! So good... perfect use for cherries. Thanks for sharing!

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  51. Tried the muffins, they were delicious! My family loved them.

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  52. I made the muffins and the cobbler. They were both great. So tonight I decided to combine them...I made the muffin recipe and I added some mini chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips. I put the mix in a baking pan, made the cobbler topping. It was the best

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    1. Chocolate and Cherry? what an awesome idea! thanks for the tip! so glad to hear yours came out good.

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