Cappers Farmer

Cherry Crowned Gems Recipe

24 mini-muffins SERVINGS


  • 1 jar (10 oz.) (or 24) maraschino cherries with stems
  • 1 can (15.25 oz.) pears in heavy syrup
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter OR margarine, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sliced almonds for garnish, optional


  • Drain maraschino cherries. Pat dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Set aside.
  • Drain pears and chop fine. Put chopped pears on paper towels to remove excess moisture. Set aside.
  • Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, egg and almond extract in a mixing bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Stir in flour; mix well. Fold in pears and 1/3 cup almonds. Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter into 24 paper-lined miniature muffin cups.
  • Sprinkle with sugar. Place a maraschino cherry on top of each muffin.
  • Bake at 375°F. for 25 to 27 minutes, or until light golden brown on the edges. Let cool for 5 minutes in pans.
  • Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Garnish each with a sliced almond, if desired. Store in a single layer in an airtight container. This recipe originally aired in the February 2007 issue of Heart of the Home.
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    • Published on May 31, 2018
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