Ready for a tea party? A baby or wedding shower? Maybe you just want to bake something special for breakfast? We have the perfect recipe-these comforting goodies pair well with a cuppa, a large mug of joe or a tall glass of cold milk. Each one is simple enough for even a novice baker and-we promise-absolutely delicious!

How to Make It

Step 1

Move rack to center of oven. Preheat oven to 375°F. Thoroughly grease a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.

Step 2

In a large saucepan, melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips and butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is nearly smooth. Remove from heat. In the following order, add granulated sugar and egg; then cocoa powder, baking powder and salt at once; and then milk, whisking after each addition until blended. Whisk in flour until nearly smooth. Stir in walnuts, cherries and remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Step 3

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake until springy to touch, about 20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Scrape down sides of each muffin cup with a knife to release muffins and then unmold. Let cool slightly on racks. If desired, dust tops with a little confectioners' sugar before serving.

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