It’s time to celebrate cherry season! Prime cherry season runs June through August and here in Michigan we are lucky to have Northwest Cherries available in stores.
I recently received a shipment of Northwest Cherries for my family to enjoy and review here on my blog.
Northwest Cherries are grown by over 2,500 growers spread across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and Montana orchards and make up over 70% of overall cherry producers in the United States.
Beautiful dark red, juicy and sweet these cherries are delicious! Did you know that cherries are more than tasty, they make for an extremely healthy snack? It’s true. They are a natural anti-inflammatory, they may also lower blood sugar, lower the risk of colon cancer, fight heart disease and may also help with memory loss. Amazing that such a small fruit can pack such a big taste and punch.
Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup fresh pitted, sliced cherries
1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Beat butter and sugars until well mixed and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
3. In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and backing soda. Stir into wet ingredients then fold in chocolate chips and cherries.
4. Refrigerate for one hour.
5. Place tablespoon size dough onto prepared baking sheets and bake until set, about 12-14 minutes.
These cookies are very good. They have a tasty cherry cordial flavor going on that I really like.
Morning Cherry Muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3 cup milk
1. Pre heat oven to 400° and drop paper liners in the muffin pan
2. Wisk flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in large mixing bowl.
3. In separate bowl stir together egg, vanilla, oil, milk.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry blend but do not over mix. Batter should be think.
5. Fold in cherries.
6. Divide batter into muffin cups.
7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean or muffin tops bounce back dry.
Optional: My first patch I also added blueberries to the mix and sprinkled the top of the muffins with sugar before baking. I enjoy the cherry alone, less sweet option but both were a hit with my family.
Northwest Cherries makes for the best pie filling!
3 cups of fresh, sliced cherries
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cold water
1. Mix cornstarch and water in small bowl. Set aside.
2. Combine cherries, salt, vanilla, and sugar in sauce pan. Cook on medium high heat, stirring often, until cherries juices are released. 3. Add cornstarch and heat an additional 5 minutes until well mixed.
4. Remove from heat and let cool.
Options: This recipe works great for any size pies. Our daughter decided to have a little fun and get creative with some refrigerated pie crust and a mini-muffin pan. The little pies turned out really cute and full of taste. Perfect for when you want a small treat.
FTC Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. I was not asked or influenced to write a positive review. All photos used and opinions expressed are my own and honest. All photos are copyrighted.