These Pistachio Muffins are made with pistachio pudding in the muffin mix and dried sweet tart cherries mixed in. This breakfast muffin bakes up tall with a sprinkling of sugar crystals and a perfectly domed muffin top.

Pistachio Muffins are great to serve on St. Patrick’s day for the celebration of green, however, these are so delicious, you will want to serve them year round. They are great portable breakfasts, as well as a great snack option.

Adding Pudding Mix To Muffins

Adding pudding to the muffin mix is a sure fire way of keeping these muffin moist for days (considering they last that long!). It doesn’t really matter if it is instant or regular pudding mix as they both contain thickening agents, which is what you are aiming for here.

In this instance, I used Pistachio pudding, one of our favorite flavors. It addeds a slight hint of pistachio to the muffins along with a light green tint. Any flavor pudding mix you like can be used in this pistachio muffin recipe!

What You Need To Make Pistachio Muffins

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All-purpose flour

Unsalted butter

Granulated sugar

Pistachio pudding mix, this is the brand I used.

Dried Cherries

Milk

Eggs, I used large eggs.

Muffin Pan, I like these non stick muffin pans best.

Paper liners, even though I use a non stick muffin pan, I like to use these paper liners to keep the pistachio muffins wrapped until ready to eat.

I use a hand mixer for the first part of this recipe, then I switch to a wooden spoon to add the flour mixture. I have used this particular brand hand mixer for over 30 years now!

whole pistachio muffin on a white plate with muffins in the background.

Pistachio Muffins Tips and Recommendations

  • Stir the flour with a spoon, then spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Do not scoop the flour out of the container as this will pack in the flour, causing heavy muffins.
  • Don’t be concerned about the oven temperature. Muffins need to bake at a higher temp to give a rapid rise. The higher heat creates steam causing the muffins to rise quicker.
  • Be sure all the cold ingredients to the muffin recipe are brought to room temperature before using them. This will allow for a lighter, fluffier muffin.
  • Always place your muffin pan on the center rack in the oven to allow heat to surround the muffins evenly.
  • Make different flavored muffins with different flavored puddings. Try banana, butterscotch, chocolate, or cheesecake.
  • Stir in some chopped pistachios along with the dried cherries.
  • Substitute chocolate chips for the cherries, or add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the stir-ins.
Overhead view of muffins on cooling rack.

Other Muffin Recipes To Try

Almond Joy Muffins

Applesauce Muffins

Browned Butter Banana Muffins

Cranberry Muffins with Chocolate and Orange

French Toast Muffins

Lemon Cheesecake Muffins

Mango Cardamom Muffins

Old-Fashioned Raisin Bran Muffins

Peach Muffins

Praline Pumpkin Muffins

Rhubarb Crumb Muffins

Pistachio Muffin with wrapper removed with a blue napkin in the background.

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Pistachio Muffins with Dried Cherries

Shelby Law Ruttan
A delicious bakery style muffin made with pistachio pudding and dried cherries.
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Course Family Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 274 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3.4 ounce pistachio instant pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries cut into smaller pieces
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer to beat together the melted butter with sugar, about 1 minute. Add in eggs and almond extract and beat until just combined.

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Notes

Pistachio Muffin Tips and Recommendations

  • Stir the flour with a spoon, then spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Do not scoop the flour out of the container as this will pack in the flour, causing heavy muffins.
  • Don’t be concerned about the oven temperature. Muffins need to bake at a higher temp to give a rapid rise. The higher heat creates steam causing the muffins to rise quicker.
  • Be sure all the cold ingredients to the muffin recipe are brought to room temperature before using them. This will allow for a lighter, fluffier muffin.
  • Always place your muffin pan on the center rack in the oven to allow heat to surround the muffins evenly.
  • Make different flavored muffins with different flavored puddings. Try banana, butterscotch, chocolate, or cheesecake.
  • Stir in some chopped pistachios along with the dried cherries.
  • Substitute chocolate chips for the cherries, or add 1/2 cup chocolate chips to the stir-ins.

Nutrition

Calories: 274kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 4gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 298mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 477IUCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Pistachio Muffins
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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Honeybunch Hunts is a website dedicated to Hunting, Homesteading and Harvesting. Written by Shelby Law Ruttan, author and owner of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, she (Honeybunch) and Phil (Grumpy) have come together in a joint effort to share their knowledge and experience from the woods, to the garden, to the table.

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