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.
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.